NXT Review – 19 July 2017

Hard hitting action, diverse characters, and copious amounts of filler. That means it must be time for another exciting episode of NXT! As usual we have another night filled with action, drama and adverts. Can Ember Moon overcome the Riot of Ruby? Will Drew McIntyre drag a good match out of Killian Dain? How will the glorious one respond? These questions will be answered in the future, and it’s a good thing because the Future. Is. Now.

Match 1: Ember Moon vs Ruby Riot

We kick off this week of NXT with the show’s intro actually playing. That’s a nice change of pace. With that said our opening contest of the evening is a first time ever match between two of the women’s division brightest stars, we have Ember Moon vs Ruby Riot. Ember comes out to her somewhat alright entrance music, turns out that her gimmick is her world of Warcraft character brought to life. Somewhere in the distance you can hear Luke Gallows calling her a nerd. Out comes Ruby Riot and we are set for this match.

Very nice opening exchange between the two as they attempt multiple pinning techniques on each other. The crowd is torn down the middle as half the crowd chants for Ember Moon and the other half chant for Ruby. Calling it now in a few minutes the crowd will be chanting “this is awesome”. Moon and Riot then engage in a nice athletic display as both reverse each other’s attempted monkey flips. Almost equally as bad we get the very condescending “women’s wrestling chant” from the NXT sheep, I mean audience. Moon eventually takes control with a bow and arrow submission before Riot escapes and begins hitting back with a flurry of basic wrestling offence. Ember Moon hits a nice lethal combination (backbreaker/face plant combo) as we go to our first advert 5 minutes into the match. Because why the hell not we get an advert for an upcoming WWE studios film and one for WWE 2K18.

Back to the match and Riot has control as she nails a top rope senton. Ember fights back with a nice tilt a whirl slam. Wow I am enjoying this match. It gets even better as Riot hits a beautiful top rope Frankensteiner for a close two count. And right on cue we get the “this is awesome” chant from the audience, but I’ll let them off because that move was awesome. We get a nice slugfest between the two women as both rally to take control. Time for the finish as Ember hits a shotgun kick and a sit-out slam before using a handspring clothesline to daze riot, she scales the top rope and nails a total eclipse (diving corkscrew stunner) for the win.

Winner: Ember Moon

Author’s notes: Wow! As far as any match goes this week, so far, this is by far the best one. Both women showcased the best of their abilities and put on a competitive and entertaining contest that had both the audience and myself on the edge of our, respective, seats. Now there was never any doubt that Ember was going to win this match, she has unfinished business with Asuka and has been built up since day one as the person who will eventually dethrone Asuka. That being said there were moments where Riot looked like she was thinking about maybe entertaining the possible idea of trying to win, so that’s a plus. I was surprised there wasn’t a post-match handshake between the two but glad there wasn’t as I hate the idea that every babyface has to be friendly and sportsmanlike with every other face.

Earlier today with: Ohno and Itami

We get shown a video of earlier today as Hideo Itami confronts Kassius Ohno in the middle of an interview demanding to know why he requested a match between the two next week. After getting an answer Hideo angrily kicks a bin lid to end the segment.

Author’s notes: Quick and effective way to set up a match between the two next week, although, I am surprised it’s being wasted on an episode of NXT instead of at Takeover.

Street Profits vignette

After a quick advert for an NXT all access event we get another vignette form the Street Profits as they sit and shout from a parking lot.

Author’s notes: …Yeah.

Match 2: Oney Lorcan vs Danny Burch

Our second contest of the evening is between Oney “appears once a month” Lorcan and London’s own Danny Burch making one of his first appearances on TV since the WWE UK Title Tournament. Both men lock up and it’s very difficult to tell the two apart as they are both the same size, have a shaved head and are wearing almost the same ring gear. Turns out Lorcan is pale whilst Burch is more tanned. Burch gets the latter of the offence as he dominates Lorcan and hits a tower of London (top rope hung cutter) for a 2 count. Oney fights back and hits a nice neckbreaker and a running European uppercut for a two count. Both men then exchange European uppercuts before Lorcan hits a stiff slap and Burch retaliates with a stiff clothesline and a sloppy, almost botched, powerbomb for a two count. Time for the finish as Burch perches Lorcan on the top rope who reverses it and goes for a diving pin attempt and rolls through locking in a single leg Boston crab for the quick submission win. Post-match Lorcan offers his hand and Burch shakes it before gripping it and asking for a future rematch as Lorcan cordially obliges.

Winner: Oney Lorcan

Author’s notes: This was a decent hard hitting match between two non-American superstars.  Despite a few small botches both superstars showed off their talent. The finish surprised the audience as no one has gotten a win with a single leg Boston crab in some time. However, it turns out it’s a homage to Lorcan’s trainer Lance Storm. I am somewhat looking forward to the rematch between the two but hopefully without the botches.

More filler

We get a quick shot of Killian Dain in the dark walking towards the backstage area. Cool.

Another WWE studios movie advert with…Holy shit Shawn Michaels. And yes, because if it’s Shawn it is, indeed, Holy Shit. The movie looks awful by the way and it’s been released straight to DVD.

Match 3: No Way Jose vs Cezar Bononi

Our next contest features the man with one of the catchiest entrance themes in WWE, No Way Jose, taking on relative new comer, Cezar Bononi, yeah that’s a name that’s going to catch on…he was the guy who beat Andrade Cien Almas in his debut by a fluke roll up. Jose controls the opening exchanges as he uses his speed to bamboozle his opponent, before being caught by the 6”6 Brazilian who asserts his dominance with his size advantage. Jose fights back and hits a bit of offence before hitting an almost pop up like knockout punch for the win. Post-match Almas shows up and assaults Bononi as his female manager I guess? Cheers him on. Jose returns and runs off Almas before dancing to end the segment.

Winner: No Way Jose

Author’s notes: This was a nothing match that did nothing except give Jose a win. The introduction of Almas showing up with the woman who he has spent the last 2 months arguing with is intriguing. This is obviously a set up for a match between the two but considering the way both have been booked in the last year, does anyone really care?

Even more filler

We get a quick shot of Drew McIntyre warming up backstage

Battleground advert

Some band I’ve never heard of get shown playing some generic rock music as they are apparently the theme of NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3.

Main event: Drew McIntyre vs Killian Dain: Number one contenders match for the NXT championship

It’s time for the night’s main event. Out first we get Drew McIntyre with his new Scottish/rock theme music because using his awesome old theme music would’ve been too easy. He is taking on the beast of Belfast Killian Dain who comes out to a different version of Sanity’s music, surprisingly he is alone as the rest of Sanity are nowhere to be seen. For some reason the person who was brought into Sanity due to one of the original members getting injured, is the one getting big opportunities and his own music. But he is a big guy so yay. This is a battle of hairy men which annoys me because every time I see Dain I am internally screaming “Shave your fucking back!!!”

We start the match with a big standoff and exchange of punches as the far more experienced McIntyre gets a lot of offence over Dain even taking him off his feet with relative ease. And 65 seconds into the main event we get our final advert of the evening, some show called 205 Live. That’ll never take off. We come back and Dain has control. This match is not going to do the man any favours, he is hanging with a far superior more experienced wrestler who was at one point groomed to be a future world champion.

But back to the match. Not much is happening as Dain keeps hitting weak strikes and attempting a pinfall only for Drew to kick out each time. Dain begins a very long wear down submission that kills the crowd dead. Just as Drew starts to fight back Dain elbows him and regains control. However Drew is able to nail a powerbomb on Dain to turn the tide in his favour. Drew unloads on Dain with a series of strikes that leave Dain reeling. McIntyre sets up for his running boot but is countered by Dain who hits a Belfast blitz (wasteland into a running senton) and a Vader bomb for a two count. Drew tries for a future shock DDT but is stopped by Dain who power bombs him in retaliation. Wow the powerbomb has become a wear down move. That sucks. Nice top rope superplex by Dain only gets a two. Drew finally hits a future shock DDT but Dain kicks out at 1. He then hits the Claymore running big boot but Dain gets up again before McIntyre hits another Claymore for the win. Thus ending Killian Dain’s undefeated streak and extending his own.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Author’s notes: The match was ok. Both men showed up their strength and toughness and some may argue that this was Killian Dain’s best match to date. That may be the case but it doesn’t make you a great wrestler. WWE already have its fill of big guys who can take a beating and still win and it certainly doesn’t need another one who can barely put on an entertaining match with someone like Drew McIntyre. At the end of the day though the right man won and Drew McIntyre will go on to have an excellent match with Bobby Roode.

Final Thoughts: Overall this was a good episode of NXT. The women’s match was the match of the night whereas the No Way Jose match was the worst. Since all the focus was on the tag team division last week we get none this week, as there were no tag matches or any backstage stuff with any tag team related wrestlers. The main event was ok but had a predictable result and many feuds were started or further developed. Well that’ll do us this week, until next time this has been NXT.

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