In this episode of Wrestling Night in America, PWTorch columnist Greg Parks breaks down both nights of WrestleMania with callers and emailers. Topics include the quality of the Firefly Funhouse match, the decision to put Charlotte over Rhea Ripley, the potential of wrestlers getting more creative freedom in the current environment, and more.
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WELLS’S NXT TV REPORT
APRIL 8, 2020
TAPED IN ORLANDO, FLA. AT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
REPORT BY KELLY WELLS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcer: Mauro Ranallo
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-Three(!) years ago, Tommaso Ciampa turned heel on Johnny Gargano after #DIY lost their tag team championship match with AOP. After that was shown, we got a hype video for tonight’s “TakeOver” main event. Check out Tommaso Ciampa’s twitter feed for a cool “TakeOver: Ciampa Bay” piece of art.
(1) SIX-WOMAN LADDER MATCH – #1 Contendership to Women’s Championship
Participants in order of entrance: Io Shirai, Tegan Nox, Chelsea Green (introduced by Robert Stone), Mia Yim, Dakota Kai (accompanied by Reina Gonzalez), Candice LeRae. Last week I figured Io or Kai to win, though this was due to an assumption that Rhea Ripley would retain; I’d say LeRae or Yim come off as most likely now (I think it’ll be a while before Tegan gets to a championship match).
Three pairs go at it in separate corners. Kai dumps Shirai when she’s posing and Chelsea is dumped as well. Kai beats on the other three while Gonzalez (called Raquel by Mauro) gets her a ladder. The babyface women recover and circle Kai and beat her down, taking turns in the corner with elbows and cannonballs. All but LeRae headed out of the ring. Stone helped Green with a ladder and Io brought one in. LeRae tried to climb it as Io set it up, so Io let it go. The two traded shots until Green popped in and hit bulldogs on both, onto the ladder, leading into the first commercial.