No rest for the weary, as just days after TakeOver: New Orleans, NXT is back filming at their home base of Full Sail Live for the regular Wednesday night series on WWE Network.
This evening’s show (April 11) will establish the latest new era of NXT - the one without former champions Authors of Pain and Ember Moon - and set us on the road to TakeOver: Chicago 2 in June.
And we’ll be right here with you as results start rolling in from Winter Park, Florida, updating those live, starting at the scheduled 6:30PM Eastern bell time:
- Lio Rush over Chico Adams. Lio had giant Polish football player Babatunde Aiyegbusi with him as an enforcer.
- Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae open the show proper with a promo segment. Johnny says it’s great to be back and it’s better to not be defined by his feud with Tommaso Ciampa. He thanks Candice for standing by him but points out they have unfinished business, so tonight it’ll be Candice LeRae vs. Zelina Vega! Johnny Wrestling also declares his intent to be the next contender for the NXT Championship.
- Ricochet over Fabian Aichner. Ricochet gets some talking time and says he’s here to kick things up a notch. (He won with the 630 senton, too, which is notable enough that I’m mentioning it even though I usually don’t scour for finishes.)
- War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe) over Metro Brothers (Chris & JC Metro).
- Lars Sullivan over Killian Dain. (No Disqualification Match)
- Candice LeRae over Zelina Vega. Gargano and Andrade “Cien” Almas were in their partners’ corners here.
- Post-match, Johnny calls his shot for the NXT Championship, and Aleister Black appears and says he can have his title match next week.
- Undisputed ERA make their entrance, with Roderick Strong announced as one-half of the tag team champions alongside Kyle O’Reilly. They get some promo time and Roddy calls Pete Dunne selfish, says joining TUE was the best decision he ever made, and it’s not Roddy vs. the World anymore because he’s got his brothers with him.
- Adam Cole (c) over Oney Lorcan to retain the NXT North American Championship, with a little help from O’Reilly and Strong. Danny Burch tried to make the save for Lorcan but fell prey to That Damned Numbers Game.
- Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) over Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli. Tino walked out on Riddick this time.
- Post-match, Heavy Machinery challenge War Raiders.
- Kairi Sane over Shazza McKenzie(!)
- Post-match, Lacey Evans comes down and gives Kairi a fake apology before cheap-shotting her with the microphone.
- TM-61 (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne) over Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) with feet on the ropes.
- Kona Reeves over Patrick Scott.
- Bianca BelAir over Candice LeRae.
- Pete Dunne over Roderick Strong by disqualification when Undisputed ERA attack. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch made the save.
- Ricochet comes out to cut a promo saying he’s only got the NXT Championship on his mind when Velveteen Dream interrupts. VD cuts a promo telling him whether he flips or flops he’ll end up at the back of the line and riffing on the idea that he has to face him one-on-one and the promo gradually turns into a back-and-forth game of oneupmanship.
- EC3 over Raul Mendoza.
- Dakota Kai over Vanessa Borne.
- Post-match, Shayna Baszler comes down, stares Dakota down in the corner, and attacks Borne.
- Johnny Gargano comes out for his NXT Championship match against Aleister Black but Tommaso Ciampa blindsides him! They proceed to brawl all over the ramp and onto the announce desk. They end up fighting to the outside and Gargano is stretchered out while Ciampa stands tall atop the ring truck.
- War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe) over Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight).
- Tommaso Ciampa over Kassius Ohno. Post-match, he continues attacking Ohno, choking him out with his knee brace much the same as Gargano did to him at TakeOver: New Orleans.
- Aleister Black comes out to cut a promo, but is interrupted by SAnitY, which in turn leads to your dark match for the evening.
- Aleister Black (c) over Eric Young to retain the NXT Championship. Post-match, Black lays the rest of SAnitY out to boot.
There you have it, folks
Our first couple weeks of TV to take us towards TakeOver: Chicago 2. Like what you read, Cagesiders?