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 Takeover: Blackpool Card
WWE is preparing for their upcoming NXT event, NXT Takeover: Blackpool, and after the airing of this week’s NXT, the full card is now in focus.
NXT UK’s first Takeover event hits the WWE Network, live from Blackpool, England, this Saturday.
Here is the card, at the time of this writing:
NXT UK Women’s Championship Match – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match – Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake)
WWE United Kingdom Championship Match – Pete Dunne (c) vs. Joe Coffey
No DQ Match – Dave Mastiff vs. Eddie Dennis
Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin
WWE Reportedly Interested In KUSHIDA
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA is reportedly drawing interest from WWE, according to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
KUSHIDA, 35, has been the cornerstone of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s light heavyweight division and one of their most recognized stars, globally.
The report indicates that NXT is the destination if WWE were to lure KUSHIDA from New Japan.
With NXT globalizing, an NXT Japan seems like a natural progression for the brand and KUSHIDA could be in those potential plans moving forward.
Matt Riddle Talks About Joining WWE/NXT
NXT superstar Matt Riddle has been gaining popularity since his landmark signing earlier this year, and during a recent interview with ESPN for their story on the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, Riddle says that he should have been with WWE long before his 2018 signing.
“I moved my family down here, I’ve got three kids and a wife, so it’s nice,” Riddle said.
“I just wrestle in Florida every weekend. We occasionally do tours or TakeOvers, but for the most part, now I get to spend more time with my family. I’m more local, and it’s great. The training here is top-notch,” he continued. “Where I was, I was lucky to even train three times a week, because my schedule was so insane — and I didn’t have the coaches or amenities to do [much more than that].”
“I just feel like I belong here. I felt like I belonged here three-and-a-half years ago when I had my first try out.”
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