The 01/23/19 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Fullsail 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 #488 of NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Velveteen Dream Speaks
Velveteen Dream kicked off the show with an in-ring promo. Dream’s got his eye on the NXT North American Championship in 2019. Adam Cole, the former NXT North American Champion, interrupted Dream to stake his claim to the title that he lost to current champion Ricochet.
Dream got a little too sassy, so Cole (along with Bobby Fish) tried to attack him, but Velveteen disposed of the duo and headed up the ramp to safety while the crowd chanted his name.
TakeOver: Phoenix Hype
A good portion of the show was filled with video packages hyping the various matches scheduled for Saturday’s TakeOver: Phoenix event. If you’d like to read more about the show, you can check out our predictions and analysis article here.
Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. European Union
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan squared off against Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel (European Union) in tag team action and boy, was this match fun.
The match itself wasn’t very long, but the frantic pace and hard-hitting action made it something special. Burch and Lorcan squeaked out the win, which hopefully means they’re on the verge of getting another NXT Tag Team Championship match.
Winner: Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan
Kairi Sane and Io Shirai in Tag Team Action
Kairi Sane and Io Shirai won a tag team squash match. The duo got enough time to showcase some really fun double team maneuvers, which was cool to see.
Post-match, the two had an interaction backstage with Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Looks like Duke and Shafir want to face Sane and Shirai once more.
Winner: Kairi Sane and Io Shirai
Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish
Bobby Fish attacked Velveteen Dream’s knee early and often in this matchup. It seemed like every time Dream got some momentum, Fish went right back after that knee.
Even with Adam Cole’s involvement, and only one good leg, Dream managed to land a Purple Rainmaker to get the pinfall victory.
Winner: Velveteen Dream
Ricochet cut an in-ring promo discussing his upcoming match with Johnny Gargano at TakeOver: Phoenix. Ricochet claimed that both he and Gargano found their true selves in 2018, but he’s the only one of the two with NXT gold.
Gargano then came to chat with Ricochet face-to-face. Gargano attacked Ricochet, and Ricochet fought him off, but was laid out by Tommaso Ciampa from behind. Gargano watched for a brief moment, looked a bit confused, but eventually joined in and attacked Ricochet yet again.
Aleister Black came out and went straight after Ciampa. Black was laying into Ciampa, and Gargano hesitated yet again before saving Ciampa from Black’s attack.
The two sat beside one another for a second before leaving the ring together. Ciampa stuck his hand out once they got to the top of the ramp, but Candice LeRae ran out, pulling Gargano away from his former best friend to close the show.