What’s next for NXT? It’s a question even more on the minds of fans than usual considering this week’s roster movement. The black-and-yellow brand films at their home base of Full Sail Live on Weds., Feb. 20 to give us some answers.
We’ll start seeing the action taped tonight next week during NXT’s regular Wednesday night series on WWE Network. These shows will continue us down the road to April 5’s TakeOver: New York - and hopefully give us some clue as to the futures of Aleister Black, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano & Ricochet on all three brands.
What do Triple H and team have in store for us? Join us as we start updating results live when as they roll in from Winter Park, Florida after the scheduled 6:30PM Eastern bell time:
- The 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is announced to kick off the tapings!
- War Raiders (Hanson & Ray Rowe) over Chico Adams & Vandal Ortagun.
- A video recap of Velveteen Dream beating Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship plays on the tron to clear up any lingering confusion you may have had from the way the angle was shot at the last tapings.
- Johnny comes out for a promo, saying he’s shown the world what he can do on Raw and SmackDown, but “last week” was his first challenge as champion and he turned out a failure.
- Enter Tommaso Ciampa, who says this week on main roster TV proved that they’re better together, and Gargano only failed because he refused his help. Together, he wants them to enter the Dusty once again— it’s where they started together, and since the winner gets a tag title shot at TakeOver: New York, this could be their moment. JOHNNY ACCEPTS! DIY ARE IN THE DUSTY!
- Aliyah & Vanessa Borne over Taynara Conti & Xia Li.
- Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee goes to a double countout draw! They cannot be contained! In the end, they have to be pulled apart to be stopped.
- Shayna Baszler over Mia Yim.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet over Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel (2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match)
- Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) over Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan (2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match)
- Velveteen Dream comes out to cut a promo reminding us that he’s NXT North American Champion and he’s interrupted by Matt Riddle! He wants a title match but VD says he’s not his bro and the spotlight belongs to him. Lights down, spotlight on Dream, when they come back up? Riddle is gone.
- Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) over Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match)
- DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciamp) over Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) (2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match)
- Post-match, War Raiders come out and stare DIY down.
- Luke Menzies over Eric Bugenhagen.
- Bugenhagen gets an encore performance for his entrance gimmick after the match.
- Newly-minted WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions the Boss and Hug Connection of Bayley and Sasha Banks are here in Full Sail! They cut a promo where they talk about how it’s good to be back and the titles are going to be defended across all three of WWE’s brands so the ladies in the NXT locker room had best get ready to step up!
- Pat McAfee joins the broadcast team at this point in the taping.
- Adam Cole over Punishment Martinez.
- Post-match, Cole says he was the first NXT North American Champion but is yet to get his rematch, and calls Velveteen Dream a moron before once again declaring that 2019 is the Undisputed ERA’s year. VD comes down, slaps him, they brawl, Punishment gets involved and attacks Cole as well and Dream stands tall with the Purple Rainmaker.
- Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) over Moustache Mountain (2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal)
- Bianca Belair vs. Io Shirai goes to a double disqualification draw when Shayna Baszler leaves the commentary desk to attack both women. (NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Kairi Sane tries to make the save, but she gets choked out by Baszler.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet over DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) (2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal)
- This sets your 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals as Black & Ricochet vs. Forgotten Sons.
- Candice LeRae comes out to check on Johnny post-match. She and Tom help Gargano up and walk him up the entry, where Ciampa tries to throw Johnny into the boards, but it turns out he wasn’t actually that hurt and he turns it around on the Sicilian Psychopath! Johnny Wrestling hands out a beatdown and he’s coming for the title!
There you have it, folks
Another taping down, one more to go before NXT TakeOver: New York. Like what you read, Cagesiders?