NXT is back - but once again, they’re not filming at their home base of Full Sail Live. Instead, Triple H has taken the franchise to WCW’s old stomping grounds in Atlanta where they'll tape matches and segments for their regular Wednesday night series on WWE Network at Center Stage.
This evening’s show (Feb. 1) is the first of two straight nights which will build from TakeOver: Philadelphia and toward their pre-WrestleMania 34 live event in New Orleans. There is another Full Sail taping scheduled on Mar. 7, so with only five weeks to fill, these shows may be shorter than normal tapings 3 - 4 episode tapings, include more matches which won’t make it to television, or both.
We’ll know more when results start rolling in from The ATL. We'll be updating those here live, starting at the scheduled 6:30PM Eastern bell time:
- Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) over Fabian Aichner & Raul Mendoza in your likely dark match for the evening.
- SAniTy (Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain) vs. Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) (c) (NXT Tag Team Championship) never gets underway because they won’t stop brawling. William Regal comes out, none too pleased, and makes a tornado tag team match between all of both teams in the main event.
- Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) over Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli.
- After the match, Riddick refuses to help Tino up and heads to the back alone.
- Johnny Gargano comes down for a promo and calls out Tommaso Ciampa, but Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega come out instead. Almas holds the title up in Johnny’s face but Candice LeRae comes out to back him up, and we end up with a match made— Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Almas one more time with the NXT Championship on the line, but if Johnny loses, he’s gone from NXT.
- Bianca BelAir over enhancement talent.
- SAniTy (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, & Killian Dain) over Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, & Kyle O’Reilly) (Six-Man Tornado Tag Team Match)
- TM-61 (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne) over John Skyler & ???.
- Pete Dunne (c) over Roderick Strong to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship.
- Aleister Black cuts a promo saying that the devil that drives him is the NXT Championship, but Killian Dain comes out to interrupt. Aleister tells him he’ll fade to black.
- Shayna Baszler over Ember Moon (c) by disqualification when, while Shayna is about to break Ember’s arm in the barricade, Kairi Sane makes the save. (NXT Women’s Championship)
- Velveteen Dream over No Way Jose. Dream gets some promo time after the match.
- Nikki Cross over Vanessa Borne.
- Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) over Elijah Evans IV & ???.
- After the match, Forgotten Sons declare for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, so that’s back.
- Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) over Johnny Gargano to retain the NXT Championship (Title vs. NXT Career Match). After a ref bump, Tommaso Ciampa came out and attacked Johnny with his crutch again, leading to Almas picking up the win with his hammerlock DDT.
- After the match, Candice and Johnny have a moment together in the ring. Johnny gets a standing ovation and William Regal comes out and hugs him on the stage. This whole time Ciampa is waving goodbye and smiling from the crowd.
- Johnny hangs out with the crowd for a bit to say goodbye, taking pictures and signing autographs.
- We’re informed that the Dusty Classic will kick off at tomorrow night’s taping.
There you have it, folks
Three weeks of TV on our way to TakeOver: New Orleans. Excited, Cagesiders?