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411’s WWE NXT Report 4.4.18

April 4, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Pantoja
Authors of Pain Roderick Strong Pete Dunne WWE NXT 4418

Footage from past Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classics are shown to open the show. Charly Caruso runs down how the finals are tonight, while we also see various people, like Terry Taylor, arrive for the festivities. Charly confirms that Bobby Fish is not medically cleared to compete at TakeOver, so the status of the Tag Team Title match that night is up in the air.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering vs. WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong

Strong begins with Akam and gets thrown across the ring. Tag to Rezar and they pound away on him. Strong escapes and slips to his corner for a breather. Dunne enters for some action just as we head to commercial. Returning, Dunne is getting worn down by AOP in their corner. Dunne fights back with chops and strikes, but is overwhelmed by the sheer size of his opponent. Rezar gets tagged and stomps on Dunne. He wrecks Dunne with a knee and tags back out, leading to a near fall. Dunne continues to fight, but AOP remains in dominant control. Dunne finally gets an opening when he snaps on the fingers of Akam. Dunne slips free of his grasp and manages to make the tag. Strong comes in against Rezar with chops and elbows. He catches Akam with a knee that knocks him off the apron. Knees and kicks to Rezar. Some running forearms send him back, he ducks a clothesline, and nails a dropkick. A dropkick keeps Akam at bay. Another knee for Rezar, followed by the Olympic Slam for two. Knee in the corner with a tag to Dunne. Strong with a forearm and Dunne follows with a step up enziguri. Dunne comes off the top with a double stomp for two. Dunne traps Rezar in a triangle choke, but Rezar powers him up into powerbomb position. Tag to Akam, who helps on a neckbreaker combo. Strong breaks up the pin and sends Rezar to the outside. Dunne backlips over Akam and tags Strong. Enziguri hits and they hit the assisted Bitter End. Rezar returns to break up the pin. He gets taken out. Dunne and Strong then use a knee combo to take out Akam. However, AOP knock them down with stereo clotheslines. Before anyone could get up, Undisputed Era (sans Fish) hit the ring and attacked both teams.

Double disqualification in 8:04

Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly finish the assault and look to leave, but William Regal’s music hits. He tells them that even with Fish’s injury and what just happened, they still have to defend the titles at TakeOver. It will be against both AOP and Dunne/Strong. The winners of that match get both the titles and the Dusty Cup.

A video package runs to hype the North American Title Ladder Match at TakeOver. All six guys get to say something. EC3 being at a pool is great. Velveteen says there’s only dream that will come true or something like that. Adam Cole will make history. The Era of Lars will begin. I missed what Dain says. Ricochet says there’s only Ricochet and he makes it look good.

A video package airs focused on Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa. There’s clips of them as #DIY and even from Gargano’s wedding. Johnny says he saw him as a brother and didn’t even consider he was capable of this. Ciampa says Johnny did it to himself because he’s selfish. Honestly, you just need to watch it. It’s such a great video package.

Kairi Sane vs. Vanessa Borne

They lock up and Borne slams Kairi down, before stepping on her. Borne stomps on Sane’s foot during a test of strength. They trade wirstlocks and Sane wins out. She gets sent to the apron, slides under Borne and rolls her up for two. Several other pin attempts get two as well. Borne fights back with aggression and uses her knee to drive Sane’s face into the bottom turnbuckle. That gets two. Sane cuts off her momentum with the interceptor spear and follows with the sliding d. She comes off the top with a lame looking forearm for two. They fight up top and Borne gets left hanging in the tree of woe. Sane hits her with a diving double stomp and adds the Insane Elbow to win.

Winner: Kairi Sane in 4:17

Backstage, Lacey Evans says that she can’t accomplish the things she wants in NXT until William Regal stops allowing trash. She’s a marine, mother, and a force, who has shown what a strong woman is capable of. She mentions Nikki Cross, who is a psycho that keeps getting opportunities, even when she can’t sit still for an interview. When asked about Ember Moon, she says that she doesn’t make a difference and can only jump off the top. Evans runs down Dakota Kai and says she will take Kairi Sane’s opportunity.

The Undisputed Era catches up with William Regal. Adam Cole complains because he’ll have to compete twice at TakeOver. Regal says they have three options. One, Cole wrestles both matches. Two, Kyle wrestles by himself. Three, Cole withdraws from the ladder match.

Time for another video package. This one focuses on Aleister Black vs. Andrade Almas. Again, it needs to be seen.

Earlier this week, Ember Moon spoke about Shayna Baszler. She said that Shayna walks around like everything is owed to her, which is not how a champion acts. Shayna started the war, but Ember ends it on Saturday.

Next week, Kairi Sane faces Lacey Evans.

Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan

HOSS FIGHT! They come face to face before backing up and aggressively locking up. They break and go back at it, struggling for an advantage. They fight and it spills outside. Lars sends Dain into the apron as we go to commercial. Returning, Lars works a neck wrench. Dain fights out and avoids the Freak Accident. He clovvers Lars with shots and gets him on his shoulders. He drops him down with Belfast Blitz, complete with BIG BOY SENTON. Lars gets his knees up on a Vader Bomb. Lars goes up top and Dain cuts him off. He climbs up with Lars as they club one another. A headbutt knocks both men off and to the outside. Velveteen Dream strolls out to a huge pop while they’re down. He climbs to the top, but out comes Adam Cole. They face off and argue. ADAM COLE BAYBAY. This brings out EC3 to a big pop. The three men in the ring trade words as Dain and Lars get back up on the apron. Music hits and its’ the official debut of Ricochet! He runs to the ring and joins his opponents with his signature moonsault and superhero pose spot. The fans chant for Ricochet as they all stare each other down to close the show.

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