WEEKLY OVERVIEW – NXT (thru 11/15): NXT Takeover predictions, Triple H conference call, Ciampa Tweet of Week, Riddle on his Bro gimmick, 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

NXT TakeOver WarGames takes place this Saturday night live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The card seems one match light with only four total matches on the card, but in his most recent conference call, Triple H said that was due to the two-out-of-three falls match and the WarGames match needing match time.

NXT wrestlers Roderick Strong and Marina Shafir tied the knot this week. actually teased an alliance between the two dominant factions these two are a part of (Undisputed Era and Four Horsewoman of MMA).  Can you imagine that eight-person multi-gender faction running wild in NXT?

 •NXT Live Event Results

Nov. 8 Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza beat The Mighty
Kavita Devi beat Reina Gonzalez
Lars Sullivan beat Babatunde Aiyebusi
Vanessa Borne and Kona Reeves beat Kacy Catanzaro and NXT N.A. Champ Ricochet
Adam Cole beat Stacey Ervin Jr. 
Io Shirai and Kairi Sane beat Chelsea Green and Lacey Evans
Kassius Ohno beat Saurav Gujar
Aleister Black and War Raiders beat The Forgotten Sons

(Results courtesy

Nov. 9 Tampa, Fla.

EC3 beat Dan Matha
Xia Li beat Chelsea Green
Matt Riddle beat Punishment Martinez
Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza beat Danny Burch in Handicap Match
Lars Sullivan beat Luke Menzies
NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley beat Candice LeRae
War Raiders beat Boa and Rocky (w/Mansoor)
Babatunde beat Mansoor
NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa beat Velveteen Dream

(Results courtesy

Nov. 10 Daytona, Fla.

Heavy Machinery and Jessie Elaban beat Boa and Rocky and Xia Li
Punishment Martinez beat Brenna Williams
Io Shirai and Taynara Conti beat Reina Gonzalez and Aliyah
Matt Riddle beat Dominik Dijakovic
Johnny Gargano beat Humberto Carrillo 
Undisputed Era (Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish) beat The Mighty and Saurav Gurjar
Mia Yim beat Chelsea Green
NXT North American Champion Ricochet beat Kona Reeves (w/Vanessa Borne)

Results courtesy of

•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT Takeover WarGames 2

NXT Takeover WarGames 2
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Los Angeles, Calif. At Staples Center (3:15 p.m. start time)

Tomaso Ciampa (Champion) vs. Velveteen Dream – NXT Men’s Title match
Undisputed Era vs. Ricochet/Pete Dunne/War Raiders 
Shayna Bayzler vs. Kairi Sane – NXT Women’s Title match – Two-out-of-Three Falls
Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano

•Upcoming Events

Thursday Nov. 15 – SJSU Event Center (San Jose, Calif.)
Friday Nov. 16 – Visalia Convention Center (Visalia, Calif.)
Thursday Nov. 29 – The Reserve Pavilion at Hilton Ocala (Ocala Fla.)
Friday Nov. 30 – Maxwell Snyder Armory (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Thursday Dec. 6 – Dade City Armory (Dade City, Fla.)
Thursday Dec. 6 – Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Friday Dec. 7 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Friday Dec. 7 – Shopko Hall (Green Bay, Wis.)
Saturday Dec. 8 – Venice Community Center (Venice, Fla.)
Saturday Dec. 8 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium (St. Paul, Minn.)
Sunday Dec. 9 – Hy- Vee Hall (Des Moines, Iowa)
Thursday Dec. 13 – Orlando Live Events (Casselberry, Fla.)
Friday Dec. 14 – Citrus Springs Fla.
Saturday Dec. 15 – Minnreg Hall (Largo, Fla.)
Saturday Jan. 5 – Crystal River Armory (Crystal River, Fla.)

•Latest TV Highlights: 11/7 NXT TV Report

(1) Bianca Belair beat Mia Yim by pinfall (3:02 – 11:08)
Cathy Kelly backstage interview with War Raiders/Dunne/Ricochet (12:30 – 13:08)
Johnny Gargano/Aleister Black video package (15:43 – 19:19)
Cathy Kelly backstage interview with Matt Riddle (19:21 – 21:01)

Interrupted by Kassius Ohno

(2) Lacey Evans beat Karissa Rivera by Pinfall (24:03 – 25:54)
Tommaso Ciampa/Velveteen Dream video package (27:48 – 32:00)
Shayna Baszler/Kairi Sane video package (34:01 – 35:52)
(3) Kyle O’Reilly beat Hanson (39:12 – 51:12)

Check out PWTorch’s full detailed TV Report HERE.

•NXT in the Media

Triple H presented his NXT WarGames Takeover conference call this week and there were a ton of interesting tidbits in it.  One of the more notable ideas coming out of it was that Triple H thinks there could be some underutilized main roster talents coming back down to NXT to get some work.  Take a listen to the entire call on YouTube HERE.  

NXT’s newest wrestler The King of Bros Matt Riddle sat down with for an interview and explained how William Regal gave him his “King of Bros” nickname.   When asked who were his favorite wrestlers were, he named some classic “bros” and said, “I always enjoyed the intense wrestling style.  My favorites were guys like Kurt Angle, Brett Hart, Rob Van Dam, Jerry Lynn, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko.”  Check out the rest of the interview HERE.

Johnny Gargano sat down with UPROXX for an interview to discuss a wide variety of topics from video games, to WarGames, to his current role in NXT.  “In my head, the ends justify the means,” he said. “The end is me defeating Tommaso Ciampa, for the NXT Championship, everyone celebrating, everyone going nuts, you’ll be happy.”  Definitely a good read for Johnny Wrestling fans.

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

“On the Eve of War.” This week Harley R. Pageot, Tom Stoup, and Justin James discuss the final build to TakeOver: War Games II including their full card predictions. Plus thoughts on Bianca Belair, the Kassius Ohno-Matt Riddle feud, the tag team midcard division, possible post-TakeOver matches and stories, and eight listener emails.

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•Top NXT Tweets of the Week

Ciampa’s Tweet of the Week

The Champ is amused by all of the twitter dorks (fans and wrestlers alike) rejoicing over Bryan’s title win, as if he represents you.

You just don’t get it. Hopeless.

PS: Day 111

The. Greatest. Sports. Entertainer. Of. All. Time.

— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) November 14, 2018

After WarGames….the title shot shouldn’t be far behind…

.@MiaYim I respect your grind, but I don't respect your "entitlement"

Respect & Opportunities are earned.

I want MY Title Shot.


— Bianca Belair (@BiancaBelairWWE) November 15, 2018

If I were to tell you last year at this same time that Johnny Wrestling AND Daniel Bryan were going to be top heels, would you have believed me?  Absofreakinglutely NOT!

Becky Lynch is taking over the world… and it’s fantastic!

I guess my 5 year old is "the man" too.👒 #SitDown #YoureNotSpecial

— Lacey Evans ~ WWE Superstar (@LaceyEvansWWE) November 15, 2018

•Thoughts and Comments

Predictions for NXT TakeOver WarGames

Tomasso Ciampa over Velveteen Dream: My heart tells me Dream but my mind tells me Ciampa and my mind is almost always right when it comes to wrestling.  Only consolation to this match will come either Monday or Tuesday night when Velveteen’s entrance music hits and he makes his main roster debut.  But come to think about it….do I trust the main roster writing team to do the Dream justice? No, I don’t.  Please stay in NXT Dream.

Kairi Sane over Shayna Baszler: Again this is not so much about NXT as it is about the main roster.  It’s only a matter of time before Baszler is called up to either join Rousey or start a feud with her and if Sane loses, I just don’t see a direction for her to go.  After her win, Sane will have a date with Bianca Belair in the very near future.

Aleister Black over Johnny Gargano: The defeat will knock Johnny further down the heel rabbit hole and propel Black to the rematch he’s entitled to with Ciampa.  It’ll be interesting to see how Johnny is received by the crowd and how he works his first match as a heel.

Undisputed Era over War Raiders & Dunne  & Ricochet: Undisputed Era doesn’t get booked to lose too often and I don’t think this match will be any different.  Dunne eats the pin and heads off to dominate NXT UK, Ricochet and Cole will continue to battle for the North American title, and Undisputed Era will go to “war” with the War Raiders in the coming months.  This match is going to be pure carnage.


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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.

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