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•Top Stories of the Week
- A trio of NXT wrestlers made a lot of news outside the usual confines of Full Sail this week. Fabian Achner is the new Evolve Champion after he defeated Shane Strickland at the Evolve 114 show in Ybor City, Fla. Earlier that same night, The Street Profits answered Boom Patrol’s open tag title challenge and defeated them to become Evolve’s new tag team champions.
- The Queen of Spades Shayna Baszler became the first-ever two-time NXT Women’s Championship when she defeated Kairi Sane at Evolution. Baszler benefited from outside interference from former UFC stablemates Jessamyn Dukes and Marina Shafir.
- The card for WarGames is almost complete with three matches confirmed this week. Check out the updated card with confirmed matches below. I have to believe we’ll get Kairi Sane’s rematch and “The King of Bros” Matt Riddle added at some point, especially after this confrontation https://www.prowrestling.com/watch-kassius-ohno-confronts-new-wwe-nxt-signings-keith-lee-matt-riddle/.
•NXT Live Event Results
Oct. 26 Largo, Fla.
- Montez Ford beat Nick Miller, Rowe, and Tucker Knight in fatal four-way
- Brennan Williams beat Kona Reeves
- Aliya and Reina Gonzalez beat MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban
- Dominik Dijakovic beat Luke Menzies
- EC3 beat Kassius Ohno
- Keith Lee beat Jaxson Ryker by DQ
- Deonna Purrazzo beat Chelsea Green
- Velveteen Dream beat Lars Sullivan
(Results courtesy of F4Wonline.com)
Oct. 27 Orland, Fla.
- Stacey Ervin Jr. won a Halloween Costume Rumble for the right to face Ricochet later in the night for the North American Championship
- Dan Matha beat Raul Mendoza
- Vanessa Borne (w/Kona Reeves) beat Deonna Purrazzo
- Velveteen Dream beat Kona Reeves (w/ Vanessa Borne)
- EC3 beat Shane Throne
- Aliyah beat Lacey Lane
- Ricochet beat Stacey Ervin Jr. to retain North American Championship
(Results courtesy of F4Wonline.com)
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT Takeover WarGames2
NXT Takeover WarGames 2
November 17, 2018
Los Angeles, Calif. At Staples Center (3:15 p.m. Start Time)
- Tomaso Ciampa (Champion) vs. Velveteen Dream – CONFIRMED
- Undisputed Era vs. Ricochet/Pete Dunne/War Raiders – CONFIRMED
- Karai Sane vs. Shayna Bayzler (Champion)
- Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno
- Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano – CONFIRMED
- 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: 10/31 NXT TV Report
- Show opens with awesome video package detailing Aleister Black’s assault (0:20 – 2:12)
- (1) Nikki Cross beat Mercedes Martinez by pinfall (5:48 – 12:09)
- Interrupted by Candace LeRae (13:51)
- Interrupted by Aleister Black (14:55 – 16:33)
- (2) Street Profits beat TM61 by pinfall (21:56 – 29:03)
- Regal interviewed backstage by Cathy Kelley (30:40 – 31:30)
- Announces Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream at WarGames for NXT Championship
- Interrupted by Aleister Black and announces Black vs. Gargano at WarGames
- Lars Anderson seen backstage destroying things (34:03 – 34:33)
- (3) Matt Riddle beat Luke Menzies by submission (36:40 – 40:00)
- (4) Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Humberto Carillo and Raul Mendoza (46:40 – 49:56)
- Undisputed backstage NWO style interview (51:14 – 57:08)
- Brawl with War Raiders
- Ricochet gets involved
- Dunne gets involved with chair
- Regal interrupts to announce 8 man WarGames match
(For a more detailed report, check out Justin James’s report at PWTorch.com)
•Latest episode of “PWT Talks NXT” edition of PWTorch Livecast
“Riddleween.” This week Harley R. Pageot, Justin James, and Cat Moore discuss Matt Riddle’s debut, the first three War Games matches to be announced, where Baszler-Sane goes from here, Candice LeRae’s outfit, midcard talent getting over, and what the future of NXT call-ups might start to look like.
•NXT in the media
- Fantastic column in The Undisputed this week on future NXT Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. The EST of NXT delves into her youth, her young career, and how she came up with her nickname. “I’m the fastest, I’m the quickest, I’m the strongest,” and above all else, she says, “I feel like I am the best athlete on the roster.”
- Newly crowned two-time NXT Women’s Championship sat down for a Q&A with The National to discuss her transition from MMA to NXT and what a potential showdown with fellow four horsewoman Rhonda Rousey might look like. “I don’t think it will be any different if her and I do meet up, out of respect for each other, and it would be gnarly.”
•Top NXT Tweets of the Week
Ciampa tweet of the week:
— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) October 31, 2018
Triple H’s tentacles stretch far and wide my friends….
We told y’all.
— King Tez (@MontezFordWWE) October 29, 2018
— Fabian Aichner (@FabianAichner) October 30, 2018
These two will be battling it for one of the NXT titles within a year….
— Patient Lee, Excited Lee (@RealKeithLee) October 28, 2018
When I think of Halloween…I think of Nikki Cross.
Happy Halloween my little gremlins!!!! In between trick or treating tonight, (hehe more tricking please) check out brand new @wwenxt on the @wwenetwork in just over an hour. Nikki Nikki naughty naughty hehehehehehe in action!! Who is going to play with me?! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/JHS4eGkJ47
— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) October 31, 2018
•Thoughts and Comments
- There is just something off with Kairi Sane’s character. I, personally, was never really behind the “Pirate Princess” gimmick but it seems the WWE fanbase isn’t either. She 100 percent received the smallest reaction from the Evolution crowd last weekend and, after losing the NXT Women’s Championship to Shayna Baszler, I’m left wondering where she goes from here.
- It’s awesome to see the Street Profits getting some much deserved love by winning the Evolve Tag Team Championship last week. I was reminded during their match with TM61 this week how damn athletic and entertaining this duo could be. The NXT tag team division is stacked at the moment, but I think once some of the teams get called up within the next year or so…… it might be time for the Street Profits to shine.
- Nikki Cross’s entrance music is amazing. The crazy laughter added to the Sanity entrance is absolutely perfect. Speaking of which… where is Sanity? Good thing WWE called them up to the main roster… to not be on TV for a month.
- The two minute video package at the beginning of this weeks NXT TV episode detailing the Aleister Black assault/investigation/aftermath was top notch stuff (as usual).
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