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Advertised for tonight: A pre-taped empty arena show from Full Sail where North American champ Keith Lee takes on Dominik Dijakovic and Damian Priest. Plus, Bobby Fish vs. Velveteen Dream, Dakota Kai, Xia Li, Shotzi Blackheart, Kayden Carter, Aliyah & Deonna Purrazzo in a gauntlet match for the final spot in next week’s #1 contender ladder match, and more!
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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR APRIL 1
More of a standard TV commercial open, then Tom Phillips welcomes us to the show as our entrances for our first match begin. Tom is with Sam Roberts, for some reason.
Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish
Dream is wearing purple latex gloves, and he keeps them on when the bell rings. Unsurpisingly, there are no other members of Undisputed ERA out with Fish.
A big clothesline puts Velveteen in the driver’s seat early, but Bobby is able to pop over and grab a sleeper hold to change momentum. A kick to Dream’s left leg grounds him, and forces him to head outside to get a break. He slides across the ring to make Fish chase, and catches him with a slap. Double axehandle off the top follows, one in the ring, and another on the floor when Fish rolls out to avoid a Purple Rainmaker. The former tag champ shoves him into the barricade after the second one as we get our first commercial.
Phillips tells us they’ve been brawling all around the arena while we are away. All we see is Bobby working the leg with things like the dragon screw leg whip. That continues for a while, as we hear a lot of Roberts’ “heel announcer” schtick. Then we get another set of ads.
More of Fish in control when we return, the Dream quickly ends it with a Dream Valley Driver shortly after a snap mare gets him back in control.
Velveteen Dream def. Bobby Fish by pinfall
After the match Dream gets on the mic and calls out Adam Cole
After a reminder of how his guys took out Matt Riddle last week, Malcom Bivens gets his first WWE television promo! He clarifies for Sarah Schriever they’re his “associates”, then hypes up their size and warns Bruiserweights they’re coming for their titles. Bivens Enterprises is here.
Dexter Lumis vs. Jake Atlas
Lumis is billed from “an undisclosed location” (maybe where AEW is filming this week?). A spinebuster puts him control early, but Atlas doesn’t give in, even after taking several clubbing blows to the face. A backbreaker starts a flurry for Atlas, but it’s pretty short lived. He’s cut off with a chop to the throat, then put down with a side slam. That’s transitioned to an Anaconda Vice, and Jake taps.
Dexter Lumis def. Jake Atlas via submission
Lumis continues the creepy serial killer vibe by cradling Atlas’ head and stroking his face after the bell.
We see Keith Lee getting ready for his title defense backstage, and get more commercials. There’s another Killer Kross vignette/teaser thing when we get back, and then we see most of Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano’s PC brawl from a few weeks back. They’re promoting next week’s showdown as “Black Heart vs. Rebel Heart: One Final Beat”.
Gauntlet match time!
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Deonna Purrazzo
Purrazzo with the early advantage, but Blackheart is a little too quick for her and evades Deonna’s attempt to follow-up on muscling Shotzi into the corner. Back senton in the ropes leads to a cover, but Purrazzo is right back in it with a pump kick that leads to a two count for her. The Virtuosa is in charge as she tries to soften Blackheart up for an armbar. Deonna spends too much time taunting though, and ends up getting headbutted off the ropes. Senton from the top, and that’s it.
Shotzi Blackheart def. Deonna Purrazzo via pinfall to advance
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Xia Li
Li comes in hot, but Shotzi’s speed serves her well again as she evades the early offense. But Xia can play that game too, and dodges an attack before hitting Blackheart with a roundhouse as we go to break.
The Chinese Superstar is in charge when we get back, until she misses a kick and Shotzi locks on a bridging double chicken wing manuever.
Shotzi Blackheart def. Xia Li via submission to advance
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Aliyah
Similar start to the last match, then Shotzi almost gets another tapout, but Aliyah gets Blackheart’s shoulders on the mat and forces her to let go. She grabs the hair and sends Shotzi face first to the mat while running the ropes and takes control. Aliyah argues with the referee too much and lets Blackheart back in. She suplexes Aliyah and locks on the same submission hold.
Shotzi Blackheart def. Aliyah via submission to advance
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Kayden Carter
Carter has the early advantage by virtue of being fresher, but Blackheart manages to force her into the corner. Kayden slips under her and drop kicks her in the back, then it’s time for more ads. Shortly after we return, Carter misses a splash. A knee is followed by the back senton.
Shotzi Blackheart def. Kayden Carter via pinfall to advance
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Dakota Kai
Raquel Gonzalez is out with Kai. Clubbing blows to the back from the heel who is immediately in control and gets a nearfall. Gonzalez works Shotzi over in the ropes while Dakota has the referee distracted. Dakota gets frustrated she can’t finish Blackheart. Kai escapes a submission. But Shotzi follows with clotheslines and a back suplex, causing Kai to regroup outside. Shotzi takes out Kai and Gonzalez with a dive. Raquel tries to follow-up, but Blackheart slips free and sends her into the steel steps. On Shotzi’s way back in, Kai boots her and hits the Go To Kick to win.
Dakota Kai def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall to gain the final spot in next week’s #1 contender ladder match
Video package for Charlotte Flair & Rhea Ripley’s match this weekend.
Kushida vs. Joaquin Wilde
Kushida gets the better of the early technical exchange, then clowns Wilde a bit. He follows that flurry up with an armbar, but the former DJ Z makes the ropes to force a break. More grappling, Joaquin gets a head scissors take down to finally to get some momentum. Wilde works the arm a bit himself, but Kushida gets free and hits a drop kick before we get some commercials.
Floatover neckbreaker gets two for Wilde as soon as we return. He whips Kushida into a couple of corners and works him over, but he gets free on a third whip and drop kicks Joaquin right in the arm. They pause as the check on Wilde, which creates an opening... that quickly closes thanks to a handspring back elbow and the armbar.
Kushida def. Joaquin Wilde via submission
Tense show of sportsmanship after the Timesplitter’s arm is raised.
We see Dominik Dijakovic getting ready. That match is next... after some more ads. First, we get one more video package for Gargano/Ciampa next week. We also see the completed graphic with all six competitors in next week’s ladder match.
McKenzie Mitchell catches up with Jaoquin Wilde, who is frustrated by his loss. But then a van rolls up and some masked luchadors grab him and drive off. They’re kidnapping Kushida opponents!
Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic vs. Damian Priest
Standard spotlight intros for the title match (complete with snazzy graphics with stats), but the ring announcer isn’t in the ring.
They all land kicks at the bell, then eye one another from the ropes as we get a break. It’s just Double-D and Priest in the ring when we return. Damian with a flatliner, which he follows with mounted punches in the corner. Dijakovic lift him by the legs, but Priest planks and hits a DDT! The champ is back in as Dominik rolls out. He almost deadlift superplexes Priest, but that gets fought off to allow Dijakovic to rush back in. He gets the Limitless One on his shoulders, and Priest hits them both with a spinning side kick from the top. Everyone is down.
The challengers team up to light Keith up with kicks, then put him down with a double chokeslam. The champ rolls out. Dijakovic goes for Feast Your Eyes, but that’s fought off. Priest counters into a cruifix powerbomb position. He throws Double-D over the top, where Lee catches him. He follows with a step-up flipping senton to the outside and everyone is down as we hit our last commericals.
Dijakovic misses with a moonsault off the top when we return, but Priest evades (Lee is outside again). They trade chokeslam attempts, and some other counters, then DD throws Priest over his shoulder, but Lee is back in now and catches him. He uses Damian as a weapon against Dijakovic a couple different ways, then hits the Spirit Bomb on Priest. He covers, but Dominik breaks it up. They brawl a bit, then Lee with a huge spinebuster on Dijakovic.
Splash in the corner on Priest then the champ climbs. Damian hits him with some kicks while he’s up there, but Keith fights off an enziguri... for a moment. He eventually nails it, but Dijakovic swoops in. Both challengers fall into a cover on Lee. Both are up and head to the corner, but stop each other on the apron before the can climb. The champ recovers, double Grizzly Magnum on both. Lee tries to lift both men, but gets thrown back into the ring. Dijakovic fights off Priest, climbs, and hits a corkscrewing moonsault off the top for one, two, no!
Priest gets his nightstick from under the ring. Dijakovic evades it at first, but while he’s hitting Feast Your Eyes, Priest clips his leg with the nightstick. Lee pounces Priest to the floor, grabs Double-D, Big Bang Catastrophe.
Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic & Damian Priest via pinfall to retain his North American championship