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    Friday, April 12, 2019

    Smark Hen-XT (4/10/19): LeftOver: New York

    Every first episode after each NXT TakeOver always has that drab feeling surrounding it. Everybody knows that most (if not all) of those who participated in the PPV aren't present in the subsequent show and that the episode itself is mostly a recap of what happened during the event. Add the fact that there's more this week as it was WrestleMania weekend, and that means we've got so many things that happened within that timeframe that I can't even fathom the amount of WWE content I consumed.

    NXT TakeOver: New York was a great show indeed (the review of which you can read here) but as always, the follow-up TV episode was a huge letdown in terms of content. We've got matches with so little heat and Superstars who we've seen losing matches continually lose more. I do appreciate the fact that they had something lined up for the next weeks to come in terms of fallout from the PPV, I'm happy there were backstage skits involving the Undisputed ERA, and even a vignette setting up next week's Buddy Murphy return to NXT to challenge Velveteen Dream for the NXT North American Championship.

    I know that this is a rest day for the TakeOver performers. Maybe it's a reward for the hard work they always put on. I do wonder, however, if it would kill them to maybe have one major player acknowledge their title win or their performance on this show. It sucks that a Johnny Gargano championship celebration might have to occur two or three weeks removed from his actual win and so on with similar situations. It's a side effect of having taped shows, but somehow I wish that they could find a way to streamline the episodes into having relevant content every post-TakeOver.

    For now, most of the matches in this card were mostly fillers. They were most likely booked so that the roster, in general, can have exposure and gain credibility as they await their chances for a push. Some of these Superstars may get a solid following soon, however, you can miss this one and still be able to follow NXT's storylines by next week. I'm glad that Candice LeRae and the Street Profits are getting TV time, but when they have such a weak backstory to hold their cause, it doesn't feel as engaging as the essential feuds and rivalries.

    Grade: C


    • Candice LeRae's Lionsault attempt got me scared a little. I thought she'd underspin and botch the move.
    • I'm starting to enjoy Danny Burch's work. That being said, his match with Jaxson Ryker still didn't cut it for me.
    • Is an Adam Cole/Roderick Strong feud brewing? Their backstage exchange has shades of a break-up tease.
    • Why do I feel that NXT UK is the bottom of the barrel? We've got people like Danny Burch, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner who I think would be better booked there, however, we're always seeing them lose on NXT TV.
    What do you think they should do about post-TakeOver cards? Did you enjoy this week's show? Are you excited for the next coming episodes of NXT? Sound off in the comments section below.

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    Miguel “The Migz” Llado is your supposed style icon and NXT reviewer at the Smark Henry offices. A lover of everything music, wrestling, videogames, and food, he lives his life tweeting his mind off (@the_migz) and ‘gramming random food items and locations (@tha_migz) as he sets on his journey to completely do things spontaneously. You can also add him on PSN (MigzLlado) to show your WWE2K19 (or any PS4) skills. When not being a smark, he lives his life being (and trying to be) an awesome architect, musician extraordinaire and armchair fantasy booker.
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    Item Reviewed: Smark Hen-XT (4/10/19): LeftOver: New York Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Migz Llado
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