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NXT North American Championship Match At Takeover: New Orleans

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NXT fans have more thing to look forward to at NXT Takeover: New Orleans on April 6 – fair warning wrestling fans because spoilers for the next set of NXT tapings are ahead.

During tonight’s NXT tapings, General Manager announced the introduction of the NXT North American Championship.

WWE.com issued a news release below not only confirming the news, but also announcing what type of match in which the first North American champion will be decided.

A new title, the NXT North American Championship, will debut at TakeOver: New Orleans, NXT General Manager William Regal announced during tonight’s NXT tapings at Full Sail University.

The inaugural NXT North American Champion will be decided in a Six-Man Ladder Match featuring Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan and new NXT signees Ricochet and EC3.

This six-man bout joins three other title bouts – Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas for the NXT title, the Shayna Baszler vs. Ember Moon women’s title match and the tag title bout between Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish vs. the winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Multi-man ladder matches are a good way to bring on some featured players onto a Takeover card. Wrestlers like Velveteen Dream, Dain, Sullivan and Cole have built an impressive body of work in the last year. All four would benefit from having a championship around their waist.

There’s also the excitement of what EC3 and Ricochet will bring to the match. Just like the aforementioned competitors, both EC3 and Ricochet would benefit by becoming the first North American Champion.

For Ricochet, it would be the first step of establishing himself as an NXT/WWE superstar. As for EC3, the NXT North American Championship would be a bit of vindication for him.  

This is also different than how NXT showcase new talent at a Takeover. Usually talents like EC3 and Ricochet are given singles matches against veteran NXT talent to showcase their abilities. Sometimes they’re squash matches like in the case with Moon vs. Billie Kay at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II. On the other hand, they can be classics like the match with Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Dallas.

NXT adding a midcard title adds another layer to its brand. It also provides another championship for NXT superstars to chase. It can be defended on both television tapings and house shows by wrestlers.

Adding “North American” also harkens back to territories that used the “North American” moniker for their championships. The NWA’s North American title is currently being held by Mike Mustang. The WWF North American Championship, which was first held by Ted DiBiase, was a precursor to the Intercontinental Championship.

The NXT North American Championship helps the brand be a step closer to being more than just WWE’s developmental territory. Another championship could lead to NXT being two hours a week, or holding longer events. The brand can’t seem to do no wrong at this point, so another championship is a welcome addition to the overall package that NXT presents.

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NXT 2.0 Welcoming Main Roster Superstars Tonight

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During tonight’s edition of NXT 2.0 fans can expect to see a number of main roster superstars on the show, which will air from Orlando, Florida on the USA Network.

Raw Superstars Nikki A.S.H and Doudrop will be back in NXT to battle Toxic Attraction, which was setup following Toxic Attraction’s interference that cost Nikki A.S.H. and Doudrop the NXT Women’s tag team titles in their match against Katana Chance & Kayden Carter at Worlds Collide this weekend.

Nikki may be finally losing her super-hero gimmick and perhaps return to her prior character in NXT.

On tap for tonight:

  • Ricochet vs. Trick Williams
  • JD McDonagh vs. Wes Lee
  • Axiom and Nathan Frazer will kick off their Best of Three series
  • Meiko Satomura vs. Roxanne Perez

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NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom

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NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.

Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.

“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”

Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.

 

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Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT

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WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.

Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.

Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.

Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.

 

 

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