1/18 NXT in Tampa, Fla.: Strong & Fish defend NXT Tag Titles in main event, plus Ricochet, Adam Cole, Kairi Sane, Shayna Baszler, Velveteen Dream, more

JANUARY 18, 2019

If you attend a live event, please send results in the format of the following report to pwtorch@pwtorch.com. Thanks!

Attendance: Roughly 800 or so.

Length of show was 2 hours 15 minutes

(1) Velveteen Dream defeated Rick Boogg in 8:00. This month is the 30th anniversary of the first Royal Rumble PPV. These two were moved to engage in a Super Posedown to start. Fortunately it wasn’t nearly as long or boring as the one back then. Good back and forth with Dream winning with the flying elbow drop off the top.

(2) Punishment Martinez defeated Granite Williams in 6:00 after a chokeslam. Lots of stiff punches but not much else.

(3) Donovan Dijekovic defeated Kona Reeves in 11:00. This went way too long and it was only 11 minutes. I don’t think either of these guys are ready for anything beyond 6-7 minutes with each other. Dijekovic wins with a Feast Your Eyes.

(4) Kairi Sane & Io Shirai defeated Shayna Baszler & Marina Jafir and Mia Yim & Zia Li and Vanessa Bourne & Aliyah in 12:00. Good match but it felt short. Sane made Bourne tap to the scorpion death lock. Baszler made Yim tap to the rear naked choke. Shari pinned Jafir after a moonsault off the hands of Sane.

Monsieur came out and did an in ring interview discussing his being in the Greatest Royal Rumble. No one cared until Adam Cole interrupted and ran him down to the cheers and adulation from the audience. Monsieur challenged Cole. Cole said no he was leaving since he hated Tampa, Florida anyway. Again receiving cheers from the audience because we live here and get it. Monsieur then challenged Cole’s manhood which made the match.

(5) Adam Cole defeated Monsieur in 6:00. The match was okay for being only six minutes. Cole won with a running knee to the back of the head.


(7) Kacy Cantanzaro & Ricochet defeated Shane Thorne & Rhea Ripley in 11:00 when Catanzaro pinned Ripley after splash off the top rope. Good match.

(8) Jeet Rama defeated Riddick Moss in 5:00 when Jeet won with a rollup out of nowhere. Another just-okay match.

(9) Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish defeated Raul Mendoza & Humberto Carrillo in 15:00 to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship. Very good main event. Fish & Strong won after a double-team move behind the ref’s back.

If you attend a live event, please send results in the format of the following report to pwtorch@pwtorch.com. Thanks!

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