NXT Results and Reactions
Keith Lee defeated Dominik Dijakovic
As mentioned in my previous blog, Lee and Dijakovic are the biggest and athleticism men in the WWE and perhaps the entire world. These two men not only stole the show, but set a standard on how the first match of a pay per view event should be. They fired it up on all cylinders and the crowd were chanting "MAMA MIA!" Both competitors went back and forth but Keith Lee was the last man standing. Dijakovic delivered the Spanish Fly to attempt to win. Lee escaped the count. When Dijakovic tried to execute the Feast Your Eyes, his back gave out allowing Lee to execute the Big Bang Catastrophic for the win.
Reaction: I want to see another match between them in Tampa Bay.
Dakota Kai defeated Tegan Nox
There was a moment where I believed Nox was going to win. It was her destiny to close out Kai once and for all. That did not happen. When Nox climbed the ropes for a potential splash on Kai on the table, Raquel Gonzalez came out of nowhere. Gonzo's debut to NXT is the ally of Kai. Gonzo threw Nox on the table but the table did not break. Kai crawled over for the pin.
Reaction: I do not know much about Raquel at the moment. Nox responded backstage that she wants Gonzo and I am sure these two women will battle this Wednesday. It is must see NXT TV. The revivalry will continue between Kai and Nox but for how long? Who knows but it is dam good.
Finn Balor defeated Johnny Gargano
Both superstars were far superb. The match could had gone either way but it was Balor who was victorious.
Reaction: Balor's win means one thing only - NXT CHAMPIONSHIP. Balor has gone through every top superstar in NXT minus one person. He is Adam Cole. More about Balor and Gargano below.
Rhea Ripley defeated Bianca Belair
Both superstars went back and forth. I thought Belair did more damage to Ripley. With Belair's parents watching, I thought it would be a Belair upset. Ripley Riptide Belair from the midropes and pinned Belair. After the match, Charlotte attacked Ripley from behind and chose the NXT Championship to be defended at WrestleMania.
Reaction: I see the sign. I will keep saying it until I am proven wrong. I smell a triple threat match for the NXT Women's Championship. Here is why?!?!? 1-Belair was eliminated by Charlotte at the Royal Rumble. 2-Belair and Rilpley slammed Charlotte at NXT TV. 3-Prior to Charlotte leaving the ring at Takeover, Charlotte attacked Belair. 4-Belair stated Charlotte does not belong in NXT. Therefore, the three women will shine at WrestleMania.
The Broserweights defeated The Undisputed Era
The tag team championship era for the Undisputed comes to the end. It was a great run but the Broserweights, winner of the Dusty Rhodes Classic, were more deserving and the next rising tag team stars for the next group of tag teams.
Reaction: We are getting close for the Undisputed Era to move on from NXT and enter into a bigger stage. More than likely, I see the group on RAW. For the Broserweights, they are close to transferring themselves. Who knows how long they will be champions but both Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne are excellent in singles competition.
Main Event - Adam Cole retains title over Tommaso Ciampa
This match was similar to the Cole/Gargano matches. Should there had been no interference, Cole and Ciampa would had made history for the longest, most suspense, most action-fight match of all time. However, so many things happened that benefitted Cole and what suffered for Ciampa.
The referee was down for the count and Ciampa could had won the title. Cole was out for over 10 seconds. The Undisputed Era caused chaos preventing Ciampa to win. But the one person you would not have imagined to interfere was that of Johnny Gargano. Ciampa grabbed the NXT title only for Gargano to show up and take it from him. Gargano stared at the title and hit Ciampa on the head with it. Cole pinned Ciampa for the win.
Reaction: OMG! What happened here? How did Gargano put himself in this position. Why did he do this? These are the questions that need to be answered on Wednesday. Two things I can see happen. 1- Adam Cole vs Finn Balor for the NXT Championship and Ciampa vs Gargano. 2- Triple H or General Manager Regal create a match that would involve Ciampa, Gargano, Cole, and Balor in a Fatal 4-Way match. I expect ratings to sky-rocket and beat AEW this Wednesday.