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    Saturday, June 23, 2018

    The NXT Grapevine: June-July 2018

    We're fresh off another great show in NXT TakeOver: Chicago, which means it's time for another set of NXT tapings!

    As is usual, we'll put in our SPOILER WARNING right here. The matches and segments you will be reading about below have yet to air, so don't look at them if you want to be surprised. Also, we'll be trying something new with the Grapevine this time—rather sharing our thoughts on each episode, instead we'll take a look at everything that happened first, then take a look at the major takeaways/feuds being built up. Also note that matches are often filmed out of order, so the order you see below may not be how they play out on air.


    Airing June 27:
    • NXT Champion Aleister Black kicked off the tapings with a promo, but was interrupted by Tommaso Ciampa. Ciampa lays down his challenge for the NXT Championship.
    • Kona Reeves def. Max Humberto.
    • Candice LeRae def. Lacey Evans.
    • NXT Tag Team Champions Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) vs. Carl Axelrod and Dave Dixon never happened, as The Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong, Kyle O'Reilly and NXT North American Champion Adam Cole) attacked both teams. Ricochet came out for the save, setting up a six-man tag team match.
    • The Undisputed Era (Cole, Strong and O'Reilly) def. Moustache Mountain (Bate and Seven) and Ricochet.

    Airing July 4:
    • Dakota Kai def. Santana Garrett.
    • NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler cut a promo on how she has no challengers in NXT, and how WWE have to hold a second Mae Young Classic just to find her one.
    • The Mighty (Shane Thorne and Nick Miller) def. Otis Dozovic in a handicap match. This was originally supposed to be a tag team match with Tucker Knight involved, but Dozovic decided to continue despite his partner being out injured.
    • Kairi Sane def. Vanessa Borne. Afterwards, Sane cut a promo on how she defeated Shayna Baszler before, and will do it again.
    • Velveteen Dream def. Chris Dijak. After the match, EC3 came out to confront Dream.
    • Johnny Gargano def. EC3. Notably, Gargano ended the match with the same DDT that Tommaso Ciampa defeated him with at TakeOver: Chicago.
    Airing July 11:
    • NXT North American Champion Adam Cole def. Danny Burch in a non-title match.
    • Lacey Evans def. Dakota Kai.
    • Kassius Ohno def. Chris Payne.
    • #1 Contender's Match for the NXT Women's Championship: Kairi Sane def. Candice LeRae and Nikki Cross. Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship is set for TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.
    • NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong and Kyle O'Reilly) def. Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) (c) to regain the tag team championship. Bate threw in the towel for Seven as he was locked in a submission hold, causing the title change.
    So, how's TakeOver: Brooklyn IV shaping up from the looks of these tapings?
    • Tommaso Ciampa vs. Aleister Black (c) for the NXT Championship, and maybe some Johnny Wrestling? Ciampa and Gargano are now tied at 1-1, but the former seems to have set his sights on Aleister Black and the NXT Championship. I don't expect Gargano to just let this be, though, especially now that he seems to be channeling a little bit of Ciampa himself. They're far from finished with each other, that's for sure.
    • Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler (c) for the NXT Women's Championship. It's the Mae Young Classic finals rematch we've all been waiting for, as Sane and Baszler look set to renew their rivalry once again.
    • Moustache Mountain vs. Undisputed Era (c) for the NXT Tag Team Championship. Both teams now have a title win apiece, and this seems likely to lead to a rubber match in Brooklyn to decide who's the better team once and for all. Don't set this in stone yet, though—the War Raiders were absent from these tapings, and with their hot streak expect them to challenge for the tag team titles sooner rather than later.
    • Ricochet vs. Adam Cole (BAYBAY) (c) for the NXT North American Championship. Ricochet coming out to even the odds against the Undisputed Era does seem to point to this battle between two ex-PWG standouts being likely. There's still another set of tapings, though, so they could just as likely throw someone else into the mix or go down a different route.
    • Velveteen Dream vs. EC3. Dream looks to have ruffled more feathers with EC3, which looks to be a nice change of pace. His previous feuds have been against guys who let their in-ring work do the talking (Ricochet, Aleister Black)—how is he going to fare against a guy that's just as likely to talk smack as he is?


    Are you excited for the next few episodes of NXT? Let us know in the comments!
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    Item Reviewed: The NXT Grapevine: June-July 2018 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Anthony Cuello
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