Posts Tagged ‘NXT’

At Super Show-Down, Melbourne’s own Buddy Murphy won his first-ever WWEsingles championship, as he defeated Cedric Alexander to become the Cruiserweight Champion. In 2015. Murphy won the NXT Tag Team Championship with Wesley Blake, and they retained it for over seven months before losing them to the Vaudevillians at TakeOver: Brooklyn.

Murphy ended his team with Blake in early 2016, and spent nearly two years without a direction in NXT. Murphy made his 205 Live debut shortly before WrestleMania 34, with a much leaner look. Since then, he has been on a quest to become champion, previously falling short against Alexander. However, he is now champion, and he shared with Mirror Sport about his achievement.

During the interview, The Undertaker’s music commenced, and the crowd erupted. Murphy stated that the crowd was “pretty loud for [him] too.”

“Going through NXT and being lost in the dark, so to speak, not really having a direction or seeing a light at the end of the tunnel,” Murphy added. “[Super Show-Down] was the light at the end of the tunnel, and [it] doesn’t get much better than that.”

Following his Cruiserweight Championship win, Murphy shared his thoughts on the emotional moment on Instagram.

A long, long road! When I was on the verge of closing a chapter, I seeked out the light! Taking 1 opportunity, creating a second… to 70,000 people standing up, cheering for a guy as he lived out his dream! To all those people who said I would be back in Australia after 3 months of leaving for the USA… who’s laughing now! It doesn’t end here! #205live will be seen by the world! And people will realize where the Best of the Best are located on a Wednesday night!

As a result of his win at Super Show-Down, Murphy is the first Australian wrestler to ever win a singles title in WWE history.

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Nia Jax was a recent guest on 101WKQX to promote the upcoming Raw event in Chicago, Illinois. Jax stated her favorite person to travel with is Paige, but they do not travel anymore due to being on separate brands. She also stated that she sees herself as a singles competitor, so she does not have much interest in the tag team division if a championship was to become active.

Jax was asked on her dream opponent(s) would be at the upcoming Evolutionpay-per-view, and she initially proposed a tag team match.

“It’s always been a dream of mine since I came to the WWE is to team up with my cousin Tamina, and I thought it would be nothing [but] perfect than to team up with my cousin [verses] Beth Phoenix and Nattie, Natalya,” said Jax. “Since they’re so close, and I think that would be something a dream of mine to have. But, if I can’t team up against Tamina, I would mind facing her because I feel the world would be shocked at what kind of match that her and I could put on for the world to see. I’d be a pretty incredible thing.”

Jax and Tamina went face to face at last year’s Survivor Series during the Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown Live traditional women’s elimination match, which they traded headbutts and Jax was eliminated via countout with the help of Tamina executing a Superfly Splash to her on the outside of the ring. The two were also a part of the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, but Tamina was eliminated long before Jax’s entrance, only lasting for about a minute and a half.

Nia also revealed that she initially wanted to lose weight and be like the rest of the girls, but it was the coaches in NXT who advised her against doing that.

“The reason why we wanted you and the reason that makes you so special is that you are bigger than everybody; that makes you stand out above the rest, and it actually helps the dynamic of matches out here,” the coaches told Jax. “It’s something that people have never seen.”

WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne should be on a high at the moment, having just competed at PROGRESS Wrestling’s landmark Wembley Arena event and passed the 500-day mark with his belt, but ‘The Bruiserweight’ could now be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Canada’s Destiny Wrestling broke the news via their Facebook page last night, announcing that he’d been pulled from their shows this weekend. Dunne, who holds the promotion’s top belt, was originally booked to face Canadian indie stalwart Josh Alexander, and has now been replaced with ex-WWE/TNA star Low Ki.

Destiny added that WWE will confirm the news within the next few days. They offered no specific details on the injury’s nature or how long Dunne will be out for, though their use of “severe” as a descriptor is worrying.

2018 has seen Pete become a semi-regular fixture on NXT television, mostly through his and Moustache Mountain’s feud with The Undisputed Era. He recently starred in an acclaimed singles bout with Ricochet, and will face the North American Champion and Adam Cole in a pre-taped bout next week, but now looks set for a long period of inactivity.

It’s now confirmed that Mia Yim has signed with WWE.

The 2018 Mae Young Classic competitor started with WWE back on Sunday, September 16, according to PWInsider. We noted before that there was speculation on Yim, a former TNA Knockouts Champion, signing after she appeared in a WWE NXT Twitter video from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

Yim recently revealed on Twitter that she’s dating NXT Superstar Keith Lee. She also revealed she’s roommates with Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke.

Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley’s friendship seemingly came out of nowhere, with the 205 Live high-flyer first appearing in a brief hype-up segment last week, before indulging in a spot of verbal sparring with Elias on his new ally’s behalf on the 17 September episode.

It’s a surprising development, as ‘The Man Of The Hour’ was only promoted from NXT to 205 Live on 26 June. He’s still making a name for himself on the cruiserweight show, where he remains active, but now looks set for a considerable Raw role on top of this.

According to PW Insider’s Mike Johnson, Vince McMahon is the driving force behind all this.

Having cut a promo on social media, Rush supposedly took it to the Chairman directly, and Vince was extremely impressed with what he saw. Thus, Lio was promoted to his new position as Lashley’s sidekick.

The nascent alliance is already delivering wild entertainment, with Rush’s charisma and freakish athleticism on full display this Monday night. If it continues, it may be the tonic needed to revive Lashley’s career, as the big man has struggled to capture the audience’s imagination since returning in April.

According to Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE sent William Regal to PWG’s Battle Of Los Angeles tournament over the weekend, and he was specifically there to scout Brody King.

King lost to Trevor Lee at the Quarter Final stage of the annual tourney, which took place between 14-16 September. Earlier in the brackets, he had beaten ex-WWE star Carl Ouellet; this was the latest chapter in PCO’s renaissance on the indy circuit.

The Observer also noted that New Japan chiefs are interested in Brody after seeing him train at one of their dojos in the United States, but it’s believed WWE hold the upper hand in the chase.

At 6’5″ and weighing almost 300lbs, King has the size WWE are historically interested in. On top of that, he moves well for such a big man, and that athleticism makes him the kind of flexible worker capable of fitting into the current NXT scene.

Some fans on Reddit pointed out that Regal could have been in attendance to scout almost everyone involved in this year’s BOLA. Observer Radio, meanwhile, seem sure the trip was solely down to WWE’s interest in signing King.

WWE NXT Superstar Velveteen Dream was recently profiled by Washington City Paper at this link. The piece includes comments from Dream and some of the people from his indie wrestling days in Maryland and the Washington, DC area.

It was noted that Dream used pro wrestling as an escape and a way to block out the drugs & violence in his Northeast DC neighborhood. Wrestling then became a way for Dream to create a positive legacy, a way to dissociate himself from the troubled world that killed his father when Dream was just two years old.

“Wrestling gave me something outside science, which was my muse before this,” Dream said.

Dream became a standout on the Forestville Military Academy wrestling team. Former coach Rio Thompson told City Paper that Clark was innovative on the mat and was always looking for alternative ways to escape contemporary holds. Maryland Championship Wrestling owner Dan McDevitt was interviewed for the article, and he noted that Dream and Lio Rush were the first two talents waiting in line when the MCW wrestling school opened in 2014. Dream and Rush carpooled together from the DC area to Joppa, MD and slept in the car before early morning training sessions. When they couldn’t drive, the two Superstars would hitchhike the hour-plus trip and stay as long as they could.

Dream dismissed comments from media and fans that describe his WWE character as gender non-conforming and androgynous.

“I can’t make anything of those descriptions of Velveteen Dream. I don’t consider myself either of those. It’s very hard for a performer to take that outside look. I’m a very introspective individual. It’s hard for me to label myself or characterize myself,” Dream said. “I do believe that current performers in WWE, more specifically in NXT, we have more freedom to be ourselves. I can say the people you see on TV are real-life individuals, not just people playing a role, myself included.”