WEEKLY OVERVIEW – NXT (thru 5/2): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

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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

Two main roster superstars are headed back to NXT. Both Tyler Breeze and Killian Dain are reportedly going to be gracing our TV screens on Wednesday nights from here on out.
KUSHIDA made his debut this week with a win over Kassius Ohno in a hard-hitting affair.
WWE announced they are moving the presumed June 8th TakeOver in San Jose, Cal. to June 1st and the location will be announced this Monday via Triple H social media. It is likely this will be a Full Sail TakeOver which would be the first one to take place there since NXT TakeOver:The End in 2016.
Two high profile singles matches are set for NXT TV next week. Matt Riddle will take on The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole and Bianca Belair will do battle with Mia Yim.


•NXT Live Event Results

April 25 Omaha, Neb.

Damien Priest (Punishment Martinez) beat Kona Reeves
Mia Yim and Rachael Evans beat Vanessa Borne and Aliyah
Riddick Moss beat Eric Bugenhagen
Jaxson Ryker beat Raul Mendoza
Shane Thorne beat Denzel Dejournette
Shayna Baszler beat Io Shirai to retain NXT Women’s Championship
The Forgotten Sons beat Street Profits
The Velveteen Dream beat Tyler Breeze to retain NXT North American Championship

(Results courtesy of wrestling-news.net)

April 25 Orlando, Fla.

Brennan Williams beat Nick Comoroto
Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir beat Xia Li and Karen Q
Jermaine Haley beat Babatunde
Keith lee beat Samuel Shaw
Albert Hardie Jr. beat Trevor Lee
Deonna Purrazzo beat Lacey Lane
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel
KUSHIDA beat Roderick

(Results courtesy of 411mania.com)

April 26 Davenport, Iowa

Riddick Moss beat Eric Bugenhagen
Io Shirai and Rachel Evers beat Aliyahh and Vanessa Borne
Jaxson Ryker beat Denzel DeJournette
Adam Cole beat Damien Priest
The Street Profits beat Kona Reeves and Shane Thorne
Shayna Baszler beat Mia Yim to retain NXT Women’s Championship
Tyler Breeze and Velveteen Dream beat The Forgotten Sons
Special appearance by WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins

(Results courtesy of fightful.com)

April 27 Dade City, Fla.

Jeet Rama beat Adrian Jaoude
Deonna Purrazzo beat Kavita Devi
Matt Lee and Jeff Park beat Rinku Singh and Saurav Gurjar
Cezar Bononi beat Daniel Vidot
KUSHIDA beat Trevor Lee
Babatunde beat Samuel Shaw
Marina Shafir beat Xia Li
Bianca Belair beat Jessamyn Duke
Oney Lorcan, Keith Lee, and Danny Burch beat The Undisputed Era

(Results courtesy of lordsofpain.net)

April 27 Milwaukee, Wis.

The Forgotten Sons beat Street Profits
Mia Yim and Rachel Evers beat Aliyah and Vanessa Borne
Eric Bugenhagen beat Riddick Moss
Tyler Breeze beat Shane Thorne
Damien Priest beat Kona Reeves
Shayna Baszler beat Io Shirai to retain NXT Women’s Championship
Velveteen Dream beat Adam Cole to retain NXT North American Championship

(Results courtesy of lordsofpain.net)

April 27 St. Paul, Minn.

Forgotten Sons beat Street Profits
Damien Priest beat Shane Thorne
Eric Bugenhagen beat Riddick Moss
Io Shirai and Rachel Evers beat Vanessa Borne and Aliyah
Jaxson Ryker beat Denzel DeJournette
Tyler Breeze beat Kona Reeves
Shayna Baszler beat Mia Yim to retain NXT Women’s Championship
Velveteen Dream beat Adam Cole to retain NXT North American Championship

(Results courtesy of fightful.com)


•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver San Jose

NXT TakeOver ? (To be announced Monday, May 6th on Triple H Social Media accounts)
June 1, 2019
Location To Be Determined

Projected Lineup:

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 3 – Palm Beach County Convention Center (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Saturday May 4 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Thursday May 9 – Minnreg Hall (Largo, Fla.)
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 (TBD)
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: 5/1 NXT TV Report

(1) The Forgotten Sons beat Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch, and Humberto Carrillo by pinfall (4:07 – 11:47)
(2) Donovan Dijakovic beat Mansoor by pinfall (20:32 – 25:43)

Velveteen Dream makes a grand entrance on his couch (26:38 – 29:41)

The Undisputed Era promo from back of trailer truck (33:52 – 35:12)
(3) KUSHIDA beats Kassius Ohno by submission (38:12 – 46:21)

(Check out PWTorch’s NXT TV Report HERE)


•NXT in the media

Everyone’s favorite air guitarist Eric Bugenhagen sat down with the Miami Herald to discuss his wrestling career, college football career, and personal life. Must read for us Bugenhagenites out there. LINK


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

In this episode, Kelly Wells and Harley R. Pageot talk KUSHIDA and the merits of his debut, a mid-show gem with Dijakovic and Mansoor, a wealth of statistics related to NXT TV appearances, and more.

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-On Apple Podcasts HERE
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•Top NXT Tweets of the Week

Now this is a fun pairing I could get behind.

https://twitter.com/WWEUniverse/status/1123764333589204992/photo/1

Photo says it all. Like we say up in New England… Do. Your. Job.

https://twitter.com/THETOMMYDREAMER/status/1121774851390414848/photo/1

The man has arrived in NXT.

https://twitter.com/WWE/status/1123748682191593473/video/1

Get Roddy in a ladder match immediately. Great stuff from back in the day.

Their Fight Without Honor still has one of the most breathtaking match finishes in @ringofhonor history.@ericispbic @roderickstrong pic.twitter.com/Sr48aCCthS

— ThrowbackWresGifs (@TBWresGifs) May 3, 2019


•Thoughts and Comments

KUSHIDA was presented as a Superstar Wednesday. Not sure about the Marty McFly look in WWE, but the man’s ability in the wrestling ring is up there with anyone.
Velveteen Dream is everything that is right about professional wrestling. I say that sentence to myself every time he’s on the TV screen. Just a special, special talent.
The slow destruction of The Undisputed Era continues this week with Roddy and Fish walking out mid promo. It’ll be fascinating to see where this ends up and where the four wrestlers involved end up after.
We are less than a month away from the next TakeOver and still no official plan for Johnny Gargano’s NXT Championship or lame duck NXT Tag Team Champions War Raiders.
So Killian Dain is heading back to NXT. With the Hardy’s out, Uso’s out, and Bar out…The Smackdown tag division consists of three tag teams now. The B-Team, Epico/Primo, and Nakamura/Rusev. You think there might be some room for a former NXT trio that consists of two monsters and a seasoned vet? Come on, WWE creative, you couldn’t come up with anything for Sanity? They literally did absolutely NOTHING on the main roster. Haha. What a clown show.


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