According to a report, WWE is currently considering the idea of having a two-day WWE NXT Takeover event for the first time in history.
It has already been confirmed that WWE WrestleMania 37 will be a two-night event once again this year, but now the black and gold brand could be following suit.
It is currently expected that the next WWE NXT Takeover show will be on 4/8, which is the Thursday before WWE WrestleMania 37, which has been confirmed by PWInsider.com.
However, according to the report, there is talk of that show being a two-night event, with the first part airing on WWE NXT TV on the USA Network the day prior, on Wednesday 4/7, with the second part taking place the next night on the WWE Network.
We must stress, this is not confirmed and is currently just something that is being discussed, and between now and then the plan could change, or not happen at all.
The CEO of The Hurt Business, Bobby Lashley, is looking to expand the group in the future, as he wants a woman to join them.
While he only just won the WWE Championship earlier this week on WWE Raw by defeating The Miz, Lashley already has his eyes on the future of the group. Lashley told Complex that The Hurt Business is hoping to add a female member in the future, even hinting that they have some names in mind.
“We want dominance and a legacy. That’s what we want. Another thing that we talked about, we don’t even know if we want to go there, but I’ll throw this out: Is there a female that’s going to join the group? We thought about that. We have some definite names and if we did go that route, I think we’re all in agreeance of who we would love to have a part of us. Can’t really say right now, but that’s something that’s [on the way]. So we’re trying to play with it, so we’re coming at all different angles.”
Currently, The Hurt Business is dominating in WWE, with Lashley holding the WWE Championship while Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander hold the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. Interestingly, Lashley also revealed this week that Apollo Crews was almost a member of the group when it was first being formed.
A major singles match has been added to tonight’s WWE SmackDown, with Royal Rumble winner Bianca Belair in action.
After it was announced that Belair and Sasha Banks will once again challenge for the Women’s Tag Team Championships at WWE Fastlane, Belair will be competing in singles action tonight with Shayna Baszler.
Baszler and Jax controversially defended the titles this week on WWE NXT against Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez, after Adam Pearce sent down a main roster official who counted a pinfall against Kai when she wasn’t the legal participant.
WWE posted the following announcement about tonight’s match:
Bianca Belair to battle WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Shayna Baszler
Bianca Belair is on quite a tear in 2021, winning the 2021 Royal Rumble Match and last week declaring selecting SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks as her WrestleMania opponent.
Before they meet at The Show of Shows, Belair & Banks will also continue their rivalry against WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler in a title showdown at WWE Fastlane. How will the EST of WWE fair against the dominant Baszler one-on-one? Don’t miss SmackDown, Friday at 8/7 C on FOX.
As well as that match, Daniel Bryan will be facing Jey Uso inside a steel cage in a match that has WWE Fastlane implications.
WWE NXT UK ResultsFebruary 4, 2021
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Ilja Dragunov def. Sam Gradwell
Gradwell was all trash talk from the start and Dragunov completely ignored it, taking him to the mat over and over. Dragunov connected with knee strikes and heavy elbows, and when Gradwell continued to taunt him, a stiff boot to the face. Gradwell caught him in the ropes and set in with kicks to the back of the neck and side of the head. Double underhook suplex. Clubbing blows to the back. Dragunov roared back, literally, with wild elbow strikes and slaps upside the head while maintaining wrist control. Gradwell gave them right back, but got caught with two German suplexes. Dragunov hit a sky high diving senton for a nearfall. He started pummelling the man with nasty elbows until the referee called for the bell.
Dragunov completely snapped after the match, putting Gradwell back in a submission and continuing to beat the hell out of him. Referees pulled him off, but he backed one into the corner and tore at his shirt, screaming in his face until “snapping out of it”. Dragunov tried to apologize to the refs and left freaking out while Gradwell looked on smiling and laughing.
Teoman is coming next week:
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) March 4, 2021
Noam Dar read “reviews” from fans talking about how great he is. He invited Tyler Bate onto the show as his special guest, leading to an awkward conversation about zen. Bate discussed his vegetarian lifestyle and Dar dumped a bunch of broccoli and spinach on him, which he thought was hilarious for some reason. I think the intention was to do some kind of Tim & Eric or Between Two Ferns ironic comedy sort of thing, but it didn’t connect for me at all.
Ben Carter vignette talking about his career starting in the U.S. and having to learn the British style.
Isla Dawn vignette, doing some neat occult stuff.
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams def. Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter
Great fast-paced exchange between Williams and Carter trading pinning combinations and looking for submissions. Smith tagged in and tossed Williams around the ring with ease. Jordan came in and caught him with a few dropkicks, and took the big man down with a flying crossbody from the second rope. He slapped on a side headlock, but Smith easily tossed him into the corner and took turns with his partner clobbering him with clotheslines and heavy body shots. Williams eventually got the hot tag and cleaned house, sending them both to the floor. Jordan and Williams hit stereo suicide dives and a wheelbarrow facebuster/diving senton combo for a very close nearfall. Both teams traded offense but Jordan ended up getting a pin on Oliver Carter with an assist from his partner at ringside.
NXT UK Women’s Championship MatchKay Lee Ray (c) def. Meiko Satomura
Kay Lee tried to lock up right away and Meiko easily out-grappled her and sent the champion out to the floor. Kay Lee took it personally and went after her with stiff kicks and elbows in the corner. Meiko fired back with body kicks and a spin kick, catching her under the jaw, before locking in an STF. Kay Lee dragged them both across the ring to get to the ropes, and Meiko continued pelting her with kicks all over the body. The champion caught her with a Koji Clutch out of nowhere to turn the tide. Kay Lee transitioned into a body stretch and slowed things down for a beat. She made the mistake of trying to trade kicks with the Japanese legend and got destroyed by a spinning wheel kick and a half dozen more kicks in the corner. Kay Lee rolled out to the floor and baited the challenger into a Hangman’s DDT from the apron. She broke the ref’s count in order to set up for a Gory Bomb on the apron, but Meiko struggled free and hit a Death Valley Driver! This time it was Kay Lee barely making it back into the ring on time. Meiko drilled her in the head with a running knee and walked circles around her, looking for the killing blow. Brainbuster for 1… 2… no. Meiko put her on the second turnbuckle, but Kay Lee surprised her with a Tornado DDT and immediately reapplied the Koji Clutch. Meiko nearly faded but started flailing around with her legs until reaching the bottom rope. Kay Lee climbed to the top rope but Meiko hit her with a bicycle kick to knock her down! Death Valley Driver for 1… 2… still no. This time Meiko climbed the ropes, dropped the champion with a kick to the head, but Kay Lee got her knees up to block a diving splash. Superkick. Gory Bomb. 1… 2… no. A frustrated Kay Lee tried and failed to lift the dead weight of her opponent for another Gory Bomb, so she instead climbed the ropes, taking far too long. Meiko dodges a Swanton Bomb, tried for the Scorpion Kick, Kay Lee blocked it, went for the Gory Bomb, but Meiko countered with Code Blue! Superkick from the champion! Bicycle kick from the challenger! Both women down. Kay Lee definitely pulls her up and delivers one final Gory Bomb to get the job done.
This was a tremendous match, maybe ****1/4 that I can only imagine would have been one of the better WWE matches in many, many years with a building full of rowdy UK fans.
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