WWE NXT results (January 14, 2021) – here’s what happened

January 14, 2021
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Summary

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic kicks off with a couple of solid matches, interspersed – and sometimes intertwined – with the development of other feuds.

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Summary

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic kicks off with a couple of solid matches, interspersed – and sometimes intertwined – with the development of other feuds.

These WWE NXT results from January 14, 2021 contain major spoilers.

Coming right on the back of the great New Year’s Evil, this week’s episode of NXT had a lot to live up to, especially after a weak episode of Raw and with the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. A couple of decent matches and a bit of bland filler later, I was most impressed by how capably the on-going feuds were weaved into the tournament matches.

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae w/ Indi Hartwell

The opening match was a decent, back-and-forth affair, mostly intended to put over Shotzi Blackheart while still having her lose thanks to – surprise! – interference. I like Shotzi’s whole look and gimmick, though she’s still a bit green in more ways than one. LeRae’s connection to Johnny Gargano does her a lot of favors, and I obviously see her coming out on the losing end of this feud when all is said and done.

NXT Champion Finn Balor Has Something to Say

After beating Kyle O’Reilly, Finn is in need of another feud, and it’s obviously going to come in the form of Pete Dunne. He and NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch interrupt Balor and, predictably, a brawl erupts, with Kyle O’Reilly eventually providing the unlikely save and Adam Cole and Roderick Strong then backing him up. This is mostly setup for some payoff we’ll get in the main event, but I’m a fan of everyone involved here and I think the whole thing bodes well.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 1st Round Match
Ever-Rise (Matt Martel and Chase Parker) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake)

Sometimes you get a pretty lengthy and decently competitive tag team match that nonetheless doesn’t really grab you, and that’s exactly how I felt about this. There was nothing outwardly wrong with it, but also nothing to really make it stand out, either, especially since I’m just not sold on Ever-Rise. With that in mind I think the Grizzled Young Veterans going over was the right move, but this was a hefty chunk of time to make that happen.

NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano w/ Austin Theory vs. Dexter Lumis

Where on Earth do we start with Dexter Lumis? Dude’s clearly an incredible athlete, but I honestly have no idea what his gimmick is supposed to be. He looks like a neo-Nazi, has a weird otherworldly vibe, but wrestles in skinny jeans. I just have no idea what to make of him, and for most of this match, Gargano didn’t seem to have much of a clue either.

The match was fine. Both men can shift, Lumis has the size advantage, and Gargano is just better, technically. Having him win via rollup on the back of a Theory interference keeps Lumis strong, while the post-match shenanigans continue the feud between Gargano and Kushida while giving Lumis some payback in being able to lock Theory in the Silence.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 1st Round Match
Jake Atlas and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. MSK (Wes Lee and Nash Carter)

I preferred this match to the first, even if it was mostly just an introduction to MSK. There’s plenty of upside to this team and the tournament seems as good an opportunity as any to showcase them to new fans.

Xia Li w/ Boa vs. a local talent

Another squash match just to put Xia Li over. We haven’t seen enough of her in the ring to make a solid determination one way or the other, but I will say I like the whole gimmick of the mysterious figure on the throne calling all the shots. Feels very Mortal Kombat, and that’s no bad thing, but it’ll obviously take some time to develop, so expect more weeks of matches like this in the near future.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 1st Round Match
Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) vs. Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole and Roderick Strong) w/ Kyle O’Reilly

One thing I’m happy about here is that the match itself got plenty of time to impress on its own terms before it inevitably devolved into more development in the Pete Dunne and Finn Balor feud. After ages spent toiling in the main roster mid-card it’s always nice when Breezango get time to wrestle, and while Undisputed ERA going over was fairly predictable, it certainly didn’t look that way in certain spots. O’Reilly accompanying Cole and Strong was put over by the announcers as a grave risk, and that proved true when Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan, and Danny Burch eventually all arrived to assault him. This time, Balor made the save. I thought for a moment that the interference might cost Undisputed ERA the match, but Cole was focused enough to hit Fandango with a nasty-looking Superkick spot to close things out.

The show ended with Pete Dunne and Co. victorious, O’Reilly bleeding from the mouth after a worsening of his jaw injury, and Balor on the ground with a tweaked arm. Plenty of material to run with in subsequent weeks and a decent, if predictable, start to the Tag Team Classic.

These were our WWE NXT results from January 14, 2021.

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