PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.
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The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.
•Top Stories of the Week
-The NXT Women’s Division is about to get a lot deeper with the rumored singing of Chelsea Green. The former Tough Enough contestant, former Impact Wrestling champ, and Lucha Underground competitor will be a great addition. Noted wrestling scoop getter Rovert tweeted out the news Tuesday (see tweet in social media section).
-According to a PWInsider report, several NXT Women are scheduled to be at the WWE Evolution PPV on 10/28 (Bianca Belair, Candice LaRae, Io Shirai, Jessamyn Duke, Dakota Kai, and Marina Shafir).
-The mystery of who assaulted Aleister Black continued for another week when Nikki Cross creepily claimed….”I knowwwww what you did” to Velveteen Dream, Tomasso Ciampia, and Kassius Ohno.
•Live Event Results
October 11, 2018 in St. Charles, Mo. (results courtesy F4Wonline.com) :
– Street Profits beat The Forgotten Sons
– Kassius Ohno beat Raul Mendoza
– Candice LaRae & Dakota Kai beat Aliyah & Reina Gonzalez
– Johnny Gargano beat Lars Sullivan by DQ (Sullivan pushed offical)
– Undisputed Era beat Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
– Kairi Sane beat Lacey Evans
– Tomamaso Ciampa beat Velveteen Dream
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: NXT Takeover War Games
NXT Takeover WarGames
Saturday Nov. 17, 2018
Los Angeles Calif. at Staples Center (3:15 p.m. start time)
Tomaso Ciampia (Champion) vs. Velveteen Dream
Undisputed Era vs. Dunne/Moustache Mountain vs. Ricochet/War Raiders
Karai Sane (Champion) vs. Shayna Bayzler
Matt Riddle vs. Cassius Ohno
Possible Other Matches Added
Keith Lee vs. Lars Anderson
Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano
Thursday Oct. 11 – Family Arena – St. Louis, Mo.
Thursday Oct. 11 – Maxwell Snyder Armory – Jacksonville, Fla.
Friday Oct. 12- Landers Center – Southaven, Miss.
Friday Oct. 12 – The Reserve Pavillion at Hilton Ocala – Ocala, Fla.
Saturday Oct. 13 – University Area CDC Gymnasium – Tampla, Fla.
Wednesday Oct. 17 – TV Tapings – Full Sail Live – Winter Park, Fla.
Thursday Oct. 18 – Bartow Academy – Bartow, Fla.
Friday Oct. 19 – Mark Lance Armory – St. Augustine, Fla.
Saturday Oct. 20 – Venice Community Center – Venice, Fla.
Thursday Oct. 25 – Cocoa Armory – Cocoa, Fla.
Friday Oct. 26 – Minnreg Hall – Largo, Fla.
Saturday Oct. 27 – Orlando Live Events – Casselberry, Fla.
Thursday Nov. 1 – Palm Beach County Convention Center – West Palm Beach, Fla.
Saturday Nov 3 – Fieldhouse at Watso Center – Coral Gables, Fla.
Thursday Nov. 8 – Crystal River Armory – Crystal River, Fla.
Saturday Nov. 10 – Midtown Cultural & Educational Center – Dayton Beach, Fla.
Thursday Nov. 15 – SJSU Event Center (San Jose, Calif.)
Friday Nov. 16 – Visalia Convention Center (Visalia, Calif.)
Newly released dates:
Thursday Dec. 6 – Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Friday Dec. 7 – Shopko Hall (Green Bay, Wisc.)
Saturday Dec. 8 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium (Minneapolis, Minn.)
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Sunday Dec. 9 – HY-Vee Hall (Des Moines, Iowa)
•Latest TV Highlights: 10/3 NXT TV Report
Ciampa in ring promo/interrupted by Velveteen Dream/interrupted by Nikki Cross (1:29 – 12:44)
(1) Keith Lee beat Kona Reeves by pinfall with the SuperNova (15:41 – 22:29)
Shayna Baszler video package (23:58 – 25:11)
Kairi Sane Q&A with NXT “Reporters” (25:12 – 25:56)
Regal backstage segment with Kassius Ohno/interrupted by Nikki Cross (27:05 – 28:57)
Undisputed Era/War Raider video package (29:23 – 31:43)
(2) Ricochet beat Adam Cole and Pete Dunne by pinfall (Dunne) with the springboard 450 (32:38 – 56:48)
For a more detailed report and analysis check out Justin James’ full PW Torch TV Report
•NXT in the Media
Kaitlyn, who made her debut on the third season of NXT in 2010, speaks to ESPN about how much NXT has changed since her time on the brand.
Check out ESPN’s cool article on former NXT Champ Drew McIntyre’s road back to WWE and the advice Triple H bestowed on him before he was released the first time around: CLICK HERE
•Social Media Scene
I love how this guy breaks wrestling news….
Chelsea Green reported to the WWE Performance Center this week and has been signed by WWE.
— rovert (@SoDuTw) October 9, 2018
Now that is talent.
She’s so effing creepy… that voice haunts my dreams.
Hehehehehehehehe oh naughty naughty Nikki Nikki @WWENXT where’s Bianca? I still know!!! Hehe Nikki knows a secret! Tonight @WWENetwork https://t.co/aY4w1iGUTK
— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) October 10, 2018
Ciampa tweet of the week…
-Cool fact brought up by Mauro Ranallo on this weeks show… Tommaso Ciampa won the title in only his 10th single match in NXT… I love Mauro dropping knowledge. Another thing about Ciampa; he should be the poster boy for anyone looking to blueprint the way to come back from a major injury. He tore his ACL on May 2017, returned in January 2018, won championship July 2018. Pretty. Damn. Impressive.
-Why do NXT’s Takeover events outshine the main rosters PPVs every single time they do a Saturday/Sunday tilt? I know it’s over a month away, but does anyone really think that anything at Survivor Series is going to top Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream? Ricochet & War Raiders vs. Dunne & Mustache Mountain vs. Undisputed inside three freaking rings inside a giant cage? Even Matt Riddle’s expected debut will be more anticipated than anything the main roster will do the next night. Why is that? Maybe it’s just me who thinks this way…
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