NXT Preview – July 11, 2018
The final airing of the June 21st tapings airs tonight, headlined by an NXT Tag Team Championship rematch between Moustache Mountain & Undisputed Era. After a solid episode last week, we look to finish the final chapter of Adam Cole’s faction and, well, Britain. First, a recap of last week’s episode.
- Dakota Kai defeats Santana Garrett.
- Shayna Baszler cuts a really, really good promo.
- The Mighty (Formerly TM61) defeat Otis Dozovic in a handicap match.
- Velveteen Dream defeats Chris Dijak.
- An extremely aggressive Johnny Gargano defeats EC3.
Note: Spoilers are out there for tonight’s episode, but many readers choose not to read them. Click at your own risk.
The Main Event
The NXT Tag Team titles are on the line tonight, as newly crowned champions Mustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven) take on the former champions The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong). If the previous matches are any indicator, then the main event should be a barnburner. These guys tore the house down in the UK Tournament, they killed it in a 6-man tag (with Ricochet and Adam Cole), and there’s no reason to believe they won’t be fantastic again tonight.
If you can’t tune in for the whole episode, I can’t recommend enough to watch the last 20 minutes of the show. It feels like this may be the final chapter of the war between The Undisputed Era and the entirety of Britain – let’s see how it shakes out. I personally hope so, as we don’t want to run feuds into the ground…(cough cough, main roster). There’s lots of talented teams in NXT that can step up to the dastardly heels. My money is on War Raiders up next.
Every member of the Undisputed Era are in action tonight, as North American Champion Adam Cole takes on Danny Burch in a non-title affair. WWE does have a history of title holders losing non title matches to set up their next feud, but I’m hoping it’s not Burch. He is a fantastic wrestler, but I personally would like for Cole to become more of a prominent player in NXT. Hopefully Cole gets a clean win here, and starts to move onto a prominent feud.
Aleister Black will be at Full Sail tonight, probably to address his NXT Championship match with Tommaso Ciampa in two weeks. Black is sure to not be interrupted by anyone – expect a smooth, uninterrupted promo.
Kairi Sane is in action tonight as well! A personal favourite of mine, she takes on the underrated Vanessa Bourne. Last week, I said that I believe Sane is the next challenger to Baszler – and this match will hopefully start to take her in the right direction.
The Championship Scene
Well, I don’t have a lot to write about here! Tonight’s episode should be busy.
Aleister Black vs Ciampa on the 25th. Ciampa definitely deserves the title shot, but does he deserve the title? In my opinion, he does at one point. Imagine this: Gargano vs Ciampa III, for the belt, perhaps inside Hell in a Cell? Sounds great to me! However, Black needs a signature win for his title reign, in my opinion. However, the twitter banter going on is fantastic.
INTERVIEWER: It’s pretty clear that the number one contender should be Tommaso Ciampa. How do you feel about Black vs Ciampa at Takeover: Brooklyn?
ALEISTER: It sure does suck to know I will lose my title. But on the bright side, at least I will finally main event a Takeover. pic.twitter.com/yidCMZIz09
— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) June 27, 2018
Pictured: Twitter Banter
NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler is the only champion scheduled to not appear tonight. She did cut a hell of a promo though last week, foreshadowing the winner of the next Mae Young Classic as someone who gets a title opportunity. However, she does still need a challenger for Takeover: Brooklyn.
- My only problem with the new character direction of Johnny Gargano is that EC3 had to take a loss last week. How will he respond? With a meaningful storyline? Hopefully!
- With Nikki Cross showing up at a Smackdown house show earlier this week, is she officially done in developmental? She teamed with Becky Lynch, so is she a babyface now? Or, is she still with SAnitY? Only time will tell. Fingers crossed she joins up with her former running mates!
- Chris Dijak looked great last week. I’m hoping he impressed Trips enough to start to get a push.
- Please give Kassius Ohno something meaningful to do. Please.
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