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NXT results and reactions (March 6, 2019): The elephant in the room

NXT returned to us last night (March 6) when they go to TakeOver: New York in about a month. You will find all the results on the live blog here. Ricochet & Aleister Black def. Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner deepened in Dusty Classic This was a banger of a match to kick off Dusty. The European Union impresses every time they are out. And Ric and Black are slowly becoming more and more of a team. It's not there yet. It still felt like two talented men who cook together, although there was a good sequence towards the end that felt more gelled. But their recent matches (those we saw on Raw and SmackDown this week) show that they are slowly coming together as a unit. It almost felt like two teams that are not really NXT teams. I watch the European Union as a NXT UK team, and I watch Ricochet and Aleister as the lead roles (they get a Raw tag match match this weekend). But both teams are still NXT in one way, and it is not as if Black and Ric have really gone anywhere on Wednesdays. Dominik Dijakovic interrupts a training session at the Performance Center which insists that he and Keith Lee (who were on hand training) end their problems right now. He is backed by a couple of guys there. They will fight again in two weeks. This was a simple but effective way to get us to Lee / Dijakovic rematch.…

NXT returned to us last night (March 6) when they go to TakeOver: New York in about a month. You will find all the results on the live blog here.

Ricochet & Aleister Black def. Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner deepened in Dusty Classic

This was a banger of a match to kick off Dusty.

The European Union impresses every time they are out. And Ric and Black are slowly becoming more and more of a team. It’s not there yet. It still felt like two talented men who cook together, although there was a good sequence towards the end that felt more gelled. But their recent matches (those we saw on Raw and SmackDown this week) show that they are slowly coming together as a unit.

It almost felt like two teams that are not really NXT teams. I watch the European Union as a NXT UK team, and I watch Ricochet and Aleister as the lead roles (they get a Raw tag match match this weekend). But both teams are still NXT in one way, and it is not as if Black and Ric have really gone anywhere on Wednesdays.


Dominik Dijakovic interrupts a training session at the Performance Center which insists that he and Keith Lee (who were on hand training) end their problems right now. He is backed by a couple of guys there. They will fight again in two weeks.

This was a simple but effective way to get us to Lee / Dijakovic rematch. You can say they didn’t have to do much to set up the rematch, but it does help.

It wasn’t over the top with any hit brawl. It just showed that Dijakovic is kind of an ass who thinks he should have won last week. Not getting a profit meant so much that he interrupted an NXT exercise to insist they did it again. It is probably the most character building we have received from Dominik up to this time.


Forgotten Sons def. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch to advance in Dusty Classic

The story of this was Oney Lorcan’s bad back, which was damaged in the early part of the game. On some occasions, Danny Burch had to go alone instead of going for a quick ride to Lorcan to stay healthy. Towards the end, Oney did not block a pin resolution because he was in the corner resting his back after a BritAm flurry. He stopped taking the loss.

It’s a great way to give the talented Burch & Lorcan a loss. They have a reason to take the loss that was more than “They just weren’t good enough.” Maybe in a day when they are full strength they could get the win.

The forgotten sons played their roles well here. They were the hell of a dove who used our fighting heroes. Without that, I still don’t have much interest in the Sonas. We’ll see if this tournament changes it.


Velveteen Dream goes out and stands on the message table to cut a quick promo. But before he gets far, he is interrupted by Matt Riddle! Riddle congratulates the dream on his title victory. Bro wants to take a closer look at the North American Championship and now he can’t wonder how it would look about his waste. Master tells Riddle, he is not his brother and the headlight is on him. (He snaps and a spotlight shines on Dream.)

Oh man! This feud will be sweet!

Two of the biggest, outrageous personalities go head. I didn’t know I was registered for this already, but I am.

The building should be great fun and watch these two continue to present each other. And the match I assume will be on TakeOver will be amazing. But I guess we should wait until it’s official before we get too excited.

You Team Bro or Team Dream?


Mustache Mountain Final Street wins to advance in Dusty Classic

The right team won here.

First, the mustache regulates. They are former NXT tag masters, and they are very popular. Not to mention really good. The tournament is better with them in it.

But this is also better for Street Profits. They’re sitting a hack over the forgotten sons for me. While I think they are more charismatic than the biker gang, they have lost all their matches. Hell, they couldn’t beat Sons on TakeOver fallout the show. Eventually you stop taking these teams seriously. Something needs to be changed to make you think that things will be different.

The profits have begun to show subtle change. Montez Ford has done a good job and added an aggression stock. He showed frustration and urgency at the end of the match. But still they couldn’t win a big match.

Ford’s aggressiveness is not enough and creatively knows. I expect a whole turn of health will come their way. And this is a good place to start.


#DIY final Uninsulated ERA to advance in Dusty Classic

War Raiders go out to the entrance after the game and stare down #DIY.

The elephant in the room who is Tommaso’s neck surgery leaned over this match (an incredible match). There is nothing they can do about it, but I couldn’t help thinking what the leader needs to change because of Ciampa’s unfortunate head injury and surgery. That this chemistry will be short-lived regardless of the plan.

Even with this, this was a fantastic main activity. Not that I expect anything less from two of NXT’s best tag tags in recent years. (I include all the iterations of Undisputed in it.)

They did a good job with #DIY nostalgia, even using their original music after both men made their individual entries. (It also played after they won the match.) And of course their circled chemistry cannot be denied.

Unexpectedly taking another L adds their random story. However, it is early in 2019. They will turn it around. Probably.

This was a very fun main event that, without its own fault, diminished by the tiny news of Ciampa’s neck operation.


This was a supersized episode (75 minutes) that basically focused everything on the tag section. Overall pretty cute.

Rating: A-

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