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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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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 4, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the whole back and forth rivalry between Jeff Jarrett and Elias was entertaining. What started at the Royal Rumble and has carried over for the past few weeks, seeing Elias and Jarrett exchange guitar shots had a throwback feel to it. Along with that, Road Dogg being in the corner of Jarrett really brought times back. Lastly, Elias ended up winning the match, which helps give him momentum going into whoever his next rival will be. 

For Smackdown, Mustafa Ali and Randy Orton put on the best match during their show this week. Ali’s high flying against Randy Orton’s slow attacking pace was a great matchup of styles and it showed. Orton ended up winning after hitting an RKO from the top rope and gives him the upper hand towards the Elimination Chamber match.

The Bad

For Raw, the lack of featuring the tag team champions on their show this week was evident. While they did have a number one contenders match featured this week, the winners ended up being the Revival. This is a match that we have already seen one too many times and if there isn’t a different result this time around, then what is the point of the Revival facing off against the tag team champions.

For Smackdown, after R-Truth shocked the world last week by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States championship, you would think that we would get a segment of him celebrating this victory the next week. Instead, he wasn’t even really on the show this week. As good as R-Truth is, at least a 30 second segment would’ve been better than nothing from him. 

The Final Verdict

Both shows were average this week. They did help build the Elimination Chamber as well as still pushing Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch as the main event of Wrestlemania. But, there was lots missing from both brands this week. Both shows were missing champions this week and didn’t even bother mentioning them. As talented as the champions currently are, each one should get respective time. With that said though, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. A debuting EC3, a solid double match with Ronda Rousey, and a decent main event gave Raw a better show this time around. In conclusion, WWE still has some work to do when building up these next two PPV’s, hopefully, they can put on better efforts that they did this week.

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The Hart Foundation To Be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame

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The original ‘Hart Foundation’ have been revealed as part of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Class, according to a report from PW Insider.

The original group, and the ones being honored, includes WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, and WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Mouth of the South’ Jimmy Hart.

Sadly, Neidhart will be inducted posthumously as he passed away in 2018 at the page of 63.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 28, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the ending segment between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar was an awesome way to close out the show and start the build for this match at Wrestlemania. After Rollins won the Royal Rumble on Sunday, he had to make a decision on which champion he would face. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar told Rollins to choose Daniel Bryan over Lesnar because he didn’t want to fight with Lesnar, which led to Rollins responding by igniting a brawl. Overall, great way to help ramp up the intensity for what could be the main event of Wrestlemania. 

For Smackdown, we have a new United States champion and this moment really came out of nowhere. R-Truth went one on one against Shinsuke Nakamura for the championship and he won via roll up. Soon after Truth won, Rusev then came out and challenged Truth to defend his newly won belt. Truth won again via roll up, which led to both Nakamura and Rusev attacking him after. Its a fresh start with the US championship and somebody with as much charisma as Truth is a good way to hit the reset button for this belt.

The Bad

For Raw, who knows what they are trying to do with Kurt Angle. After losing to Baron Corbin in about five minutes, this leaves lots of questions on where Angle stands with WWE. Ever since he has came back to the ring, he has lost over and over again. This shouldn’t be happening with a hall of fame of his status. But, this could lead to an interesting story considering how good Angle is. 

For Smackdown, while it was a feel good moment to see the Miz and Shane McMahon win the tag team championship, their celebration on the show this week wasn’t that compelling. At the PPV, when they won the match, they celebrated with the Miz’s father. Then, during this celebration, it was the same thing as the Miz’s dad came out and celebrated with them along with a video package being played. This could’ve been done better and differently considering we already saw this type of celebration during the PPV.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were really good this week. Not only are they starting to layout some of the big matches for Wrestlemania, but they are also starting to implement matches for their upcoming PPV, Elimination Chamber. Smackdown felt a little crammed though as they were trying to fit in promos during superstars entrances and having promos during commercials. While Raw, on the other hand, was able to announce two huge matches for Wrestlemania as well as help build up some rivalries going into Elimination Chamber. Raw had the better show this week for a few reasons. A solid ending, a great beginning for the Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch match, and an entertaining segment with Elias help Raw deliver this week. In conclusion, 2019 continues to be good for WWE so hopefully they can continue this pace going into their next big PPV of the year.

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