Well, I was wrong last week and NXT managed to squeeze one more show out of the June tapings – thus that is what makes up WWE NXT 07/19/17. We’re getting Drew McIntyre vs. Killian Dain, with the winner facing Bobby Roode at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 3 for the NXT Championship. Also featured tonight will be Ember Moon taking on Ruby Riot. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 07/19/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped June 23rd) from Full Sail. Mauro, by way of voice over, tells us that later tonight we’re getting Drew McIntyre facing off against Killian Dain with the TakeOver Brooklyn NXT Championship match hanging in the balance.
Mauro throws us to Ember Moon’s entrance and she’s out. Ruby Riot (w/ footage of her interrupting Moon’s interview from two weeks ago) is out next.
Match #1: Ember Moon vs. Ruby Riot
I suppose this also a “#1 Contender Match” – unless something changes in the next set of tapings. Considering Moon is the odds on favorite to be the one to dethrone Asuka, the outcome here seems elementary. However, this is no mere squash match. Ruby holds her own against Moon here and this, if anything, serves as a nice preview of what a future Ember vs. Ruby NXT Women’s Championship program could look like. But, we’re not quite there yet, so Moon goes over with the Eclipse. This was an incredibly fun watch and I hope to see a more extensive program between these two down the road.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – One of the better women’s matches we’ve seen on NXT lately. Imagine the possibilities if these two have a TakeOver match somewhere down the line.
Next, we’re sent to the announce desk where we learn next week Itami will be facing off against Ohno. “Earlier today”, Kassius is giving an interview when Hideo barges in. Itami is upset that Ohno asked for a match with him and Ohno again reminds Itami he said he’s done talking and it’s time for him to take action. Itami barks some stuff in Japanese at Ohno, kicks a trash can, and leaves.
Up next? Danny Burch vs. Oney Lorcan. This one should be stiff.
During the break, another Street Profits vignette airs.
Back from break, Lorcan is out. Burch follows.
Match #2: Oney Lorcan vs. Danny Burch
I predicted a stiff match and got what I predicted. Burch ends up busted open after a flurry of Lorcan uppercuts. This doesn’t slow Burch down in the least as he comes dangerously close to victory at several points in the match. Lorcan is able to put Burch away with a single leg crab – but this one feels far from over. Burch is really coming into his own after being used sparingly in the past on NXT. Putting him in a program with someone like Lorcan is a great idea.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A stiff affair that was another enjoyable match to watch.
Post-match, Lorcan and Burch shake hands in the ring. Burch pulls Lorcan in and asks for one more match. Lorcan agrees. See? Far from over.
Meanwhile, Killian Dain is prepping for the main event by hanging out on a rooftop.
Back from break, No Way Jose is out. Cezar Bononi is out next.
Match #3: No Way Jose vs. Cezar Bonini
Bonini looks decent in the early goings. However, Jose takes over with some strikes and that’s that. Jose puts Bononi away with his pop-up strike finisher.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Typical “get to the post-match” NXT filler content. Not terrible, but after the surprise victory by Bononi over Almas, I expected a bit more here.
Post-match, Jose leaves and Almas (w/ unnamed Thea Trinidad) enters through the crowd and attacks Bononi. Jose heads back to the ring to make the save and Almas bails out.
Meanwhile, Drew McIntyre is backstage looking intense.
Back from break, Drew is out first. Dain (w/ out SAnitY) enters last. I still like how they’re giving each individual SAnitY member their own remixed version of the entrance theme. Details like that are appreciated.
Match #4: Drew McIntyre vs. Killian Dain (#1 Contender Match for the NXT Championship)
Even at NXT I don’t expect a “heel vs. heel” title program – so McIntyre seemed to be obvious winner here. That logistical reality didn’t really subtract much from this match however. In a vacuum, this match continues the trend of a solid main event on the weekly NXT. Hopefully the next batch of tapings continue this as it really helps makes the weekly show something more than filler until the next TakeOver. Dain is made to look like a monster here and Drew is forced to work incredibly hard to pull out the victory. Having Dain effectively no sell the Future Shock DDT and require two Claymores from McIntyre to take the loss seemed to be the way to go here. Obviously someone had to lose their “undefeated” status in this match, so at the very least they ended Dain’s run by making him look like an insane beast in the closing minutes of the match. Well done.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Drew seems to have the momentum going into TakeOver Brooklyn, so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s the guy who finally ends “Bobby Roode’s NXT”.
Post-match, Drew stands tall in the ring. We go off the air with Drew (off mic) calling out Bobby Roode and putting him on notice.