WEEKLY OVERVIEW – NXT (thru 11/8): Latest news, injuries, live event results, schedule of live events, next big show line-up, noteworthy social media posts, closing commentary on NXT Tag Teams and War Games

By Robert Doherty, PWTorch Specialist


NXT Photo credit Scott Lunn (@ScottLunn)

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

  • NXT superstar Nikki Cross made her main roster debut Tuesday on Smackdown Live and lost to Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.  I believe this was a quick one off because they were taping in Nikki’s hometown, but I hope this means more Nikki on Tuesdays going forward.  Also hoping this means more TV time for her forgotten stable mates Sanity.
  • NXT General Manager William Regal finally made the NXT Women’s Championship match for Takeover WarGames official.  It’ll be Baszler vs. Sane III in a two-out-of-three falls match for Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship.  This match is honestly a toss up and I have to believe that whoever loses might be showing up on Raw/Smackdown in the very near future.

NXT Live Event Results 

Nov. 1 West Palm Beach, Fla.

  • War Raiders beat Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi
  • Matt Riddle beat Luke Menzies
  • Bianca Belair beat Taynara Conti
  • Velveteen Dream beat Kona Reeves
  • Undisputed Era beat Street Profits to retain NXT Tag Team Championship
  • Ricochet beat Adam Cole to retain NXT North American Championship
  • Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke beat Dakota Kai and Kairi Sane
  • Tommaso Ciampa beat Aleister Black to retain NXT Championship

(Results courtesy of F4Wonline.com.)

Nov. 2 Fort Pierce, Fla.

  • Nick Miller (w/Shane Thorne) beat Punishment Martinez
  • Mia Yim and Lacey Lane beat Aliyah and Vanessa Borne
  • Babatunde Aiyegbusi beat Dan Matha
  • Lars Sullivan beat EC3
  • Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan beat Humberto Carillo and Raul Mendoza
  • Keith Lee beat Kassius Ohno
  • Rhea Ripley beat Nikki Cross to retain NXT UK Women’s Championship
  • Heavy Machinery and Stacey Ervin Jr. beat The Forgotten Sons

(Results courtesy of F4Wonline.com.)

Nov. 3 Coral Gables, Fla.

  • Street Profits beat Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi
  • Dominik Dijakovic beat Rinku Singh
  • Bianca Belair and Lacey Evans beat Taynara Conti and Candice LeRae
  • Matt Riddle beat Luke Menzies
  • Aleister Black and War Raiders beat the Undisputed Era (Cole, O’Reilly, Strong)
  • Ricochet beat Kona Reeves to retain NXT North American Championship
  • Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke beat Kairi Sane and Dakota Kai
  • Tommaso Ciampa beat Velveteen Dream to retain NXT Championship

(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)

Projected Lineup:

  • 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

•Upcoming Events

  • 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)
  • Thursday Dec. 13 – Orlando Live Events (Casselberry, Fla.)
  • Friday Dec. 14 – Citrus Springs Fla.
  • Saturday Dec. 15 – Minnreg Hall (Largo, Fla.)

•Latest TV Highlights: 11/7 NXT TV Report

  • (1) Heavy Machinery beat The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake) by pinfall (3:05 – 11:30)
  • Cadice LeRae interviewed by reporters outside (14:08 – 14:43)
  • Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke interviewed in locker room by Cathy Kelly (18:08 – 19:30)
    • Interrupted by Regal to announce 2 out of 3 falls match with Sane at Takeover
  • (2) Dakota Kai beat Taynara Conti by pinfall (21:35 – 26:13)
  • Mia Yim interviewed by Cathy Kelly backstage (27:14 – 28:53)
    • Interrupted by Bianca Belair
  • Matt Riddle and Keith Lee shown backstage (30:48 – 31:40)
    • Interrupted by Kassius Ohno
  • WarGames highlight video of last year and preview of this year (32:37 – 36:21)
  • Johnny Gargano cell phone video explaining assault on Aleister Black (37:11 – 40:02)
  • (3) Lars Sullivan beat Velveteen Dream by pinfall (46:41 – 55:41)
    • Post match brawl Ciampa and Velveteen Dream (55:41 – 59:48)

Check out our full detailed ROH TV Report HERE.


•NXT in the media

  • Former NXT Champion Kevin Owens did an interview on Inside the Ropes this week (LINK) and had some very interesting comments.  He wondered out loud if his segment earlier this year where he headbutted Vince McMahon was the best it was going to get for him in WWE.  “Sometimes I wonder if this is as good as it gets for me,” he said. “I hope not and I don’t plan on it being that way, but it’s gonna be hard to top.”  God I hope he’s wrong!

•Top NXT Tweets of the Week

Do you lift weights? 

Bianca “Randy Orton” Belair

Ciampa tweet of the week

UpUpDownDown is fantastic.  If you’ve ever played a video game, I strongly recommend it!


•Thoughts and Comments

  • Leave it to NXT to continually showcase different tag teams every week and make each of them look like an eventual title contender.  This week it was Heavy Machinery’s turn.  They scored an impressive win over the Forgotten Sons (while being praised by the announce table the entire match) and got  some love on the WWE NXT Instragram page HERE.  How does NXT do this when they have one hour a week, yet the main roster can’t accomplish the same with five hours? Boggles my mind…
  • Cageside Seats columnist Sean Rueter wrong an excellent column this week and I could not agree more.  We just saw this match two weeks ago at Evolution.  Takeover WarGames would have been a perfect time for the blow off match between Cross and Belair or maybe work a Belair vs, Yim vs. LeRae vs. Nikki Cross four-way… something.  I’m sure Baszler vs. Sane III will be great, but they could have used some time off.
  • Please don’t let Lars interfere in this NXT Championship match… Lars is totally going to interfere isn’t he?
  • The current Takeover WarGames card sits at four matches and I still think there’s room for one more.  Matt Riddle is special and special NXT talents fight at Takeovers.  I wish they would have waited to debut him at WarGames a la Shinsuke and have him and Kassius Ohno attempt to steal the show.

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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.

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