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NXT TV TAPING REPORT
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
ORLANDO, FLA. AT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
REPORT BY CAT MOORE, PWTORCH CORRESPONDENT
The Dusty Rhodes Classic was announced to the crowd.
(A) War Raiders defeated a tag team in a dark squash match.
The televised ending of Johnny Gargano vs. Velveteen Dream for the NXT North American Title was played.
Johnny Gargano cut a promo about showing up on Raw and SmackDown as the crowd chanted “Johnny Failure,” and he cited Tommaso Ciampa as the reason for his success. Ciampa walked out and said they win together and they need each other. It was getting a little homoerotic. Ciampa and Gargano will team together for the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
(1) Vanessa Borne (with Aliyah) defeated Taynara Conti (with Xia Li).
(2) Dominik Dijakovic wrestled Keith Lee to a double count-out. The referees kicked the wrestlers to the back. We love man meat! This match was a banger.
(3) Shayna Baszler defeated Mia Yim to retain the NXT Women’s Championship via submission.
The Dusty Rhodes Classic trophy was wheeled out, and the full brackets were shown.
(4) Aleister Black & Ricochet defeated Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel to advance in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
(5) Forgotten Sons defeated Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch to advance in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
Velveteen Dream debuted his new title the most extra way possible, and got a Brofessional interruption from Matt Riddle.
(6) Mustache Mountain defeated Street Profits to advance in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
(7) #DIY defeated Undisputed Era to advance in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
(8) Luke Menzies defeated Eric Bugenhagen, but Bugenhagen delivered an “encore” after the match, so we all won.
Sasha Banks & Bayley showed up with their new tag belts and issued an open challenge to the locker room, saying they’re defending on all three brands.
(9) Adam Cole defeated Punishment Martinez.
After the match, Cole cut a promo on Velveteen Dream, and Martinez helped Dream put Cole away.
(10) Forgotten Sons defeated Mustache Mountain to advance in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
Shayna Baszler joined commentary.
(11) Bianca Belair vs. Io Shirai ended in disqualification when Shayna Baszler choked out Belair. Kairi Sane came to Belair’s rescue, but Baszler choked both she and Shirai out. The bodies hit the floor.
(12) Aleister Black & Ricochet defeated #DIY to advance in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
After the match, Candice LeRae came out to console Gargano. Ciampa and LeRae began carrying Gargano to the back, and Ciampa left “Goldie” in the ring. Gargano turned on Ciampa, superkicked him, then celebrated with LeRae. Gargano went back for “Goldie” and took it.