WEEKLY OVERVIEW – NXT (thru 2/14): 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

  • The newest class of WWE Performance Center trainees was revealed earlier this week. The wrestlers included Trevor Lee, ACH, Jonah Rock, Elliot Sexton, Rachel Ellering, Karen Q, Sam Shaw, Scott Parker and Shane Matthews, Nick Comoroto, Omari Palmer, and Ricardo Miller.
  • WWE has announced they are offering an NXT Blacklist package for NXT TakeOver New York on Wrestlemania weekend. This VIP package includes VIP Suite seating during NXT TakeOver:New York, visits/photos with NXT Superstars during the show, group photo on NXT entrance ramp, first access to merchandise, and an NXT TakeOver collectible poster. This VIP package costs $750.00.
  • Big match on NXT TV next week with Johnny Gargano defending his NXT North American Championship against the Velveteen Dream.

•NXT Live Event Results

Feb. 7 Ocala, Fla.

  • Adam Cole beat Brennan Williams
  • Rhea Ripley and Reina Gonzalez beat Lacey Lane and Mia Yim
  • Babatunde Aiyegbushi beat Luke Menzies
  • Aliya and Riddick Moss beat Humberto Carrillo and Xia Li
  • Keith Lee beat Punishment Martinez
  • The Undisputed Era (Fish and O’Reilly) beat Jeet Rama and Rinku Singh
  • Chelsea Green beat Jessie Elaban
  • Aleister Black beat Kona Reeves

(Results courtesy of fightful.com)

Feb. 7 Toms River, New Jersey

  • Dominik Dijakovic beat Kassius Ohno
  • Matt Riddle and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat The Forgotten Sons
  • Bianca Belair beat Deonna Purrazzo
  • Kairi Sane and Io Shirain beat Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir
  • The War Raiders beat Fabian Aichner and Marvel Bathel
  • Shayna Baszler beat Candice LeRae to retain NXT Women’s Champion
  • Ricochet and Velveteen Dream beat Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano

(Results courtesy of thepopbreak.com)

Feb. 8 St. Petersburg Fla.

  • Eric Bugenhagen beat Daniel Vidot
  • Aliyah and Vanessa Borne beat Lacey Lane and MJ Jenkins
  • Babatunde beat Luke Menzies
  • Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi beat Jeet Rama and Rinku Singh
  • Adam Cole beat Punishment Martinez
  • Humberto Carillo beat Riddick Moss
  • Rhea Ripley beat Mia Yim
  • The Street Profits beat The Undisputed Era

(Results courtesy of wrestleyard.com)

Feb. 8 Poughkeepsie, New York

  • Matt Riddle beat Dominik Dijakovic
  • Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel
  • Candice LeRae beat Deonna Purrazzo
  • Jaxon Ryker beat Mansoor
  • The War Raiders beat The Forgotten Sons to retain NXT Tag Team Championship
  • Ricochet beat Kassius Ohno
  • Bianca Belair and Kairi Sane and Io Shirai beat Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir
  • Johnny Gargano beat Velveteen Dream to retain NXT North American Championship

(Results courtesy of pwinsider.com)

Feb. 9 Lowell, Mass.

  • Dominik Dijakovic beat Kassius Ohno
  • Io Shirai and Kairi Sane beat Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir
  • Bianca Belair beat Deonna Purrazzo
  • Matt Riddle and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat The Forgotten Sons
  • The War Raiders beat Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel
  • Shayna Baszler beat Candice LeRae to retain NXT Women’s Championship
  • Ricochet and Velveteen Dream beat Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

(Results courtesy of me being in the house)

Feb. 9 Sanford, Fla.

  • Brennan Williams beat Eric Bugenhagen
  • Reina Gonzalez beat Lacey Lane
  • Babatunde beat Luke Menzies
  • Cezar Bononi beat Jeet Rama
  • The Undisputed Era (Fish and Cole) beat The Street Profits
  • Denzel Dejournette and MJ Jenkins beat Kona Reeves and Vanessa Borne
  • Keith Lee beat Punishment Martinez
  • Aleister Black beat Riddick Moss

(Results courtesy of pwinsider.com)

Feb. 10 Kingston, Rhode Island

  • Matt Riddle beat Donovan Dijakovic
  • Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel
  • Bianca Belair beat Deonna Purrazzo
  • Jaxson Ryker beat Mansoor
  • The War Raiders beat The Forgotten Sons to retain NXT Tag Team Championship
  • Ricochet beat Kassius Ohno
  • Kairi Sane and Io Shirai beat Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke
  • Johhny Gargano beat Velveteen Dream to retain NXT North American Championship

(Results courtesy of 411mania.com)

Feb. 14 Bartow, Fla.

  • Denzel Dejournette and MJ Jenkins beat Luke Menzies and Deonna Purrazzo
  • Kavita Devi and Jeet Rama beat Reina Gonzalez and Raul Mendoza
  • Aliyah and Riddick Moss beat Xia Li and Boa
  • Babatunde and Lacey Lane beat Kona Reeves and Vanessa Borne
  • Kassius Ohno beat Eric Bugenhagen
  • Bianca Belair and The Street Profits beat Marina Shafir and The Undisputed Era (Strong and O’Reilly)
  • Rhea Ripley beat Mia Yim
  • Matt Riddle and Velveteen Dream beat Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel

(Results courtesy of f4wonline.com)


•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver New York

NXT TakeOver New York
April 5, 2019
Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)

Projected Lineup:

  • 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

•Upcoming Events

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.)
Thursday Mar. 14 – St. Petersburg Armory (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Friday Mar. 15 – Venice Community Center (Venice, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 16 – Rerserve Pavillion at Hilton Ocala (Ocala, Fla.)
Thursday Mar. 21 – Sanford Civic Center (Sanford, Fla.)
FRIDAY APR. 5 – BARCLAYS CENTER (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) NXT TAKEOVER BROOKLYN


•Latest TV Highlights: 2/13 NXT TV Report

  • (1) Donovan Dijakovic beat Shane Thorne by pinfall (3:22 – 7:44)
  • The Undisputed Era video promo from the back of a 18 wheeler (8:07 – 9:52)
  • (10:48 – 12:27)
  • (2) The Street Profits beat Humberto Carrillo and Stacy Ervin Jr. by pinfall (17:10 – 23:21)
    • Interrupted by Kassius Ohno (12:43)
    • Run over by Keith Lee (14:14)
  • Street Profits cut in ring promo (23:41 – 28:48)
    • Interrupted by Aichner and Barthel (25:08)
    • Interrupted by Lorcan and Burch (26:12)
    • Interrupted by War Raiders (26:30)
    • Attacked by Undisputed Era that ignited brawl (27:27)
  • Johnny Gargano Interview and video package (29:40 – 31:43)
  • (3) Aliyah beat Taynara Conti by submission (33:47 – 36:44)
    • Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke destroy everyone (37:18)
  • Ricochet beat Adam Cole by pinfall (44:43 – 59:01)
    • Show ends with Undisputed Era standing tall over a beaten Ricochet and Aleister Black

•NXT in the media

  • Watch NXT’s cutest couple sit down with This Week In Marvel and pick their Survivor Series teams of Marvel Comic characters. LINK

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

“Undisputable Evidence.” This week, Harley R. Pageot and Rich Fann answer listener mail on where The Undisputed Era are heading from here both short-term and long-term, Kassius Ohno quitting to go to AEW (lol), War Raiders and Shayna Baszler fighting everyone in their divisions, great promos from Keith Lee and Street Profits, and why former NXT call-ups returning to NXT full-time might not be feasible.

-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

https://twitter.com/ProjectCiampa/status/1094611431398559746

My 3 year old daughter and I dig Bugenhagen.

https://twitter.com/WWENXT/status/1095352030363820033

The newest talent at the Performance Center.


•Thoughts and Comments

I fully meant to do the whole live report thing when NXT rolled into my hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, but I got too immersed in the live atmosphere and decided to sit back and just enjoy the show. I did, however, have some thoughts on the evening…

  • Dominick Dijakovic got a huge babyface reaction because he was born about forty-five minutes down the road. With Dijakovic, Matt Riddle, and Jaxson Ryker…NXT has some really talented and very different type of big men.
  • Chant of the night: “Fat guy in a littttttle shirt” Directed at Kassius Ohno, who was looking very Chris Farley-esque in his ring attire.
  • Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke have excellent ring presence, and I’m more confident than ever they will make a very formidable heel women’s faction with Rousey and Baszler on the main roster.
  • Kairi Sane was far and away the most over female wrestler on a night when Baszler, Shirai, Belair, LeRae, and Purrazzo were also on the card.
  • If they moved Shirai and Sane up to the main roster right now, they’d be the second best tag team (Hug’n Boss Connection come on) in the new women’s tag division.
  • Bianca Belair is a physical specimen who works really stiff, and her ponytail is legit down to the top of her boots. Deonna Purrazzo has gone blond and could be Natalya’s body double. Similar style to Natalya as well.
  • Matt Riddle had the crowd on fire. Another absolute physical specimen. Place went bananas when it was Riddle vs. Ryker in the ring squaring off. Riddle is a freaking Superstar.
  • Marcel Barthel could be a villain in a James Bond movie.
  • The Shayna Baszler vs. Candice LeRae Women’s Championship match was match of the night. They had great chemistry and the speedy high flyer vs. the ring technician was really working. Baszler is the top women’s heel in the entire company right now
  • There are certain things that certain people are put on this earth to do, and Patrick Clarke was put on this earth to be the most entertaining character in WWE. The crowd was chanting for Velveteen the minute they walked through the entrance. He’s the best male character in WWE right now, and it’s not even close.
  • Moment of the night: Velveteen Dream rips off his shirt mid-match to reveal a Tom Brady jersey as the crowd goes ballistic. Tommaso Ciampa rips jersey off of Velveteen about two minutes later and wipes his nether regions with it. Fantastic stuff.

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