A massive night was in store for NXT as the long-awaited in-ring debut of Franky Monet finally took place and perhaps the biggest rematch in the history of NXT went down between Karrion Kross and Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. Here is your official WWE NXT results with analysis and match ratings.
WWE NXT Results & Ratings (5/25/21)
— Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon
Rating: 3.00 (***)
— Bobby Fish vs. Pete Dunne
Winner: Pete Dunne
Rating: 3.00 (***)
— Mercedes Martinez vs. Zayda Ramier
Winner: Mercedes Martinez
Rating: 1.75 (*3/4)
— Franky Monet vs. Cora Jade
Winner: Franky Monet
Rating: 2.00 (**)
— NXT Championship: Karrion Kross (c) vs. Finn Balor
Winner: Karrion Kross
Rating: 3.75 (***3/4)
WWE NXT Results: In-Depth Match Analysis
NXT Championship: Karrion Kross (c) vs. Finn Balor
Karrion Kross and Finn Balor had a solid match at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver which saw Kross walked out as the new NXT Champion. It was only right that these two men had one last battle to firmly determine who was the better individual. As the championship was put on the line for the first time by Kross, it was time he shows what kind of pain that was going to ensue on any and all of his challengers. Balor felt that in this one, as from the start to the finish saw a style of physicality that likely no one expected. Kross was bullying Balor for the majority of the match, showing that maybe the former two-time NXT Champion just did not have what it took to take out Kross.
Bless the challenger though, as Balor never gave up. He fought back time and time again but that only angered the champion more. By the time the closing sequence entered, it was the end for Balor. Not one but two forearm smashes to the back of the neck from Kross to Balor followed by multiple boots to the skull when Balor was clearly out. The champion would lock on the Sleeper Hold to finish off Balor and walk out still champion.
This was by far the best match of Kross’s NXT career. These two displayed an immense amount of tension and physicality that made this feel important from start to finish. As Balor heads into the back of the line, Kross will now look ahead with the potential to face Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, or Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
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