The 02/27/19 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 #493 of NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Johnny Gargano Speaks
Johnny Gargano cut an in-ring promo to kick off tonight’s show.
He brought up his appearances on Raw and SmackDown Live, as well as his failed NXT North American Championship defense against Velveteen Dream. The crowd chanted “Johnny Failure” at him, which he did not appreciate.
Gargano was mid-sentence explaining why he’s had success in NXT when Tommaso Ciampa showed up. Ciampa reminded Gargano that he offered to help him last week, but Gargano
Ciampa told Gargano that together, they could get him a title again, and that’s by winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Remember, the winners of the Dusty Classic get a Tag Team Championship shot at TakeOver: New York against the War Raiders.
Ciampa reminded Gargano that the two originally teamed up in the first ever Dusty Classic and that history has shown that they are most successful as a unit. After a brief moment of hesitation, Gargano shook Ciampa’s hand, and the crowd chanted “DIY” as the segment ended.
Ricochet and Aleister Black Join the Dusty Classic
Ricochet announced that he and Aleister Black would be entering the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. He said that neither he nor Black had forgotten about what Undisputed Era did to them, and even if it’s 2-on-4, together they could take them down for good.
Candice LeRae is NOT Happy
Candice LeRae was shown, quite upset with Johnny Gargano, presumably for reuniting with Tommaso Ciampa. Gargano told LeRae to trust him, and that he knew what he was doing.
Taynara Conti and Xia Li vs. Aliyah and Vanessa Borne
Aliyah and Vanessa Borne defeated Taynara Conti and Xia Lee in tag team action. Outside of Li’s few moments of offense, this match was rather uneventful. Not bad, but nothing ground-breaking, either.
Winner: Aliyah and Vanessa Borne
The Dream Meets the Undisputed Era
Footage of Velveteen Dream being interviewed outside of Full Sail Arena was shown. Adam Cole, along with the rest of the Undisputed Era, rudely interrupted the Dream’s moment.
Cole informed Dream that he was coming for his NXT North American Championship. Dream told Cole that, for such a small man, he had a big mouth, and then walked away.
Although short, this segment was absolute GOLD. The rest of the members of Undisputed Era sold Dream’s comments wonderfully, and Cole and Dream were great, as usual.
Belair and Shirai Fight at the PC
Footage of Bianca Belair and Io Shirai arguing backstage was shown. General Manager William Regal announced that the two would meet in two weeks, with the winner earning the right to face NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler at TakeOver: New York.
Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee
Keith Lee showed off his crazy athleticism early on, which the crowd ate up, as usual. Dijak countered that by hitting Lee with a ton of vicious-looking strikes, which the crowd also loved. Lee, not one to take anything laying down, hit Dijak just as hard right back, and ended the sequence with a big Pounce, which looked incredible.
Dijak hit Lee with an AWESOME sit-out chokeslam, but only got a two-count from it. He followed that up with a beautiful Asai Moonsault to floor, which wiped out both men.
Neither Dijakovic nor Lee managed to beat the referee’s ten count, so the match ended in a double countout. Non-finishes usually stink, but in this case, getting to see these two go at it again soon is totally worth it.
Winner: N/A (double countout)
Banks and Bayley Return Home
NXT Alumni and current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley returned to the yellow brand to a massive ovation. Seriously, this was an all-time Full Sail moment, those folks went nuts when Banks and Bayley came out.
The duo teased a match on NXT TV for their tag titles in the near future, which would be awesome.
Shayna Baszler vs. Mia Yim
Mia Yim had Shayna Baszler rocked early on in this match. She hit a suicide dive and followed that up by throwing Baszler into the steel stairs. As if that wasn’t enough, she stomped on Baszler’s hand while it was atop the steel stairs, which played a crucial role in the rest of the match.
Once Baszler got things back into the ring, she took over, attacking Yim’s leg with various holds. She quickly went for the Kirifuda Clutch, but Yim went after her bad hand, breaking up the hold.
Baszler went right back after that bad wheel, and Yim, who couldn’t put any weight on that leg, just couldn’t get the job done. Even after hitting her finishing maneuver, Yim couldn’t make the cover quickly enough, due to her injured leg.
Baszler, fighting a one-legged woman, locked in the Kirifuda Clutch again, but kept Yim away from her injured hand by trapping Yim’s hand with her leg. Yim quickly tapped out, losing the match.
This match was really good stuff and the perfect way to cap off another fun episode of NXT.
Winner: Mia Yim