WWE's first matches of WrestleMania week in New Orleans took place yesterday at the first session of Axxess.
First round matches in the United Kingdom, North American, and NXT Women's and Tag Team title invitational tournaments took place. The tournaments will continue later today, with the semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday's three sessions. The winners will challenge their respective champions at Axxess on Sunday.
Yesterday's matches also included WWN Champion Keith Lee making a cameo and defending his title against Kassius Ohno. There was a hard cam and two mobile cameras taping at least some of the matches.
- WWN Champion Keith Lee defeated Kassius Ohno to retain his title
Lee hit a pounce, a Spirit Bomb, and ended up winning the match with a jackhammer.
- Tyler Bate & Trent Seven defeated Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss in an NXT Tag Team invitational first round match
- Fabian Aichner defeated Jason Kincaid in a North American invitational first round match
Kincaid is another wrestler from WWN who was appearing at Axxess.
- Nikki Cross defeated Aliyah in an NXT Women's invitational first round match
- Lio Rush defeated Buddy Murphy in a UK invitational first round match
- The Street Profits defeated Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude in an NXT Tag Team invitational first round match
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins will face Bate & Seven in the next round.
- Drew Gulak defeated Dan Matha in a UK invitational first round match
- Akira Tozawa defeated Kona Reeves in a North American invitational first round match
This set up Tozawa vs. Aichner for Saturday's semifinals.
- Buddy Murphy & Kalisto defeated TJP & Jack Gallagher
Murphy wrestled part of the match in a Kalisto mask until it was taken off.
- Kairi Sane defeated Bianca Belair in an NXT Women's invitational first round match