WWE NXT Review 8.21.19 Plus Thoughts On NXT To USA
The Undisputed Era starts the show. Adam Cole says he would be on the Mount Rushmore of NXT four times because he has always done exactly what he said he would. Roderick Strong said they should all be Champs but they were screwed. Strong says Dream didn’t pin him, so Dream is still on borrowed time. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish then complain about their blind tag not being seen at Takeover. Cole says they are two steps away from fulfilling their prophecy and having all of NXT’s Titles.
As The Undisputed Era is leaving Jordan Myles comes out. Cole tells him he should go challenge Shayna Baszler or someone from 205 Live or NXT UK. Cole tells Myles if he challenges him he will slap the smile off Myles face. Myles hands Cole his contract and drops it in front of him.
Mansoor vs Damian Priest
Mansoor has this generic rock theme that is a clear rip off of a rock song I’ve heard before but can’t name off the top of my head. Mansoor gets some offense in with a dropkick sending Priest outside and a swanton over the top. Mansoor follows it up with a nice slingshot neckbreaker for two. Priest throws Mansoor away on a tornado DDT attempt. Priest follows it up with a lariat, razor’s edge and the Reckoning for the win.
WINNER: Damian Priest
Mia Yim vs Vanessa Borne w/Aliyah
Aliyah is wearing shoes she can barely walk in. She also distracts Yim early on to let Borne get some early offense in. Borne also slaps a lower sticker on the back of Yim’s pants. Yim lands some so-so punches and chops. Yim hits her finisher for the win. And that is that.
WINNER: Mia Yim
Shayna Baszler comes out. She says Mia pushed her to her limits. Did we watch the same match? Shayna asks Yim if she wants to join her and her friends. Yim declines by attacking.
Bronson Reed vs Shane Thorne
Reed sits on Thorne early on. Reed hits a running knee in the corner and goes for a gorilla press slam but Thorne rakes the eyes of Reed. Thorne lands a hard kick to the back of Reed. Thorne dropkicks Reed into the corner then hits a weird flying kick. I don’t even know where it was meant to land. Thorne runs right into a Reed powerslam. Reed hits a senton splash then a couple of splashes in the corner. Reed gets knocked off the ropes, then Thorne hits a running high knee to the face for the win.
WINNER: Shane Thorne
Velveteen Dream comes out. He says his shirt is $30, his shades are $10, but retaining his Title by beating Pete Dunne? Priceless. Dream says he always ends up on top, because that is where he likes it. Dream says if Roderick Strong wants a rematch, Strong will have to give him an experience he’s never had before. Otherwise, Dream over.
Killian Dain vs Matt Riddle
Riddle attacks Dain from behind to start the match. Riddle knocks Dain outside the ring with a head kick. Riddle hits a flying forearm to the outside. Dain catches Riddle in his bad ribs coming back in. He hits some knees then a crossbody. Dain slows it down and works over the ribs of Riddle. Riddle eventually hits a Bro Buster and follows it up with some forearms and an exploder suplex. Riddle is able to hit his dead lift German suplex. Dain pops up and dropkicks Riddle into the corner then hits a cannonball for two. Dain goes for a senton but Riddle tries applying a sleeper. Dain escapes but Riddle hits a GTS, powerbomb and flash knee strike for two. Dain goes for a swanton bomb off the top but Dain gets his knees up. Dain throws Riddle into the post and to the outside. Riddle moves out of the way of Dain charging at him and Dain goes into the steps. Dain ends up dropping Riddle on the steps and Dain hits a senton onto Riddle. Dain then hits three Vader bombs and gets the win.
WINNER: Killian Dain
Thoughts on NXT to the USA Network
So I wasn’t able to post an actual news story on this yesterday due to personal stuff going on. While I think this is a big move and an obvious shot at AEW, I don’t think it will mean much in the long run. As a matter of fact, I think it will end up hurting the NXT product long term. NXT will be available on the Network the following day. So if I had the option to watch AEW live or NXT live, I would go with AEW. Of course, I could DVR AEW then watch NXT live. But I think NXT will lose to AEW early on. And despite everyone saying that there will be no change to the current NXT product, I have a hard time believing that if AEW is winning the ratings war early and often. I did get a kick out of WWE’s email when it said “Following NXT’s growth in popularity, its weekly Wednesday night show will expand its reach and now air LIVE on USA Network.” I’m sure that is the only reason why. But credit to the WWE for getting about $50 million for NXT on USA.
I’ll have more thoughts on next week’s HTCWrestling Podcast!
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