McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Johnny Gargano. He looks ahead to beating Dexter Lumis tonight, and then to The Way winning the men’s and women’s Dusty Cups. Austin Theory walks up with a delivery. The envelope has two drawings in it, from Lumis. One of Theory and one of Gargano. Gargano is upset, as is Theory. Gargano storms off and Theory follows.
Johnny Gargano vs. Dexter Lumis
We go back to the ring and NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano is waiting in the ring for this non-title match. Dexter Lumis is out next. Austin Theory watches from ringside.
Gargano grabs Lumis’ drawing of himself and tears it up in Lumis’ face. Lumis rocks him to start the match. Gargano fights back but Lumis hits the Thesz Press and right hands. Lumis charges in the corner but misses. Gargano ends up on the mat with Lumis crawling in his face, backing a terrified Gargano to the floor. Gargano capitalizes on the outside and then superkicks Lumis in the face from the apron. Lumis rocks Gargano from the floor and Gargano hits the mat. Lumis slowly comes back in and goes to the top but Gargano cuts him off with forearms.
Gargano climbs up for a superplex but Lumis resists and fights back. Lumis headbutts Gargano, and again. Lumis then punches Gargano to the mat. Lumis stands up on the top and goes for a big Swanton Bomb but Gargano rolls out of the way and Lumis lands hard. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Gargano remains in control. Gargano grounds Lumis and drives big knees in him. Gargano stuns Lumis with forearms to the back as fans try to rally for Lumis. Lumis finally nails a big Spinebuster out of nowhere to get an opening as fans cheer him on. Lumis unloads with offense and nails a bulldog in the middle of the ring.
Lumis with a big slingshot suplex using the top rope. Lumis stalks Gargano as fans rally again. Lumis with a belly-to-back suplex and a kip up into a leg drop. Gargano kicks out just in time. Gargano fights off the Silence submission. Gargano fights back and goes for a crossbody but Lumis catches him. They tangle and Gargano ends up rolling Lumis for a close 2 count. Gargano with a big shot to the face. Lumis looks right back up from the mat and stares at him. Gargano follows right back up with another big superkick to the face for a 2 count.
Gargano talks some trash while they’re both working up from their knees now, trading big strikes. Theory ends up grabbing Lumis’ leg while the referee isn’t looking. Lumis stomps on Theory’s hand. Gargano takes advantage and rocks Lumis. Gargano goes for the One Final Beat but it’s blocked with a big uppercut. More back and forth now. Lumis blocks the One Final Beat again and locks in the Silence. Theory comes in from the apron but Lumis breaks the hold on Gargano, then grabs Theory with the Silence. Gargano ends up attacking and rolling Lumis up for the pin to win.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
After the match, Lumis attacks Theory with the Silence again but Gargano makes the save. Lumis gets dropped at ringside as fans boo. Gargano grabs a steel chair and goes to use it but Kushida attacks him from behind to make the save for a pop. Theory stops Kushida but gets dropped at ringside. Kushida rolls Gargano in the ring and applies the Hoverboard Lock as fans cheer. Lumis applies the Silence on Theory at ringside while Kushida has the hold on Gargano in the ring. Fans chant Kushida’s name. He finally breaks the hold and grab the NXT North American Title belt, taunting Gargano with it while he’s down in the corner. Kushida tosses the title to the mat and poses at Gargano.
Posted by: Admin / Television January 14th, 2021