Triple H Announced That Tommaso Ciampa Has Relinquished the NXT Championship
It's rare Triple H appears on NXT TV, and while William Regal also would have been a good person to make this announcement, I understand why Triple H would have wanted to do it himself. After all, no one is probably more gutted than him that this story that has been building between Ciampa and Johnny Gargano for almost two years will not be culminating the way he hoped. That's definitely disappointing, but at least they're making the most of a bad situation by having Gargano go for the gold anyway against one of NXT's finest talents.
Adam Cole def. Ricochet, Matt Riddle, NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream and Aleister Black in an NXT Championship No. 1 Contender's Fatal 5-Way Match (Non-title)
I was stoked that this match received as much time as it did and wasn't rushed in the slightest. It was all action from start to finish with everyone shining at one point or another, so the layout was strong and the crowd ate up everything they did. Cole going over makes perfect sense considering Black and Ricochet are already locked up in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic while Riddle and Dream appear to be in the middle of a feud of their own. Cole vs. Gargano is a fresh matchup that could very well go either way in New York.
WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne Demanded a Match Against WALTER at NXT TakeOver: New York
We haven't seen the WWE United Kingdom Championship defended on an NXT TakeOver special since some time, so it will be awesome to see Dunne put the gold up for grabs at TakeOver over WrestleMania weekend. Johnny Saint and Sid Scala kept their announcement short and sweet while Dunne's demand to face WALTER was exactly what it needed to be. That bout has the potential to be a show-stealer, to say the least.
Eddie Dennis def. Ligero
Dennis and Ligero wrestle two totally different styles, which is what made this such a fun match. They worked well together and made good use of the time they had. Ligero has been on a bit of winning streak as of late, so Dennis beating him had meaning. I'd definitely be open to more matches between them in the future based off the chemistry they showed here.
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Silas Young and ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes def. Shibonbi Shadow Squad
It should be noted that this was taped before The Briscoes lost the ROH World Tag Team Championship to Villain Enterprises at the 17th Anniversary Show on Friday, so this bout is a bit outdated. It was still fun from an in-ring standpoint with everyone getting a chance to shine at one point or another. Young and The Briscoes going over was obviously the right call, but I don't know how much the victory did for them considering they're already established.
Beer City Brusiers def. Brian Johnson and Joe Keys
Beer City Bruisers are quietly building momentum at the moment and I'm all for it. They've gradually been growing on me since they transitioned into a babyface role late last year and seem to be winning the audience over as well. This was a nice little showcase for them that didn't overstay its welcome. I hope to see them featured in the tag title picture before long.
Mike Kanellis def. Akira Tozawa
Kanellis is looking like he did during his Ring of Honor days years ago with his newly-shaved head. I'm all for the change of appearance if it means he's on the verge of receiving a renewed push in WWE. This was a perfectly fine match from him and Tozawa, but despite a valiant effort from Tozawa, Kanellis was unable to impress me. I know he can go in the ring and I loved the hell out of his performance against Cedric Alexander several weeks back, but by and large, he has not been a great fit for 205 Live. We'll see if this victory amounts to anything for him or if it was merely a one-off.
Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander to Win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament
Nese and Alexander have had countless matches against each other since the dawn of the division in 2016, so it's clear they have chemistry together. By this point, they're almost incapable of having a bad match, so I was hardly surprised that this was such a strong conclusion to the Cruiserweight title tourney. Both guys gave it their all, but ultimately, Nese was the right choice to contend for the championship at WrestleMania. Not only have we seen Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy many times before, Nese has history with Murphy and WrestleMania will be taking place near where he calls home. I assume the post-match angle with Murphy blindsiding Nese was designed to officially turn Nese face.
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