The 02/06/19 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 #490 of NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
With his shiny new North American Championship in hand, Johnny Gargano opened the show to talk about his journey in NXT. He said that it wasn’t just his victory at TakeOver: Phoenix, it was everyone’s victory.
NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, came to the stage to give his two cents. He commended Johnny for “following his lead,” which is, of course, why Gargano is now a champion. Ciampa said it was their moment, but Johnny disagreed. Gargano said that his decision to stand next to Ciampa at the end of TakeOver: Phoenix was a wasn’t a sign of friendship, it was Johnny proving to his former best friend that he was doing just fine on his own.
Velveteen Dream interrupted the interaction, calling it “cute”. He said that they could try to make the show about them all they wanted, but everyone knows what NXT is really about: The Velveteen Dream.
And while Johnny and Tommaso were bickering, The Dream had been working. He had won the world’s collide tournament and, therefore, could face either of them for the titles. Dream got in Ciampa’s face – but only to tell him that he wouldn’t be challenging him for Goldie.
Velveteen asked if he would be facing “Johnny Champion” or “Johnny Jackass,” to which Johnny gave no answer, and simply got out the ring to stand by Ciampa, who looked at him briefly before walking back up the ramp.
Later in the show, it was announced that Velveteen will have his championship match on NXT TV in two weeks.
Jaxson Ryker vs. Mansoor
Jaxson Ryker wrecked Mansoor in a squash match, sending a message to the entire NXT roster that he is a force to be reckoned with. Post-match, Ryker did more damage to Mansoor before leaving with his fellow Forgotten Sons.
Winner: Jaxson Ryker
Ricochet Issues a Challenge
Backstage, Ricochet challenged Adam Cole to a match to determine who was more deserving of a chance at the North American Championship. Adam Cole accepted, and the two will have a match in the near future.
Drew Gulak vs. Eric Bugenhagen
Drew Gulak was wholly unimpressed with his over-the-top opponent for the evening: a debuting Eric Bugenhagen. The fans, however, were immediately taken by their new 80’s hair metal hero.
Gulak got the early advantage, and though Bugenhagen got a moment of offense, he was taken down fairly quickly by Drew’s Gu-Lock submission.
After the match, Gulak grabbed a mic and half introduced himself to the audience, half ran down his opponent. He demanded better competition, and to the crowd’s delight, got Matt Riddle.
Gulak dared Riddle to take his sandals off and come to the ring, and a match was set between the two.
Winner: Drew Gulak
Drew Gulak vs. Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle very quickly proved himself more serious competition than Eric Bugenhagen, despite his sandals and bro’d out appearance.
Riddle and Gulak were out to determine which man was truly the master of submissions, taking the first moments of the match to show off their various holds to each other.
When their submission attempts didn’t work, they switched to strikes, each brutally smashing into the other with kicks and forearms. The striking failed both men, and they went back to submissions, Gulak trapping Riddle in a vicious hold while doing his best to break his hand.
The two continued to go back and forth, the crowd at the edge of their seats, until Matt Riddle finally tapped Gulak out with his
Winner: Matt Riddle
The Sky Pirates and Bianca Belair vs. Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir
Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler started things off for the respective teams, Belair eager to prove herself after her loss against Baszler at TakeOver: Phoenix. It wasn’t long before Shayna tagged in Marina Shafir, however, leaving Bianca and Kairi Sane to go to work on both her and Jessamyn Duke.
Baszler realized that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself, and tagged back in, beating down Kairi Sane before bringing her over to the Horsewomen’s corner, giving Jessamyn and Marina turns to grind Sane down as well.
When Sane finally made it back to her corner, Io Shirai tagged in, doing damage to all three members of the opposing team. Sane got back in to finish the job, hitting an Insane Elbow on Baszler, but Jessamyn Duke broke up the pin.
Bianca Belair took over, knocking both Jessamyn and Marina off the apron and pinned Baszler, but The Queen of Spades was saved once again. To ensure this wouldn’t happen a third time, Sane dove from the apron onto Duke and Shafir, allowing Io a fair shot at the champ. Shirai landed a moonsault, winning the match for her team.
Winner: Io Shirai, Kairi Sane, and Bianca Belair