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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
NXT announced the final four tag teams that will round out the field of eight for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. DIY, Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch, Aleister Black/Ricochet, and Moustache Mountain have joined The Street Profits, The Forgotten Sons, Fabian Aichner/Marcel Barthel, and The Undisputed Era. The tournament begins next week.
Io Shirai and Bianca Belair will do battle in two weeks for the right to face Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: New York.
NXT stars Ricochet and Aleister Black again made their presence felt on both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week. They defeated the Raw Tag Team Champions Revival on Monday and took down Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev on Tuesday.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Tommaso Ciampa is currently injured but the severity or the location of the injury is unknown.
•NXT Live Event Results
February 22 Fort Pierce, Fla.
Kona Reeves beat Stacy Ervin Jr.
Jessie Elaban beat Chelsea Green
Brennan Williams beat Eric Bugenhagen
Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude beat Denzel Dejournette and Mansoor Al-Shehail
Matt Riddle beat Donovan Dijakovic
The Forgotten Sons beat The Street Profits
Shayna Baszler beat Bianca Belair to retain NXT Women’s Championship
The War Raiders beat The Undisputed Era to retain NXT Tag Team Championship
(Results courtesy of wrestleyard.com)
February 23 Daytona, Fla.
Riddick Moss beat Mansoor
Chelsea Green beat Jessie Elaban
Brennan Williams beat Eric Bugenhagen
Babatunde beat Humberto Carrillo
Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan and Punishment Martinez beat The Undisputed Era (Strong, Fish, O’Reilly)
The Velveteen Dream beat Luke Menzies to retain NXT North American Championship
Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir beat Mia Yim, Xia Li, and Bianca Belair
Aleister Black beat Dominick Dijakovic
(Results courtesy of wrestling-news.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. Winner of Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Tournament
Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champion) vs. Winner of Bianca Belair vs. Io Shirai
Who knows the rest of the card?!?!?!?!
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.)
Saturday Mar. 23 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Thursday Mar. 28 – Midtown Cultural and Educational Center (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Friday Mar. 29 – Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (Gainesville, Fla.)
FRIDAY APR. 5 – BARCLAYS CENTER (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) NXT TAKEOVER BROOKLYN
Thursday Apr. 18 – Lakeland Armory (Lakeland, Fla.)
•Latest TV Highlights: 2/27 NXT TV Report
Johnny Gargano in ring promo (2:21 – 9:51)
Interrupted by Tommaso Ciampa that leads to DIY reunion for Dusty Tourney (4:38)
Ricochet backstage interview with Ricochet (9:52 – 10:57)
Gargano/Ciampa/Candice LeRae outside promo (12:13 – 12:50)
(1) Vanessa Bourne and Aliyah beat Taynara Conti and Xia Li by pinfall ( 15: 12 – 20:07)
Velveteen Dream outside interview (20:49 – 22:30)
Interrupted by The Undisputed Era (21:12)
Cathy Kelly outside of Regal office/Brawl between Io Shirai and Bianca Belair (23:18 – 24:05)
(2) Dominick Dijakovic and Keith Lee fight to double count out (26:34 – 33:35)
SASHA BANKS AND BAYLEY in ring promo (38:40 – 44:27)
(3) Shayna Baszler beat Mia Yim by submission (47:37 – 55:40)
(NXT TV Report HERE)
•NXT in the media
EVOLVE’S Vice President of Talent Relations and Creative Gabe Sapolsky sat down with Sports Illustrated to discuss his very friendly relationship with WWE and NXT in particular. LINK
•Latest NXT Podcast – “PWT Talks NXT” PWTorch Livecast
In this episode, Kelly Wells, Harley R. Pageot, and Justin James cover the stiff Lee-Dijakovic match, the purpose of the Dusty Classic, the possible outcomes of the #DIY saga, and more.
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•Top NXT Tweets of the Week
Ciampa Tweet of the Week
Winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is our destiny. #FollowTheLead
D. I. Y.
— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) February 28, 2019
Match of the week for NXT and the crowd was hot for it. I hope it’s not over.
This is only the beginning.
This is not over. pic.twitter.com/ggFxLVUV9A
— Dominik Dijakovic (@DijakovicWWE) February 28, 2019
Kassius Ohno traveled to NXT UK to face Walter….went as expected.
Face meets boot.#NXTUK @WalterAUT pic.twitter.com/bn4814UoPN
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) February 27, 2019
Don’t quite think they’ll win it, but a good run with Ryker by their side would work.
Smart man https://t.co/gWkMBBID9t
— Jaxson Ryker (@JaxsonRykerWWE) February 28, 2019
•Thoughts and Comments
Velveteen Dream is huge compared to EVERYONE in the Undisputed Era. Dream is listed at six feet, two inches, whereas The Undisputed Era members have Cole and O’Reilly listed at six feet tall, and Fish and Strong both at five feet, eleven inches. I think The Undisputed Era took those height measurements in high heels.
Dijakovic’s jumbotron image looks a lot like Marty Skurll’s Villain Enterprise logo.
Like Izzy, the reaction that Sasha and Bayley got this week from the NXT crowd brought a tear to my eyes. It’s amazing the passion these two women can elicit from fans, and it’s even more amazing how the main roster has completely botched Bayley.
I love the fact the Women’s Tag Team belts will be defended across all brands. This is yet another way to get to the eventual 4 horsewoman feud. Can you imagine this year’s all women’s PPV being headlined by a quartet of matches featuring Becky vs. Rousey, Flair vs. Baszler, and Banks/Bayley vs. Shafir/Duke? Sign. Me. Up.
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