WEEKLY OVERVIEW – NXT (thru 12/12): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

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

  • The Injury bug has taken a bite out of the NXT’s Women’s division. It was reported that Dakota Kai suffered a knee injury at a live event in Green Bay, Wisconsin over the weekend. According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, Kai underwent an MRI and it is believed to be a torn ACL. She was a major cog in the current NXT Women’s Championship storyline so the loss will be felt.
  • Tyler Breeze made his return to NXT this Wednesday in a loss to Ricochet for the NXT North American Championship. No word yet if this is a one off until his tag team partner Fandango can get healthy or if it’s a long term stay. Either way, always good to see Prince Pretty in the ring.
  • There have been two matches announced for next weeks NXT TV show. One will see Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke take on Dakota Kai and Io Shirai and the main event will be Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano in a steel cage match.

•NXT Live Event Results

Dec. 6 Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Matt Riddle beat Kassius Ohno
  • Kairi Sane and Dakota Kai beat Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir
  • Bobby Fish beat Humberto Carrillo
  • Dominik Dijakovic beat Kona Reeves
  • Aleister Black beat Johnny Gargano
  • Ricochet and Heavy Machinery beat The Undisputed Era (Cole, O’Reilly, Strong)
  • Shayna Baszler beat Candice LeRae to retain NXT Women’s Championship
  • Tommaso Ciampa beat Velveteen Dream to retain NXT Men’s Championship

(Results courtesy of F4WOnline.com)

Dec. 6 Dade City, Fla.

  • Shane Thorne beat Boa
  • Lacey Evans beat Xia Li
  • Luke Menzies beat Mansoor Al-Shehail
  • Kacey Catanzaro and Lacey Lane beat Vanessa Borne and Deonna Purrazzo
  • Keith Lee beat Fabian Aichner
  • The Street Profits beat Rick Boog and Riddick Moss
  • Aliyah beat Chelsea Green
  • War Raiders and Babatunde Aiyegbusi beat The Forgotten Sons

(Results courtesy of F4WOnline.com)

Dec. 7 Fort Pierce, Fla.

  • MJ Jenkins beat Deonna Purrazzo
  • Brennan Williams beat Luke Menzies
  • Wesley Blake beat Denzel
  • Aliyah and Reina Gonzalez beat Jessie and Chelsea Green
  • Keith lee beat Punishment Martinez
  • The Street Profits beat The Forgotten Sons
  • Lacey Evans beat Mia Yim and Io Shirai in a triple threat
  • The War Raiders beat Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch

(Results courtesy of F4WOnline.com)

Dec. 7 Green Bay, Wis.

  • Adam Cole beat Humberto Carrillo
  • Kassius Ohno beat Dan Matha
  • Matt Riddle beat Dominik Dijakovic
  • The Undisputed Era (O’Reilly and Strong) beat Heavy Machinery to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship
  • Candice LeRae, Kairi Sane, and Dakota Kai beat Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marine Shafir by DQ
  • Velveteen Dream beat Johnny Gargano
  • Ricochet and Aleister Black beat Tommaso Ciampa and Kona Reeves

(Results courtesy of PWInsider.com)

Dec. 8 Venice, Fla.

  • Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Rick Boog and Mansoor Al-Shehail
  • Xia Li beat Vanessa Borne
  • Babatunde Aiyegbusi beat Fabian Aichner
  • Aliya and Reina Gonzalez beat Jessie Elaban and MJ Jenkins
  • Shane Thorne beat Riddick Moss
  • War Raiders beat Brennan Williams and Punishment Martinez
  • Nikki Cross beat Deonna Purrazzo
  • The Street Profits and Keith Lee beat The Forgotten Sons

(Results courtesy of F4WOnline.com)

Dec. 8 St. Paul, Minn.

  • Matt Riddle beat Kassius Ohno
  • Jessamyn Duke (w/Marina Shafir) beat Candice LeRae
  • Bobby Fish beat Humberto Carrillo
  • Dominik Dijakovic beat Kona Reeves (w/Dan Matha)
  • Aleister Black beat Johnny Gargano
  • Heavy Machinery and Ricochet beat The Undisputed Era (Cole, O’Reilly, Strong)
  • Kairi Sane beat NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler by DQ
  • Tommaso Ciampa beat Velveteen Dream to retain NXT Men’s Championship

(Results courtesy of F4WOnline.com)

Dec. 9 Des Moines, Iowa

  • Matt Riddle beat Dominik Dijakovic
  • The Undisputed Era (O’Reilly and Strong) beat Heavy Machinery to retain NXT Tag Team Championship
  • Adam Cole beat Humberto Carrillo
  • Kassius Ohno beat Dan Matha
  • Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir beat Candice LeRae and Kairi Sane
  • The Velveteen Dream beat Johnny Gargano
  • Aleister Black and Ricochet beat Tommaso Ciampa and Kona Reeves

(Results courtesy of Wrestling-News.net)


•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver Phoenix

NXT Takeover Phoenix
January 26, 2019
Phoenix, AZ (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

Projected Lineup:

  • Tomaso Ciampa (Champion) vs. Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Velveteen Dream
  • Undisputed Era (Champions) vs. Heavy Machinery
  • Ricochet (Champion) vs. ?
  • Shayna Baszler (Champion) vs. Bianca Beair

•Upcoming Events

  • Thursday Dec. 13 – Orlando Live Events (Casselberry, Fla.)
  • Friday Dec. 14 – Citrus Springs Fla.
  • Saturday Dec. 15 – Minnreg Hall (Largo, Fla.)
  • Friday Jan. 4 – Center Stage Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Saturday Jan. 5 – Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
  • Saturday Jan. 5 – Crystal River Armory (Crystal River, Fla.)
  • Sunday Jan. 6 – Durham Armory (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Friday Jan. 11 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
  • Thursday Jan. 17 – Venice Community Center (Venice, Fla.)
  • Friday Jan. 18 – University Area CDC Gymnasium (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Saturday Jan. 19 – Citrus Springs (Citrus Springs, Fla.)
  • Thursday Jan. 24 – Viejas Arena (San Diego, Cal.)
  • Friday Jan 25 – Riverside Municipal Auditorium (Riverside, Cal.)
  • SATURDAY JAN 26. – WWE NXT TAKEOVER PHOENIX – TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Thursday Jan. 31 – Highlands Today Center (Sebring, Fla.)
  • Saturday Feb. 2 – Lakeland Armory (Lakeland, Fla.)
  • Thursday Feb. 7 – The Reserve Pavilion at Hilton Ocala (Ocala, Fla.)
  • Thursday Feb. 7 – RWJ Barnabas Arena (Toms River, New Jersey)
  • Friday Feb. 8 – St. Petersburg Armory (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
  • Friday Feb. 8 – Mid-Hudson Civic Center (Poughkeepsie, New York)
  • Saturday Feb. 9 – Lowell Memorial Auditorium (Lowell, MA)
  • Saturday Feb. 9 – Sanford Civic Center (Sanford, Fla.)
  • Sunday Feb. 10 – Ryan Center (Kingston, Rhode Island)

•Latest TV Highlights: 12/5 NXT TV Report

  • Adam Cole in ring promo (4:11 – 6:23)
  • (1) EC3 beat Bobby Fish by pinfall (6:53 – 12:28)
    • Heavy Machinery clears ring (12:50 – 14:27)
  • Dakota Kai and Io Shirai backstage interview (14:33 – 15:18)
  • (2) Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan beat The Mighty by pinfall (18:21 – 23:26)
  • Aleister Black/Tommaso Ciampa/Johnny Gargano video highlight package (24:41 – 28:36)
  • DIJAKOVIC IS COMING! (30:01 – 30:30)
  • Shayna Baszler/Marina Shafir/Jessamyn Duke with Cathy Kelly (30:32 – 31:23)
  • (3) Mia Yim beat Reina Gonzalez by pinfall (34:31 – 37:58)
  • Aleister Black backstage promo (41:00 – 42:18)
  • (4) Ricochet beat Tyler Breeze by pinfall (46:53 – 56:41)

•NXT in the media

  • On WWE.com there was a great back and forth with The Forgotten Sons. When asked about his past NXT Tag Team Championship experience, Wesley Blake said, “The difference is, Blake as champion was just that. A vessel. A marquee. Someone with no identity without that championship. Now, I have a family that’s a bond and our purpose is stronger than ever. The man, Wesley Blake, that you see now, is fulfilled.”
  • An ESPN article written by Tim Fiorvanti touched on Shawn Michaels work at the Performance Center and his effect on NXT Superstars such as Adam Cole. Cole states, ”Shawn Michaels, to me and to so many people, is just the greatest in-ring performer of all time,” Cole noted back in April. “He’s a big reason I decided to pursue pro wrestling myself. I saw him, and I was so amazed and captivated by what he did that I said, ‘Oh, someday I want to do that.’ To be able to share a ring with him in any capacity was huge, and for him to be the guest referee in that match was so awesome.”

•Latest NXT Podcast – “PWT Talks NXT” PWTorch Livecast

In this anniversary episode, Kelly Wells, Tom Stoup, and Harley R. Pageot cover the Tyler Breeze surprise and whether he could stick around, the tag team hierarchy, Dakota Kai’s injury, and more.

-On Tune In Radio HERE
-On Apple Podcasts HERE
-Or search “PWTorch” or “Pro Wrestling Torch” on your podcast app of choice


•Top NXT Tweets of the Week

Ciampa tweet of the week. I predict this match will never happen.

He would immediately become the second best twitter feed in NXT

It’s my favorite Christmas movie too Lacey.

I’d be OK with all of that.


•Thoughts and Comments

  • I absolutely love Tyler Breeze coming back to NXT, even if it is just for one match. I hope this paves the way for more and more underused and underutilized main roster superstars to make their return to NXT.
  • The Hanson injury might be more serious that I had first thought. Heavy Machinery seems to have stepped right into the number one contender spot that was once occupied by the War Raiders. The tag team division is so loaded that I could see a few different teams holding the titles in 2019.
  • Just awful news on the Dakota Kai injury. I feel like she was just starting to come into her own and the relationship with the full sail crowd was just developing. She’s still very young, so hopefully this will be a small speed bump in the road.
  • The NXT Men’s, Women’s, and Tag Team Championships all seem to be headed in a certain direction, but the same can not be said about the North American Championship. After Ricochet’s victory over Breeze, the contenders are “limitless” but I have absolutely no idea what they’ll do. Adam Cole, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Bobby Fish, EC3 could all potentially step up to the plate. Great time to be an NXT fan with names like that on the roster.

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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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