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NXT Recap & Review – Episode 522

Episode 522

Original Air Date: August 21, 2019
Event Date: August 14, 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


Tonight, Matt Riddle and Killian Dain will collide one more time.

Ring Area
The Undisputed Era heads to the ring. Adam Cole gloats about doing everything he said he would at TakeOver: Toronto. Cole says he has proven that he is the greatest NXT Champ to ever live. If there were an NXT Mount Rushmore, then it would have Cole’s face four times.

Strong agrees that Cole is great. Strong also says that he didn’t lose at TakeOver, so he’s still coming for Velveteen Dream and the North American Title. O’Reilly says he and Fish didn’t lose either. O’Reilly was pinned in the tag title match, but Bobby Fish was the legal man. Fish demands that William Regal make things right. Cole says the right thing is for all four members of Undisputed Era to carry gold.

As the Undisputed Era leaves the ring and heads up the ramp, Jordan Myles comes out to the stage with his title contract in his hands. Cole thinks Myles must be joking. Is Jordan really about to use his title opportunity to challenge Cole? Maybe he should face Shayna Baszler instead. Or maybe someone from NXT UK. Myles doesn’t move, so Cole warns Myles that challenging him will be detrimental to his career.

Myles holds his title contract out to Cole. As Cole reaches for it, Myles drops it on the ramp. Cole picks up the contract as Myles smiles and leaves the stage.

Performance Center
Earlier this week, Shane Thorne interrupted Bronson Reed’s interview time. Thorne tells Reed that he blew his opportunity in the Breakout tournament. Reed suggests that Thorne give him another opportunity and face him in the ring. Thorne says, “yeah, sure.”


Match 1
Mansoor vs Damian Preist
(referee: Drake Wuertz)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Damian Priest wins via pinfall after The Reckoning
Time: 3:16

Match Thoughts
This wasn’t a squash, but it wasn’t far from one. Priest continues to stand straight up while his opponents move around him.


Match 2
Mia Yim vs Vanessa Borne w/ Aliyah
(referee: Jessika Carr)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Mia Yim wins via pinfall after Protect Ya Neck
Time: 2:50

Match Thoughts
Pretty good match. Yim didn’t really have much of a problem with Borne. Yim was dominant, and even though beating Borne isn’t a big deal, Yim needed a dominant performance after her loss at TakeOver.


Ring Area
After the match, Shayna Baszler comes out to the stage. Baszler tells Yim that she’s bad ass. Baszler says that Yim can stand on her side and join her if she wants. Baszler steps up onto the ring apron as Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir get on the apron behind Yim. Baszler waits for Yim’s response, but Yim attacks. Yim is quickly overwhlemed and beaten up.

A look at the budding feud between Dominik Dijakovic and Keith Lee that was put on hold months ago when Dijakovic was sidelined due to injury.


Match 3
Bronson Reed vs Shane Thorne
(referee: Eddie Orengo)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Shane Thorne wins via pinfall after a leaping PK
Time: 5:12

Match Thoughts
Good match. Thorne had trouble with Reed’s size and had to resort to some underhanded tactics to gain an advantage. This match continued to build up Thorne’s persona as a jerk who will do anything to win, and it once again showcased one of the Breakout Tournament guys. I liked it.


Ring Area
Velveteen Dream is brought out to the stage on a sofa. Dream says that his win at TakeOver was priceless. The Dream always ends up on top, because the Dream likes it best on top. Right now, the spotlight is on Roderick Strong. If Strong wants another match, then he’s going to have to impress the Dream.


Match 4
Killian Dain vs Matt Riddle
(referee: DA Brewer)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Killian Dain wins via pinfall after a series of Vader Bombs
Time: 11:19

Match Thoughts
Good match. This was a fight, and by the end it got pretty brutal. Both men looked like they were trying to hurt each other the entire time, and one man looked like he succeeded. This was a very good match by itself, and it was a great way to continue this feud while building it up even more. It makes me excited for what they’ll do next.


Ring Area
After the match, Matt Riddle chases Killian Dain and attacks him as the show ends.


Show Impressions
This was a good show. Being the first episode after a TakeOver, there was a lot of setup going on. The things they set up were entertaining though.

Match of the Night
Killian Dain vs Matt Riddle
This has all the makings of a great feud based on little more than two men just trying to beat each other up.


Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/2019-08-21



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