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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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Tye Dillinger is ready to move on from WWE, and has officially asked for his release from the company.

Dillinger has been sparingly used since his call up from NXT almost 2 years ago, and with the rise of other promotions, and the launch of AEW, it’s no surprise that Dillinger has decided to go elsewhere.

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Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.

It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.

“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”

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Chyna will finally get recognized and honored as a WWE Hall of Famer.

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Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, and Chyna will all be inducted. It will mark Michaels’ second induction into the Hall of Fame.

“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together,” Tripe H said, according to ESPN. “Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful.”

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Triple H went on to say Chyna deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.

“Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there’s complexities around it,” said Triple H. “But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It’d be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn’t even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn’t even a consideration… it wasn’t an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that.”

And as far as Chyna being inducted in the future as single’s competitor, which she deserves, Triple H is confident it will happen eventually.

“From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once — as a group, but individually as well,” Levesque continued. “There’s more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I’m just happy that it’s here. I’m happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It’s a great thing — very deserving.”

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