Original Air Date: June 26, 2019
Event Date: June 12, 2019
(available on the WWE Network)
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix
Ring Announcer: Alicia Taylor
Tonight, Io Shirai challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Title in a cage match.
“All Out Life” by Slipknot
NXT Breakout Tournament First Round Match
Joaquin Wilde vs Angel Garza
(referee: DA Brewer)
Result: Angel Garza wins via pinfall after a sit-out butterfly slam
Very good match. Both men brough tsome high-energy offense and some unique moves. Garza did seem to be more in-control than Wilde, but they both looked very good tonight. This was a very nice start to the Breakout Tournament.
KUSHIDA is excited about all of the new opponents he will face in NXT and beyond.
Outside the Venue
After his match last week, Damian Priest says his name will live forever.
The Street Profits head to the ring for a match. The Forgotten Sons come out next. Before the match starts, the Street Profits don’t think the Forgotten Sons can beat them, so Dawkins says they might as well put the titles on the line tonight.
The Street Profits (NXT Tag Champs) vs Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake w/ Jaxson Ryker
(referee: Eddie Orengo)
Result: The Street Profits win via DQ when Jaxson Ryker attacks Montez Ford
Pretty good match, but it was short. There was some confusion about whether or not it was a title match, but it ended up not mattering one way or the other. This match was all about setting up some possible future contenders for the tag titles.
After the match, the Forgotten Sons beat up the Street Profits. After a few seconds, Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan run to the ring. Burch, Lorcan, and the Street Profits clear the Forgotten Sons from the ring.
After the Forgotten Sons leave, Lorcan and Burch pick up the tag titles. They stare at the titles for a while before handing them back to the Street Profits. Burch tells Dawkins to remember that the Street Profits owe them.
Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir help Shayna Baszler prepare for her match.
Io Shirai warms up.
Killian Dain watches film in a dark room.
Earlier today, Vanessa Borne and Aliyah mock the mini-documentary about Mia Yim that aired last week.
Nykos Rikos vs Keith Lee
(referee: Jessika Carr)
Result: Keith Lee wins via pinfall after a Death Valley Driver powerslam
Squash. Also, Rikos had terrible ring gear.
Adam Cole takes us along on his NXT Title Celebration Tour.
NXT Women’s Title Steel Cage Match
Io Shirai vs Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champ)
(referee: Eddie Orengo; outside referee: Jessika Carr)
Result: Shayna Baszler wins by escaping out of the door
Great match! Shirai and Baszler went all out in the cage tonight. This was a fight. Baszler kept trying to ground and submit Shirai, but Shirai kept trying to create distance so she could kick and leap. There were some shenanigans late in the match with Duke, Shafir, and LeRae, but it all added to the match rather than detracted from it. Even with everything else going on, Shirai and Baszler were still the center of everything. The finish was great as well. It was extremely tense, and it allows for more matches later on if they want to continue or come back to this feud.
After the match, Candice LeRae tries to console Io Shirai. Frustrated and angry, Shirai attacks LeRae. Shirai looks like she regrets attacking LeRae, and she leaves the ring. Instead of leaving though, Shirai grabs a chair, returns to the ring, and attacks LeRae again. Shirai then suplexes LeRae onto the chair she set up in the middle of the ring. Shirai smiles before waving at LeRae and leaving the ring.
I enjoyed this show very much. I’m already liking the Breakout tournament, and the main event was great. I’m very excited for Io Shirai to be a heel. I think it will be great for her, and I also think this will be the big story line that Candice LeRae needs to establish herself in the division as a top contender. LeRae has always had the ability, they just needed to give her a story that will keep her on people’s minds all the time. A feud with Io Shirai can definitely be that story.
Match of the Night
Io Shirai vs Shayna Baszler
This was very well done from start to finish, and even beyond the finish.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/2019-06-26