Date: July 10, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness
With about a month to go before Takeover: Toronto, it’s time to start getting things set up for the big show. In this case, that includes more instances of Adam Cole being a jerk about pizzas as we wait for Johnny Gargano to show up again and deal with him. As for tonight though, we have Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch getting a shot at the Tag Team Titles. Let’s get to it.
Here’s Io Shirai, clad in all black with a new darker entrance, to explain her actions. She says she doesn’t need any friends or any of us and that’s it.
Velveteen Dream is having a press conference, where he doesn’t approve of a question about his next challenger. Another question about Roderick Strong getting a title shot but Strong isn’t ready to experience him one on one. No more questions.
Damien Priest vs. Blanco Loco
Blanco is from Mexico, New York, which is a real town. Priest kicks him in the face and hits a toss Falcon Arrow for a big crash. A big clothesline has the squash going in full force and another one makes it even worse. Priest kicks him in the head and hits the Reckoning (Roll the Dice) for the pin at 1:38.
Killian Dain watches film, but this time he talks about being able to tell us stories. His house was set on fire with his family still in it. There were tanks and soldiers on every street corner and he can’t hear out of one ear because of a car bomb. He’s the only surviving male member of his high school class. The difference is that he hasn’t forgotten. He wants us to know who he is and why he’s doing what he does. He’s going to breathe on our face because everything he had was taken from him. Now he’s taking what he wants. Awesome promo, and Dain has the work ability to back it up.
Breakout Tournament First Round: Boa vs. Jordan Myles
Boa is a Chinese wrestler who has never wrestled on NXT TV and Myles is ACH. They shake hands to start and it’s Boa taking him down with a headlock. Myles spins out of an armbar and flips a lot before dropkicking Boa down. The armbar goes on for a bit, followed by a rollup with a camera cut that might have been an edit. Boa is right back with a kick to the chest and an ax kick to the same chest makes it even worse.
Another kick sends Myles into the corner and a butterfly suplex gets two. Boa squeezes the chest (how constricting) but tries to switch into a cross armbreaker, which is quickly reversed into a rollup. Myles tells him to come on and fires off some kicks with don’t seem to really come close to hitting Boa. A basement dropkick to the side of the head sets up the Midnight Star (450) for the pin on Boa at 8:21.
Rating: C-. I’ve never been a big fan of ACH and this didn’t do much to change my mind. It always seems that he’s putting on a performance instead of having a match and is much more about the flashiness than trying to make this seem real and it doesn’t work well for me. He’s crazy athletic and his high flying looks very good, but the overall package misses for me. Boa has a good look and seems aggressive, but he’s going to need to show a bit more fire.
Shayna Baszler has heard Mia Yim’s story over and over and that’s not enough to impress her. Besides, the story always ends the same against her: tap, nap or snap.
Video on Keith Lee and his journey through NXT so far. The company has been put on his back but he always winds up on top. He’s entering his second year and he has to reach the peak. Limitless isn’t enough anymore so he will become infinite.
William Regal announces that Apollo Crews will be back next week to face Kushida.
Also next week: Adam Cole defends the NXT Title.
Tag Team Titles: Street Profits vs. Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch
The Profits are defending. Ford and Lorcan start things off with Ford having to spin out of a wristlock into an armbar. Dawkins comes in and puts on a front facelock, which he describes as being out here rolling. Everything breaks down early on and the Profits stack them up on the ropes so Ford can dive over Dawkins onto both of their backs. Things settle back down for a second before a double suplex to Dawkins sets up a Crossface from Burch. Ford comes in for a quick save so Burch goes with a bunch of right hands to Dawkins’ face. Burch misses a charge though and it’s a double tag to Ford and Lorcan.
Ford gets to clean house and an assisted Sliced Bread #2 has Lorcan in trouble. Burch makes a save and comes in to take over. A half and half suplex gets two on Ford and a German suplex sends him right into the corner for the tag to Dawkins. House is cleaned and it’s a big knockdown so we can get a breather. Lorcan and Ford are up for the slugout until Ford hits a great looking flip dive onto Burch on the floor. Lorcan’s dive is cut off and the spinebuster into the frog splash finishes Burch to retain the titles at 9:59.
Rating: C+. The Profits aren’t the best team in the world but you can feel the energy when they’re out there that no one else can offer. That alone is more than enough to keep the titles on them for the time being and make for quite the entertaining matches. This was rather fun and hard hitting as Burch and Lorcan continue to be good for some of the better tag matches on the show no matter what.
Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly come out for the staredown to end the show.
Overall Rating: C. This wasn’t their best effort, though it’s still a perfectly watchable show. The tournament is up and down at best and the opening squash was just fine. They need to get to the build to Takeover, though you can see most of the card from here. I’m sure it’s going to get better as we get back to the regular build, but the summer has been lacking a little bit.
Damien Priest b. Blanco Loco – The Reckoning
Jordan Myles b. Boa – Midnight Star
Street Profits b. Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch – Frog splash to Burch
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