WEEKEND NEWS UPDATE: Fallout from NXT TakeOver, AEW Dynamite

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2020/08/23/weekend-news-update-fallout-from-nxt-takeover-aew-dynamite/

By: Kristen Ashly

**Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) pinned Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch to become No. 1 contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championships during the TakeOver pre-show triple threat tag team match, also featuring Legado del Fantasma.

**Damian Priest defeated Johnny Gargano, Bronson Reed, Velveteen Dream, and Cameron Grimes in a ladder match to become the new North American Champion. Highlights of the match included Candice LeRae actively wrestling against the opponents.

Nothing but respect for CANDICE WRESTLING. 👑#NXTTakeOver @CandiceLeRae @bronsonreedwwe @JohnnyGargano pic.twitter.com/tVj5npZCgv

— WWE (@WWE) August 22, 2020

**Karrion Kross defeated Keith Lee to become the new NXT Champion. According to WWE, Kross sustained a separated acromioclavicular joint during the match. Kross is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.

**After the pay-per-view, Triple H held a conference call for media members. Triple H confirmed news that Joe Belcastro had moved on as lead writer NXT. Belcastro had been with the company since 2013.

I read some speculation about Joe Belcastro, who has been a lead writer of NXT for a long period of time and we have a great team here. Joe has been making contributions to NXT and I want to thank him for that. He’s going to move on to other things, much like anybody, he had some dreams he wanted to accomplish in life.”

During the call, Wrestling Inc.’s Nick Hausman asked Triple H to share his thoughts on #FireVelveteenDream, and the outrage fans have shown regarding WWE’s investigation on the allegations against Dream. Triple H shut the question down.

I mean we’ve talked about this. We said our peace on it,” Triple H stated. “I understand people’s positions and their feelings of something that they’re really just seeing accusations online. Nothing that needs to be said more on it again.”

**WWE announced via a promo video released Saturday night, that NXT UK will return on Sept. 17. Tapings will be filmed at BT Sport Studios in London, where boxing has been taking place live, behind closed doors. The NXT UK roster is in London for COVID-19 tests in preparation for the first tapings. Triple H confirmed on the TakeOver conference call that the NXT team will help the NXT UK team tape virtually. October 25 is the current target date for NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin.

𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐮𝐬?#NXTUK returns this September. pic.twitter.com/2XPtl4idsn

— NXT UK (@NXTUK) August 23, 2020

**Pre-empted by the NBA Playoffs on Wednesday, AEW Dynamite aired Saturday evening.

**During the Saturday show, NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa arrived to AEW and answered Hikaru Shida’s open challenge for the AEW Women’s World Championship. Rosa will face Shida for the title at AEW All Out on September 5.

**Also announced for All Out, Chris Jericho will face Orange Cassidy in a “Mimosa Mayhem Match”.

**The finals of AEW’s Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament also took place during Saturday’s Dynamite. Ivelisse and Diamante defeated Brandi Rhodes and Allie to win the cup. There’s still no word on whether or not there will be tag team titles for the AEW women, or what the future holds in store for Ivelisse or Diamante.

**Cody defended his AEW TNT title against Mr. Brodie Lee in the main event of this week’s Dynamite. Lee didn’t ease up on the champ, completely destroying Rhodes inside the ring. In a clean finish, Lee pinned Rhodes for the title. After the match, Lee attacked Rhodes with a bag of broken pieces from the unfinished TNT title, leaving his condition questionable. AEW announced they will have an update on Cody’s condition on next week’s show, Thursday, August 27.

We will have an update on the condition of @CodyRhodes this Thursday, August 27th at 8/7c on #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/L3sRGMvaw4

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) August 23, 2020

**Indie event “Black Wrestlers Matter” was held on August 22 in Des Moines, Iowa. Wrestler Jon West organized the show as a celebration of Black professional wrestling, with funds from the show going towards the Knowledge Is Power GoFundMe campaign. The show can be purchased from their website blackwrestlersmatter.com.

**Also this weekend, Black Label Pro held “We’re Back! A Wrestler’s Story” from RDS Gym in Crown Point, Indiana. Jeremy Lambert from Fightful provided full results from the show.

** “The Suicide Squad” released a first look and its full cast during DC FanDome on Saturday. John Cena will star as Peacemaker—an unhinged character who works to bring peace to the world at any cost, even violence.

**New surveillance footage of Sonya Deville’s attempted kidnapping was released by FOX 13 in Tampa. The video shows parts of the attempted kidnapping and break-in. Phillip Thomas II was denied bail by a Hillsborough Circuit Judge earlier this week for the crime.

**ROH stars banded together in a video to discuss ROH’s return to action and COVID-19’s effect on the wrestling industry.

**First-ever New Japan Cup USA winner KENTA tweeted a special message at Jon Moxley, who holds the IWGP United States Heavyweight title.

**During New Japan Strong, NJPW announced “Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2020” will take place sometime in the near future. No dates or locations for the tour were announced.

**Friday’s SmackDown ratings were released Saturday. The debut of the Thunderdome brought in 2.168 million views for FOX; the highest viewership SmackDown has recently had.

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