NXT results and recap: Velveteen Dream returns and Charlotte Flair comes to Full Sail

Velveteen Dream is BACK for revenge (Credit: WWE)

In life, three things are certain – death, taxes, and NXT delivering as an incredible weekly wrestling show.

Last night, the black and gold brand continued a fantastic run on Wednesday evenings and ended the show on an absolutely electric note with the long-awaited return of Velveteen Dream after a story which ran throughout the two-hour broadcast.

Kicking things off, Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle arrived in their own custom golf cart – apparently called the Broserweight mobile – with the pair on a high after their Dusty Cup victory last week.

They got interrupted by Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish – their opponents when they challenge for the NXT Tag Team titles at TakeOver Portland on 16 February – who didn’t acknowledge them as a real team.

At one point, Bobby admits they have bigger fish to fry after Kyle had tried to start a fight there and then, which led to Riddle getting the crowd to chant: ‘How much fish could Bobby Fish fry if Bobby Fish could fry fish?’

Later on, the UE bullied random workers backstage as they hunted for Tommaso Ciampa after his attack last week, before taking out Kushida and Bronson Reed.

In the end, Ciampa did start to take out UE, getting himself down to Cole as they brawled through the arena before the numbers game became too much.

He was saved by the Broserweights, leading to general manager William Regal making a main event with Ciampa, Riddle and Dunne facing Fish, Cole and O’Reilly.

It was every bit as fantastic as you’d expect, with Roderick Strong eventually jumping in for the DQ finish as a huge brawl kicked off, with Cole spraying an X on Tommaso’s back as he looked for revenge for last week.

The lights dropped as the 2/5/20 video aired and turned into Velveteen Dream’s face – and the man himself appeared and leaped off the top rope, taking out everyone and dishing out superkicks and Dream Valley Drivers. He’s baaaack!

Best of the rest

Bianca Belair strode out to the ring wondering if Rhea Ripley has forgotten they’re facing for the NXT Women’s title at TakeOver Portland.

She got interrupted by Charlotte Flair – who hasn’t been on NXT in five years – to a huge ovation, as the Queen put the EST of NXT over but insisted she doesn’t measure up.

The champ made her way out, but Bianca stepped in front of Charlotte to confront Rhea, who insists she’s ready to drop Royal Rumble winner Flair at WrestleMania.

In a glorious Mean Girls reference, Belair tells Charlotte she ‘doesn’t even go here’, and insisted she will be the one to face her in Tampa after she beats Ripley this month.

Rhea isn’t down with Charlotte disrespecting her NXT sister, and the pair attack the Queen, leaving her lay out as they face off over the title.

This was a fantastic build towards Flair choosing to challenge for the NXT Women’s championship at Mania, and it seems we could be getting a Triple Threat for the gold.

Elsewhere on the show, Mauro interviewed Johnny Gargano and Finn Balor via a split screen, as the pair added some real intensity.

In a brilliant moment, Gargano said he sees the right Balor now, the NXT version, not the won who lost to Bobby Lashley 17 times in a row on Raw. Balor insisted that Finn is dead and gone, promising the TakeOver match will be the last one of Johnny’s life.

Gargano vowed to drive the NXT flag left behind by Finn through his heart, but Balor simply insisted he has no heart.

Quickfire results

  • Angel Garza pinned Isaiah Scott after 10 minutes.
  • Dominik Dijakovic beat Killian Dain in 8 minutes.
  • Mercedes Martinez pinned Kacy Catanzaro in just 3 minutes.
  • Non-title match: Cruiserweight champion Jordan Devlin defeated Tyler Breeze after 15 minutes.
  • The Broserweights and Tommaso Ciampa beat The Undisputed Era via disqualification after almost 14 minutes.

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