WWE NXT 01/30/19 will feature the dark matches taped before NXT TakeOver Phoenix – and a ton of recap videos and TakeOver fallout videos. Those dark matches being Street Profits vs. Forgotten Sons and Io Shirai & Kairi Sane vs. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir. Additionally, I suspect we’ll get some sort of update on the “Halftime Heat” six man match that is resulting from the post-TakeOver shoving match that happened after the cameras were rolling. The next set of tapings also happen today so we’ll likely get some “next week” teasers as well.
WWE NXT 01/30/19 Recap
Then. Now. WWE Forever. We open with a TakeOver Phoenix video package. Updated NXT opening credits (now with apparently more Keith Lee and Bianca Belair) and we’re taped (originally taped before TakeOver Phoenix) from Phoenix. Mauro welcomes us to the show.
Later tonight? Street Profits vs. Forgotten Sons
But, first? Io Shirai’s music hits and she’s out. Kairi Sane’s music hits next and they head to the ring together. Mauro hypes up that Kairi won both “Female Competitor of the Year” and “Overall Competitor of the Year” at the 2018 NXT Year End Awards. Shayna Baszler’s music hits next and Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir are out together. Shafir is wearing a weird mask that is finally explained as a “protective mask” since she apparently broke her nose back in December.
Match #1: Io Shirai & Kairi Sane vs. Jessmyn Duke & Marina Shafir
I wasn’t super high on Io & Kairi when they worked that squash match together last week, but I did enjoy this match a lot more. Maybe it’s because they actually got to have a more competitive match with Duke & Shafir, but they just seemed to click a lot better as a team this week. I absolutely love that they do the “assisted finisher” spots and while that was enough to take out a pair of “already in the ring” opponents, they used the pop-up Insane Elbow to set up an actual Insane Elbow from the top to win this week. Duke & Shafir look fine here though I imagine at some point soon they’re going to need to start racking up some wins if they’re supposed to be taken as a threat to the main roster “4 Horsewomen of WWE”.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Shirai & Sane continue to work well as a team and Duke & Shafir get a much needed “TakeOver taping” rep to get comfortable working in front of a larger crowd than Full Sail.
Next, we get a highlight video for the North American Championship match.
After that, we get this backstage interview with Johnny Gargano.
Later tonight? A video package on the NXT Championship match from TakeOver.
Up next? A video package on the NXT Women’s Championship match from TakeOver.
Back from break, we get said video package on the NXT Women’s Championship match.
After that, we see this interview with Bianca Belair.
Next? A video package on the NXT Tag Team Championship match.
After that? We see this interview with new Tag Team champs, War Raiders.
Later tonight? Street Profits vs. Forgotten Sons.
Up next? A look at the NXT Championship match from Saturday.
Back from break? Not what was just advertised as “up next”. Instead we get a video package on the Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno match.
After that, we get this backstage interview with Riddle.
Next, we finally get the video package looking at the NXT Championship match.
After that? We see a tweet putting NXT and Ciampa over from Paul Heyman.
Next, we see a “fallout” video showing the six-man brawl that went down after TakeOver went off the air. Then, we see HBK on the Royal Rumble pre show announcing the Halftime Heat match this Sunday.
Up next? The main event.
Back from break, not the main event. Instead, we get a video package hyping up the NXT talent who worked the two Royal Rumble matches last weekend.
Next week? Gargano will be appearing live.
Meanwhile, Street Profits are out for the main event. The Forgotten Sons (w/ Jaxson Ryker) are out next.
Match #2: Street Profits vs. Forgotten Sons
I’m impressed that so much happens in this match in such a short time. Cutting out entrances and the post-match replays, this is probably a seven minute match. While not quite as exciting as the opener, Montez Ford does a standing dive over the ropes to the floor that has to be seen to be believed. He quite possibly has the best vertical leap in all of WWE. I enjoy the Street Profits but, (sorry Blake) am pretty “meh” on the Forgotten Sons, so them going over here did very little for me. I did like Ryker getting involved on the outside to turn the tide for the Sons – and more specifically the way the “stare down” between an enraged Dawkins and psychotic looking Ryker was shot. Well done.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Not being that interested in the Forgotten Sons made me not really care for the result here. But, I was impressed by how much action these guys packed into such a short time slot.
We go off the air on the Forgotten Sons posing in the ring.