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The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.
•Top Stories of the Week
- The identity of Aleister Black’s attacker has been revealed and it is none other than NXT resident good guy Johnny Gargano (my prediction since day one). Johnny’s character development over the next several months will be fascinating to watch.
- NXT released three people last week. Tian Bing, Gabriel Ealy, and Cheng Yuxiang were all shown their walking papers. Bing is best known in the WWE for participating in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 33 where he eliminated both Tyler Breeze and Fandango.
- The King of Bros Matt Riddle is making his NXT debut Wednesday. It’s looking like his first feud will be with a frustrated Kassius Ohno. By all accounts, this kid is going to be a Superstar with a capital S and I think WWE knows it. I can’t remember the last time someone won three matches at a single house show (look at live event results below).
•NXT Live Event Results
Oct. 19 St. Augustine, Fla.
- Fabian Achner beat Stacey Ervin Jr.
- Candice LeRae beat Aliya
- Kassius Ohno and Dominic Dijakovic beat Raul Mendoza and Humberto Carrillo
- Matt Riddle beat Mars
- Matt Riddle beat Boa
- Matt Riddle and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Rocky and Mars and Boa
- Velveteen Dream beat Luke Menzies
- Lars Sullivan beat Dan Matha
- Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir beat Mia Yim and Io Shirai and Kairi Sane
(Results courtesy of F4Wonline.com)
Oct. 20 Venice Fla.
- Humberto Carrillo beat Mohamed Fahim
- Aliya beat MJ Jenkins
- Hanson beat Keith Lee
- Lacey Evans and Jaxson Ryker beat Kavita Devi and Rinku Singh
- Matt Riddle beat Luke Menzies
- Forgotten Sons (Blake & Cutler) beat Heavy Machinery, Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi, and Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch in a Fatal Four-way
- Rhea Ripley beat Deonna Purrazzo to retain NXT Womens UK Champion
- Ricochet and Street Profits beat Undisputed Era (Fish, O’Reilly, Strong)
(Results courtesy of F4Wonline.com)
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT Takeover WarGames2
NXT Takeover WarGames 2
Saturday November 17, 2018
Los Angeles, Calif. At STAPLES Center (3:15 P.M. Start Time)
- Tomaso Ciampa (Champion) vs. Velveteen Dream
- Undisputed Era vs. Ricochet/EC3/War Raiders
- Karai Sane (Champion) vs. Shayna Bayzler
- Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno
- Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano
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- Thursday Oct. 25 – Cocoa Armory (Cocoa, Fla.)
- Friday Oct. 26 – Minnreg Hall (Largo, Fla.)
- Saturday Oct. 27 – Orlando Live Events (Casselberry, Fla.)
- Thursday Nov. 1 – Palm Beach County Convention Center (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
- Friday Nov. 2 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
- Saturday Nov 3 – Fieldhouse at Watso Center (Coral Gables, Fla.)
- Thursday Nov. 8 – Cocoa Armory (Cocoa, Fla.)
- Friday Nov. 9 – University Area CDC Gymnasium (Tampa, Fla.)
- Saturday Nov. 10 – Midtown Cultural & Educational Center (Dayton Beach, Fla.)
- Thursday Nov. 15 – SJSU Event Center (San Jose, Calif.)
- Friday Nov. 16 – Visalia Convention Center (Visalia, Calif.)
- SATURDAY NOV. 17 – STAPLES CENTER (LOS ANGELES, CALIF.)
- Thursday Nov. 29 – The Reserve Pavilion at Hilton Ocala (Ocala Fla.)
- Friday Nov. 30 – Maxwell Snyder Armory (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- Thursday Dec. 6 – Dade City Armory (Dade City, Fla.)
- Thursday Dec. 6 – Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, Wis.)
- Friday Dec. 7 – Shopko Hall (Green Bay, Wis.)
- Saturday Dec. 8 – Venice Community Center (Venice, Fla.)
- Saturday Dec. 8 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium (St. Paul, Minn.)
- Sunday Dec. 9 – Hy- Vee Hall (Des Moines, Iowa)
•Latest TV Highlights: 10/24 NXT TV Report
- Show opens with Regal talking to “security” about making sure Aleister Black speaks to him before he enters building.
- Undisputed Era In Ring Promo (3:33 – 5:22)
- Interrupted by EC3
- (1) EC3 beat Adam Cole by pinfall (7:30 – 14:21)
- Undisputed Era viciously attacks EC3 after match
- Nikki Cross backstage with “security” (20:44 – 21:09)
- (2) Mia Yim beat Aliyah by pinfall (23:20 – 27:00)
- Bianca Belair backstage asking Regal for title shot (27:31 – 29:03)
- Interrupted by Cathy Kelly to ask about Alesiter Black situation
- Interrupted by Undisputed Era
- Lacy Evans video package (35:43 – 37:35)
- Kairi Sane/Shayna Baszler video package (38:51 – 42:07)
- (3) Kassius Ohno beat Justin Xavier by pin (43:57 – 47:03)
- Matt Riddle hype video for debut next week
- Steven Regal in ring to announce NXT Championship Match for WarGames (51:00 – 57:28)
- Interrupted by Tommaso Ciampa
- Interrupted by Velveteen Dream
- Interrupted by Lars Sullivan
- Interrupted by Nikki Cross
- Interrupted by Aleister Black
- Interrupted by Johnny Gargano who reveals himself to be Aleister Blacks’s attacker
•NXT in the media
NXT Boss Triple H talked with ESPN about all things Women’s Division and the depth of the Women’s roster. “I think people think, ‘Oh, the future is bright [for the women’s division],’ or they’ve come such a long way — you haven’t seen anything yet. If I was one of the girls on the main roster, I would be looking at this going, ‘Yo, I gotta step up.’ If I was one of the guys on the main roster, I would be going like, ‘Wow, we are going to be the tertiary characters here in a couple of years if we don’t step up our stuff.’ That’s good, that pushes everyone.” – Triple H
•Top NXT Tweets of the Week
-Ciampa tweet of the week:
Sometimes you just need to DIY
— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) October 25, 2018
-I’m a huge Usual Suspects fan…..
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) October 25, 2018
— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) October 25, 2018
-Glorious Bomb throwback because they were the best things on twitter for a while….
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) August 6, 2016
•Thoughts and Comments
- Looks like we might be getting EC3 as the fourth member to join Ricochet and the War Raiders in the WarGames match. I wonder where EC3 goes from there. Does he turn on Ricochet and start a program for the North American title as a heel? I’d be all in for that. He’s a natural heel trying to play face and it’s just not working.
- Interesting backstage segment with Bianca Belair asking Regal for a title shot…I honestly think she’ll be the one to dethrone Sane when the time comes.
- With Lars Anderson trying to insert himself into the NXT Championship picture, I’m quietly crying on the inside with the threat of not getting a Ciampa vs. Dream 1on1 bout at WarGames. Has. To. Happen.
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