9/16 NXT ON USA TV REPORT: Hustwaite’s “alt-perspective” report on Priest vs. Thatcher for the NXT North American Championship and two “major announcements” from William Regal

NXT ON USA TV REPORT
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
ORLANDO, FLA., AT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
REPORT BY MATT HUSTWAITE, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Announcers: Vic Joseph, Beth Phoenix, Wade Barrett

[HOUR ONE]

– The show opened with a highlights package of last week’s NXT Super Tuesday II. In the arena, Vic Joseph welcomed viewers to the show and Shotzi Blackheart made her entrance in the mini tank for a non-title match against Io Shirai.

(1) SHOTZI BLACKHEART vs. IO SHIRAI

Both wrestlers circled each other as the bell rang. Blackheart offered a respectful handshake, but Shirai slapped Blackheart’s hand away. Blackheart missed a big boot followed by Shirai hitting the ropes and missing a clothesline attempt of her own. Blackheart and Shirai tried to intimidate each other with a wolf howl and flip into a pose respectively. On commentary, Phoenix and Barrett struggled to get in many words as Joseph called a series of back-and-forth pinfall attempts from both wrestlers. Blackheart eventually gained the upper hand and worked Shirai’s arms with a submission. Shirai made it to the ropes to force the break. Shirai avoided a charging Blackheart in the corner and sent Blackheart to the outside. Shirai hit a moonsault from the apron and rolled Blackheart back into the ring for a pin attempt. Blackheart kicked out at two and the show went to picture-in-picture commercial. [c]

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