WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from April 1

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2020

WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from April 1

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    Credit: WWE.com

    Recent episodes of NXT have featured a lot of video packages, but this week's show looked to change that with a few matches.

    Keith Lee put his North American Championship on the line against Dominik Dijakovic and Damian Priest, and The Velveteen Dream battled Bobby Fish of The Undisputed Era.

    We also saw a Second Chance Gauntlet match for the final spot in the No. 1 Contender's ladder match with Kayden Carter, Shotzi Blackheart, Xia Li, Aliyah, Deonna Purrazzo and Dakota Kai.

    With TakeOver being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, we should find out how NXT plans to continue many of the storylines that would have been addressed Saturday.

    Let's take a look at everything that happened on this week's episode of NXT.

The Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish

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    NXT didn't wait to start the action. As soon as the announcers welcomed us to the show, Velveteen Dream made his way to the ring.

    There was a lot of trash-talking as Dream and Fish sized each other up and traded basic holds and takedowns. Dream was the first one to turn up the heat with a series of strikes.

    Fish avoided the Purple Rainmaker by rolling out of the ring. He took control as the show cut to a commercial and dominated the match until the second break.

    Fish tried an ankle lock and a sleeper hold, but his opponent wouldn't go down without a fight. Dream turned the tables and hit the Dream Valley Driver for the win. He gave a quick promo when it was over.

    Grade: B-



    It's always nice to see Fish or Kyle O'Reilly get the chance to work a singles match because they are mostly known for tag team wrestling.

    This was a decent bout, but something about it was off. They worked well together and didn't botch any big spots. Maybe they just didn't have the best chemistry.

    Having Adam Cole, Roderick Strong and O'Reilly out there to taunt Dream might have helped. We have had fanless matches for a few weeks, but this one suffered more from the silence than most.

    Sam Roberts on commentary probably didn't help. He is a good analyst, but calling matches is not his strong suit.

Jake Atlas vs. Dexter Lumis

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    Jake Atlas vs. Dexter Lumis was the second match of the night. Neither man has had much exposure to the NXT Universe, so this was a unique opportunity for both of them.

    Lumis took control right away, but Atlas hit a few moves at different points. Eventually, the unblinking Lumis finished him off with a submission.

    Grade: C



    Lumis has a strange character that may actually thrive in an environment without fans. The announcers did a good job of acting scared and confused by his character.

    While Atlas could be heard groaning in pain, Lumis did not make a single sound. That and not blinking added to his creepiness.

    This was a short match meant to make Lumis look good. It accomplished its goal, but nobody is going to be calling this a classic. It was a glorified squash.

Gauntlet Match

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    The Gauntlet match began with Blackheart and Purrazzo as the first two participants. The Virtuosa took it to the green-haired grappler right away with a series of near-falls, but Blackheart ended up getting the win with a senton.

    Li was her next opponent, and she was looking to make up for missing her match last week after being mysteriously attacked backstage. Blackheart managed to overcome her to advance and face Aliyah.

    They ended up trading near-falls during a heated exchange. Blackheart used the same submission she used on Li to eliminated Aliyah and move on to Carter.

    Shortly after the break, Blackheart used her trademark senton to put away her fourth opponent. Kai was the final participant, and her bodyguard was right there at ringside to help.

    The New Zealander was able to finally put down Blackheart with the Kota Kick to advance to the No. 1 Contender's ladder match.

    Grade: B+



    WWE has been using Gauntlet matches to get people over for the past couple of years. It works well because it makes these competitors look resilient.

    Blackheart came out of this bout with a lot of momentum despite losing in the end. It would have been nice to see WWE follow through with the push by having her claim victory, but this gives her ammunition to request a future title match at some point.

    Li, Aliyah, Purrazzo and Carter did a good job getting Blackheart over. The women's division in NXT is strong, and we got to see a lot of future champions in this one bout.

Kushida vs. Joaquin Wilde

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    Joaquin Wilde and Kushida were out after the break for the next match. Both of these men made names for themselves before coming to WWE, but they are basically starting from scratch.

    Both of them want to build momentum so they can potentially earn a title shot down the line. Kushida is arguably the bigger star and has had more time to perform for the NXT Universe, so he was the favorite when this match began.

    They worked a technical style early on with a lot of holds and counters. They picked up the pace after the break to make things more competitive.

    Kushida put away Wilde with an armbar but also showed his opponent respect after the bell by offering a handshake. Wilde accepted while they exchanged a few insults.

    Grade: B+



    Other than Blackheart's gutsy performance in the Gauntlet match, this was the best bout of the night. Kushida and Wilde have good chemistry and used it to put on an impressive performance.

    Kushida has a fun gimmick, but he is going to need something else to define his character other than wanting to be Marty McFly.

    Unfortunately, the locker room in NXT is so stacked right now that it could be months before either of these guys is in the hunt for a title.

    In the meantime, it would be great if WWE had them exchange wins for a little while to create a non-title feud for them.

Damian Priest vs. Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee

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    The main event of the night featured a match we probably would have seen at NXT TakeOver. Lee defended his North American title against Priest and Dijakovic in a matchup of powerhouses.

    This was just as physical as you would expect. There were big slams, stiff strikes and surprising high-flying spots from all three Superstars.

    At one point, Lee used Priest's body as a weapon to beat down Dijakovic before he powerbombed Priest for a near-fall. It was as hilarious as it sounds.

    Priest was able to use his nightstick against Dijakovic, but Lee propelled him out of the ring and took advantage of the situation by pinning Dijakovic for the win.

    Grade: B+



    When you put three men of this size in the ring together, you are guaranteed to see a physical fight. Add in what these three particular Superstars are capable of from the top rope, and you have something even better.

    Today's WWE is made up of a lot of smaller stars. When we get to see three powerhouses like this compete, it is a rare treat.

    Everybody played his part to make this a fun and exciting main event. Even without fans, this was an energetic performance. Let's hope it's not the last time these three Superstars step into the ring together.


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