NXT Tapings – February 1st, 2018
NXT airs from Center Stage in Atlanta, rather than the normal Full Sail University. The next set of tapings isn’t until March 7th, so this should take us through a few weeks of shows before then. This is the beginning of the build to TakeOver: New Orleans during ‘Mania weekend. At the bottom, I’ve added my thoughts and predictions on the card for that! Regardless, here are the NXT Tapings results for the February 1st.
This should go without saying, but Spoilers Ahead.
February 7th episode
- The Street Profits beat Fabien Aichner & Raul Mendoza in a dark match.
- SAniTy (Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain) vs Undisputed Era (Fish & O’Reilly) for the Tag Team Championship fails to get started due to brawling between the teams.
- This brings out William Regal. He announces they will take part in a tornado tag match later in the episode.
- Heavy Machinery (Otiz Dozovic & Tucker Knight) beat Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli. After the match, Riddick walks to the back after refusing to help Tino back up.
- Johnny Gargano starts a promo calling out Tommasso Ciampa. Instead of Ciampa, Andrade Cien Almas & Zelina Vega come out. They berate Gargano for losing again, and say that don’t need to listen to him whine. Johnny says the second best part of Takeover was seeing his wife kick Vega’s ass. Candice LeRae comes out to even the odds. Vega asks what it’s going to take to get rid of these two. This leads to a match: Almas vs Gargano IV, with the NXT Championship on the line: but if Johnny loses, he leaves NXT.
- Bianca Belair over enhancement talent.
- SAniTy (Wolfe, Dain and Eric Young) over Undisputed Era (Fish, O’Reilly & Adam Cole) in a 6-man Tornado Tag Team Match (Titles weren’t on the line).
February 14th episode
- TM61 over enhancement talent.
- Pete Dunne (C) defeats Roderick Strong to retain the WWE UK Championship. Apparently this was a hell of a match. Shocking.
- Aleister Black cuts a promo announcing that he wants the NXT Championship (!!!) but is interrupted by Killian Dain. Dain says that he won’t stop the chaos until he is NXT Champion, Black tells him that he will fade to black.
- Shanya Baszler over Ember Moon by DQ. Baszler is about to break Ember Moon’s arm in the barricade when Kairi Sane makes the save.
February 21st episode
- Velveteen Dream beats No Way Jose. Dream cuts a promo with himself declaring nobody cares about other competitors, but they only care about dream.
- Nikki Cross over Vanessa Borne.
- Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake (now known as the Forgotten Sons) defeat local talent. Afterwards, the Forgotten Sons declare for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
- Andrade Cien Almas (c) over Johnny Gargano to retain the NXT Championship. The ref took a bump, and Tommaso Ciampa attacked Gargano with his crutch again. This led to Almas hitting his finisher and getting the 3-count. Again, a supposedly fantastic match. Shocking, right?
- After the match, William Regal comes out to hug Gargano, and Johnny Wrestling and Candice LeRae get a moment. We see Ciampa waving goodbye and smiling from the crowd (This guy had the best heel turn of all time). Gargano says that this isn’t ending on a sad note, his music hits, and he takes his time leaving. He spends a lot of time taking photos with fans and signing autographs. This guy is simply the best.
- It’s announced the Dusty Rhodes Classic will kick off next taping.
That’s all from this episode, and all I can say is: Holy Shit.
Are they taking the Ciampa-Gargano feud to Wrestlemania rather than NXT?
There is a definite lack of Lars Sullivan, The Iconic Duo & Kassius Ohno.
Will ECIII, Ricochet and War Machine debut next tapings?
The fact they have the depth in their roster to give away Gargano vs Almas IV on free TV after their 5 star match is mind blowing. What an overall roster.
What other feuds are going to be build out of this? For TakeOver card predictions, I see.
- Dusty Rhodes Final (with War Machine winning the whole thing)
- SAniTy vs Undisputed Era for the Tag Team Championships
- Andrade Cien Almas vs Aleister Black for the NXT Championship
- Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa, with some sort of stipulation attached – maybe Unsanctioned Street Fight?
- Ember Moon vs Shanya Baszler vs Kairi Sane for the NXT Women’s Championship.
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