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NXT Recap & Review – Episode 534

Episode 534

Original Air Date: November 13, 2019
Event Date: November 13, 2019
(aired live on USA)

City: Winter Park, FL
Venue: Full Sail University

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


Last week, The OC invaded NXT, Mia Yim was named as the fourth member of Rhea Ripley’s WarGames team, and Finn Balor came fact to face with Adam Cole.


Match 1
NXT Cruiserweight Title Match
Angel Garza vs Lio Rush (Cruiserweight Champ)
(referee: Drake Wuertz)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Lio Rush wins via pinfall after the Final Hour
Time: 9:20 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
Great match. Rush’s family was in attendance, and he wanted this match to be special. I think he and Garza both succeeded in making this title defense special and memorable. Both men showed incredible personality to go along with their fantastic abilities in the ring. I was pulling for Rush to defend, and they got me good a few times with some incredibly tense near falls and dangerous situations. I loved the counters and logic by both men throughout the match, and I even enjoyed the less-than-definitive finish. They’ll definitely have to have another match after this, and I’m perfectly fine with that.


Just outside one of the doors of the arena, Tegan Nox and Rhea Ripley are being attended to after some sort of attack.

Clips of Shayna Baszler getting in the faces of Bayley and Becky Lynch on SmackDown and RAW.


Match 2
Xia Li vs Aliyah w/ Vanessa Borne
(referee: Stephon Smith)

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Result: Xia Li wins via pinfall after a spin kick to the face
Time: 2:05

Match Thoughts
This was okay. It was short and Li and Aliyah didn’t always connect when they should have, but it was fine. This was neither woman’s best match.


Ring Area
During the finish of the match, Xia Li kicked Aliyah pretty hard in the face. Aliyah covered up, but a trainer immediately got into the ring after the bell. We could see blood as Aliyah was being attended to.

Edit: The situation in the ring didn’t seem completely real. After some Googling, it turns out Aliyah is doing a broken nose angle because she’s set to have surgery done.

Ring Area
A look at the growing feud between Killian Dain and Pete Dunne.

Killian Dain tapes up the fingers Pete Dunne previously tried to break.

Ring Area
Finn Balor heads to the ring. Balor thinks NXT has turned into a joke. Balor says he built NXT, but while he was gone a bunch of little boys moved in. Don’t even get Balor started about Matt Riddle. As Balor speaks, Matt Riddle attacks him from behind. The two men brawl in and around the ring until Balor runs away through the crowd.

Riddle gets a mic and yells at Balor, but the Undisputed Era quickly comes out and heads to the ring. As UE climbs up to the ring apron, Tommaso Ciampa and Keith Lee come out to back up Riddle. Adam Cole says the Undisputed Era is the most dominant force in all of WWE, but Keith Lee doesn’t give a damn. Lee wonders if Cole will stand up to him right now. Roderick Strong tells Lee to shut up and show Cole some respect. Strong says Cole deserves a night off, so if Lee wants a fight, he’ll have to fight Strong. Lee isn’t picky. He accepts the challenge.


Match 3
Keith Lee vs Roderick Strong (NA Champ)
(referee: Darryl Sharma)

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Result: Keith Lee wins via pinfall after the Supernova
Time: 14:06 (joined in progress; 1 break)

Match Thoughts
Very good match. Lee and Strong match up well. This was kind of power versus power, but Strong had to rely on strikes at times, though not all of his strikes had the intended effect against his much bigger opponent. As good as the action was, it felt like it was only a matter of time before other people got involved. Late in the match, the rest of Undisputed Era came to the ring followed by Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle, and Finn Balor. A big brawl happened at ringside while the match, surprisingly, came to a clean and definitive finish.


Ring Area
After the match, the brawl continues. The Undisputed Era beats up Lee and Ciampa for a while until Dominik Dijakovic comes out and attacks UE. Dijakovic manages to take down each member of the Undisputed Era in turn. After the ring is clear, Ciampa shakes Dijakovic’s hand. Dijakovic comes face to face with Lee, and Lee extends his hand. They shake hands.

Outside the Venue
Crew members scramble to check on more people who have been mysteriously attacked. This time it’s Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, and Candice LeRae who are down. Triple H wants more security called.


Match 4
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs Bronson Reed
(referee: Jessika Carr)

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Result: Isaiah Scott wins via pinfall after the House Call
Time: 8:41 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
Good match. Both of these guys are fun to watch, and this was a fun match. It was power versus speed and strikes, and I liked it.


Ring Area
From the balcony, Cathy Kelley says the NXT locker room is on alert after the mysterious attacks tonight. Also, Riddle versus Balor has been made for Takeover. That means Riddle is out of the WarGames match, but he has been replaced by Dijakovic.

Pete Dunne warms up for his match.

A look at the Forgotten Sons. If opportunities aren’t given to them, they will take them.

Ring Area
Pete Dunne heads to the ring for a match. His opponent, Killian Dain, comes out next. As Dain walks, Damian Priest attacks him from behind. Dune runs out to attack Priest, and a big brawl breaks out between all three men. Priest ends up throwing a member of security out of the ring and onto Dunne, Dain, and more security. Priest then dives over the ropes and out onto Dunne and Dain on the floor. Priest walks away as Dunne and Dain remain on the ground.

Cathy Kelley welcomes Mia Yim. Yim has to look over her back because of tonight’s mysterious attacks, but she would expect nothing less from RAW and SmackDown. Regardless, she’s going to beat Io Shirai tonight and get the advantage for her WarGames team.

Dakota Kai walks in. Kai says there are no hard feelings even though Ripley picked Yim over her for WarGames. If anything gets out of control in Yim’s match tonight, Kai says she has Yim’s back.


Match 5
Ladder Match
Mia Yim vs Io Shirai
(referees: Stephon Smith, Darryl Sharma, Drake Wuertz, Jessika Carr; stipulation: the winner will give her team the entry advantage in WarGames)

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Result: Io Shirai wins (with some help from Kay Lee Ray)
Time: 17:29 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
Great match! Both women took some big risks and some heavy shots throughout this match. It was already going great, but the drama picked up considerably late in the match. Io Shirai kicked the ladder into Yim’s face, and Yim got badly busted open on her nose. The referees rushed into the ring, and Shirai believably bought some time by struggling to set up the ladder. The match wasn’t over though. It continued with even more tension and drama, and the addition of Dakota Kai and Kay Lee Ray getting involved helped propel this match to greatness.


Ring Area
After the match, Bianca Belair and Kay Lee Ray stand below Io Shirai as she sits atop a ladder. Shayna Baszler comes out to the stage and claps for her team. From behind, Bayley hits Shayna in the back with a chair. Bayley then drops Shayna face-first onto the ramp. Bayley runs away as Shayna’s teammates check on her.


Show Impressions
This was a great show. It started extremely strong with the Cruiserweight Title match, and it ended extremely strong with the ladder match. Everything in-between was very good as well. NXT has been on a roll with some very entertaining shows over the past few weeks.

Match of the Night
Mia Yim vs Io Shirai
Violence, drama, surprises, and great wrestling. I loved it.


Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/2019-11-13



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