20th Jun2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (June 19th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big six-man tag main event and some nice Helen Reddy compilation albums. Helen Reddy is ready to sing! Screw the wrestling! Here comes Helen Reddddddyyyyyyy!

Match #1: Damian Priest def. Raul Mendoza

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In contrast to the club-hopping, stretch-limo-riding night owl depicted in the vignettes promoting his debut, Damian Priest is nothing but business inside the ring. Raul Mendoza found this out firsthand when he became Priest’s first conquest in NXT. The proud luchador dug deep into his arsenal to combat the imposing newcomer, using evasive tactics and a slew of strikes, but Priest stayed on the prowl. No matter what Mendoza threw at him, Priest could not be toppled, even after Mendoza drilled him with a jaw-dropping rope-walk dropkick. Mendoza followed his tightrope feat with a tope suicida, but Priest — whom Nigel McGuinness described as “a man of the new millennium” — intercepted the attack and countered with a thunderous chokeslam onto the ring apron. From there, The Archer of Infamy took aim and struck a bull’s-eye, cracking Mendoza with a spinning head kick before trouncing The Prestige with a rolling cutter for the victory — perhaps the first of many for NXT’s newest threat.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – This wasn’t much of a match, but it got Priest on TV and did it well.

Match #2: Xia Li def. Taynara Conti

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Although the match between Xia Li and Taynara Conti began amicably enough with a handshake — the Chinese wushu master and the decorated Brazilian judoka were teammates when they last competed on NXT TV not long ago, after all — there was no trace of goodwill to be found by the time Li’s hand was raised in victory. Proving to be evenly matched from the start, Li and Conti went move for move in an exhilarating exchange, with Conti using throws and slams, and Li keeping Conti on her heels with a bevvy of lightning-fast kicks. After Li scored with a dropkick, however, Conti lost her cool, yanking Li to the mat by her hair. Conti then added trash-talk to the equation, deriding Li as she wailed on her mercilessly. Showing great resiliency, Li endured the thumping and regained the advantage with a series of sternum-shattering front kicks. The self-described “Spicy Girl” then turned up the heat even further, wiping out Conti with a spinning heel kick to gain the three-count.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was good for what it was, but not very thrilling. I don’t hold that against the wrestlers. The Velveteen Dream motto of “it’s always the wrestler’s fault” is one of those cop-out philosophies that I just can’t subscribe to. If you don’t give match a certain amount of attention, it just won’t do anything, no matter the content. Maybe Vince should give these matches a little more time, so people like me don’t have to complain on principal so much.

Match #3: (Main Event) Adam Cole, Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish def. Velveteen Dream, Matt Riddle & Tyler Breeze

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Undisputed ERA inched closer to their claims of being “untouchable” after outgunning the all-star collective of NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream, Matt Riddle & Tyler Breeze in a Six-Man Tag Team Match that moved a mile a minute and tested the harmony of the latter squad. Discord reared its head at the get-go, with Dream, Riddle & Breeze debating who would start the match. Once The Original Bro finally got the nod, the six-man melee was off to the races. The makeshift anti-ERA found their groove as the battle wore on, but a ringside distraction by Kyle O’Reilly proved costly and allowed Undisputed ERA to regain the advantage. Like a well-oiled machine, Adam Cole, Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish focused their efforts on grinding The Original Bro into dust.

The double-tough Riddle escaped harm’s way after popping Cole with a brutal knee strike and tagging in the fresh Prince Pretty, who brilliantly went on the attack. The Gorgeous One was caught off-guard seconds later, however, when Velveteen Dream tagged himself into the match, and the team’s miscommunication began to snowball. Although Breeze and Dream got on the same page enough to clobber Cole with a double-superkick, they weren’t prepared for an incoming Strong, whose leaping knee strike caused Breeze to collide with Dream. Strong, who was the legal man, then pulverized Dream with the End of Heartache to secure the pin on the North American Champion and continue shifting the power toward The Undisputed ERA. As Undisputed ERA celebrated their triumph, meanwhile, Dream, Riddle & Breeze were left frustrated and searching for answers

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was far too short for some-thing so good. The action was like a flood rushing over the jagged rocks in a rapid river. I feel like the guy that wrote “Hatchet”. Gary Paulsen? Any-way, this was such fine stuff for something so random and brief. Why are these main events so short in the WWE? Is Vince Russo back in action for Vince McMahon? Okay, this is great stuff and I wish this would have been around a bit longer.

News Of The Night:

  1. Mia Yim wants a Women’s Title shot.
  2. The Street Profits fight The Forgotten Sons, next week.
  3. NXT Breakout Tournament to begin next week with:
    • Angel Garza (formerly known as “Humberto Garza”)
    • Boa
    • Bronson Reed (formerly known as “Jonah Rock”)
    • Cameron Grimes (formerly known as “Trevor Lee”)
    • Dexter Lumis, (formerly known as “Sam Shaw”)
    • Isaiah “Swerve” Scott (formerly known as “Shane Strickland”)
    • Joaquin Wilde (formerly known as “DJZ”)
    • Jordan Myles (formerly known as “ACH”)

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a fun show that was a focused on building toward big title matches, which made this episode feel important.


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