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WWE NXT Recap: The NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match between Keith Lee, Johnny Gargano, and Finn Bálor, Roderick Strong vs. Dexter Lumis and more…

Damian Priest vs. Cameron Grimes: Monty’s Take – This match could’ve happened with Grimes not attacking him and Priest winning the match. Damian Priest has come off of great momentum in a great match with Finn Bálor, and even though he lost, he’s been getting much praise, finally. He’s only won one match since that PPV although has been pushed as a possible dominant babyface. Let’s hope Hunter sees what I see. Match Rating – B-

Santos Escobar vs. Jake Atlas: Monty’s Take – I think match wise, Atlas has good in-ring work, he can definitely put a couple of moves together and has some springboard moves as well that can get the crowd jumping if and when they get a crowd knowing our current situation. Santos Escobar really has a nice little trio going, much like Seth Rollins on Raw. He ultimately picks up the win. Match Rating – B 

Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro: Monty’s Take – The match itself felt as if you can tell what was going to happen but nonetheless I think it still showcased both tag teams. Kacy and Kayden are a good tag team so we hope to see them in a Tag Team title match. While Dakota Kai is working her heel run very well in my opinion as Raquel is her backup sort of speak, but the only problem is we all know how these tag teams end up breaking apart, we just don’t know when. Match Rating: B-. 

Bronson Reed vs. Karrion Kross: Monty’s Take – This match would’ve stolen the spotlight of the whole show if they were given a longer match to work with. I believe this match served its purpose very well. WWE and I’m sure Reed will come to a time where he will get his push, but the way he put over Kross was very good in this match and just Kross’s character in this match is just pure monstrous. Repeatedly after being hit with a german suplex he would get up and just scream, or get clotheslined and get right back up. He eventually got Reed into his Kross Submission after an exploder suplex which was quite impressive. Match Rating – B

Dexter Lumis vs. Roderick Strong: Monty’s Take – This match served its purpose very well because well for one they didn’t even really fight and Strong got counted out. Not only does this further develop Lumis’s character but for the viewers to believe in how creepy and yet interesting of a character Dexter Lumis really is. He not only has the creepy stare but his physique makes you feel even that more uncomfortable because what if someone like that is ticked off in a way, I personally wouldn’t want to be in the ring with that, which I love how they really sell Strong being afraid to fight Lumis, so when they actually do square off, it’s going to be fantastic, mark my words, FANTASTIC. Match Results – A+

WWE NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match: Keith Lee vs. Johnny Strong vs. Finn Bálor: Winner Faces Adam Cole in a Champion vs. Champion Match: Monty’s Take – What a main event. This match had everything; Keith Lee dominating, Finn and Gargano both hitting Lee with moves simultaneously to get him down. Then Gargano and Finn both going at it inside the ring. The match itself had a great back and forth, “Not a commercial” type of feeling. Lee eventually came back into the mix and had Gargano on the ropes when Bálor hit the coup de grace on Gargano, which was meant for Lee but he dodged it and hit Bálor with a side rolling slam to retain his NXT North American Title. Match Rating – A+

NXT TAKEOVER IN YOUR HOUSE: ADAM COLE TAKES ON VELVETEEN DREAM IN A BRAWL, KARRION KROSS MAKES HIS DEBUT ON TAKEOVER AGAINST CIAMPA, DAMIAN PRIEST VS FINN BALOR, AND WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!!!

6-WOMENS TAG TEAM MATCH: Shotzi Blackheart, Tegan Nox, and Mia Yim take on Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez – This match was pretty good to start off the event and on top of it considering the match card, this match actually held its own. Shotzi has a chance to be the next big face in WWE. Dakota Kai looks to be really comfortable as a heel; which looks to be the right move for her as it adds to her character and she seems more aggressive in the ring. The craziest part to me is that Raquel Gonzalez seems to be the wrestler Nia Jax wants to be, but that’s my own personal opinion. The match was exciting with a lot of back and forth action and not to mention every female wrestler jumping over the rops onto the outside. Tegan Nox pulls through with the victory. Match Rating – B+

FINN BALOR VS DAMIAN PRIEST: This match might be the 2nd or 3rd best match of the night, but it shocked the hell out of me. I really enjoy Damian Priest in the ring. He has charisma, speed, and strength, which he displayed with his versatile kick strikes and that spectacular Flatliner in the middle of the match, not to mention that devastating forearm, and he hit some kind of full nelson german suplex and that was one of the craziest things I’ve seen. But Finn was the veteran that he is, and he continued to fight back. As he ended up eating the Sling Blade, while hitting the coup de grace on the back of the neck and hitting him with it again while laying on the mat. Oh that is after Priest fell onto the stairs hard. Go check out the match, it was pretty pretty good. Match Rating – A-

NXT North American Championship Match: Keith Lee © vs. Johnny Gargano – This match actually showed us that Johnny Gargano fought smartly and with a strategy as one of Lee’s hands was bothering him throughout the match, after every move Lee would do, he’d sorta grab at it or shake it multiple times. Lee is definitely going to be a big star on a main roster if not already being looked as one right now. Nonetheless Gargano made it interesting to have Lee railing multiple times, but not until Lee pummeled Gargano through the plexiglass at ringside, it was pretty insane. Lee ended the match with two Spirit Bombs and another finisher of his and he retained his title. Match Rating – A- 

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Karrion Kross – I like this match for the simple fact we got to see Kross in a somewhat lengthy match. His tenacity within the ring and his way to just stick with the crowd is what really gets me. But man, Ciampa had his comebacks numerous times in the match, the fact that people are saying he got dismantled eh not really yes he sure got beat, cause man oh man, lets just say Kross literally looks like a wrestler I may not even know if he’s ever having an off day as being in his gimmick or that’s just Karrion on the norm. Anywho the match was pretty good. I was surprised to see it down here in the card before Balor vs. Priest. Match Rating – A- 

NXT World Championship Backlot Brawl Match: Adam Cole © vs. Velveteen Dream – This match was f***king awesome. The trash talk in between, the rest of the UE coming to help Cole after Cole crashes onto the hood and windshield of a car. Dream getting mobbed by the UE. Then Dexter Lumis came out of nowhere beating up both Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish and putting them in the trunk of the car in which they came into to crash the fight. Ultimately after an elbow drop and Dream’s signature move, Cole kicked out both times and ended up hitting a Sunset Flip Powerbomb onto chairs which Cole retained. Match Rating – A+

NXT Women’s Champion Triple Threat Match: Charlotte Flair © vs. Rhea Ripley vs Io Shirai – Charlotte was being annoying in the beginning of the fight making both Rhea and Io fight it out but it was strategy and she was giving both of them the business handling them with mighty chops. Io kept having spurts all throughout the match from jumping over the ropes onto Rhea and then jumping off of the top of a house that was a part of the event’s decoration; it was impressive. Charlotte really seemed to have a real rivalry with Ripley as they were trading blows for blows just throwing punches and punches. In the very end Charlotte basically had Rhea in a Figure-8 but IO had other plans and hit a backwards moonsault on Rhea and pinned her to become THE NNNNNNEEEEEEWWWWWWW NXT CHAMPION IO SHIRAI!! Well deserved. Well deserved. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – WWE NXT Recap: The Original Bro’s Farewell, Tag Team match including Charlotte Flair, Io Shirai, and Rhea Ripley, the return of Kurt Angle and more…

Drake Maverick vs. Kushida vs. Jake Atlas: Winner moves onto the Finals to face El Hijo del Fantasma to crown the first ever NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

A very rapid back and forth Triple Threat which is always a good sign. Triple Threats tend to have an up tempo pace in the ring. Jake Atlas showcases early on he has both the tandem of athleticism and shocking strength. Kushida is the veteran within this match, previously working in New Japan Pro Wrestling and holding the NJPW Jr. Championship several times. Kushida has this rare combo of agility, strength, and the technical skills to provide submission holds, having all three tied into his in-ring style. SIDENOTE: The international talent WWE currently has on their roster is INSANE! This match ends in a clever finish as Kushida performs an armbar on Jake Atlas, but Maverick pins Atlas by keeping his shoulders on the mat to force the ref to pin to three. 

Johnny Gargano and Keith Lee seems to be setting up an North American Title match between the two. 

Lee and Mia Yum were both mocking Gargano and Candice Larae, Gargano’s wife, even stating “It’s not the Gargano way, it’s about making you pay”. Seems that Mia Yum and Candice Larae have things to settle in the ring as they square off on next wendesday’s show of NXT. 

 Welcome to the Era of Imperium: Where the Mat is Sacred. 

NXT Tag Team Champions Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner are set to butt heads with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. 

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Raquel Gonzalez 

This match I’ll describe very shortly. Shoti Blackheart has incredible traditional style wrestling techniques and knows how to cleverishly reverse any move that Raquel tried to do for the first 2-3 minutes of the match. I must say personally, Raquel, just by her size, if used correctly, she can be a better powerhouse female wrestler than Nia Jax and Tamina… Yes you’re probably wondering that’s not saying much but; at least that means she can be better than both. Blackheart is a risk taker and seems to capture the big moment. We should expect good things from her. Raquel gets the victory due to the interference of Candice Larae at ringside.

Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest at NXT: Takeover In Your House 

During this segment numerous of encounters between the two were played to promote the match next week. This shall be one of the best matches on the card that night and definitely one fans may not exactly even have a clue who will pick up the victory. 

Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai vs Charlotte Flair & … Chelsea Green???  

I know when I say this for a lot of fans watching the product weekly, and I really hpe we see a title change hands next week. My pick? Io Shirai is extremely talented in the ring. Very agile and is a beautiful storyteller during her matches. The aggressiveness she displays shows how hungry and prepared she is for the opportunity. Rhea Ripley shouldn’t have lost in the first place, but that’s my opinion and I digress. Personally I believe the best move is to take the strap off Charlotte. It’s a no brainer she’s the safest and best wrestler in the industry, no doubt. Although with the new wild card rule in play; Flair is broadcasted on every show throughout the week. But it’s like what Jackie Chan told Jaden Smith in the remake of The Karate Kid, “Too much of good stuff is bad stuff” or in this case; too much Charlotte can cause fans to turn their backs. Charlotte being the veteran she is gets win by putting her legs on the rope as she pinned Io Shirai. 

KARRION KROSS VS TOMASSO CIAMPA?! 

Karrion Kross made his debut on NXT not too long ago and this matchup has fans talking. It’s going to be good to see how this plays out as Tomasso is an NXT vet and basically at one point was his brand. Will he fold against Kross or will Kross meet a roadblock this early into his WWE career? Tune in to see this match next week on June 7th. 

The Original Bro Matt Riddle takes on his former teammate Timothy Thatcher in a Cage Pit Match 

Before I get into this, I’m sold highly on Matt Riddle. His character alone is probably the most that hits home with someone and it’s hard to even pinpoint if that’s his actual gimmick or if he’s like how he is naturally. We finally see blood! Not intentionally as the match was held and sent to a commercial for Thatcher to get cleaned up. Matt Riddle is such a good opponent for Brock Lesnar, too bad Lesnar hates his guts. This match gave me this feeling of having both a wrestling match and a flatout brawl. They incorporate some wrestling moves but for the most part was stuck to its “cage” feel. Timothy Thatcher ends up submitting Riddle in a chokehold where Riddle passes out momentarily. I for one will say again Matt Riddle may have a lot of big things ahead of him. His ability to sell in the ring while bein that powerhouse strength, with still being able to make someone tap quickly; he looks to have loads of potential that SmackDown Live would love to have. 

I appreciate everyone taking time out their days to read these, if you guys want me to talk about anything specifically, my opinion on a specific superstar, or what’s my favorite PPV etc. The more you’re engaged the more makes my day happier. Thank you guys so much, Brotha Monty signing off.