The 04/17/19 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #500 of NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Buddy Murphy
NXT North American Championship Match
This one took a second to get going, but once it finally did, it absolutely lived up to the hype.
Murphy landed a beautiful headscissors on Velveteen Dream, who quickly went to the floor to regroup. Murphy, doing his best to prevent a fresh Velveteen Dream, ran for a diving senton to the floor, but Dream slid back in the ring like only The Dream can, throwing him off his game. Refusing to be outdone, Murphy quickly kneed him in the face.
Murphy then landed his big diving senton, followed by a top rope Meteora, to get a near fall. He really went after Dream’s back with some stiff kicks, all of which looked (and sounded) brutal.
Dream, needing to fight back, landed a superkick outta nowhere to get back into the fight. He followed that up with a Codebreaker, which got a two count.
Both guys fought to the top rope, which ended with both falling back-first on the ring apron. On the apron, Murphy landed a big knee, which KO’d Dream on the floor.
Murphy tried to drag Dream, who is dead weight at this point, back into the ring, but couldn’t. He dove in to break up the ten count, then got Dream into the ring, where he was quickly met with a Famouser/DVD/RainMaker.
Winner: Velveteen Dream
Johnny Gargano Speaks
The NXT #TagTeamChampionship looked good on him.— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 18, 2019
The NXT #NorthAmericanChampionship looked good on him.
But… there’s just something about that #NXTChampionship!@JohnnyGargano #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/n5QI0qSmmc
New NXT Champion Johnny Gargano cut an in-ring promo wearing a bright yellow Johnny Champion shirt. The Full Sail crowd was very much a fan of Gargano again, which is cool.
Adam Cole and the rest of Undisputed Era (except for Roderick Strong) showed up within Gargano’s first few sentences. Cole was BIG MAD. He complained that, because he won the first fall, if the match had not been 2 out of 3, he’d be champion.
Gargano said the scoreboard read 2-1 Gargano at the end of the match, but if Cole wanted to go again, he’d be happy to put up more points. Roderick Strong then showed up from behind and laid out Gargano.
All four members of UE stomped out Gargano and stood tall to close the segment.
Dominik Dijakovic vs. Aaron Frye
Dijak got the win in less than 10 seconds with a big boot. Post-match, he talked about his family’s immigrant background and the fact that he wants the NXT North American Championship.
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic
Shayna Baszler (c) (w/ Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir) vs. Kairi Sane
NXT Women’s Championship Match
Kairi Sane came out of the gate GUNS BLAZING. She laid out Baszler and nearly won the match with The Anchor in the opening moments.
Baszler weathered the early storm and managed to fight back into the action. Sane went for a dive to the floor, but Baszler moved, sending Sane crashing hard into the barricade.
Baszler then zoned in on Sane’s bad arm, so much so that the ref called in the doctors. Baszler didn’t want to win that way, however, and dragged Sane back into the ring.
This drew the attention of Io Shirai, who attacked Baszler, ending the match via DQ.
Because of this, Sane is no longer eligible to fight for the NXT Women’s Championship. That shouldn’t be a huge problem, however, since she made her SmackDown Live debut last night as Asuka’s tag team partner.
Winner: Shayna Baszler (via DQ)