WWE NXT 06/13/18 is the “go home” show for Saturday’s NXT TakeOver Chicago show. We’ve been promised Aleister Black “live” and EC3 vs. Kassius Ohno. I suspect we’ll additionally get a women’s match and a bunch of hype interviews and video packages to promote Saturday’s big event. As always, I’ll be covering NXT TakeOver Chicago with a Drinking Game post on Thursday night and then a recap after the show on Saturday night. But, for now, let’s get to this week’s NXT recap!
WWE NXT 06/13/18 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped 05/10/18) from Full Sail. Mauro welcomes us to the show and hypes up TakeOver on Saturday.
Later tonight? Pete Dunne defends the WWE UK Championship against Kyle O’Reilly.
Also, later tonight? Aleister Black is here… and he’s… live!
War Raiders music hits and they’re out for a squash match. As is NXT tradition, the squash victims don’t get a chyron.
Match #1: War Raiders vs. Ricky Martinez & Justin Storm
It’s a squash match. The only notable thing is that War Raiders are clearly as becoming as bored with this as I am and are now toying with their victims before putting them away.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – A “middle” rating only because the post-match finally sets up a match with someone who will get their names on the screen when War Raiders face them.
Post-match, War Raiders cut a promo on “The Mighty” and say they’ll show them who “The Mighty” really are. They hit another double team move on Justin Storm. So, from “TM61” to “The Mighty”. Thorne and Miller just can’t catch a break with these team names.
Meanwhile, the Undisputed Era are outside and are hyping up Kyle O’Reilly for his title match. Adam Cole notices the NXT camera and rushes the camera man. You don’t film the Undisputed Era unless Cole gives you permission.
Later tonight? Kassius Ohno vs. EC3.
Up next? A hype video for the Gargano vs. Ciampa Street Fight on Saturday.
Back from break, said hype video airs.
Next, EC3’s music hits and he’s out. My overall takeaway of EC3 up to this point? He’s better at Bobby Roode’s NXT character than Roode was. Ohno’s music hits and he’s out last.
Match #2: EC3 vs. Kassius Ohno
Not a whole lot to unpack here. Ohno goes on a run where he hits EC3 with a pair of sentons in the ring, EC3 bails out, and Ohno gives him a senton on the floor. From there, EC3 is able to quickly counter a roll up by using the ropes and hits his finisher on Ohno to pick up the win.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – EC3 technically isn’t undefeated (since he didn’t win the North American Championship ladder match) but now he’s earned the “beat Kassius Ohno on TV” rite of passage that upstart heels at NXT have to go through. He seems like a viable contender for the NXT Championship sooner rather than later assuming something crazy doesn’t happen this weekend.
Back from break, Bianca Belair’s music hits and she’s out. Aliyah is out next with new gear and possibly a new entrance theme – she’s had a few now so I can’t remember if this one is new or not.
Match #3: Bianca Belair vs. Aliyah
Aliyah gets in a few counters, but this one is essentially all Bianca. We get the impressive visual of Bianca Military Pressing Aliyah and Bianca switches things up and hits her with a Torture Rack into a facebuster to pick up the win. I think I like this finisher more than the reverse Powerbomb she’s been running with.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – I still haven’t reached my “ugh, another squash victory” fatigue with Bianca yet because she is so fun to watch in the ring.
Next, we get a video package on Saturday’s Shayna Baszler vs. Nikki Cross match.
Meanwhile, Pete Dunne is backstage getting ready. He’s up next.
Back from break, Cathy Kelley is backstage with Dakota Kai. Dakota’s match with Baszler is discussed until Bianca crashes the interview and tells Cathy it should be Bianca getting interviewed. Bianca puts herself over and mocks Dakota. Kai says she won’t let mind games work on her and challenges Bianca to a match next week. Bianca isn’t impressed and accepts.
Next, Undisputed Era’s music hits and O’Reilly is out alone. He plays the NXT Championship belt like a guitar and I want him to win this match, if only so I can see him play both belts like a double-neck guitar. Dunne’s music hits next and champ enters last!
Match #4: Pete Dunne (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly (WWE UK Championship Match)
Wow, this is an outstanding match. I think O’Reilly’s skills have been hidden a bit since he’s really only been a tag wrestler at NXT so far, but damn this guy can go! Dunne has his leg wrapped up tonight, so that injury comes into play a little, but Dunne mostly no sells it. These guys are evenly matched and put on a great show. Also, bonus points that Undisputed Era don’t intervene to affect the finish. Dunne retains, but almost out of nowhere as Kyle has him dead to rights and even removes Dunne’s mouth guard moments before Dunne recovers enough to hit the Bitter End.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – One of the better main events we’ve seen on NXT TV this year.
Post-match, Dunne is immediately attacked by Cole and Strong. This brings out Burch and Lorcan to even the sides up. Dunne and Cole brawl to the back, while Lorcan and Burch clear the ring of Strong and O’Reilly.
Next week? Dakota Kai vs. Bianca Belair.
Also, next week? War Raiders vs. The Mighty.
Up next? Aleister Black is in the house!
Next, Aleister Black’s music hits, he’s dressed to wrestle, and does his full entrance. He cuts a promo on Lars and says that Lars caught the Black Mass and that rattled Black a little bit, but come Saturday – well, Lars will still Fade to Black. Lars’ music hits and he’s out. A brawl ensues in the ring and Lars gets the best of Black. Lars delivers three Freak Accidents to Black, before picking Black up, carrying him to commentary, and dumping him on the announce table. Three unanswered finishers to the champ ahead of a TakeOver? I don’t like Lars’ chances.
We go off the air on Lars posing over Black’s fallen body.