WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from February 19
On the heels of a jam-packed and star-studded NXT TakeOver: Portland, the February 19 edition of WWE NXT looked to be a spectacular second act.
Roderick Strong wanted to take out the returning Velveteen Dream once again in a grudge match after Dream made many salacious remarks about Strong's wife, Marina Shafir.
Jordan Devlin put his NXT Cruiserweight Championship on the line for the first time against former champion Lio Rush, who has not been the same since he lost the gold.
Chelsea Green also needed to rebound after an embarrassing loss, giving Kayden Carter her first NXT victory. Robert Stone wanted to relaunch the Stone Brand on this show.
Johnny Gargano also had explaining to do after costing Tommaso Ciampa the TakeOver main event against Adam Cole. Both men were to be in attendance and likely to come face-to-face.
The night had all the potential to push the black-and-gold brand forward. No one was going to want to miss this post-TakeOver event.
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin vs. Lio Rush
Undisputed Era opened the show, celebrating Adam Cole's win. The NXT champion put over Roderick Strong and promised he would defeat Velveteen Dream.
However, Dream interrupted and mocked Strong.
Lio Rush pushed Jordan Devlin to his limit. He hit a diving poison rana into the Come-Up for a near-fall. The Irish Ace just survived thanks to the Devlin Slide and retained his title.
Devlin def. Rush by pinfall to retain the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
This was a fun cruiserweight clash between two of the best in the division. Devlin is delivering with everyone, and this was no different. He made The Man of the Hour look incredible while still sneaking away with the victory.
With plenty of time to deliver, this felt like a TakeOver match. The two did not waste a second, and it should not be the last time these two fight.
Tommaso Ciampa Uses Austin Theory as an Example for Johnny Gargano
Austin Theory came out for his scheduled match, but Tommaso Ciampa interrupted.
The Blackheart did not question why Johnny Gargano did what he did. He just questioned himself for being blind to it.
He warned Johnny Wrestling he would have to make sure there was no Gargano in NXT so that he could get his life back.
Theory attacked Ciampa, but The Blackheart stopped him and laid him out.
This was a solid follow-up to TakeOver. Ciampa was not playing games, and he made it exciting to think about what could come next. He and Gargano are set for one more big fight that will hopefully cap off this great rivalry.
Theory has been treated like a rising star for a while. Segments like this can hurt a career quickly, though. He needs to get one back from The Blackheart at some point.
The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza
Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza tried to find their chemistry as a team, but they did not have nearly enough time to be able to compete against Zack Gibson and James Drake.
The heels dominated and hit the Ticket to Ride to win.
Afterward, The Grizzled Young Veterans promised to take over NXT.
The Grizzled Young Veterans def. Mendoza and Wilde by pinfall.
This was a fine squash match for The Grizzled Young Veterans. However, no one should need to see Gibson and Drake beat up on cruiserweights to understand they are a serious tag team.
It will be interesting to see what WWE does with Gibson and Drake going forward. The NXT tag team division needs a tandem like this to add prestige beyond The Undisputed Era.
The BroserWeights vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan
The BroserWeights came out to continue celebrating their win at TakeOver.
However, Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan wanted to jump the line with a win against Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle, but they could not manage it.
The BroserWeights' side-by-side knee strikes ended the match.
The BroserWeights def. Burch and Lorcan by pinfall.
The BroserWeights continue to deliver against any team. That said, Riddle and Dunne can likely do more with Lorcan and Burch than we got in Round 1. Give these men time and a story, and it could be great.
NXT is rebuilding the tag team division one team at a time. The new champions make sure fresh matches are promised continuously going forward. Thus, everyone is a potential challenger.
Keith Lee vs. Kona Reeves
Keith Lee wanted to talk about conquering his first challenge in Dominik Dijakovic, but Kona Reeves interrupted.
The Limitless One did not take kindly to the interruption and hit a Pounce on Reeves. He let the bell ring before the Big Bang Catastrophe ended it.
Dijakovic came out to challenge Lee again, certain he could win this time. The NXT North American champion accepted.
Lee def. Reeves by pinfall.
Lee doesn't need to be taking out anyone right now. He feels untouchable without squashes. However, it was memorable for him to just hit the Pounce on Reeves without letting him say a word.
It also feels like the wrong move to return to The Limitless One against his greatest rival so quickly. Building to a rematch would have been more interesting. There's not much to the next contest if it happens soon.
Chelsea Green (w/ Robert Stone) vs. Kayden Carter
Bianca Belair interrupted Chelsea Green and Kayden Carter to call out Charlotte Flair.
The distraction alongside a timely assist from Robert Stone allowed Green to hit the Unprettier and win her first match as a part of The Robert Stone Brand.
Green def. Carter by pinfall.
Green still hasn't shown she is ready for this spotlight. The match was more of a segment than anything, and it wasn't focused mostly on the women in the contest. However, it was the right decision to give Stone's first client her win back.
Belair vs. Charlotte should be a great match, and it will be fun to see how WWE builds it. Will it be in an NXT ring or on a major WWE stage? It's all a matter of what side the company is more concerned about.
The Queen wrestling in NXT would certainly get some fresh eyes on the product.
Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong
Roderick Strong told Undisputed Era he needed to do this alone backstage.
Velveteen Dream mocked Strong and played mind games with him from the opening bell. The only response The Messiah of the Backbreaker had was to take shortcuts.
Even with Strong's best offense, Dream seemed too motivated to take this win. Even after UE decided to get involved, he took them all out and hit the Dream Valley Driver for the win.
Afterward, Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly laid out the victor.
Dream def. Strong by pinfall.
Dream and Strong have the right kind of antagonistic chemistry. They are polar opposites in the ring, and it works. It often feels like the former is pulling more personality out of the latter than anyone else can.
This was a brawl more than anything, which was exactly what it needed to be. It was far from clean. In fact, it was outright sloppy at many moments, but it was fun. That's what really matters.