To quote the American rock band Staind, “It’s been a while,” since the NXT Universe saw newcomer Nixon Newell, but now she is back.
Newell made her return to the ring during an April 13 NXT house show in Venice, Los Angeles, where she teamed with Dakota Kai to take on Reina Gonzalez and Vanessa Borne.
It had been several months since Newell competed in the ring. She was signed to a WWE contract and reported to the Performance Center. She was scheduled to compete in the Mae Young Classic, but had to withdraw from the tournament because of an ACL injury.
Newell took to her Instagram to share her thoughts on her in-ring return. She also expressed gratitude for the support from fans.
Oh hai there @wwenxt Universe 😜🤙🏼 It’s 1 year since I had my last match before suffering an injury just after arriving at the WWE Performance Centre almost 10months ago! Thanks to the incredible work of the phenomenal WWE doctors, the support of amazing friends, coaches & colleagues, I was finally able to make my NXT debut with one of my best friends @dakotakai_wwe 💕 Thank you @wwenxt , Thank you Dakota and thank you Venice, you certainly made this welsh girl feel extremely welcome💜 Time to see what #FlyKicks can do🤙🏼 #Repost @wwenxt with @get_repost ・・・ #NXTVenice gets a dose of @nixonnewell and @dakotakai_wwe! #FlyKicks
For those unfamiliar with Newell’s work, the Welsh wrestler, trained by Wild Boar and Mike Hitchman, made her in-ring debut 2014 with the Attack! Pro Wrestling promotion.
She won her first championship – the Attack 24/7 title – in April 2014. One of her early career highlights featured her competing three times in a single event, first defeating Lana Austin, then teaming with Austin to defeat Mark Andrews and now-WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne for the Attack 24/7 Championship. She and Austin would later lose the title to Mike Bird in a handicap match.
During her time with the promotion, she also debuted her character Luchadora the Explorer, teamed up with Andrews to form Bayside High, who she won the promotion’s tag team titles with. She then turned heel to team with Dunne where the two dressed up as Harley Quinn and the Joker in their first match. Newell won the 24/7 championship in April 2017.
In addition to her run with Attack Pro Wrestling, Newell’s trophy case includes the Southside Wrestling Entertainment’s Queen of Southside and Tag Team titles – which she won with PJ Black – and the British Empire Wrestling’s Women’s title. She is also a three time DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion.
Newell was also the inaugural What Culture Pro Wrestling – now Defiant Wrestling – Women’s Champion, defeating Bea Priestley in a last man standing match.
Beyond her championships, Newell has competed in numerous promotions around the world and has mixed it up with some of the baddest men and women in pro wrestling.
This is just a snippet of her career – to read more, follow the link to her Wrestlingdata.com page and search out some of her matches. One recommendation is her match against Candice LeRae at Fight Club Pro.
Newell is also known for having the “shiniest wizard” in all of wrestling, as well as her dangerous Welsh Destroyer finisher. She is also not afraid to brawl with her opponents, while enjoying a cold one at ringside.
It’s good to see Newell return to the ring. Hopefully after she becomes more comfortable on the NXT house show circuit, she’ll be able to make a smooth transition to television. With women stars like Ember Moon, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce being called to the main roster, there is an opportunity to athletes like Newell to step up and shake up the brand’s women’s division.
NXT UK Premiers on WWE Network October 17
WWE has officially announced the premier of NXT UK on the WWE Network, in a Twitter post that appeared on Wednesday morning.
Per the announcement, the UK division of the NXT brand will debut on October 17th at 8pm BST and will air weekly, featuring male and female wrestlers in the UK.
BREAKING: #NXTUK, a new weekly episodic series featuring the greatest male and female competitors from the UK, will stream on @WWENetwork on Wednesdays beginning 17th October at 8pm BST. pic.twitter.com/L8wVJquMdF
— WWE UK (@WWEUK) October 11, 2018
Lita Praises Bianca Belair
WWE Hall of Famer Lita had some high praise for NXT superstar Bianca Belair, noting her “great attitude” and how “physically gifted” she is, adding that “when I very first saw her she had that intangible star quality that I just want to see more”, during an interview with The Sun.
“Down at the performance center, all the guys at NXT are in the ring every day and in class,” Lita said. “They have everything they need to learn and there is so much talent in regards to physical ability and thinking about their character. But for someone to have that intangible star factor… Bianca Belair, along with some other the others there, is very talented.”
Lita is also impressed with how Blair uses her hair as a weapon.
“It’s crazy, no-one has ever used their hair as a weapon. It’s so cool how she thought of that and how it works. She sure has that star quality and uniqueness.”
Johnny Gargano Talks NXT, Dream Matches
NXT superstar Johnny Gargano remains one of the most popular superstars on the brand and while his callup to the main roster seems imminent, he prefers to stay on the NXT brand, a brand he takes a lot of pride in.
“I do not see why not, everyone’s dream – and mine too – is to wrestle at WrestleMania, but right now NXT is such a special place” Gargano said of a potential call up, during an interview with the Daily Star.
“We are focused on building something wrestling fans can be proud of, and we are building it together.”
But Gargano, during a recent media session, discussed some dream matches he would want to make a reality when he does make it to the main roster.
“[…] so I’m going up to the main roster…after I win the NXT title and everything’s done. After that, man, I’m gonna say, obviously Daniel Bryan” Gargano said. “That’s a dream match that a lot of people would love to see now.”
“I think I just posted a Tweet recently that the internet went nuts for, and that’s me and Seth Rollins,” Gargano said. “Because, of course, I wore my Captain America Infinity War gear and he just wore the Thanos gear, so you never know what can happen there.”
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