NXT Results and Reaction 04.01
NXT TV Wednesday night featured a great showing of three matches - The Velveteen Dream vs Bobby Fish, Gauntlet Match, and the NXT North American Championship. I made my prediction on the previous blog and managed to be correct. Here were the results:
The Velveteen Dream defeated Bobby Fish
Both superstars trash talked and gave all their physicality in the ring. Fish looked dominant for the most part but the Dream found the way to overcome the challenge and win. Dream hit the Dream Valley Driver to pin Fish. After the match, Dream gave his promo targeting Adam Cole who is the NXT Champion.
Reaction: Fish is known for his tag team matches with Kyle O'Reilly. He gave a different perspective as a singles competitor that actually convinces me he can reach stardom by himself. However, he is dangerous as a tag team partner. On the other side, Dream needs to evaluate himself and figure out how to improve should he have a scheduled match with Cole. Cole is not an easy opponent and neither is the Undisputed Era together should Cole receive the green light to defend the title.
Dexter Lumis defeated Jake Atlas by submission
Sam Shaw goes by the ring name Dexter Lumis. He is a former champion at these independent wrestling programs:
Full Throttle Pro Wrestling
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Tried-N-True Pro Wrestling
United States Wrestling Alliance
On March 16, 2019, Lumis made his debut losing to Fabian Aichner. Lumis entered the NXT Breakout Tournament and was eliminated by Bronson Reed. On Wednesday, Lumis defeated Atlas by submitting him. He may be a strange character but does look promising to be a great heel.
Dakota Kai wins Gauntlet Match
The gauntlet match began with Blackheart and Purrazzo. Blackheart ran through the competition by eliminating Purrazzo, Li, Aliyah, and Carter. However, Kai was the last opponent and as predicted, Kai would have Gonzales by her side. Blackheart was superior throughout these matches and at a point, seemed as if she would win it all. Blackheart threw Gonzales to the steel steps. Once she attempted to enter the ring, Kai gave the Kota Kick and pinned Blackheart for the win.
Reaction: Shotzi Blackheart is the next star for NXT. Although she did not advance to the Ladder's Match, she is spectacular and will be the face of the NXT womens' division in the near future. Blackheart's performance reminisces Kofi Kingston's gauntlet match that led him to the Elimination Chamber match and a world title at WrestleMania.
Kushida defeated Joaquin Wilde
Kushida executed the armbar to submit Wilde. Both shook hands but Wilde had more words to say in which he may want to have a rematch with Kushida. After the match backstage, Wilde was being interviewed about his loss. An SUV pulled up quickly and snatched Wilde into the vehicle. This is the second incident within the month that a NXT superstar has been taken away. What type of development could lead to this storyline?
Keith Lee remains Champion
At one point, it did not look as either superstar were gaining ground with one another. At the end, Priest tried to use a nightstick against Dijakovic. Dijakovic did a neanuver causing him to be hit with the nightstick on his knee. Lee propelled Priest out of the ring and executed a signature move on Dijakovic for the win.
Reaction: Now that this match is done and over, who is next for Keith Lee? It may be a few weeks to know who will be his new opponent or have Priest try to get back at Lee.