Fans traveled from as far south as Miami on April 11 to once again enjoy the skill, talent and mic work of WWE’s hottest brand on the market today -- NXT -- at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce.
Thanks to the vision of Paul Triple H Levesque, the work of the coaches at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, the development of the talent and the visibility through the WWE Network, NXT is white-hot.
What began as developmental is now its own entity, growing into its own brand. It’s not just about grooming the next wave of superstars and divas for WWE. It’s also about building NXT.
Kevin Owens is the NXT champ. Not only is he a rugged, tough, no-nonsense wrestler, but he has a gift for gab. A passionate Sasha Banks is the NXT women’s champ. She defied the naysayers, working hard, striving to be the best and winning the title. Blake and Murphy are the NXT tag champs. Two young guns with a good look and plenty of energy, Blake and Murphy connect, work well together.
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Owens, Banks and Blake and Murphy were featured on the NXT show at the Havert L. Fenn Center.
Pre-show, Banks, Owens and Bull Dempsey signed autographs and posed for photos during a meet-n-greet. That session is included in the ticket price. It’s a nice way to give back to the fans. Blake and Murphy participated in the meet-n-greet at the prior NXT show at the Havert L. Fenn Center.
Dempsey is a massive force, battling to destroy rather than to win, and fans love it. Marcus Louis, his opponent, not so much.
Banks teamed with the arrogant, flamboyant, selfie inspired Tyler Breeze against fan favorites the hugable Bayley and high-flier Sami Zayn in the main event. After the action-packed match, Bayley and Zayn walked around ringside, high-fiving, hugging and posing for photos with fans.
Fans were also treated to the athletic (Total Package) Charlotte who wrestled in a triple threat match against cute, fiery, fan favorite Alexa Bliss and Dana Brooke. Blake and Murphy successfully defended their tag titles against the entertaining, old school Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch).
To the crowd’s delight, the mic-friendly Enzo Amore and Big Cass Colin Cassady opened the show against The Mechanics. The card also included Solomon Crowe, U.S. Marine Steve Cutler, Tye Dillinger, U.S. Olympian Chad Gable, Jason Jordan and The Drifter Elias Samson. The Drifter gimmick is pretty good.
Brianna Rogers of Port St. Lucie is a regular at NXT shows at the Havert L. Fenn Center. She is not only a super fan but also a super photographer. Check out some of her work above and also on her Facebook page BAM Photos and Twitter @accordingtobri.
WWE NXT returns to the Havert L. Fenn Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5 for a house show (no TV) in Fort Pierce.
The family-friendly outing is well worth the price of admission and drive for those farther away debating the travel.
Tickets $10, $20. There will be a meet-n-greet before the show. First come, first served.
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