NXT held its live TV tapings at Full Sail University on Wednesday night for the remainder of March and April heading into NXT TakeOver: New York. Here’s everything that happened, and everything you need to know.
Please be aware that everything you read in the subsequent paragraphs is an actual, massive, legitimate spoiler for what will happen over the next several weeks of NXT television. You may read on only at your own risk. But if you’re the sort of person who just simply cannot wait until it happens on WWE Network to find out what happens next, congratulations! This post is for you!
(Note: keep in mind that taping order is not always the order in which matches air and episodes may air looking differently.)
– Triple H opened the tapings to say he was going to announce Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York, but that’s off because of Ciampa’s injury. He announced a fatal five-way: Ricochet vs. Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole vs. Matt Riddle vs. Velveteen Dream, with the winner moving on to face Gargano for the NXT Championship in a 2-out-of-3 falls match at TakeOver.
1. Fatal Five-Way: Adam Cole defeated Ricochet, Aleister Black, Matt Riddle, and Evelveteen Dream. Cole pinned Ricochet to win the match, and will move on to face Gargano at TakeOver: New York. After the match, Ricochet and Aleister Black were attacked by the Forgotten Sons.
2. Punishment Martinez defeated Riddick Moss.
3. Humberto Carrillo defeated Albert Hardie Jr., aka the debuting ACH.
1. War Raiders defeated Local Talent. After the match, they demanded more competition.
2. The War Raiders defeated Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi.
3. Jaxson Ryker defeated Oney Lorcan.
4. Bianca Belair vs. Kairi Sane ended in a no contest when Shayna Baszler and the other Horsewomen interfered. Io Shirai made the save, causing the rest of the women’s division to hit the ring. Shirai hit a moonsault onto everyone and posed with the NXT Women’s Championship.
5. Raul Mendoza defeated Brennan Williams.
– Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano had an in-ring face-off to promote TakeOver: New York. Undisputed Era showed up to intimidate Gargano.
1. Vanessa Borne and Aliyah vs. Kacy Catanzaro and Lacey Lane ended with more MMA Horsewomen interference, and both teams getting beaten down.
2. Matt Riddle defeated Kona Reeves. Velveteen Dream, who watched the match from a couch on the stage, announced that he’ll defend the North American Championship against Riddle at TakeOver: New York.
3. Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Ricochet and Aleister Black defeated The Forgotten Sons. The tournament win gives Ricochet and Black a match for the NXT Tag Team Championship against War Raiders at TakeOver: New York. The two teams had a staredown. Afterward, Black and Ricochet cut a promo thanking the Full Sail crowd, as this “might be” their final set of tapings before a permanent move to the main roster.