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NXT results, live blog (April 17, 2019): Two title tilts

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- Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson welcome us to the Johnny Champion era, and the North American champ makes his entrance for our opener.

- Velveteen Dream def. Buddy Murphy via pinfall following Purple Rainmaker to retain his North American championship

Kayla Braxton handles the big fight introductions. They lock-up after some stylin’ from Dream fails to phase Murphy. The Aussie gets the early advantage, but they trade the upper hand during a slow start. Punches and kicks only lead to more standoffs, but when Dream slides out and back in to pose, Buddy nails him with a knee to the head for two. The champ gets sent off the ringpost, and while on the ramp this time gets hit with tope. Murphy rolls him back and hits a meteora off the top for another nearfall. Dream gets some separation by answering a charge with a boot, and after he slips a sleeper hold, rocks Buddy with a superkick. Velveteen with a flurry that he caps off with an axehandle off the top to hit Murphy on the apron, then another on the floor. Back in, Buddy evades a Purple Rainmaker, then hits a codebreaker for two. Murphy snaps Dream’s neck on the ropes, then tries to climb but they fight at the turnbuckles. Both men drop to the floor after an exchange. They resume swinging back in the ring, and Buddy covers after a DDT. They fight in the corner again, and Murphy drops Dream on his face with a suplex, but when he dives and rolls through for a powerbomb, Velveteen reverse into a Dream Valley Driver, but he can only get two. The champ tries to climb, but gets caught. Murphy hits a superkick and a sitout powerbomb for a nearfall. Another apron battle ends with a high knee from the former Cruiserweight king, but it takes him a long time to get Dream back in the ring. Velveteen recovers to catch Buddy as he climbs back through the ropes, and then hits his finishing sequence to survive with his belt.

- Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins bring us a special edition of Street Talk. They’re gonna make an opportunity, since that’s what we do around here. The Profits head to General Manager William Regal’s office, but War Raiders The Viking Experience come out wearing their old gimmick shirts and carrying their NXT Tag titles. Erik & Ivar say they heard what Tez & Angelo were talking about, and they already talked to Mr. Regal. They’ve got a match next week.

- “Rebel Heart” hits the speakers, and a jeans-wearing Johnny Gargano returns to Full Sail for the first time as NXT champion. He begins to discuss his long-run to the title, and starts to put over his match at TakeOver: New York as the toughest of his career, and here comes the Undisputed ERA. Adam Cole isn’t gonna listen to another love fest between Johnny and the NXT Universe. He beat him in Barclays, and if that was any other match, he’d be champ. Adam Cole is the uncrowned champion, and Johnny is nothing but a punk.

Gargano says Cole is very emotional, and it might be because there’s trouble in his little boy band. Are the ERA not in sync? Jokes aside, the champ says Cole did pin him in the first fall, but then he won the next two, tapping him to make the scoreboard read 2 - 1. And that is undisputed. If Johnny lost, he wouldn’t be out here whining like a BAY BAY. But if Adam wants to grow a pair and step in the ring, Gargano will put more points on the scoreboard. Cole says be careful what you wish for, and as Johnny gets ready to deal with Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, Roderick Strong jumps the champ from behind. The beat him down, and the group holds Gargano up for a superkick from Cole. The ERA pose as refs run in to check on Johnny.

- Nigel talks up Kushida and says he’ll make his NXT in-ring debut in two weeks. He then lists the NXT talent that was placed on Raw or SmackDown during this week’s Superstar Shake-up, including The Viking Experience and Kairi Sane.

- Dominick Dijakovic def. Aaron Frye via pinfall following a big boot

After his one move knockout win, the Croatian Colossus gets a mic. He says he’s only in NXT because his family gave him that opportunity by coming to the U.S. Their spirit courses through his veins, and he’s coming for Velveteen Dream’s North American title.

- Cathy Kelley catches up to Undisputed ERA to ask about the tension we saw within the group was resolved. Cole says we saw the difference between them and Johnny Gargano. Mr. Regal walks up to say that he just got done talking to Johnny, and the champ wants to face the ERA. Cole asks when he’ll get his rematch, and the GM says Gargano asked to face Roderick Strong. Roddy seems excited, but the Panama City Playboy doesn’t look pleased.

- A quick video package airs on the history of the Sane/Baszler rivalry, and then Aliyah & Vanessa Borne get a handcam promo. They weren’t ready last week to face Candice LeRae, because they were too busy enjoying NYC shopping. But next week, they want Candice to find a partner and meet them in the ring.

- Shayna Baszler def. Kairi Sane via disqualification when Io Shirai attacks to protect her friend. Baszler retains her Women’s title, and Sane can never challenge for the belt again

Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir accompany the champ to the ring, while the Pirate Princess is out alone. Kayla and the spotlight are back for our introductions.

Sane uses her speed to win the early exchange, and a spinning backfist rocks Shayna. Sliding D, and Baszler is forced to roll out. Kairi rolls her back in but doesn’t get the shoulders down on a cover. The champ catches Sane with a forearm while they run the ropes, and follows up with a knee for two. Kairi fights out, but takes a high knee in the corner for another nearfall. The challenger is woozy after battling out of a choke hold, but gets enough separation to land to set-up and connect with a spear. They take their time getting to their feet, then Kairi follows a float over snapmare with her Anchor submission. Shayna makes the ropes, but Sane follows with an InSane Elbow to the back. She climbs to hit the regular version, but Baszler catches her. Her back won’t let her hit a superplex, though. Kairi tries for an elbow off the apron to the champ on the floor, but misses and hits the barricade. Shayna targets the elbow back in the ring, then slams her with a gutwrench suplex for two. The Queen of Spades goes back to work on the elbow, but gets a foot on the bottom rope to force a break. Kairi rolls out, in obvious pain. The referee calls for a doctor and Sane refuses to quit. Io Shirai runs in to talk to her, and while that’s going one, Shayna reaches to the floor and pulls her back in the ring by the neck. Baszler sets up for her elbow stomp, and Shirai races in to save her friend... handing Shayna a win and costing Kairi any future opportunities at the title.

Duke & Shafir pull Io from the ring, throw her into the barricade and make her watch as Baszler stomps Sane’s elbow anyway. The heels walk off as a crying Shirai checks on her friend and vows to get revenge.

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