The 02/20/19 edition of NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE NXT results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #492 of NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Aleister Black vs. Roderick Strong
Aleister Black came out of the gate guns blazing, nailing Roderick Strong with striking combinations the moment the bell rang. Strong didn’t just stand there, though, he went after Black’s spine with a variety of different backbreaker maneuvers early and often.
Strong dropped Black back first onto the steel stairs, which looked brutal. In fact, just about every other move from Strong was some kind of sick backbreaker, all of which were awesome.
Black landed more strikes, including some kicks, and followed those up with a brainbuster, which got him a two count. These two really went all out in this match and put on a great show.
Eventually Black caught Strong with the Black Mass to score the pinfall victory. This match was fantastic, so go out of your way to check it out if you missed it.
Post-match, the rest of Undisputed Era came down to attack Black. Ricochet, returning the favor from last week, made the save. Black and Ricochet stood tall to close out the segment.
Winner: Aleister Black
The Dusty Classic Returns Next Week
Good news, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is coming back once again. The winner of the tournament will earn an NXT Tag Team Championship match against War Raiders at TakeOver: New York.
The four teams that have been announced are as follows: Undisputed Era, Forgotten Sons, European Union, and Street Profits.
Zia Li vs. Mia Yim
Xia Li got the better of Mia Yim for the majority of the match. She used her martial arts background to overwhelm Yim, landing a ton of kicks and strikes during the bout.
Yim hit the Protect Ya Neck to score the pinfall victory, but again, this was very much the Xia Li show.
Shayna Baszler, along with Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, attacked Yim post-match. A match between Baszler and Yim was announced for next week later in the show.
Winner: Mia Yim
Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Velveteen Dream
NXT North American Championship Match
Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae were talking backstage before the match when Tommaso Ciampa approached them. Ciampa asked Gargano if he needed his help tonight, to which Gargano firmly said no.
Gargano and Velveteen Dream took their time in this one, feeling each other out for a few minutes before things got crazy. Dream slapped the absolute shit out of Gargano, which was the first of many big blows in the match.
Gargano was very aggressive as well; everything he did to Dream was borderline cruel and unusual punishment. He was also super cocky during the bout, playing with the crowd often and not really placing his entire focus on Dream, which ended up costing him big time.
Dream took advantage of this and landed a spinebuster to turn things around in his favor. Gargano went for his slingshot DDT, but Dream countered with a big right hand. Gargano then went for the slingshot spear, but Dream landed a vicious knee, followed by a spinning DDT, which earned him a two count.
Dream decided it was Purple RainMaker time, but Gargano moved, sending Dream crashing into the mat. Both men hit the other with everything they had in their playbooks, but neither could put his opponent away.
Dream, frustrated, hit Gargano with two Dream Valley Drivers, then the Purple RainMaker, to score the pinfall victory and capture the NXT North American Championship.
The show closed with Ciampa, who had been watching on a monitor backstage, walking away with a smile on his face.
This match, much like the opener, is must-see TV. Go out of your way to watch this entire show if you missed, it’s a good one.
Winner: Velveteen Dream