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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
- As first reported by Mike Johnson on PWInsider, NXT lead announcer Mauro Ranallo has come to terms on a new deal with WWE. Ranallo has been the lead announcer for NXT since 2017.
- Donovan Dijakovic announced via video on his twitter feed that he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Tough time for an injury as he was embarking on a feud with NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream. Recovery time for such injury is typically two to three months.
- Triple H announced via his twitter feed that the next NXT TakeOver event will be held at Webster Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. on Saturday June 1.
- Next week on NXT TV, the Viking Raiders will “address” the NXT Universe. KUSHIDA is advertised to appear next week on NXT TV as well.
•NXT Live Event Results
May 3 West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Eric Bugenhagen beat Adrian Jaoude
- Mia Yim beat Reina Gonzalez
- The Forgotten Sons beat Team 3.0 (Jeff Parker and Matt Lee)
- Punishment Martinez beat Kona Reeves
- Riddick Moss and Dan Matha (w/Robbie E) beat Cal Bloom and Denzel DeJournette
- Street Profits beat Riddick Moss and Dan Matha
- KUSHIDA beat Humberto Carrillo
- Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir beat Kairi Sane, Io Shirai, and Karen Q
- The Velveteen Dream beat Matt Riddle to retain NXT North American Championship
(Results courtesy of wrestling-news.net)
May 4 Fort Pierce, Fla.
- KUSHIDA beat Humberto Carrillo
- Jessie Elaban beat MJ Jenkins
- Jermaine Haley (w/Court Moore) beat Cezar Bononi
- Roderick Strong beat Albert Hardie Jr.
- Luke Menzies beat Nick Comoroto
- Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner beat Team 3.0
- Bianca Belair beat Kacy Catanzaro
- Matt Riddle beat Adam Cole
(Results courtesy of fightful.com)
May 9 Largo, Fla.
- KUSHIDA beat Adrian Jaoude
- Marina Shafir beat Xia Li
- Babatunde beat Sam Shaw
- The Street Profits beat Brenada Vink and Jermaine Haley
- Roderick Strong beat Shane Strickland
- Albert Hardie Jr. beat Mansoor Al-Shehail
- Aliyah and Vanessa Borne beat Jessie and Kacy Catanzaro
- Velveteen Dream beat Adam Cole to retain NXT North American Championship
(Results courtesy of fightful.com)
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver
June 1, 2019
Location: Webster Arena – Bridgeport, CT
- Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champion) vs. ?
- Johnny Gargano (NXT Men’s Champion) vs. ?
- Velveteen Dream (NXT North American Champion) vs. ?
- The War Raiders (NXT Tag Team Champions) vs. ?
•Upcoming Live Events
Friday May 10 – Highlands Today Center (Sebring, Fla.)
Saturday May 11 – Mark Lance Armory (St. Augustine, Fla.)
Thursday May 16 – Sands Event Center (Bethlehem, Penn.)
Friday May 17 – The Fillmore Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Penn.)
Friday May 17 – St. Petersburg Armory (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Saturday May 18 – Sanford Civic Center (Sanford, Fla.)
Saturday May 18 – APG Federal Credit Union Arena (Baltimore, Md.)
Sunday May 19 – Asbury Park Convention Hall (Asbury Park, New Jersey)
Thursday May 23 – Bartow Armory (Bartow, Fla.)
Friday May 24 – Fieldhouse at Watsco Center (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Saturday May 25 – Midtown Cultural and Education Center (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Thursday May 30 – Orlando Live Events (Casselbury, Fla.)
Friday May 31 – Maxwell Snyder Armory (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Saturday June 1 – NXT TAKEOVER WEBSTER ARENA (BRIDGEPORT, CONN.)
Friday June 14 – The Reserve Pavillion at Hilton (Ocala, Fla.)
Thursday June 20 – The Aztec Theatre (San Antonio, Texas) – JUST ADDED
Friday June 21 – Revention Music Center (Houston, Texas) – JUST ADDED
Saturday June 22 – South Side Ballroom (Dallas, Texas) – JUST ADDED
Sunday June 23 – The Criterion (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – JUST ADDED
Thursday June 27 – Dade City Armory (Dade City, Fla.)
Friday June 28 – Crystal River Armory (Crystal River, Fla.)
Saturday June 29 – Venice Community Center (Venice, Fla.)
•Latest TV Highlights: 5/8 NXT TV Report
- (1) Bianca Belair beat Mia Yim by pinfall (3:41 – 11:15)
- Forgotten Sons garage beatdown of War Raiders (12:17 – 12:52)
- Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke training at Performance Center when Io Shirai attacks Baszler (16:27 – 17:36)
- (2) Raul Mendoza beat Riddick Moss by pinfall (20:09 – 24:46)
- (3) Matt Riddle beat Adam Cole by submission (31:33 – 45:27)
(Check out PWTorch’s NXT TV Report HERE.)
•NXT in the Media
- Former NXT superstar Tye “Ten” Dillinger sat down with Edge and Christian for the E&C Podcast of Awesomeness to discuss his current state in professional wrestling, his time in NXT, and what the future holds for him. Interesting listen from a tragically underutilized and recently released WWE talent. Check it out HERE.
•Latest NXT Podcast – “PWT Talks NXT” PWTorch Livecast
In this episode, Kelly Wells, Justin James, and Tom Stoup cover the great Riddle-Cole match and the gripping Undisputed saga, Mia Yim’s pluses and minuses, Riddick Moss’s new gimmick, and more.
•Top NXT Tweets of the Week
Ciampa tweet of the week. Happy Birthday, champ. Goldie misses you I’m sure.
Nice pitch, Bro.
— Dylan Kaplan (@DKAP845) May 7, 2019
Johnny Producer? Love it.
Injuries suck, especially at the beginning of your first major feud.
— Dominik Dijakovic (@DijakovicWWE) May 8, 2019
•Thoughts and Comments
- Riddle vs. Cole this week was an absolute slobberknocker, and continues the breakup story of the Undisputed Era. Cole is so good, and I’m not looking forward to the main roster completely screwing him up.
- Why does NXT do everything so much better? The performance center beatdowns of the Viking Raiders and Shayna Baszler this week just illustrates their ability to build storylines outside of the wrestling ring. Main roster should take notice.
- Very curious booking on NXT TV this week with Raul Mendoza getting the win over Riddick Moss. It looked like the re-packaged Moss was set for a little success, but I guess they have other ideas.
- NXT locking up the best and most passionate announcer in the business is awesome. Ranallo brings more to viewing experience than all the main roster announcers combined.
- Am I the only one that isn’t looking forward to babyface Roddy again? I’d be less looking forward to babyface Cole.
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