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NXT Recap & Review – Episode 517

Episode 517

Original Air Date: July 24, 2019
Event Date: , 2019
(available on the WWE Network)

City: Winter Park, FL
Venue: Full Sail University

Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix
Ring Announcer: Alicia Taylor


Last week, Johnny Gargano attacked Adam Cole. Also, Cole and Gargano will face each other in a two out of three falls match for the NXT Title. They’ll each get to pick the stipulation for a fall, and Regal will decide the stipulation for the third fall if it’s needed.

Intro Video
“All Out Life” by Slipknot


Match 1
NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinal Match
Jordan Myles vs Angel Garza
(referee: Drake Wuertz)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Jordan Myles wins via pinfall with a bridging German suplex
Time: 8:26

Match Thoughts
Good match. Garza started the match strong by tripping Myles of the side of the ring when he pulled the apron, but Myles started coming back and chipping away at the confident Angel Garza. This was a fun match and already has me looking forward to the finals (and more wrestling from both of these guys in NXT).


Ring Area
After the match, Shane Thorne takes Mauro Ranallo’s headset and wonders what the point of the Breakout Tournament is when Thorne is here and not being utilized. Thorne doesn’t need a Breakout Tournament. He’s going to break out on his own.

Johnny Gargano does a Ciampa-style promo where he sets up his own camera in a random place in the backstage area. Gargano announces that he chooses a street fight as his stipulation for their title match.


Match 2
Xia Li vs Bianca Belair
(referee: DA Brewer)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Bianca Belair wins via pinfall after the KOD
Time: 3:00

Match Thoughts
Good match. Belair needed a strong match after losing her feud to Mia Yim, and Belair definitely looked strong tonight. Belair dominated Li right from the opening bell with power and speed. Belair started to make an example out of Li which allowed Li to fight back for a moment, but Belair quickly regained control in this short, pretty fun match.


Killian Dain explains that he attacked Matt Riddle because Riddle is disciplined while there are no rules for Dain (or something like that). Dain wanted to welcome Riddle to his world.

In security footage from the WWE Performance Center, Mia Yim brutally attacked Jessamyn Duke after a training session.

Ring Area
Velveteen Dream heads to the ring. Dream says the only way he will give up the North American Title is when the Dream dies. It would be hell for Dream to not have the title, but Roderick Strong is not big enough to take Dream down.

Roderick Strong heads to the ring. Strong says he nows that Velveteen Dream is scared of him. Strong demands a title shot from Dream at Takeover: Toronto. That’s where the experience will die, and that’s undisputed.

Pete Dunne comes out before Dream can respond. As Dunne enters the ring, Strong points in Dunne’s face. Dunne twists Strong’s fingers and sends Strong out of the ring. Dunne then stares at Dream until Dream exits the ring and walks away.

Roderick Strong drags a cameraman with him as he asks William Regal what Pete Dunne is doing inserting himself into Strong’s opportunity at the North American Title. Regal says Johnny Saint has allowed Dunne to be part of NXT for a while, so Dunne will be added to the North American Title match at Takeover: Toronto. Strong is angry, and he says he wants to face Dunne next week to ensure he won’t make it to Takeover. Regal will take that into consideration.


Match 3
Kacy Catanzaro vs Io Shirai
(referee: Eddie Orengo)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Io Shirai wins via DQ when Candice LeRae attacks her
Time: 0:25

Match Thoughts
This match only consisted of a few moves before Candice LeRae interrupted and attacked Shirai. Shirai completely dominated Catanzaro up to that point though.


Ring Area
After the match, Candice LeRae continues her assault on Io Shirai. LeRae beats up Shirai around ringside, but when LeRae goes to grab a chair Shirai is able to escape up the ramp.

Adam Cole is tired of NXT management trying to screw over the Undisputed Era. Regardless of who Roderick Strong has to face for the North American Title though, Cole knows Strong will win. He also knows O’Reilly and Fish will take the Tag Titles at Takeover: Toronto.

Moving on to his title defense against Gargano, Cole decides to choose a classic, one on one wrestling match as his stipulation.


Match 4
Keith Lee vs Damian Priest
(referee: DA Brewer)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Damian Priest wins via pinfall after The Reckoning
Time: 9:39

Match Thoughts
Pretty good match. Lee looked good, and Priest looked okay. Lee showed impressive strength and agility while Priest showed less of the same. Hopefully Lee can use this match as a starting point to becoming angry and aggressive so he can get some big matches over the next few months.


Show Impressions
This was an okay show. It felt like a transitional show where nothing big really happened, but it was setting up a whole bunch of big things to happen later on.

Match of the Night
Jordan Myles vs Angel Garza
Wrestling kind of took a backseat tonight, but this match was the exception.


Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/2019-07-24



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