NXT Slams Its Way Into Des Moines

NXT at the Hy-Vee Hall inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Photo by Joe DeSanti.

BY JOE DeSANTI | Go Venue Magazine

From its humble beginnings as a WWE developmental league, to a world-wide brand, NXT is the place to find professional wrestling in its purest form.  On Thursday night September 26th, NXT invaded the Hy-Vee Hall inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.  There were no final advertisements as to what wrestlers would be appearing or what matches were scheduled, so each match and each superstar that appeared gave a feeling of anticipation throughout the night.  The action kicked off with former Ultimate Fighter and MMA superstar Matt Riddle defeating Ridge Holland.  The fans went crazy for Riddle, and his appearance was a nice surprise for the fans in attendance.  The rest of the card included two title matches and appearances by NXT fan favorites such as Keith Lee, Rhea Ripley, and Pete DunneNXT recently landed a television deal on the USA Network, and with its new crop of sports entertainers, it’s easy to see why it’s becoming a world-recognized brand in professional wrestling.

Match results:

Matt Riddle beat Ridge Holland

* Candice LaRae beat Taynara Conti

Keith Lee beat Dominik Dijakovic

Shane Thorne beat Bronson Reed

* NXT Tag Team Championship Match:  Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish beat Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford

* Damien Priest beat Denzel Dejournette

Rhea RipleyBianca Belair & Kayden Carter beat Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir

* NXT North American Championship Match:  Roderick Strong beat Pete Dunne

All images © Joe DeSanti
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