NXT returned to Full Sail to tape the upcoming episodes for the WWE Network. See what happened!
WWE NXT followed another great Takeover with a set of tapings to set up the future direction for the yellow and black brand. What happened?
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WWE NXT Taping Spoilers
- NXT North American Title Match: Velveteen Dream © defeats Buddy Murphy
- Raul Mendoza defeats Riddick Moss
- Johnny Gargano cuts a promo in the ring. He says that Full Sail has been waiting a long time for this moment, this was a long journey, he can stand proudly as Johnny Champion. Out come The Undisputed Era without Roderick Strong. Cole says Gargano got lucky, Cole beat him in NY and he should be the champion. Adam Cole is the uncrowned NXT Champion And Johnny Gargano is just a Punk Champion. Gargano says he beat Cole 2-1, that’s not just definitive, that’s Undisputed. Gargano says if Cole wants to stop being a BAYBAY, he’s willing to give him a rematch. Roddy runs in from the crowd and attacks Gargano, Undisputed Era beatdown Gargano.
- Dominik Dijakovic defeats an enhancement talent. Post-match, Dijakovic says he’s only in NXT because of his family, they took the opportunity to immigrate to the US. Dominik Dijakovic sees the North American Title as his opportunity. Velveteen Dream… Feast Your Eyes.
- NXT Women’s Title Match: Shayna Baszler © vs. Kairi Sane. There was a spot where a trainer and Io came out to check on Kairi, Io attacks Shayna and caused a DQ, Kairi lost and can no longer challenge for the NXT Women’s Title. Horsewomen holding Io as Shayna is attacking Kairi.
- Humberto Carrillo defeats Jaxson Ryker by DQ. Post-match, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch make the save for Humberto
- Candice LeRae & Kacy Catanzaro defeated Vanessa Borne & Aliyah
- NXT Tag Team Champions War Raiders defeat Street Profits
- Johnny Gargano defeated Roderick Strong after an accidental kick from Cole to Roddy, Undisputed Era tried to interfere more but were stopped by Matt Riddle. Roddy expresses his unhappiness with Cole before they leave.
- Dominik Dijakovic defeated Mansoor. Velveteen Dream is out on his couch to confront Dijakovic.
- The Forgotten Sons defeated Humberto Carrillo, Oney Lorcan, & Danny Burch
- KUSHIDA defeats Kassius Ohno
- Bianca Belair defeats Mia Yim using her hair for leverage on the ropes
- Matt Riddle defeats Adam Cole
Greg DeMarco’s Take
Based on these tapings, I think we are getting:
- Adam Cole vs. Roderick Strong
- Velveteen Dream vs. Dominik Dijakovic
- Shayna BAszler vs. Io Shirai
We have more tapings before Takeover: San Jose, so some of this could happen on an NXT broadcast. It does seem like we’re also headed towards War Raiders vs. Forgotten Sons, and possibly Roddy Strong vs. Matt Riddle is Cole gets a rematch at Takeover with Gargano. No one was really set up for Gargano on this taping, but that could be taken care of at a taping in May.
Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown
Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?
Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.
In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.
The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?
Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal
I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.
This was originally reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet:
UPDATE: Aleister Black is now officially listed on WWE dot com as a SmackDown Superstar as well. His profile states: "After the 2019 Superstar Shake-up, Black set his sights on changing the landscape of SmackDown LIVE."
— Pro Wrestling Sheet (@WrestlingSheet) April 22, 2019
Dolph Ziggler Reveals He Was Added To The 2019 Royal Rumble The Night Before
How did Dolph Ziggler end up in the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble?
When, and how, was Dolph Ziggler added to the 2019 Royal Rumble match?
In a sit-down interview with Chris Van Vliet (seen above), Dolph Ziggler reveals that he wasn’t booked for the WWE Royal Rumble until the night before, and he earned a payday for his comedy show and the Royal Rumble appearance.
“Oh my God. That’s a great story. Can I tell this story? When I talked to you, I was not booked for the Royal Rumble and I have no reason to lie to anybody or be like ‘Hey listen, I don’t know what the deal is’. I was just on hiatus and I got a call to be there. And if I wasn’t in town for a booking for a comedy show that night I would not have even been in Phoenix. I got a call the night before saying ‘Hey, you gotta get here.’ … I was one of the last people in the ring that night and my comedy show three blocks away had to start an hour late because I was running over with sweat and my bags. I almost went in my gear but I was like I’m going to have to shower.”
Dolph Ziggler hasn’t appeared for WWE since the Royal Rumble, and in the interview above he maintains that he on an extended vacation from the company. You might remember that Ziggler made first contact with Nia Jax during the Rumble, nailing her with a Superkick.
With thanks to WrestleZone for the quote.