12th Jul2018

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 11th 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I say we should get right to the action!

Match #1: Adam Cole beat Danny Burch

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With Oney Lorcan on the shelf due to injury, Danny Burch set out to defend his team’s honor against NXT North American Champion Adam Cole, who has claimed that he and the rest of Undisputed ERA are out of Burch & Lorcan’s league. Cole reminded Burch of his opinion throughout the match, trash-talking the British slugger while unleashing a cruel attack on Burch’s neck. The double-tough Burch withstood Cole’s brutal offensive and returned fire, even scoring a near fall off the Tower of London.

The Panama City Playboy came back with a vicious modified neckbreaker, garnering only a two-count. Incredulous and frustrated, Cole repeated to himself that “Nobody can beat me,” before intensifying his attack. He superkicked Burch, gave him another neckbreaker (this one onto Cole’s own knee) and put him down for the count with the Last Shot. Burch gave Cole more than he bargained for, but the NXT North American Champion might have proved that he truly is in a league of his own.

My Take: This was an excellent opener with lots of great action. Cole continues to be one of wrestling’s best fighters and a shining star where-ever he goes. Burch kept up with Cole to help make this a lot of fun.

Match #2: Kairi Sane beat Vanessa Borne – Women’s Match

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Vanessa Borne had to answer for all the insults she’s slung at Kairi Sane, as her war of words with The Pirate Princess turned to fiery fisticuffs. Displaying great poise, an assortment of new moves and a mile-long mean streak, Borne held her own against the far more experienced Sane. The emboldened up-and-comer even stopped Sane dead in her tracks with a headbutt as The Pirate Princess prepared to take flight for her signature Flying Kabuki Elbow.

Yet, The Pirate Princess is nothing if not resilient. She stunned Borne with a spinning backfist before applying the cross-legged Boston Crab that she calls the Anchor. Folded over like a piece of origami paper, with her toes almost touching her face, Borne had no choice but to tap out. Galvanized by her triumph, Sane then called out dominant NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, reminding The Queen of Spades that she’s beaten her before and promising to do it again.

My Take: This was a good match that had lots of good moves from two women who have lots to offer.

Match #3: Main Event – Undisputed ERA (Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly) beat Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) to win the NXT Tag Team Championship

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Undisputed ERA once again stand atop the NXT Tag Team division. In a perilous battle that pushed Moustache Mountain to their physical and emotional brink, Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly defeated Tyler Bate & Trent Seven to regain the NXT Tag Team Titles, becoming only the second team to win the championship twice. Perhaps just as telling as Undisputed ERA’s historic reign was the way it began: with Bate throwing in the towel to save Seven from a potentially career-threatening injury.

Bate’s drastic measure came after more than 18 minutes of fiercely hard-hitting action, the overwhelming majority of which saw Strong & O’Reilly maliciously work over Seven’s knee. Seven was hurt in the early goings after having his knee slammed onto the steel steps. Undisputed ERA continued the attack from there, using quick tags and a bevvy of limb-twisting submission holds to weaken The Don. Seven fought courageously and even managed to tag Bate into the action at one point, allowing Textbook Tyler to rock Strong & O’Reilly with thunderous slams and throws.

Once Bate was pushed back into his corner, however, Seven tagged himself back into the match. Though the mustachioed mauler had enough energy to stun Strong with the Seven Stars Lariat, his knee gave out moments later as he attempted a Torture Rack. That gave Undisputed ERA the opening they needed to again target his knee.

O’Reilly locked in an airtight double kneebar, and despite Seven’s desperate attempts to reach the ropes or tag out, there was no budging. Meanwhile, Bate stood on the apron, visibly distraught over watching his teammate, friend and mentor in agony. After much contemplation, and against the wishes of his partner, Bate reluctantly threw in the towel, signaling to the referee his desire to end the match. As Adam Cole & Bobby Fish joined Strong & O’Reilly in crowing about Undisputed ERA’s monumental win, Bate rushed to Seven’s side, showing that above all else, their friendship comes first.

My Take: I said that yesterday’s 205 Live main event may have been the best match of the week and now I can say that about two matches, because tonight’s main event was a hell of a fight. This was the best tag team match in the WWE in quite some time and this was an action lovers delight.

News of the Night:

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1. Tommaso Ciampa sabotaged NXT Champion Aleister Black with a surprise ambush

As NXT Champion Aleister Black prepared to enter Full Sail Live to address his July 25 title defense against Tommaso Ciampa, he was stopped outside the building by Johnny Gargano, who told The Dutch Destroyer in no uncertain terms that Ciampa cannot win the NXT Title. Black tried to quell Gargano, telling him that he would handle it and suggesting Gargano take care of his own business, which prompted the singularly focused Gargano to assert that he knows exactly what he’s doing as he walked away. If Gargano’s interruption was unexpected, what came next for Black was nothing short of unsettling. As the champion entered the building, he was immediately barraged by Ciampa. The Blackheart then propped Black’s legs onto a table and drilled him with a DDT onto the hallway floor before waving goodbye and skulking away as a panicked bystander shouted for medical assistance. Mauro Ranallo later confirmed that Black was transported to a local medical facility. What kind of shape will The Dutch Destroyer be in come July 25, when he’s scheduled to face the terror of NXT?

My Take: Ciampa has been one of the best heels of the year, if not the nest and this angle continues him on that path. Black is a good champion, but this feud with Ciampa might be the thing to make him a consummate champion, if they handle the rivalry right.

Final Verdict: This was an excellent card that flew by in a flash. I loved the main event and it may be one of the best NXT matches yet.


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