WEEKLY OVERVIEW – NXT (thru 1/17): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

By Robert Doherty, PWTorch Contributor


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

  • Dakota Kai confirmed via her social media that she suffered a torn ACL last month and will be out six to nine months. “Unfortunately this will take me out for a bit… It’s going to be a tough ride, mentally and physically. I know that. The last thing I want is any sympathy… but hear me when I say this; Within my whole being, I know for sure I will be back stronger than ever. I will hit the ground, running. That’s a promise.”
  • The final two matches for NXT TakeOver Phoenix were made official this week. Matt Riddle will take on Kassius Ohno in what will hopefully be the conclusion to their feud and Ricochet will defend his North American Championship against Johnny Gargano.
  • NXT alums Heavy Machinery, EC3, and Lacey Evans all made their main roster “debuts” this week in non-match/backstage cameos. The peculiar case of Lars Sullivan has yet to be addressed and grows weirder and weirder each week.

•NXT Live Event Results

January 10. Largo, Fla.

  • Mansoor Al Shehail beat Rick Bugez
  • Jessie Elaban and Kacy Catanzaro beat Aliya and Vanessa Borne
  • Jeet Rama beat Riddick Moss
  • Jaxson Ryker (w/Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake) beat Stacey Ervin Jr.
  • Raul Mendoza and Humberto Carrillo beat Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude
  • Punishment Martinez beat Kona Reeves
  • Candice LeRae beat Deonna Purrazzo
  • Ricochet, Keith Lee, and Matt Riddle beat Shane Thorne, Johnny Gargano, and Kassius Ohno

(Results courtesy of f4wonline.com)

January 11 Fort Pierce, Fla.

  • Stacey Ervin Jr. beat Kona Reeves
  • Kacy Catanzaro and Lacey Lane beat Aliyah and Vanessa Borne
  • Kassius Ohno beat Mansoor Al-Shehail
  • Shane Thorne beat Boa
  • Matt Riddle beat Punishment Martinez
  • Mia Yim beat Chelsea Green and Riddick Moss
  • Deonna Purrazzo beat Xia Li
  • EC3 and Heavy Machinery beat The Forgotten Sons

(Results courtesy of f4wonline.com)

January 12 Orlando, Fla.

  • Matt Riddle beat Shane Thorne
  • Aliyah and Vanessa Borne beat Lacey Lane and Kacey Catanzaro
  • Punishment Martinez beat Kona Reeves
  • Chelsea Green beat Reina Gonzalez
  • The Street Profits and Stacey Ervin Jr. beat The Forgotten Sons
  • Dominik Dijakovic beat Rick Bugez
  • The Undisputed Era won a five-team tag team gauntlet match that included Rocky and Boa,
  • Humberto Carillo and Cezar Bononi, Saurav Gurjar and Rinku Singh, and Heavy Machinery

(Results courtesy of f4wonline.com)


•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver Phoenix

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

Confirmed Lineup:

  • Tomaso Ciampa (Champion) vs. Aleister Black
  • Undisputed Era (Champions) vs. War Raiders
  • Ricochet (Champion) vs. Johnny Gargano
  • Shayna Baszler (Champion) vs. Bianca Beair
  • Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno

•Upcoming Events

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.)
Friday Feb. 1 – Orlando Live Events (Casselberry, 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)
Thursday Feb. 14 – Bartow Armory (Bartow, Fla.)
Friday Feb. 15 – Cocoa Armory (Cocoa, Fla.)
Saturday Feb. 16 – Mark Lance Armory (St. Augustine, Fla.)
Friday Feb. 22 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Thursday Feb. 28 – Express Live! (Columbus, Ohio) – JUST ADDED
Friday Mar. 1 – The Stage AE (Pittsburgh, Penn.) – JUST ADDED
Saturday Mar. 2 – Maxwell Snyder Armory (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 2 – Agora Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio) – JUST ADDED
Sunday Mar. 3 – Royal Oak Music Center (Detroit, Mich.) – JUST ADDED
Thursday Mar. 7 – Minnireg Hall (Largo, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 9 – Crystal River Armory (Crystal River, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 9 – Dade City Armory (Dade City, Fla.)


•Latest TV Highlights: 1/16 NXT TV Report

  • (1) The Street Profits beat The Metro Brothers by pinfall (4:06 – 5:55)
  • Forgotten Sons post-match beat down (6:43 – 9:17)
  • Cathy Kelly backstage interview with Matt Riddle and Keith Lee (9:52 – 10:30)
  • Aleister Black green screen promo (12:18 – 13:10)
  • Bianca Belair in ring promo (14:10 – 19:18)
  • Baszler/Shafir/Duke interrupt (15:11)
  • (2) Dominik Dijakovic beat Adrian Jauode by pinfall (22:19 – 26:35)
  • War Raiders battlefield promo (27:54 – 29:37)
  • (3) Johnny Gargano beat Humberto Carrillo by pinfall (35:15 – 39:57)
  • Tommaso Ciampa and Goldie boiler room promo (41:59 – 43:25)
  • (4) Kassius Ohno beat Keith Lee by pinfall (48:33 – 56:45)

•NXT in the media

  • Bianca Belair continues her media tour ahead of her huge NXT Women’s Championship match with women’s champion Shayna Baszler at NXT TakeOver Phoenix. Belair sat down with Byron Saxton for a wwe.com feature. She discusses paying her dues in NXT and the excitement of fighting at her first TakeOver. LINK
  • Steve Austin posted a classic podcast he had done with NXT General Manager William Regal. Definitely worth a listen as he discusses his early years in wrestling, joining WCW in the early nineties, and much more. LINK

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

In this episode, Kelly Wells, Justin James, and Tom Stoup cover the careful booking for Belair-Baszler, thoughts on UK’s first TakeOver, meetings with widely known superfans, 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 – My 3 year old daughter now calls her plastic NXT Championship “Goldie”

https://twitter.com/ProjectCiampa/status/1085730688152805377

Thank you NXT for giving me Riddle in Phoenix.

Kyle O’Reilly has permanent handprints on his chest.

That’s a whole lot of man beef right there.


•Thoughts and Comments

  • Bianca Belair was the highlight of this week’s NXT. Her attitude and performance while standing toe to toe with women’s champ Baszler and her two sidekicks was awesome. She’s made for moments like this.
  • The athleticism possessed by Montez Ford is off the charts. I’ve NEVER seen anyone get as high as he does on a frog splash (including Eddie Guerrero). The Street Profits will be NXT Tag Team Champions by the end of 2019.
  • Anyone else notice who did all the damage during the brawl between The Street Profits and The Forgotten Sons? Why, Jaxson Ryker, of course. This new feud must end with Ryker breaking off as a singles competitor after turning on Black and Cutler.
  • NXT breaks the record when it comes to consecutive squash matches for new big men. Thinking back to Baron Corbin, then Lars Sullivan, and now Donovan Dijakovic. Just squash after squash after squash. At some point with all of them, it got old and Dijakovic is getting to that point.

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