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Here is our NXT Review: May 6th Edition.
This weeks edition of NXT felt very special, as I was previewing the show. First of all, we were informed that we would have a NXT Womens Championship match this week, with the Champion, Charlotte, taking on Io Shirai.
In the Mens division, Adam Cole defended his NXT Championship against Velveteen Dream. In what was a highly anticipated match, as we have witnessed the mind games the Cole has been playing on Dream in recent weeks.
Also on this weeks NXT, The Prince, Finn Balor, addressed his mysterious attacker, following being ambushed last week. Who could it have been? Could it have been the possibly obvious assumption of Walter? Lets not forget that Balor has quite the list of names that he may have rubbed the wrong way and could be viable suspects. Names including Velveteen Dream, Johnny Gargano, Walter, Undisputed Era and several other prominent NXT Superstars.
Last but not least, This edition of NXT brough us the in-ring debut of Karrion Kross (formerly known as Killer Kross) and Scarlett Bordeaux. Doomsday has finally stuck NXT.
A month ago ago Kross and Bordeaux ambushed Tomasso Ciampa. Ciampa has not been seen since. That was only a glimpse of what Kross and Bordeaux are capable of. If you are like me and have been following the careers of Kross and Bordeaux over the past number of years, then you know the duo are going to obliterate anybody in their way in such a relentless fashion, with not a drop of remorse. The entire structure of NXT will never be the same again.
Johnny Gargano vs Domink Dijakovic
This week started off with Gargano taking on Dijakovic. Gargano’s general mindset certainly has shifted in the past number of weeks, and Gargano brought that brash attitude to the ring in this battle with Dijakovic. Dijakovic feels that Gargano recent lack of respect towards both NXT Superstars and to the NXT Universe is leading him down a bad path. This was Gargano’s first match since the brutal end to his rivalry with Tomasso Ciampa. Dijakovic was ruthless throughout this match, making us believe that he could take out Gargano at any point during this match.
However, Garganos determined continued to shine through. Gargano even attempted to pay homage to George The Animal Steele at one point during this match, in attempting to rip to protective pad off of the turnbuckle. Gargano managed to drive Dijakovic face into the exposed turnbuckle to cause enough damage to pick up the victory.
We were made aware that Gargano has renamed his finisher ‘One Final Beat’ which was the tagline for the final battle between Gargano and Ciampa, in which Gargano was victorious.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
Akira Tozowa vs Jack Gallagher
The first thing I have to say is, I complete forgot that Gallagher had grown out more of a beard and has had some ink. With that, apparently comes a new attitude.
This match was part of the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. This was an athletic match overall, with both Superstars getting their chance to deliver a showcase of what they are capable of. I get that this match was a filler match in the tournament, but I did wish it was longer. Tozawa went on to pick up the victory and progress further in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship tournament.
Winner: Akira Tozawa
Karrion Kross and Scarlett debut on NXT TV
Well, here we go.
Karrion Kross and Scarlett finally made their NXT debut, with probably one of the best entrances I have ever seen in Pro Wrestling. The cinematography of Kross joining Scarlett on the centre of the fog filled ramp, and with Scarlett’s voice echoing the words ‘Fall and Pray’ all the while. What can I say? This was the duos first official NXT appearance and now we know that NXT will never be the same.
Leon Ruff was fed to Kross and was completely devoured in a matter of seconds, simply making a point.
Doomsday is upon NXT.
Winner: Karrion Kross
Charlotte vs Io Shirai for the NXT Womens Championship
In Charlotte’s first Championship defence since defeating Rhea Ripley for the Championship at WrestleMania 36. Charlotte’s experience was clearly on show from the start of this match, powering over Shirai and countering almost every move thrown her way from the challenger. Shirai, however, did manage to get some offence in, which lit that glimmer of hope within, yet Charlotte once again regained control of the match and stopping Shirai’s momentum in the process. An opportunity did present itself for Shirai during this match, as Charlotte attempted her signature moonsault but missed! that is something that rarely happens when Charlotte is competing. The match made its way to the outside, where Charlotte hit Shirai with a Kendo Stick causing a disqualification. Shirai technically won this match, but it was not the ending that she envisioned.
The action was not over, however, as the former Champion, Rhea Ripley, who has not been seen since her loss at WrestleMania 36, returned and shot to the ring, bringing the attack to Charlotte. Rhea was on a mission. It seems to me that Rhea is not finished with Charlotte, and I look forward to the idea of Rhea getting her hands on Charlotte once again and regaining the gold.
Finn Balor addresses his attacker
Finn Balor made quite the speech in his segment. Balor stated that he used to think that the snakes of the wrestling business are in the office, but that is not necessarily the case here. Balor went on address his attacker by saying that, in wrestling, a big push comes with smoke, lights and music. Balor stated that his attacker will be getting the furthest thing from a push.
Finn continued with the following:
”You see I’m a patient man, but to whoever attacked me, the push you’re expecting, it won’t be a push. It will be a squash”
— WWE (@WWE) May 7, 2020
Velveteen Dream vs Adam Cole for the NXT Championship
This weeks Main Event could not haven been any bigger as Adam Cole defended his Championship against Velveteen Dream. Dream brought the attack from the top of this match, confident with himself by being successful at getting into the mind of Adam Cole in the past number of weeks. If victorious, this would be Dreams first NXT Championship reign. Dream remained in control of this match, always seeming to get one up over the NXT Champion. No matter what Dream delivered to Cole, Cole seemed to always manage to kick out of the pin fall attempts.Dream came what seemed to be a split second away from becoming Champion. At that point Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly made there way to the ring to save the day. Then, in what was one of the strangest things that my eyes have ever seen, Dexter Lumis, slid out from under the ring to meet Undisputed Era and scared off the duo. What the hell? Either-ways, that is quality entertainment. Meanwhile in the ring, the referee was nowhere to be seen, and Dream had Cole pinned and ever counted the 3 fall himself! We should have had a new Champion right there. In the end, in typical Adam Cole fashion, Cole landed his signature kick to the head of the challenger to retain the NXT Championship.
Winner: Adam Cole