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WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from February 10

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    With NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day just days away, the February 10 edition of WWE NXT set the stage for the first major event of 2021 for the black-and-gold brand.

    Three semifinal matches were on tap for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The women's final semifinal was a battle of rivals where Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon looked to cost The Way a major opportunity by defeating Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell.

    Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa have had an unlikely ride in the men's Dusty Rhodes Classic, but they needed to fight one of the best tag teams in the world, The Grizzled Young Veterans.

    Austin Theory announced that due to injuries suffered at Kushida's hands, the NXT North American champion would not compete at TakeOver. He wanted to get revenge in a battle with the Japanese Superstar.

    Pete Dunne and Finn Balor were set to face off in the middle of the ring before their huge NXT Championship match. Karrion Kross and Scarlett had something to say on the show, likely connected to the recent warning made to Santos Escobar.

    Cameron Grimes returned to the NXT ring as well as Xia Li, who has been looking to make a lasting impression on behalf of Tian Sha.

    This episode was huge for the black-and-gold brand, setting the stage for NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day.

Men's Dusty Classic: MSK vs. Legado Del Fantasma

1 OF 6


    Legado del Fantasma punished MSK early in this match, sending them painfully to the floor outside. Nash Carter found himself isolated in the heel corner but managed to get the tag to Wes Lee. Lee pushed Carter into Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza mid-rotation to send the match into chaos.

    Wilde hit a reverse hurricanrana into Mendoza's spinning brainbuster for a nearfall. MSK refused to stay down no matter what, and the two worked together to hit an elevated running blockbuster for the win.

    Scarlett entered William Regal's office and made clear he would need to sanction Karrion Kross vs. Santos Escobar next week. The NXT general manager was glad to agree. The NXT cruiserweight champion told Wilde and Mendoza to make up for their loss by finding Kross. Kross laid them out.



    MSK def. Legado del Fantasma by pinfall to advanace to the finals of the men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.






    MSK continue to find their groove in NXT. While Lee and Carter were talented before they came to WWE, it can often take time to adjust to a new wrestling style. The team feels unique but also already familiar working with some of the best NXT has to offer.

    This was a great match between two motivated teams with much to prove. The action was non-stop with plenty of great spots throughout. Some things MSK did in this match are completely unique to WWE. Mendoza and Wilde did not look out of their depth keeping up.

    These teams should both be in the tag team title picture after this tournament. Especially with so many teams reaching new heights, it is worth considering another multi-team title ladder match soon.

Xia Li (w/ Boa and Tian Sha) vs. Cora Jade

2 OF 6


    NXT showed a video packages to put over the intense personal hatred between Io Shirai, Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez.

    Xia Li was distracted to start by the arrival of Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter, but it did not last long. The dangerous Chinese Superstar dominated Jade and knocked her out cold with a spin kick.

    Carter got in the face of Tian Sha until Li knocked Carter off the ramp. As Ying choked out Boa for letting anyone get close to her, Li knocked out Catanzaro with a spin kick.



    Li def. Jade by pinfall.






    This was a fascinating segment. Li continues to pick up dominant wins, even against promising newcomers like Jade. The inclusion of Carter and Catanzaro can add an emotional element to this story, helping evolve the story of Sha. Hopefully, the squashes will stop soon and turn into complete matches.

    It does feel like a waste to bring in a new potential star, only for her to immediately get knocked down with such fervor. However, this is typically NXT's modus operandi. New stars lose first then start to get build once WWE trusts them unless they are seen as absolute stars.

Women's Dusty Classic: Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon vs. The Way

3 OF 6

    Johnny Gargano was wielded out with a cast on his left arm from multiple fractures at the hands of Kushida. William Regal arrived to announce The Rebel Heart was faking and had been cleared yesterday. Kushida attacked and revealed that Gargano could use his left arm.

    Candice LeRae mentally adjusted quickly to take over the action quickly, planting Shotzi Blackheart on the mat repeatedly pulling at Blackheart's heart. The Poison Pixie lost her focus when her rival refused to stay down, allowing a hot tag to Ember Moon.

    The War Goddess ran over Indi Hartwell, and Blackheart and Moon got a chance to team together, shifting the momentum. LeRae hit a tight-rope headscissors on Moon, launching her into Blackheart and the announce table.

    The action shifted back and forth, but no one could quite put this away. It looked to be over after LeRae hit Blackheart with the Wicked Stepsister to set up a springboard elbow from Hartwell, but Moon broke it up.

    LeRae took the Eclipse to set up a diving senton. Hartwell covered her mentor to take the shot for her, but she was the legal woman and was pinned for three.

    The two final teams in the women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic faced off as William Regal announced the winner would get a shot at the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships.



    Blackheart and Moon def. LeRae and Hartwell by pinfall to advance to the finals of the women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.






    These women brought everything to this contest, and it showed. LeRae carried the physical side of this encounter and allowed Hartwell to get in some impressive moment in the biggest match of her career. Moon and Blackheart are good together and continue to improve as a unit.

    With Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez winning last week, the only challengers to the heels that made sense were Moon and Blackheart. Despite this, the women nearly sold the idea that LeRae and Hartwell would pull it out.

    The women's final is the absolute best match-up the first women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic could have produced. Either team could make a major impact against the WWE women's tag team champions.

Austin Theory vs. Kushida

4 OF 6


    Austin Theory and Kushida went after each other immediately at the bell. While Theory thought he could assert his power against his smaller opponent, the Japanese Superstar had too many counters for the young performers, whipping him around and wearing him out.

    The technical attack of Kushida did serious damage to the left arm of the heel. Theory only found an opening when he tripped the Japanese Superstar off the top rope. However, Kushida powered through a powerbomb on the apron and locked Theory in an armbar.

    Gargano kicked Kushida to cause a disqualification, and the two viciously attacked the No. 1 contender to the NXT North American Championship. Dexter Lumis pulled Theory below to save Kushida and scared off Gargano. Kushida locked Theory and Gargano in Hoverboard Locks, and Lumis put Theory to sleep.



    Kushida def. Theory by DQ.






    Theory continues to improve with serious competition. Kushida made him look good by competing with him at a high level. Kushida looked like the better man, but Theory stayed in the fight and never looked weak. In fact, Gargano was the one that looked weak, tapping out to Kushida in fear.

    This has been a fun rivalry, and Gargano has truly shined in his new role. He has fully committed to his ridiculous persona. No one in NXT is funnier than The Rebel Heart right now. It was obvious he was faking the arm injury, but that did not stop the segment getting more ridiculous with every passing minute.

    He has made Kushida look unstoppable whether the challenge wins at TakeOver or not. It will be interesting to see what happens between them at TakeOver and what role Lumis will have.

Cameron Grimes Strikes It Rich

5 OF 6


    Another vignette aired for Imperium, clearly warning that all members of the dangerous European stable would soon arrive in NXT.

    Cameron Grimes appeared in a Lamborghini, giving away money on his way to the ring. He revealed he was now seriously rich from investing in GameStop and Dogecoin, and he told William Regal he would now choose what he did in NXT with all his money.






    Grimes's reinvention was awkward to start. This story of The Technical Savage getting rich off GameStop stock and Dogecoin felt too much like WWE trying to play at being current. Grimes did not deliver the promo well, especially without a true crowd to hate him.

    Hopefully, there is some plan at the end of all this. It is simply not clear yet. Grimes remains an awkward piece in NXT, not quite fitting on the wrestling-heavy brand.

Men's Dusty Classic: Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Grizzled Young Veterans

6 OF 6


    Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa talked about The Grizzled Young Veterans, calling them entitled including their arrogant name.

    Zack Gibson taunted Thatcher and Ciampa until The Blackheart charged at The Grizzled Young Veterans. The angry faces tried to isolate Gibson, but James Drake helped get his partner out of the situation. GYV tripped Ciampa, forcing him to land hard on his neck.

    This left Thatcher alone in the ring in what felt like a handicap match against an experience team that beat him down viciously. The Blackheart finally returned to the ring, clutching his neck but able to get the tag to save his partner.

    Despite a brief flurry from Ciampa, Grizzled Young Veterans took back over and hit a devastating Doomsday Device. This set up GYV to hit the Ticket to Mayhem to pull off a huge victory.



    Grizzled Young Veteran def. Ciampa and Thatcher by pinfall to advance to the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.






    This was pure tag team excellence on display as the heels divided and conquered. It was an incredible performance from The Grizzled Young Veterans, and Ciampa was fantastic in his babyface comeback for the team.

    Ciampa and Thatcher found a great dynamic together. The two should continue to work together going forward. Even if they lost, this is a team that can absolutely work a fantastic match with the current NXT tag team champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.

    With MSK making it to the finals, Grizzled Young Veterans had to rise to meet them. The two established tag teams needed to be in the finals over any others.

AEW Dynamite Highlights 10 February 2021


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AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from February 10

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    The Women's Eliminator tournament officially began with this week's episode of Dynamite with Thunder Rosa taking on "Legit" Leyla Hirsch in a first-round matchup.

    Following Kenta's shocking arrival on last week's show, the New Japan Pro-Wrestling star made his Dynamite debut when he teamed up with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega to take on NJPW United States champion Jon Moxley and Lance Archer. 

    Before they face The Young Bucks for the AEW tag titles at Revolution on March 7, Chris Jericho and MJF worked on their tag team chemistry in a match with The Acclaimed.

    We also saw Pac take on Ryan Nemeth, Cody Rhodes and Lee Johnson battled Peter Avalon and Cezar Bononi, and Darby Allin defended the TNT Championship against Joey Janela. 

    Let's take a look at everything that happened on this week's episode of AEW Dynamite.

Darby Alling vs. Joey Janela (TNT Championship)

1 OF 6

    Dynamite opened with Janela making his entrance for his TNT title match against Allin. The small crowd sounded bigger than usual as it cheered for the challenger. 

    They locked up and The Bad Boy applied a waistlock. Allin backed him to the corner for a clean break but got in Janela's face for a second. Janela was not impressed. The champ put him in a hammerlock and kept it on after a few attempts at a counter. 

    Janela backed him to the corner and hit a back elbow to break the hold. Allin popped up and hit a springboard arm drag followed by a dropkick. Janela dropped him on the apron and hit a suicide dive.

    Janela slowed the pace down and applied a submission on the mat. He took Allin down with a double ax handle from the top rope but when he went back up, Allin yanked him down by his arm. He worked over Janela's arm a bit before driving him into the barricade with a huge suicide dive. 

    The Bad Boy caught Allin in mid-air for an impressive German suplex. They went back and forth with quick counters until Janela hit a piledriver for a two-count. Allin recovered and hit the Coffin Drop for the win. 


    Grade: B



    This was Janela's best match in AEW to date. He looked more technically sounds than he ever has, but Allin's contributions cannot be ignored. Both men worked hard to make this an entertaining opener.

    Were there a few sloppy moments? Yes, but that comes with any match that keeps the kind of pace this one had. They barely slowed down from the moment the bell rang until the ref counted to three.

    Unfortunately, the quick pace led to certain big moves not being sold enough. A code red from the top rope and a piledriver are moves people use as finishers. They shouldn't be sold like a simple body slam.

    Even with those criticisms, this bout was fun and engaging. This is the match that could get Janela put into regular rotation on Dynamite. 

Cody and Lee Johnson vs. Peter Avalon and Cezar Bononi

2 OF 6

    After Cody defeated Avalon in a singles match recently, The American Nightmare teamed up with Johnson to take on Pretty Peter and Bononi.

    Cody went right after Avalon and stomped him to the mat before he brought in Johnson. Bononi made a blind tag and took out Johnson from behind with a clothesline. The heels began to work the Nightmare Factory alum over but he turned things around and hit an impressive dropkick.

    Cody tagged in but Bononi overpowered him with an overhead slam. We returned from a break to see the heels controlling the pace. Cody caught Avalon in a dive and slammed him. Johnson tagged in and hit a flurry of moves to both Superstars. 

    Johnson was able to avoid Avalon's finisher and rolled him up for the pin. 


    Grade: C+



    The pace in this match was faster than it needed to be, so this bout ended up suffering from a bigger lack of selling than the opening bout.

    Johnson looked good getting his first win on Dynamite. He was crisp and kept up with more seasoned wrestlers. He was breathing heavily during his post-match interview but that does not necessarily mean he was blown-up by the match.

    Sometimes, AEW tries to make every match a show-stealer when something a little more traditional would serve the stars in the ring in a better way. 

Pac vs. Ryan Nemeth

3 OF 6

    After a backstage segment with Hangman Page, Matt Hardy and The Dark Order, Pac made his way out to battle Nemeth. It looked like they would have a clean start before Pac took him down with a few kicks.

    The Bastard hit a snap suplex and a running uppercut. Nemeth struggled to his feet before a missile dropkick took him right back down. 

    Nemeth came back with a Dolph Ziggler-style snap DDT, but Pac rolled out of the ring to avoid the pin. When Nemeth tried to follow, he was sent into the barricade. He stomped Nemeth into oblivion before hitting the Black Arrow. He immediately transitioned into the Brutalizer for the win. 


    Grade: B



    This match was designed solely to make Pac look dangerous and in that regard, the bout accomplished its goal. Pac looked dominant and Nemeth sold well to make him look even better.

    Nemeth is the younger brother of Ziggler and he both moves and looks like him, so comparisons are going to be made until he finds a way to stand out on his own. That said, he looked good here.

    This was the third match of the night that did not feature interference of any kind. It makes it clear AEW was relying on that trope too much in recent months. 

The Acclaimed vs. MJF and Chris Jericho

4 OF 6

    Sammy Guevara had a backstage confrontation that ended with Guevara punching MJF in the gut. Before this match, MJF told Jericho what happened and had his ribs taped up as if they were broken. 

    Anthony Bowens and Max Caster looked confident on their way to the ring. MJF started the match against Caster but quickly tagged out to Jericho. Caster took down the veteran with a shoulder tackle and tagged in Bowens for a double-team.

    MJF came back in and Bowens dropped him right on his face and upper body for a near-fall. Y2J and his BFF took control as the show went to a break. We returned to see the Inner Circle members using a classic leverage technique in the corner until Aubrey Edwards caught them cheating. 

    After Caster broke free, Bowens and Jericho tagged in and had a nice exchange. Bowens picked up MJF and drove him to the mat. He knocked Ortiz off the apron. While the ref was distracted, Caster hit Jericho with his boombox for a two-count. 

    Jake Hager pushed Caster off of the top turnbuckle, allowing Jericho to hit the Judas Effect for the win. Guevara came out after it was over and quit The Inner Circle. 


    Grade: B-



    This match had a much better pace than the previous tag team encounter. They slowed down when they needed to and sold for each other when they needed to.

    MJF and Jericho used some classic heel cheats during this bout that haven't been common in years. It was a fun throwback. As always, MJF played his role brilliantly.

    The Acclaimed has a lot of talent but Caster and Bowens still have a little work to do on some of the basics before they are ready for the tag title scene. 

    Guevara quitting the stable was predictable but necessary for this storyline to move forward. MJF's master plan is slowly starting to unfold. 

Leyla Hirsch vs. Thunder Rosa

5 OF 6

    The first match in the Women's Eliminator tournament took place this week with Hirsch taking on Thunder Rosa. The former NWA women's champion gave a promo before the match saying she wanted both the AEW and NWA women's titles.

    They locked up and wrestled on the mat until they came to a stalemate and reset. Hirsch showed off some of her amateur wrestling skills as she worked over Rosa's arm and hit a suplex. 

    Rosa hit a body slam and a running senton for a two-count. Hirsch hit a nice hurricanrana that sent Rosa out of the ring, and she followed that up with a suicide dive. Rosa recovered but Hirsch almost locked her in an armbar. 

    We returned from a break to see Rosa building some momentum. She nailed a low dropkick in the corner but Hirsch kicked out at two. Legit Leyla executed a few throws and a crossbody for another two-count. 

    Rosa avoided a moonsault to regain the upper hand and hit her finisher to pick up the win and advance to the second round. 


    Grade: B+ 



    Other than two or three moments where it looked like there was a timing issue, these two women put on the best match of the night up to this point.

    Hirsch's technical ability combined with Rosa's unique style to create a great performance. They had great chemistry and it would be nice to see them get a chance for a rematch down the line.

    Hirsch is still new to AEW and has time to establish herself. Even with the losses she has suffered, she has looked impressive in each outing. It wouldn't be surprising to see her get a push at some point. 

KENTA and Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley and Lance Archer (Falls Count Anywhere)

6 OF 6

    Omega was shown golfing earlier in the day and he told Alex Marvez that he was the best of all time and didn't need to prepare for his match like most wrestlers. 

    KENTA hit Moxley with his IWGP U.S title shot briefcase right after the bell. He tried to do the same thing to Archer but the big man showed no signs of pain. Omega helped KENTA take down both opponents.

    KENTA shoved Omega out of the way so he could stomp on Mox and it led to a brief argument. Archer ran over Omega and Moxley turned KENTA inside out with a clothesline. Omega used a trash can as a weapon and used it during a moonsault to inflict extra damage. 

    Archer and Omega fought into the crowd area during the break. KENTA hit Avalon with a GTS when he got in his way. Archer sent Omega into a heart-shaped bed Avalon keeps at ringside for some reason. Moxley rejoined the fight and got a near-fall on KENTA.

    Moxley and KENTA took the fight into the kitchen area backstage where the IWGP U.S. champ took a DDT on top of a metal table. It took a few minutes for everybody to make it back to the ringside area. KENTA tried to put Moxley through a table with a double stomp but the table didn't break. 

    Archer chokeslammed Omega and walked across the top rope to hit a moonsault for a two-count. The Good Brothers came out and attacked Archer and Jake Roberts. Moxley came in with a barbed wire bat to take out the interlopers. 

    Omega hit Archer with a V-Trigger but he needed help to get him up for the One-Winged Angel. He hit the move and got the pin. 


    Grade: B-



    For some strange reason, AEW decided to air a recap of the first half of the match at the halfway point instead of sticking with the action. It took some of the momentum away from the wrestlers.

    As fun as all of the mayhem was, this match was overbooked. If you do everything in the first encounter, it doesn't leave anywhere for these guys to go in the future.

    The relationship with AEW and NJPW should excite fans because it means we will get to see stars like KENTA more often. He looked great in this match and came off like a legit contender, which is something WWE never managed to pull off with his character.

    This was an entertaining fight but it got to a point where they were just doing things for the sake of doing them. This is a rare instance where a match would have been better with five fewer minutes. 

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