WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Highlights and Reaction from April 4

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2018

WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Highlights and Reaction from April 4

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    The Superstars of NXT may invade New Orleans for TakeOver Saturday night but before that, they hit the WWE Network airwaves for the final episode of their weekly television program Wednesday night.

    The finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic pitted Roderick Strong and WWE United Kingdom champion Pete Dunne against former NXT tag team champions The Authors of Pain. Before a winner could be determined, though, The Undisputed Era's Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly interfered, throwing the entire tournament into chaos.

    What would Willam Regal have in store for the controversy-loving tag titleholders in the wake of their selfish actions?

    The show kicked off with a titanic clash between Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain. Like the main event, though, a true winner would be hard to come by thanks to the interference of Superstars not immediately involved in the contest.

    With Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane in action, the show was another quality stop on the road to NXT's next blockbuster special.

Dusty Rhodes Classic Finals: Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne vs. Authors of Pain

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    The finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic kicked off this week's broadcast as The Authors of Pain stalked toward the ring, manager Paul Ellering leading the way, eager and ready to defend the trophy they won a year earlier.

    Their opponents were the makeshift team of Roderick Strong and WWE United Kingdom champion Pete Dunne, whose march to the finals was unexpected and glorious to watch.

    Akam and Rezar isolated Dunne, capitalizing on both the size differential and their own strength advantage to seize control of the bout.

    Strong exploded into the ring off the hot tag, unloading on the former NXT tag team champions with stiff and furious strikes. Soon, The Messiah of the Backbreaker and The Bruiserweight paired up, pummeling the opposition with double-team maneuvers that had the heels reeling late.

    A double boot to the face put the Authors right back in it.

    With both teams down, The Undisputed Era's Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly hit the ring, laying into all four competitors.

    Dunne and Strong looked on angrily as Cole and O'Reilly retreated to the locker room.

    It was announced by William Regal after the match that Cole and O'Reilly would defend the tag titles against both teams Saturday night.

              

    Result

    No-Contest

          

    Grade

    B+

            

    Analysis

    A damn fine match until the finish, which made sense given the history that exists between The Undisputed Era, The Authors of Pain, Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne.

    The teams have been warring on and off since Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish arrived on the scene. With TakeOver: New Orleans taking place on WrestleMania weekend, it is fitting that the teams would culminate their rivalry on the most significant weekend of the year.

Kairi Sane vs. Vanessa Borne

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    Kairi Sane returned to the ring Wednesday night, battling Vanessa Borne in singles competition.

    The former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader sought to knock off Sane and build some momentum for herself.

    She was frustrated as The Pirate Princess started hot but regained her composure and took the fight to the international sensation.

    Borne, the stronger competitor, grounded Sane as she sought to drive the life out of her.

    Sane fought back into the match and scaled the ropes for her elbow drop, but Borne cut her off and set her up for a superplex. Sane escaped and delivered a double stomp to her opponent, followed by the aforementioned elbow drop, dubbed the In-Sane Elbow, for the win.

          

    Result

    Sane defeated Borne

         

    Grade

    C

      

    Analysis

    Borne is still green, but the foundation is there for a strong, athletic worker.

    As commentator Mauro Ranallo hinted at after the bout, this was more or less an opportunity for Sane to garner some momentum as she figures to be the next Superstar in line for an NXT Women's Championship.

    She needs it, having become somewhat of an afterthought in the division.

Lars Sullivan vs. Killian Dain

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    Ahead of the six-man ladder match for the NXT North American Championship, mastodons Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain battled in Wednesday's main event.

    The big men brutalized each other in a few minutes of hard-hitting action until The Velveteen Dream made his presence felt as both men struggled to their feet. Adam Cole followed, and EC3 was just behind him.

    With five of the six competitors in Saturday's championship-crowning match at or around ringside, Ricochet made his debut.

    The six competitors stared each other down to close out the show.

         

    Result

    No-Contest

         

    Grade

    B+

                 

    Analysis

    The entire purpose of this match was to sell the ladder match on Saturday's show and bring about the arrival of Ricochet. It succeeded on both fronts, particularly in the latter's case.

    Ricochet has the potential to be a game-changer for NXT, a Superstar who becomes the face of the promotion. His debut and performance in New Orleans will decide how much of an impact he makes right out of the gate, but if this segment did anything, it was announce to the NXT world that he is here to stay.

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