WWE Invites Major Independent Stars to Wrestle at Axxess

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Triple H has already gone on record during his NXT conference call that he would love the opportunity to work with more independent promotions during WrestleMania week, specifically EVOLVE and PROGRESS. With Ring of Honor running their Supercard show that features a Cody Rhodes versus Kenny Omega mega match, it’s only fitting that the WWE would create a four day invitational tournament during their Axxess events running this week that features both of those companies in order to get in on the fad.

Asked to compete at those events are indy stars Keith Lee, the current WWN champion, defending his gold against NXT’s resident knockout artist, Kassius Ohno, and PROGRESS star (and murderer of chests) Walter, who will also be clashing with Ohno in singles action. Each of these bouts should be fantastic as all are praised as exceptional workers.

Here is the full lineup and breakdown of the tournament according to WWE.COM:

Axxess – Day 1
Thursday, 6 p.m.

WWE U.K. Championship Invitational First Round

  • Lio Rush vs. Buddy Murphy
  • Dan Matha vs. Drew Gulak

NXT North American Invitational First Round

  • Fabian Aichner vs. Jason Kincaid
  • Akira Tozawa vs. Kona Reeves

NXT Tag Team Invitational First Round

  • Moustache Mountain vs. Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
  • Street Profits vs. Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude

NXT Women’s Invitational First Round

  • Nikki Cross vs. Aliyah
  • Kairi Sane vs. Bianca Belair

In addition, the session will feature a WWN Championship Match between titleholder Keith Lee and NXT’s Kassius Ohno as well as action featuring 205 Live Superstars TJP, Kalisto, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and Buddy Murphy, Superstars from the Mae Young Classic, and much more!

Axxess Day 2
Friday, 5 p.m.

WWE U.K. Championship Invitational First Round

  • Lince Dorado vs. Raul Mendoza
  • Mark Andrews vs. Zack Gibson

NXT North American Invitational First Round

  • Chris Dijak vs. Ariya Daivari
  • Hideo Itami vs. Wolfgang

NXT Tag Team Invitational First Round

  • SAnitY vs. Forgotten Sons
  • TM61 vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

NXT Women’s Invitational First Round

  • Dakota Kai vs. Lacey Evans
  • Candice LeRae vs. Peyton Royce

In addition, the session will include matches featuring Superstars from NXT, the Mae Young Classic, PROGRESS and much more!

Axxess Day 3, Session 1
Saturday, 8 a.m.

Day 3, Session 1 will include semifinal matches from the WWE U.K. Championship Invitational, the NXT North American Invitational, the NXT Tag Team Invitational and the NXT Women’s invitational.

In addition, the session will include matches featuring Superstars from NXT, the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament, the Mae Young Classic and much more!

Axxess Day 3, Session 2
Saturday, 1 p.m.

Day 3, Session 2 will include the NXT North American Invitation Finals, the United Kingdom Championship Invitational Semifinals, an EVOLVE Tag Team Championship Match, as well as matches featuring Superstars from 205 Live, NXT, the Mae Young Classic and much more!

Axxess Day 3, Session 3
Saturday, 6 p.m.

Day 3, Session 3 will include the U.K. Championship Invitational Finals, the NXT Tag Team Invitational Finals and the NXT Women’s Invitational Finals, as well as NXT’s Kassius Ohno vs. PROGRESS’ Walter.

In addition, the session will include matches featuring 205 Live’s TJP, Kalisto and Gran Metalik, Superstars from NXT and the Mae Young Classic, and much more!

Axxess Day 4
Sunday, 8 a.m.

Day 4 will include the following championship matches:

WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne vs. U.K. Championship Invitational winner
NXT North American Champion vs. NXT North American Invitational winner (First-ever title defense!)
NXT Tag Team Champions vs. NXT Tag Team Invitational winners

In addition, the session will feature a WWN Championship Match, a PROGRESS Women’s Championship Match, a PROGRESS Championship Match, a PROGRESS Tag Team Championship match and much more!

As if WrestleMania week already wasn’t exciting enough.

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