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    Sunday, July 1, 2018

    Smark Hen-XT (6/27/18): Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    In general, moving on is a tough thing to do, but if you're someone as nefarious and despicable as Tommaso Ciampa, then heck, of course you wouldn't give the tiniest of shits.

    This is what happened in this week's NXT, with the Psycho Killer immediately barging the door open after getting one over Johnny Gargano at TakeOver: Chicago II. After messing up Johnny Wrestling and literally ruining his life for months and months and months, he steals another one from Gargano when he issued a challenge to NXT Champion Aleister Black. Remember that NXT title match that never happened because surprise, surprise, Ciampa beat Gargano up?

    Hey, Ciampa moving on after spending almost a year ruining the life of his former tag team partner and friend in just a snap of a finger is such a Ciampa thing to do. I'm not even getting (work) mad anymore, I'm just giving all the props to the Devil Personified himself (he already claimed it).

    Taking off the kayfabe hat and wearing the smarky hat now, the segment was great in planting the seeds of doubt in Black's head. Here we saw the Psycho Killer in his natural habitat in getting under the skin of his opponent by bringing up the fact that the NXT Champion hasn't been in the main event of the last two TakeOver shows!

    Aleister is a good promo as well, but the more I listen to this segment, the more it comes off as him being heavily scripted. It's a lingering ailment in the WWE system, but I hope they let the champion a bit more loose, since he has his of share of excellent clapbacks basing from his social media game.

    Speaking of moving on, we all know who isn't done with the Psycho Killer just yet.
    The Unicorn of a Pure Babyface Johnny F. Wrestling can only get so far, so angry Johnny F. Wrestling is going to be great and I cannot wait. He faces EC3 (whose match he interrupted just to announce that he has accepted the Chicago Street Fight a few weeks ago) next week since after completely losing it in TakeOver.

    Maaaaybe the rubber match isn't happening in Brooklyn yet, maybe it is, but patience we must have, fellow young padawans.

    Rest of the show:
    • *sigh* Kona Reeves def. Max Humberto: I really don't like seeing *sigh* "The Finest" on my screen, but he's a heel so I guess he's doing his job well? If that's what he's going for perhaps. I have to give it to Reeves though. He's clearly putting in all the work, as seen in his physique and work inside the ring. I'm digging the aggressive, cocky character, but he's not quite there yet.
    • Candice LeRae def. Lacey Evans: Might as well make an award for the purest babyface couple in wrestling and give it to Mr. and Mrs. Candice Wrestling. It was a nice match from the women this week, with Lacey once again showing off her aggression and skill, and Candice's babyface fire. Her interview after the match separates her from the ongoing Ciampa/Gargano drama (AS IT SHOULD BE AND RIGHTFULLY SO). Worried wife Candice had her time, but she eventually has to be Tough Cupcake Candice who will stand up to the Queen of Spades.
    • Undisputed ERA (WWE North American Champion Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) def. NXT Tag Team Champions Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) and Ricochet: Oh hey, another excellent main event on NXT TV!

    Undisputed ERA attacking the local competitors that Moustache Mountain were supposed to face is the most predictable thing in the world, but at least they got their entrance.

    Anyway, you all know the drill. ERA and Moustache Mountain have tremendous chemistry with each other, as shown in the WWE UK specials. Ricochet being Moustache Mountain's third guy seemed weird at first, but I personally didn't have the time to complain because it was such an intriguing team. I'm sure we'll get answers in the following weeks, but I'm guessing this leads to Ricochet vs. Cole for the title, maybe at the next TakeOver.

    The ERA are such little shits who are good at this wrestling thing, and Moustache Mountain is such a lovely team. It makes me a little sad that it looks like we're moving back to a title change, but I'm positive that they're perhaps setting something up for Brooklyn as well.

    Really, I don't know how else I'll sell this match to you guys if you still haven't seen it, so have a reaction GIF instead courtesy of NXT's Ace Kyle O'Reilly.

    We're on our way to Brooklyn! After this episode, who wouldn't be excited for the road to Barclays Center?? Look away during the Kona Reeves match, but the entire show deserves a solid A-.

    Photo from WWE.com

    Ardelle Costuna works at a news organization somewhere along EDSA whenever she's not watching wrestling. As someone who just recently turned to Japanese wrestling (full-time ish), she is a sucker for no-sold German suplexes, kick-outs at one-count, and whatever the hell Tetsuya Naito is doing right now. Send her your (joshi) puroresu match recommendations and watch her swoon over Kenny Omega, and Jake Lee at @aandthejets.
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    Item Reviewed: Smark Hen-XT (6/27/18): Should I Stay or Should I Go? Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ardelle Costuna
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