Aleister Black Defeated Roderick Strong
Aleister Black battled Roderick Strong on this week’s episode of NXT. Strong controlled the match early and sent Black to the outside of the ring. Roderick hit a Backbreaker on the steel steps and then brought Aleister back inside the ring.
Strong applied a Headlock in the middle of the ring as the crowd got behind Aleister. Black battled to his feet and sent Strong into the turnbuckle. Strong connected with another Dropkick and then stomped on Aleister’s midsection. Roderick perched Black on the top rope and went for a Superplex but Aleister blocked it. Black went for a Powerbomb but Strong broke free and connected with a Backbreaker for a near fall.
Roderick lifted Aleister up for a Suplex but Black countered with a knee strike to Strong’s face. Black followed it up with a Springboard Moonsault and then a Brainbuster for a near fall. Strong hit a Gutbuster and then lifted Black up in a Torture Rack on the ring apron. Roderick launched Aleister into the turnbuckle and then went for the cover back in the ring but Black kicked out at two. Strong went for a Suplex but Aleister escaped and hit Black Mass out of nowhere for the pinfall victory.
After the match, Undisputed Era rushed the ring and attacked Aleister Black. Ricochet came down to the ring for the save and knocked Cole, Fish, and O’Reilly out of the ring.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Will Return In Two Weeks
Undisputed Era, Aichner & Barthel, Forgotten Sons, and the Street Profits were the first four teams announced for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The tournament will return to NXT in two weeks and the remaining four teams will be announced on next week’s episode. The winner of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will face War Raiders for the Tag Team Championships at NXT TakeOver: New York.
The #DustyClassic is returning, and the first four teams have been revealed!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 21, 2019
Baszler, Duke & Shafir Attacked Mia Yim & Xia Li
Mia Yim faced Xia Li tonight on NXT. Yim was able to avoid a flurry of kicks from Li to start off the match and retreated to the corner of the ring. The two Superstars locked up and Mia shoved her to the canvas.
Yim connected with a spinning back fist and followed it up with the Protect Ya Neck for the pinfall victory. After the match, Baszler, Duke, and Shafir attacked Yim and Li. Yim got in some shots on Shayna but Duke and Shafir sent her to the corner. Shayna then kneed Mia Yim in the face as the crowd booed.
Velveteen Dream Captured The North American Championship
Johnny Gargano defended his North American Championship against Velveteen Dream tonight on NXT. Backstage before the match, Candice LeRae and Gargano had a brief conversation before they were interrupted by NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.
Tommaso told Gargano that he will be there to help him tonight if he needs it. Gargano refused and said that he won the title on his own. Gargano stated that he is going to be Johnny Wrestling tonight and retain his title. After Johnny walked away, Ciampa muttered “I’ll be watching” to himself.
— WWE (@WWE) February 21, 2019
Gargano wrestled Dream to the canvas to start off the bout. Dream stretched out Johnny’s arm as the two Superstars battled to their feet. Johnny brought Velveteen back down to the mat and rolled him up for a two count.
Dream applied a Wrist Lock as Ciampa was shown backstage watching the match. Dream connected with a slap that sent spit flying out Gargano’s mouth. Dream posed in the ring as Gargano rolled out of the ring to try and regroup.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 21, 2019
The crowd chanted “Johnny!” as Gargano slowly made his way back into the ring. Velveteen applied a Headlock in the middle of the ring and brought Gargano down to the mat. Gargano broke free but Dream quickly leveled him with a shoulder tackle.
Dream taunted Johnny and slid out of the ring. Dream connected with a punch to the face as Gargano was on the apron and followed it up with a Dropkick back inside the ring. Gargano battled back with a series of chops in the corner and then slammed Velveteen to the mat.
Johnny followed it up with a Dropkick to the back of Dream’s head for a two count. Gargano hit a Neckbreaker for another near fall and then booted Dream in the face. Johnny went to work on Velveteen’s right arm again and bent it all the way back as Dream screamed in agony.
Dream battled back and beat Gargano down in the corner. Gargano shrugged it off and sent Dream flying over the top rope and to the floor outside the ring. Gargano posed in the ring to a mixed reaction from the NXT crowd.
Gargano went after Dream outside the ring as dueling “Johnny Champion!” and “Velveteen!” chants broke out. Johnny shoved Dream to the barricade and hit him with a few chops to the chest before rolling him back inside the ring.
Johnny continued to pose for the crowd, which allowed Dream a few seconds to regroup. Gargano locked in the Abdominal Stretch in the middle of the ring but Dream broke free with a couple of punches to Johnny’s face. Dream slammed Gargano to the mat with a Spinebuster as a “Velveteen!” chant broke out.
Velveteen Dream leveled Gargano with a Clothesline and followed it up with another Clothesline that sent Johnny out of the ring. Dream climbed to the top rope and hit Gargano with a Double Axehandle before the action returned to the ring.
Dream hit a Fameasser and went for the cover but Gargano kicked out at the last moment as Tommaso was shown backstage once again. Both Superstars battled on the top rope and Dream got the upper hand. Dream went for a Dream Valley Driver but Gargano escaped to the canvas.
Gargano hit a Superkick then slammed Dream to the mat for another near fall. Johnny and Velveteen traded shots which sent both Superstars down to the canvas. Gargano connected with another Superkick on the ring apron and went for the Slingshot DDT but Dream countered with a punch to the face.
Dream went for the Dream Valley Driver on the ring apron but Johnny blocked it and hit Velveteen with a Suicide Dive. Back in the ring, Dream connected with a DDT but Gargano kicked out at two. Velveteen quickly climbed to the top rope and went for the Purple Rainmaker but Johnny got out of the way.
Johnny hit another Superkick and went for the cover but Velveteen somehow kicked out as the crowd chanted “NXT!”. Gargano climbed to the top rope but Dream caught him with a jab to the face. Velveteen lifted Johnny up onto his shoulders as Gargano desperately tried to escape. Velveteen hit an Avalanche Dream Valley Driver off the second rope and went for the cover but Gargano was able to kick out as the crowd chanted “this is awesome!”. Dream climbed to the top rope but Johnny rolled out of the ring.
Dream leaped at Johnny off the top rope but Johnny countered with a Superkick. Gargano followed it up with a Suplex on the steel entrance ramp and rolled Dream back into the ring. Johnny hit the Slingshot DDT but Dream kicked out once again. Velveteen connected with a Superkick but Gargano bounced off the ropes and hit a Clothesline.
Gargano hit another Superkick but Dream shrugged it off and hit a Dream Valley Driver. Velveteen hit a second Dream Valley Driver and followed it up with the Purple Rainmaker for the pinfall victory. Velveteen Dream is the new NXT North American Champion. Ciampa was shown backstage laughing as Dream posed with the title. Johnny crawled up the entrance ramp as Ciampa was shown walking away backstage.
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) February 21, 2019