WWE NXT advertised a major show as Adam Cole challenged Finn Balor for the NXT Championship, Toni Storm challenged Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship, Kayden Carter vs. Xia Li and two major announcements.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE NXT was obliterated by Shaq’s in-ring debut with AEW, with 692,000 viewers compared to 934,000 for AEW Dynamite.
- March 3, 2021—692,000
- February 24, 2021—734,000
- February 17, 2021—713,000
- February 10, 2021—558,000
- February 3, 2021—610,000
WWE NXT—Key Competition
Pro Wrestling Bits—Tony Khan Interview
WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 2,020,834 (Down from 2,270,432 views)
- Most-Viewed: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez (541,599 views)
- Least-Viewed: Isiah “Swerve” Scott is Built Different (39,135 views)
- Median Viewership: 97,041 views
WWE NXT Results—Wednesday, March 10, 2021
William Regal’s Major Announcements
The first announcement was WWE NXT having a two-night TakeOver event during WrestleMania weekend. There were belts covered up in the middle of the ring, which was basically a giveaway as to what the second announcement would be.
Ember Moon an Shotzi Blackheart presented a nearly bulletproof case as to why they should be the No. 1 Contenders, (they cleared out their side of the bracket and gave he champs a run for the money in the finals) and they received it.
Io Shirai def. Toni Storm—WWE NXT Women’s Championship
For anybody who thinks WWE has moved Raquel Gonzalez to the tag team division for the time being, Raquel stared Io Shirai down during her entrance and this was not a coincidence.
Even though this finish was basically spoiled with the Raquel Gonzalez staredown from earlier, these two worked a very impressive match and Io Shirai’s reign of terror continues.
Pete Dunne def. Jake Atlas
Jake Atlas made his NXT return after disappearing off the face of the earth, and the most memorable part of his return was what appeared to be newer, better theme music.
This match went exactly as one would figure on paper. A very good technical match between two talented performers where Pete Dunne was showcased.
Shotzi Blackhear and Ember Moon def. Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai—WWE NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship
After an awkward modified powerbomb on Ember Moon, Raquel Gonzalez came about as close as one can to a three-count before Shotzi Blackheart broke it up at the last millisecond.
The Raquel Gonzalez staredown from earlier also telegraphed this result, which was a new pair of tag team champions leading to a surefire breakup between Gonzalez and Kai. Gonzalez and Shirai is inevitable.
Xia Li def. Kayden Carter by Disqualification
The finish saw alleged babyface Kacy Catanzaro use her crutch on Xia Li, leading to a disqualification. At one point, Xia Li begged off and I hated to see it.
Surely they’re not teasing a tag team match of Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter vs. Xia Li and Boa.
Legado Del Fantasma def. Grizzled Young Vets
This was a heel vs. heel tag team match that absolutely nobody asked for.
This went head-to-head with Darby Allin vs. Scorpio Sky for the TNT Championship, which was the far superior choice.
MSK (dressed as astronauts) thankfully interrupted in this match, giving it a much-needed babyface presence.
Finn Balor def. Adam Cole—WWE NXT Championship
Pre-match Thoughts: It might be about time for this iteration of Finn Balor to head back to the main roster, especially during WrestleMania season, so I’d have no problem with him losing.
Adam Cole got to keep the Undisputed Era theme music in the divorce.
This was no different from previous Balor vs. Cole matches but they worked hard and the epilogue featuring Kyle O’Reilly, and later Karrion Kross, was satisfying.