First off, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there. On this day, we had the NXT Takeover Vengeance Day special. This coming weekend, we will have the Elimination Chamber PPV as we get closer to WrestleMania 37. Finn Balor defended his NXT championship against Pete Dunne. Io Shairi put the NXT Women’s Championship on the line against Mercedes Martinez and Toni Storm. Johnny Gargano defended the NXT North American title against Kushida. We also had both finals of the Dusty Rhodes tag team classic. For the ladies, Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart took on Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai. On the men’s side, the Grizzled Young Veterans took on the new team of MSK. The winner of the ladies’ match will get a shot at the WWE Women’s tag titles in the future. The winners of the men’s classic would get a shot at the NXT tag belts in the future. Let’s get this started!
The opening match was the finals of the Women’s Dusty Classic. This match was a great opener with a lot of action on the inside and outside of the ring. Kai, Blackheart and Moon used their speed throughout the match. Gonzalez has been very impressive over the last few months used her power. They all beat the hell out of each other throughout the match. It seems like Moon was about to pick up the win with her finisher on Gonzalez, but Kai made the save. They continued to battle as both teams pulled out all the stops. Power came into play as Gonzalez presses Kai from the ramp and tosses her in the ring on top of Shotzi. Gonzalez follows in and hits the big spike chokeslam on Shotzi in the middle of the ring to get the pin. Winners: Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai
Match Rating: 3.75/5– Awesome opener and congrats to Gonzalez & Kai on becoming the first women’s Dusty classic winners. Gonzalez is continuing to get pushed to the top.
This match was for the North American championship as Gargano defended against Kushida. This was a battle between two great wrestlers with similar move sets. On the way to the ring, Austin Theory was kidnapped by Dexter Lumis. Kushida went on the attack right as the bell rang locking in the Hoverboard Lock. These two battled a long time with Kushida working on the injured arm of Gargano. Gargano continued to find ways to barely escape Kushida. There were a couple of instances where it seemed like Kushida would make Gargano submit. Towards the end, Kushida is on the ramp going to the ring. Gargano nails One Final Beat from the ring, dropping Kushida on his head on the ramp. He rolls Kushida back in and slowly follows. The referee checks on Kushida. Gargano nails a second One Final Beat and covers for the pin to retain. Winner and Still North American Champ: Johnny Gargano
Match Rating: 4/5
We had the finals of the men’s Dusty Rhodes tag team classic. The Grizzled Young Veterans took on the new, red-hot team of MSK. Both teams have been impressive throughout the tournament. MSK used their speed, quickness, and athletic ability throughout the match. The Grizzled Young Veterans used their power and showed why they’re former tag champs. One of the many crazy spots saw the Grizzled Young Vets hit the Doomsday Device on the outside on Lee. In the end, Drake tags back in for Ticket to Mayhem but Lee runs in to assist his partner. They hit double superkicks for a big pop. MSK goes on and hits a huge double team Blockbuster on Drake from the corner for the pin to win. Winner of the Men’s 2021 Dusty Classic: MSK
Match Rating: 3.5/5– Another great match on NXTTakeover Vengeance Day. It seems like MSK will continue their huge push in NXT.
We had Io Shairi putting up her NXT Women’s Championship in a triple threat match against Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez. Martinez attacked Shairi as they were making the introductions. Storm in turn attacked Martinez. All three women took turns gaining the advantage throughout the match. There were several instances where we could’ve had a new champ. Storm and Martinez hit their finisher in the match. Both couldn’t believe they didn’t leave with the belt. Towards the end, Storm slides off Mercedes’ shoulders and lands a big headbutt. Storm nails Storm Zero in the middle of the ring for a close 2 count. Storm can’t believe the kick out. Fans chant “NXT!” now. Storm with a big flying headbutt to the stomach. Storm covers for the pin on Martinez but Shirai breaks it up with a moonsault from the top out of nowhere. Shirai pushes Storm to the side and covers Martinez for the pin to retain. Winner and Still NXT Women’s Champ: Io Shairi
Match Rating: 3.5/5– Another great match at NXTTakeover Vengeance Day. With Storm not taking the pin, I’m thinking her and Shairi will battle again in the near future.
We had the main event as Finn Balor defended the NXT title against Pete Dunne. Balor has been killing since his return to the NXT brand. Dunne has worked himself into tremendous shape since the pandemic hit. We know when these two are in the ring, we can expect physicality. This match was pure wrestling as they beat the hell out of each other. Dunne worked on the arm, hand and jaw of the champ while Balor focused on the leg. Dunne worked on the finger as Balor tries to pull his hand away from Dunne. Balor kicks his injured leg, but Dunne snaps the fingers back again. Balor with a double stomp to the back to keep Dunne down. Balor has Dunne on his knees. He gets his hand free but has also pulled Dunne’s mouth guard out.
Balor backs up, points his guns at Dunne, and then hits the double dropkick to the face. Balor immediately goes to the top and nails Coup de Grace. Balor follows up with 1916 for the pin to retain in the middle of the ring. Winner and Still NXT Champ: Finn Balor
Match Rating: 4.25/5– After the match, Balor headed up the ramp, but Lorcan & Burch attacked him from behind. They tossed him in the ring, and they continued their attack with Dunne. The Undisputed Era hit the ring and Dunne, Lorcan & Burch retreat. O’Reilly checks on Balor and offers his hand. O’Reilly helps Balor to his feet, and they shake as fans cheer them on. The Undisputed Era stands in the middle of the ring and does their pose as Balor stands with them, doing his own pose. Cole suddenly superkicks Balor out of nowhere. O’Reilly and Strong, especially O’Reilly, aren’t happy with this. O’Reilly has words with Cole while we hear Strong say he understands what Cole did. Cole superkicks O’Reilly out of nowhere and lays him out next to Balor on the mat.
Strong looks a bit unsure about everything but he’s with Cole. The boos get louder now as Cole looks down at O’Reilly, who is barely moving. Cole made his exit from the ring while Balor and O’Reilly are still down. Strong acted conflicted between the two. NXT Takeover Vengeance Day goes off the air.
Top 5 Happenings of the Night
- Adam Cole Turning on Kyle O’Reilly
- Finn Balor(c) vs. Pete Dunne
- Eli Drake now known as LA Knight signing with NXT
- Johnny Gargano(c) vs. Kushida
- Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai Winning First Women’s Dusty Classic
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