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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
- Aleister Black and Ricochet defeated The Forgotten Sons to win the Dusty Rhodes Classic and earn an NXT Tag Team Championship against the War Raiders at NXT TakeOver:New York.
- Triple H had his conference call with the media this week and touched on any and everything NXT. Check out the NXT in Media section below to listen to that conference call.
- WWE confirmed that NXT will be returning to San Jose, Cal. on Saturday June 8th for a TakeOver event.
•NXT Live Event Results
March 21 Sanford, Fla.
- Mia Yim beat Deonna Purrazzo
- Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi beat Scott Parker and Big Magic (3.0)
- Punishment Martinez beat Luke Menzies
- Saurav Gurjar (w/Robert Strauss and Rinku Singh) beat Jermaine Haley
- The Forgotten Sons beat The Street Profits
- Danny Burch beat Shane Thorne
- Io Shirai and Kairi Sane beat Vanessa Borne and Aliyah
- The Velveteen Dream beat Matt Riddle
(Results courtesy of wrestling-news.net)
March 22 Tampa, Fla.
- Raul Mendoza beat Ablert Hardie, Jr. (ACH)
- Kacy Catanzaro beat Deonna Purrazzo
- Babatunde Aiyegbusi (w/Court Moore aka Stokely Hathaway) beat Nick Comoroto
- Aliyah and Vanessa Bourne beat Jessie Elaban and MJ Jenkins
- The War Raiders beat Luke Menzies and Kassius Ohno to retain NXT Tag Team Championships
- Shane Thorne beat Jeet Rama
- Dominik Dijakovic beat Riddick Moss (w/Robert Strauss)
- Shayna Baszler beat Bianca Belair, Kairi Sane, and Io Shirai to retain NXT Women’s Championship
(Results courtesy of wrestlinginc.com)
March 23 Fort Pierce, Fla.
- Mansoor Al-Shehail beat Brendan Vink
- Reina Gonzalez beat Xia Li
- Riddick Moss (w/Robert Strauss) beat Trevor Lee
- Mia Yim beat Jessie Elaban
- The War Raiders beat The Undisputed Era (Fish and O’Reilly) to retain NXT Tag Team Championship
- Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner beat Jeff Parker and Matt Lee (3.0)
- Shane Thorne beat Albert Hardie Jr. (ACH)
- The Velveteen Dream beat Roderick Strong and Matt Riddle to retain NXT North American Championship
(Results courtesy of f4wonline.com)
March 29 Daytona Beach, Fla.
- Dan Matha beat Albert Hardie Jr. (ACH)
- Reina Gonzalez beat Jessie Elaban
- Eric Bugehagen beat Trevor Lee
- Flash Morgan Webster beat Luke Menzies
- Zack Gibson and James Drake beat The Street Profits to retain NXT UK Tag Team Championships
- Aliyah and Vanessa Borne beat Xia Li and Karen Q
- Jordan Devlin beat Raul Mendoza
- The War Raiders beat The Undisputed Era to retain NXT Tag Team Championships
(Results courtesy of lordsofpain.net)
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver New York
NXT TakeOver New York
April 5, 2019
Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
- War Raiders (NXT Tag Team Champion) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet
- Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champion) vs. Bianca Belair vs. Io Shirai vs. Kairi Sane
- Velveteen Dream (NXT North American Champion) vs. Matt Riddle
- Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole 2 out of 3 falls match for the vacant NXT Championship
- Pete Dunne (NXT UK Champion) vs. Walter
Friday Mar. 29 – Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (Gainesville, Fla.)
Saturday Mar. 30 – Mark Lance Armory (St. Augustine, Fla.)
FRIDAY APR. 5 – BARCLAYS CENTER (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) NXT TAKEOVER BROOKLYN
Friday Apr. 12 – Minnreg Hall (Largo, Fla.)
Thursday Apr. 18 – Lakeland Armory (Lakeland, Fla.)
Friday Apr. 19 – Maxwell Snyder Armory (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Thursday Apr. 25 – Orlando Live Events (Casselberry, Fla.)
Thursday Apr. 25 – Ralston Arena (Omaha, Neb.) JUST ADDED
Friday Apr. 26 – Rivercenter (Davenport, Iowa) JUST ADDED
Saturday Apr. 27 – Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, Wis.) JUST ADDED
Saturday Apr. 27 – Dade City Armory (Dade City, Fla.)
Saturday April. 28 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium (St. Paul, Minn.) JUST ADDED
•Latest TV Highlights: 3/27 NXT TV Report
- Adam Cole in ring promo (3:29 – 17:53)
- Interrupted by Johnny Gargano (4:22)
- (1) Aliyah and Vanessa Borne vs. Lacy Lane and Kacey Catanzaro ended in no contest (22:50 – 25:51)
- Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke storm ring (25:10 – 27:58)
- (2) Matt Riddle beat Kona Reeves by submission (32:29 – 36:20)
- Velveteen Dream interrupts on a couch flanked by two women (34:00)
- (3) Aleister Black and Ricochet beat The Forgotten Sons by pinfall (47:52 – 1:02:02)
(Check out PWTorch’s NXT TV Report HERE.)
•NXT in the media
- NXT’s Johnny Gargano sat down with WWE.com for an exclusive interview one week away from the biggest match of his career. “I wanted to build something here and my legacy feels incomplete without that NXT Championship.” Check out the full interview HERE.
- NXT honcho Triple H had his NXT TakeOver:New York conference call with the media on Thursday March 28th. Among the topics discussed was the role Vince McMahon has in the NXT call ups, Tomasso Ciampa’s neck injury, and the reason why the Keith Lee/Donovan Dijakovic match was not on the TakeOver card. Listen to the entire call HERE.
•Latest NXT Podcast – “PWT Talks NXT” PWTorch Livecast
“2 Is Better Than 1.” This week, Harley R. Pageot, Tom Stoup, and Justin James discuss Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. Forgotten Sons in the finals of the 2019 Dusty Classic, Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano’s face to face, split opinions on Kona Reeves, the Horsewomen interrupting women’s matches, and face vs. face matches.
•Top NXT Tweets of the Week
Riddle’s coming after Dream, he’s coming after Bryan, and he’s coming after Lesnar…..
Babatunde with a mouthpiece might be a very destructive force in the future
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 27, 2019
Harper vs. Dijak, Strong vs. Breeze, Sanity vs. Undisputed Era, Brate vs. Kendrick, Shirai vs. Deville….great stuff.
— WWE (@WWE) March 28, 2019
With Ciampa gone, she becomes the best true heel in NXT.
It seems people need constant reminding https://t.co/yhZ7Y9EuOQ
— Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler) March 28, 2019
•Thoughts and Comments
- The “boom” in the Undisputed Era’s entrance music is fantastic. That accompanied by a good ol’ “Adam Cole BayBay!” is the best entrance combo in the business.
- Speaking of Cole and the rest of his UE stablemates, it’s not too far fetched to think each one of them could be draped in gold by the end of 2019. Cole as the NXT Champion, either Fish or Strong as North American Champ, and whichever one is left tagging with O’Reilly to become three time NXT Tag Team Champs.
- The only match on the NXT TakeOver:New York card that seems to be a foregone conclusion is the NXT Tag Team Championship match. I can’t see any way whatsoever Black and Ricochet walk away victorious. Unless the plan is for them to become both NXT tag champs and Raw tag champs, but that doesn’t seem plausible. They’ve painted themselves in a corner because the rest of the tag division has been pushed aside to make room at the top for Ric and Black, and now they are left with no top contenders after they jet for Raw/Smackdown.
- Is it just me or is anyone else a little confused about the current face/heel dynamic of Mr. Johnny Gargano? He went from beloved face to vicious heel (he did attack Aleister Black multiple times and sided with the top heel in the company, Ciampa) back to beloved face again. I’m just finding it hard to fully embrace Johnny again as a true hero…but hey, maybe it’s just me.
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