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
- Two matches were announced for upcoming NXT TV tapings. Next week The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole will take on Ricochet in a one on one battle. In two weeks, Velveteen Dream will try to wrestle the NXT North American Championship out of Johnny Gargano’s hands.
- We are still over two months away from NXT’s next TakeOver event and we have absolutely no idea what any of the championship title pictures will look like by April 5th in Brooklyn.
- Unlike their main roster counterparts who are dealing with a multitude of injuries, the NXT roster seems to be very healthy at the moment… Let’s hope the good luck continues.
- As reported in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE officials have been oversees in Japan to discuss the possibility of an NXT Japan brand.
•NXT Live Event Results
Feb. 1 Casselberry, Fla.
- Eric Bugenhagen beat Shane Thorne
- Io Shirai and Taynara Conti beat Vanessa Bourne and Aliyah
- Matt Riddle beat Luke Menzies
- Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi
- Kassius Ohno beat Keith Lee
- Velveteen Dream beat Riddick Moss
- Bianca Belair beat Shayna Baszler by DQ
- War Raiders beat Undisputed Era to retain NXT Tag Team Championships
(Results courtesy of ewrestlingnews.com)
Feb. 2 Lakeland, Fla.
- Dominik Dijakovic beat Mansoor Al-Shehail
- Chelsea Green beat Jessie Elaban
- Fabian Aichner and Marchel Barthel beat Jeet Rama and Rinku Singh
- Punishment Martinez beat Brennan Williams
- Keith Lee and Mia Yim beat Vanessa Bourne and Kona Reeves
- Johnny Gargano beat Humberto Carrillo
- Candice LeRae beat Deonna Purrazzo
- The Street Profits and Ricochet beat The Forgotten Sons
(Results courtesy of fightful.com)
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver New York
NXT TakeOver New York
April 5, 2019
Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
- Tommaso Ciampa (NXT Men’s Champion) vs. ?
- War Raiders (NXT Tag Team Champions) vs. The Undisputed Era
- Johnny Gargano (NXT North American Champion) vs. Velveteen Dream
- Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champion) vs. Io Shirai
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.)
Thursday Feb. 21 – Highlands Today Center (Sebring, Fla.)
Friday Feb. 22 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Saturday Feb. 23 – Midtown Cultural and Educational Center (Daytona, Fla.)
Thursday Feb. 28 – Express Live! (Columbus, Ohio)
Thursday Feb. 28 – University Area CDC Gymnasium (Tampa, Fla.)
Friday Mar. 1 – The Stage AE (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
Friday Mar. 1 – Orlando Life Events (Casselberry, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 2 – Maxwell Snyder Armory (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 2 – Agora Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio)
Sunday Mar. 3 – Royal Oak Music Center (Detroit, Mich.)
Thursday Mar. 7 – Minnireg Hall (Largo, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 9 – Crystal River Armory (Crystal River, Fla.)
Friday Mar. 15 – Venice Community Center (Venice, Fla.)
FRIDAY APR. 5 – BARCLAYS CENTER (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) NXT TAKEOVER BROOKLYN
•Latest TV Highlights: 2/6 NXT TV Report
- Johnny Gargano in ring promo (2:36 – 12:01)
- Interrupted by Tommaso Ciampa (4:09)
- Interrupted by Velveteen Dream (6:35)
- (1) Jaxson Ryker beat Mansoor by pinfall (16:28 – 17:56)
- Adam Cole/The Undisputed Era/Ricochet backstage interview with Cathy Kelly (19:36 – 21:04)
- (2) Drew Gulack beat Eric Bugenhagen by pinfall (24:36 – 27:41)
- (3) Matt Riddle beat Drew Gulak by submission (31:42 – 41:07)
- (4) Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, and Kairi Sane beat Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke by pinfall (48:58 – 58:28)
•NXT in the media
- Johnny Gargano sat down with NewsWeek to talk about what ended up being the most watched show in NXT History (Halftime Heat) and explains why NXT is his main roster. LINK
- Former NXT North American Champion and currently one the most underutilized Superstars on the roster Adam Cole did a quick interview for TMZ Sports where he states how ridiculous it is that he’s not a champion in NXT. LINK
•Latest NXT Podcast – “PWT Talks NXT” PWTorch Livecast
In this episode, Kelly Wells, Tom Stoup, and Harley R. Pageot cover the next chapter in the #DIY saga, new tweaks in production, the glory of Eric Bugenhagen, and more.
•Top NXT Tweets of the Week
Ciampa Tweet of the Week (Day 198 is going to be my favorite of them all!)
#HalftimeHeat was the most watched match in NXT history.
The Champ and Goldy are best for business.
— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) February 7, 2019
I was in a house with nine men who never watch wrestling….who are now NXT fans.
20 years later..
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) February 1, 2019
Someday this man will be NXT Champion….mark my words.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 7, 2019
Match of the week and probably will be match of the month. Check it out if you haven’t.
— Drew Gulak (@DrewGulak) February 6, 2019
•Thoughts and Comments
- Halftime Heat was exactly what it should have been, and that was an awesome showcase of the top six NXT talents to hook in the casual fan. I was in a house with all non-wrestling fans that were chanting “N-X-T, N-X-T, N-X-T” by the end of the match. Mission accomplished, and well done as always, NXT.
- Does anyone else find it kind of odd that Velveteen Dream would win a chance at ANY championship in the entire company and he chose the NXT North American Championship? Why wouldn’t he want Ciampa’s title? Or maybe this would have been a good way to introduce him to the main roster by going after one of those titles. Hopefully, we get a little more of explanation from Velveteen.
- What a week for Mr. Velveteen Dream. He shows up at TakeOver with two beautiful ladies on his arm and steals the show for a few minutes without even wrestling, he wins the Worlds Collide tourney, and then he gets the pin on Halftime Heat. I’d say the company knows what we all see….the man is an absolute star.
- The Worlds Collide Tournament was fantastic and should definitely be a yearly event to coincide with Royal Rumble weekend.
- The Matt Riddle-Drew Gulak match was a thing of beauty. I can’t wait until Riddle retires Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania in a couple of years. Unfortunately, that might mean a couple more years of Brock Lesnar, but if it gets us to that point, I’ll take it.
- The six women tag match this week between the Horsewoman and Shirai, Sane, and Belair was Shirai’s best match on NXT so far. Also, Bianca Belair’s facial expression and overall attitude during the match reminded us all that she’s not a face; she only played one in the feud with Baszler. I expect a feud between her and Shirai in the near future.
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