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Winners, News And Notes On March 17, 2021

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WWE NXT advertised Dexter Lumis vs. Austin Theory, the debut of LA Knight, Zoey Stark vs. Dakota Kai and Breezango vs. Legado del Fantasma. Of course, all matches are subject to change amid WWE NXT’s latest reported COVID outbreak.

Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT were both down as AEW garnered 743,000 viewers compared to WWE NXT, which was essentially flat, with 691,000 viewers.

  • March 10, 2021—691,000
  • March 3, 2021—692,000
  • February 24, 2021—734,000
  • February 17, 2021—713,000
  • February 10, 2021—558,000

WWE NXT—Key Competition 

Pro Wrestling Bits—Drew McIntyre Interview

WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 3,121,459 (Up from 2,020,834 views)

  • Most-Viewed: O’Reilly Pummels Cole; Kross Confronts Balor (903,474 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Zoey Stark on Realizing her Dream (41,914 views)
  • Median Viewership: 144,444 views

WWE NXT Results—Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Opening Segment Featuring Finn Balor and Karrion Kross

WWE is going back to an old trick with yet another world title storyline: Have them chase the tag team championships together only to inevitably lose, just like Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks.

This was a little too much High School Theater for such a protected main event. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan looked like absolute fools for getting seduced into defending their Tag Team
TISI
Championships.

Dexter Lumis def. Austin Theory

Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae appeared via iPad for this segment, in what may or may not have been a COVID precaution. The storyline reason, that this is the last step of Austin Theory’s therapy, was a very clever cover.

The story of this match was Austin Theory looking great on his own, only for Theory to revert to his meathead character by embracing Dexter Lumis when he had a chance to put him away.

Adam Cole Appears Live

William Regal’s job was to essentially socially distance Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly, who was not cleared to be in the building.

This segment simply amounted to Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly making borderline-criminal threats to one another before leaving to carry them out.

Legado del Fantasma def. Breezango; Jordan Devlin Returns

These four worked flawlessly together, and there wasn’t a single wasted motion up until the finish. I’ll bet they kept this pace throughout commercial break too.

Jordan Devlin returned to the CWC, and it was treated like a big deal by fans despite the deadpan demeanor of Vic Joseph.

Jordan Devlin cut the third “let’s see who the real champion is” promo of the first hour.

Dakota Kai def. Zoey Stark

This was just as much of a showcase for Zoey Stark as it was for Dakota Kai but I was surprised to see Zoey Stark lose yet again.

WWE seems to think it can get Zoey Stark over by having her lose as long as the announcers claim she “continues to impress.”

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Marcel Barthell

The announcers really played up the “bond” between Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher, all because Ciapma wore Thatcher’s t-shirt to the ring.

Poor Marcel Barthel’s rare singles match had to go against a Sting segment.

WALTER’s return deserved so much better than this, but it was great to see him back.

LA Knight def. Austin Grey

The best part of LA Knight’s backstage promo was Bronson Reed subtly walking by in the background.

WWE teased beating LA Knight in his debut after Bronson Reed tore his jacket apart by wearing it.

Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch def. Finn Balor and Karrion Kross

This match just felt like a countdown to when one of these babyfaces was going to make a miscue, and that’s exactly what happened when Finn Balor accidentally struck Scarlett Bordeaux.

WWE now has two different brands where a challenger or champion of a world title feud is being subjected to losses during the buildup.

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