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NXT, 205 Live, Indie Talent to Wrestle at Wrestlemania Axxess

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Well pro wrestling fans, it is Wrestlemania week and people can expect a plethora of wrestling events in New Orleans and surrounding areas during the weekend.

While WWE is holding Wrestlemania and NXT events, pro wrestling brands like Shimmer, Ring of Honor and Progress will be holding events during the weekend as well.

Even WWE is getting in the opportunity to hold some smaller cards in the leadup to Wrestlemania.

On April 2,  WWE announced that four tournaments will be held at Axxess all of them with NXT title opportunities for the winner.

The four tournaments are as follows: The WWE United Kingdom Championship Invitational, the NXT North American Invitational, the NXT Tag Team Invitational and the NXT Women’s Invitational.

In addition to the tournaments, there will  be matches featuring competitors from NXT, 205 Live, the United Kingdom Championship Tournament and the Mae Young Classic will compete at the event.

There will even be appearances from wrestlers who compete for WWN, PROGRESS and EVOLVE Wrestling.

Below is the current Axxess schedule WWE released. Matches are listed by date and tournament.

Axxess – Day 1: Thursday, 6 p.m.

WWE U.K. Championship Invitational First Round

Lio Rush vs. Buddy Murphy

Dan Matha vs. Drew Gulak

NXT North American Invitational First Round

Fabian Aichner vs. Jason Kincaid

Akira Tozawa vs. Kona Reeves

NXT Tag Team Invitational First Round

Moustache Mountain vs. Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss

Street Profits vs. Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude

NXT Women’s Invitational First Round

Nikki Cross vs. Aliyah

Kairi Sane vs. Bianca Belair

There will also been a WWN Championship Match between titleholder Keith Lee and Kassius Ohno. TJP, Kalisto, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and Buddy Murphy will also be in action, as well as talent from the Mae Young Classic.

Axxess Day 2 Friday, 5 p.m.

WWE U.K. Championship Invitational First Round

* Lince Dorado vs. Raul Mendoza

* Mark Andrews vs. Zack Gibson

NXT North American Invitational First Round

Chris Dijak vs. Ariya Daivari

Hideo Itami vs. Wolfgang

NXT Tag Team Invitational First Round

SAnitY vs. Forgotten Sons

TM61 vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

NXT Women’s Invitational First Round

Dakota Kai vs. Lacey Evans

Candice LeRae vs. Peyton Royce

Wrestlers from NXT, PROGRESS and the Mae Young Classic will also be in action.

 

Axxess Day 3, Session 1: Saturday, 8 a.m.

Semifinal matches from all four tournaments.

Also, matches featuring wrestlers from NXT, the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament, the Mae Young Classic and more.

Axxess Day 3, Session 2: Saturday, 1 p.m.

NXT North American Invitation Finals, the United Kingdom Championship Invitational Semifinals, an EVOLVE Tag Team Championship Match, as well as matches featuring wrestlers from 205 Live, NXT, the Mae Young Classic and more.

Axxess Day 3, Session 3: Saturday, 6 p.m.

The U.K. Championship Invitational Finals, the NXT Tag Team Invitational Finals and the NXT Women’s Invitational Finals. Also, Kassius Ohno vs. PROGRESS’ Walter and matches featuring TJP, Kalisto and Gran Metalik, NXT stars, wrestlers from the Mae Young Classic and more.

Axxess Day 4: Sunday, 8 a.m.

WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne vs. U.K. Championship Invitational winner

NXT North American Champion vs. NXT North American Invitational winner

NXT Tag Team Champions vs. NXT Tag Team Invitational winners

The session will also feature a WWN Championship Match, a PROGRESS Women’s Championship Match, a PROGRESS Championship Match, a PROGRESS Tag Team Championship match and more.

 

On one hand, these Axxess events are a great opportunity for wrestlers to perform in front of a live WWE audience. It is also a good chance for wrestling fans to partake in quality wrestling while being close to the Wrestlemania festivities. This can be conflicting for pro wrestling fans who want to enjoy Wrestlemania and NXT Takeover: New Orleans, but also want to partake in other wrestling events in hopes of seeing their favorite independent performers.

However the Axxess is also a good opportunity for die hard wrestling fans who love the NXT and 205 Live programing to watch their favorite wrestlers compete in a more intimate setting. For die hard wrestling fans, this is a chance to introduce your WWE friends to a different kind of wrestling.

 

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  • Survivor Series: (Sunday, Nov. 24)
  • Monday Night Raw: (Monday, Nov. 25)

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Shawn Michaels Talks Crown Jewel, In Ring Future

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was a recent guest on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness and discussed a number of topics including his work down at NXT with the younger superstars and his recent in-ring return at Crown Jewel.

“I’m glad to say that I did it, but I don’t want to try it again.” Michaels said regarding his match earlier this month.

Michaels also refuted the idea that he did it for the payday.

“I didn’t want to be put in that position because I’m good with the performances that I’ve had at WrestleMania. I wanted to end those the way that I ended them” Micheals said, saying that all 4 men in a tag match was like KISS and the Rolling Stones playing their greatest hits.

Michaels also said that he is happy he returned, but does not want to get back in the ring again.

 

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