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WELLS’S NXT TV REPORT
OCTOBER 23, 2019
LIVE IN ORLANDO, FLA. AT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
AIRED LIVE ON USA NETWORK
REPORT BY KELLY WELLS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix
-Brief video recap of last week’s big moments and victories. A lot of quick shots and soundbytes, mostly not eclipsing two seconds.
-Mauro teed up the show on the platform, mentioning the triple threat match for the North American Championship as well as an appearance by Finn Balor, before finally setting the table for the opening match.
(1) RHEA RIPLEY vs. BIANCA BELAIR
Rhea was out first. This should be interesting – Ripley is still looking to multiple threats in the future, so it should be something to see how long this goes.
Collar and elbow. Belair backs up Rhea. Dueling chant is close to 50-50. Collar and elbow again and the two were established as even in the power department. Rhea took Bianca down but she popped up. Bianca took down Rhea but she reversed. Back to their feet, Bianca hit a spear in the corner, then a few aftershocks. She did the spank taunt, then walked into Rhea’s feet in the corner.
Reset. Big waistlock takedown by Belair. Rhea got to her feet and powered out, then hit a thrustkick, but charged into the turnbuckle when Belair moved. Both went for suplexes, and finally Rhea hit a delayed suplex on try #4. Bianca tossed Rhea from the ring, but Rhea went up to the top and brought Bianca, who fought it off and slammed Ripley from the top. A few hard stomps and a one count by Belair. Full nelson by Belair, escaped, but Belair hit a suplex for one again. Bianca threw elbows to Rhea’s upper back, then took her down by the hair for two. Abdominal stretch, but Rhea reversed with a hip toss. Both missed follow-up moves and Belair threw Rhea to the mat to lead into the first commercial break. Split screen is in play this week. Bianca continued to dominate through the break.
Back to full screen, Bianca was hammering Rhea in the corner. Rhea ran the ropes and hit a big boot on a jumping Bianca’s chest to take her down. Both were slow to recover. Snap mare and basement dropkick by Rhea for two. Short clothesline by Rhea. Another. Dropkick. Ripley lifted Belair into the new standing scorpion death lock, but Belair reached the ropes. Action spilled out and Ripley hit a cannonball. Rhea threw Belair in the ring, but Io Shirai blindsided her, then tossed her into the ring where she ran into a spear for a long two. Candice LeRae evened the odds and took out Shirai, as Ripley hit Riptide for the win. WarGames is happeniiiiiiiing…
WINNER: Rhea Ripley at 12:37.
(Wells’s Analysis: Nearly every women’s segment continues to point to a WarGames match. Ripley looked good here and continues to get better, and Belair didn’t look weak in defeat as she dominated much of the match and her power was shown to match Ripley’s. Good opener.)
-Nigel threw to last week’s Undisputed Era attack on Velveteen Dream, as Beth segued into the hard sell for tonight’s triple threat main event.
-Earlier today, Cathy Kelley tracked down Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate outside. Bate started to say Dunne was alone against two, but Dunne said there were no excuses and there was a receipt coming. He said he didn’t care about Killian Dain and he and Bate moved along.