By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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NXT Live Event
Indianapolis, Indiana at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Report by Dot Net reader Mat LaVore
1. Lars Sullivan defeated Chris Dijak. Good opener. The crowd was really into Lars.
2. Candice LeRae defeated Dakota Kai. Good back and forth match with fans cheering both.
3. Kassius Ohno defeated Adrian Jaoude via DQ. Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude attacked Ohno after the match. Lars Sullivan came out and made the save. Ohno and Lars teased teaming up before Lars turned on Ohno.
4. Velveteen Dream defeated Angelo Dawkins. The crowd chanted “D-Lo” at Dawkins. He teased doing a signature D-Lo Brown leg drop but blew it off for heat until after the match. Lots of Velveteen Dream fans in the crowd tonight. He was definitely over.
5. Aleister Black defeated Adam Cole. Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee did the guest ring announcing. The crowd was really into both guys and this was the second best match of the night. Black won when Cole went for a chair and McAfee took it away allowing Black to hit his Black Mass kick for the win.
6. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly defeated Heavy Machinery to retain the NXT Tag Titles. The crowd loved Otis Dozovic. The match got derailed early on when the ref threw up an “X” for Bobby Fish injuring what appeared to be his knee. Not sure when he injured it, but the match slowed down as the ref and O’Reilly and the ring announcer all seemed to pass word around as to how to continue. Fish laid outside the ring the rest of the match. O’Reilly won when he rolled up Tucker Knight for the win off some ringside interference from Adam Cole. After the match, Fish was carried to the back, limping on one leg.
7. Shayna Baszler defeated Kairi Sane. Good match. These two work great together both in the ring and as characters. Baszler won via tap out.
8. Johnny Gargano defeated NXT Champion Andrada “Cien” Almas (w/Zelina Vega) in a non-title match. Match of the night. Lots of love for Gargano. Before the bell rang, Vega got on the mic and drew some heat for Almas. Gargano attacked Almas and grabbed the mic and said if this was his last match he was going to beat Almas all over the building. The two brawled all the way around the building through the crowd then got in the ring. The bell rang for the match to start and Gargano and Almas tore the house down. Lots of “Fight forever,” “This is awesome,” “NXT,” and “Johnny Wrestling” chants of appreciation. After a lot of back and forth near falls Gargano finally won to a big pop via tap out with his Garga-No-Escape.
After the match, Gargano got on the mic and said he doesn’t want to leave NXT and it isn’t his choice. He said “Everybody always asks when are you moving up to the main roster, but as far as I’m concerned this is the main roster.” He said he’s wrestled for 13 years and the greatest thing he’s ever done is being a part of the NXT locker room. He said he was taking a moment to take a mental snapshot of this moment and that he will never forget this night. The crowd chanted “Johnny Wrestling” as his music played and he spent a very generous amount of time taking pictures with fans at ringside.
This was my first NXT show and I loved it. Johnny Gargano is a star. Fun night!
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