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
KUSHIDA will be making his anticipated debut next week on NXT TV versus Kassius Ohno.
WWE has released two wrestlers from their NXT roster this week. Nasser “Jimmy” Alruwayeh and Shadia Bseiso have both been released.
Matt Riddle was pulled from NXT house shows this week and it has some concerned. No need to worry, Riddle posted on his twitter account that it was just due to a mild arm infection.
A few NXT women took part in a Worlds Collide event that was dubbed “Women Collide.” Candice LeRae beat NXT UK talent Kay Lee Ray, Io Shirai was defeated by Sonya Deville, and finally Bianca Belair lost a triple threat match versus NXT alum Nikki Cross and NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm.
•NXT Live Event Results
April 18 Lakeland, Fla.
Albert Hardie Jr. beat Samuel Shaw
Dominik Dijakovic beat Kona Reeves
Taynara Conti beat Rachel Evers
Brennan Williams beat Elliot Sexton
The Forgotten Sons beat Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
Shane Thorne beat Denzel Dejournette
Io Shirai beat Deonna Purrazzo
Kushida, Keith Lee and Babatunde beat The Undisputed Era (Cole, Fish, O’Reilly)
(Results courtesy of wrestlinginc.com)
April 19 Jacksonville, Fla.
Raul Mendoza beat Cezar Bononi
Rein Gonzalez beat Kavita Devi
Shane Thorne beat Nick Comoroto
Jonah Rock beat Daniel Vidot
Street Profits beat Matt Lee and Jeff Parker
Aliyah and Vanessa Borne beat Lacey Lane and Kacy Catanzaro
Velveteen Dream beat Dominik Dijakovic to retain NXT North American Championship
(Results courtesy of lordsofpain.net)
April 20 Tampa, Fla.
Albert Hardie Jr. beat Boa
Kacy Catanzaro and Lacey Lane beat Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke
Shane Thorne beat Jeet Rama
Brennan Williams and Mansoor Al-Shehail beat Jeff Parker and Matt Lee
Street Profits beat Saurav Gurjar and Rinku Singh
Shayna Baszler beat Jessie Elaban to retain NXT Women’s Championship
Kushida and Keith Lee beat Undisputed Era (O’Reilly and Fish)
(Results courtesy of fightful.com)
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT TakeOver San Jose
NXT TakeOver San Jose
June 8, 2019
San Jose, Cal. (Event Center Arena)
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
Thursday Apr. 25 – Orlando Live Events (Casselberry, Fla.)
Thursday Apr. 25 – Ralston Arena (Omaha, Neb.)
Friday Apr. 26 – Rivercenter (Davenport, Iowa)
Saturday Apr. 27 – Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Saturday Apr. 27 – Dade City Armory (Dade City, Fla.)
Saturday April. 28 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium (St. Paul, Minn.)
Friday May 3 – Palm Beach County Convention Center (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Saturday May 4 – Havert L. Fenn Center (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Friday May 10 – Highlands Today Center (Sebring, Fla.)
Thursday May 16 – Sands Event Center (Bethlehem, Penn.) JUST ADDED
Friday May 17 – The Fillmore Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Penn.) JUST ADDED
Friday May 17 – St. Petersburg Armory (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Saturday May 18 – APG Federal Credit Union Arena (Baltimore, Md.) JUST ADDED
Sunday May 19 – Asbury Park Convention Hall (Asbury Park, New Jersey) JUST ADDED
Thursday May 23 – Bartow Armory (Bartow, Fla.)
Friday May 24 – Fieldhouse at Watsco Center (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Saturday June 8 – NXT TAKEOVER:SAN JOSE (San Jose, Cal.)
Saturday June 29 – Venice Community Center (Venice, Fla.)
•Latest TV Highlights: 4/24 NXT TV Report
(1) Humberto Carrillo beats Jaxson Ryker by DQ (3:28 – 6:32)
Backstage interview with Adam Cole (8:16 – 9:38)
Matt Riddle interrupts (8:54)
(2) Candice LeRae and Kacey Catanzaro beat Vanessa Bourne and Aliyah by pinfall (14:21 – 18:45)
Io Shirai backstage beat down by Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke (20:50 – 21:40)
Kassius Ohno backstage with William Regal to ask for match vs. KUSHIDA (23:46 – 24:42)
(3) War Raiders beat Street Profits by pinfall to retain NXT Tag Team Championships (24:51 – 33:25)
Mia Yim interview (36:20 – 37:22)
Johnny Gargano beats Roddy Strong by pinfall (40:12 – 53:44)
(Check out PWTorch’s NXT TV Report HERE.)
•NXT in the Media
It’s nice to get a local perspective about NXT house shows every now and then. The Milwaukee Record took some time to write about their love for Velveteen Dream and how NXT seems to top each show with the next. Check it out HERE.
•Latest NXT Podcast – “PWT Talks NXT” PWTorch Livecast
In this episode, Justin James and Tom Stoup cover the April 24th episode of WWE NXT featuring four matches including NXT Champion Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong of the Undisputed Era. Up for analysis are the Viking Raiders having another “experience” under the names Rowe and Hanson, a match being completely re-filmed at the tapings, whether Kacy Catanzaro is ready for primetime, listener questions, and much more.
-On Tune In Radio HERE
-On Apple Podcasts HERE
-Or search “PWTorch” or “Pro Wrestling Torch” on your podcast app of choice
•Top NXT Tweets of the Week
Finally! WWE’s best acquisition in a long time; maybe ever.
.@KUSHIDA_0904 is making his debut against @KassiusOhno NEXT WEEK! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/IOMlcoCeZh
— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2019
The REAL King of Cleveland. Lebron who?
I promised that I'd bring another Championship home to Cleveland.. well..
I'll be making a few appearances around town this week to celebrate! Keep your eyes peeled.. 👀 pic.twitter.com/NhM2GqXWap
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) April 21, 2019
The best frog splash in the business right there, and maybe your next NXT tag champs.
This is how we gon be at cha, if we see Avengers in our timeline…
Don’t Spoil #AvengersEngame 😂😂
— 𝕂𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕋𝕖𝕫 (@MontezFordWWE) April 25, 2019
Viking Raiders? Viking Experience? War Raiders? Viking Warriors? I hate you, Vince.
Viking Raiders. #wwe #raw #wwenxt #nxt #vikingraiders @WWE @ivar_wwe #vikingexperience #moderndayvikings #jointheraid pic.twitter.com/hsj7zP1vqo
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— Erik (@Erik_WWE) April 23, 2019
•Thoughts and Comments
What has WWE done to the War Raiders? Did you see the non-reaction from the Full Sail crowd this week after their win over the Street Profits? Vince McMahon, the ultimate momentum killer.
Jaxson Ryker continues to look like an absolute beast. I’ve been asking for months now, but WWE, please get him away from this tag team and into contention for one of the titles.
I just don’t see the reason for putting Matt Riddle into the NXT Championship picture. He loses his match to Velveteen Dream at Brooklyn for the North American title and suddenly gets thrust into the NXT Championship picture? What happened to the beginning of the feud with Dream? Doesn’t make sense to me. Not yet anyways.
I love the slow dismantling of The Undisputed Era. NXT tells great long term stories.
Io Shirai is going to be your next NXT Women’s Champion. No doubt about it.
Street Profits had their best match on NXT TV this week. They showed a lot more aggression, and I was shocked they didn’t win the titles. Coming soon, I’m sure.
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