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    Friday, May 24, 2019

    Smark Hen-XT (5/22/19): Look Everyone, It's Tyler (...And More)

    Buckle up, boys and girls, TakeOver XXV just got a whole lot better.

    This week's show focused on building the match card for the upcoming NXT TakeOver XXV event and you have to admit that, as always, NXT continued to deliver on quality matchups and top-of-the-line story arcs. Minus the slightly confusing break-up angle between The Undisputed ERA, everything seems to be falling into place and everything is getting hotter by the minute.

    Let's run through all of the stories which played out this week so we can discuss the fine points of each rivalry.

    First, we've got the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship, which is up for grabs. The addition of Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly into the match ups the ante even more. It's great that, for now, The ERA seems to be on good terms again and a win for them would put them back on track with their plan to capture all the NXT gold. The only other team I would bet on to capture the titles would be the Street Profits so that might be the logical choice for a feud. I'm a little miffed that the Forgotten Sons aren't really getting any kind of momentum going on but maybe it has to do with how they're perceived. I also strongly believe that Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch have the lowest percentage of winning because of how they haven't really had much success within this brand.

    Next, let's talk about Shayna Baszler and the NXT Women's Championship storyline. While Io Shirai was able to stand tall after trying to save Candice LeRae, losing Kairi Sane to the main roster may have put her at a disadvantage as Baszler's crew has the numbers advantage. If Shirai can recruit LeRae as a safeguard and ally, it could help neutralize Jessamyn Duke's and Marina Shafir's presence (even for a little).

    Tyler Breeze's return to the black and yellow brand was a big and welcome surprise. An even bigger surprise was his sudden intent to challenge for Velveteen Dream's NXT North American Championship. If you think about it, with the personas that both Superstars are portraying, this makes sense. Two flamboyant characters, who are very talented in the ring and on the microphone make for good TV. I really hope Breeze gets a second chance at the main event scene now that he's back in NXT.

    To cap it all off, It seems that Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano are far from finished. Like the non-believer that I am, I still believe that Roderick Strong will stab Cole from behind and will do so at TakeOver to begin the next phase of their rivalry. This way, Gargano can continue being champion and move on to other contenders while Cole and Roddy settle things once and for all.

    This week was miles ahead from the previous episodes and I appreciated the fact that the main storylines are taking the spotlight once again, allowing the upper mid-carders and main eventers to be the focus of the show.

    Grade: A-

    Not-So-Full Sails

    • I've gotten used to The Undisputed ERA as a 4-man team that I don't want them to break up just yet. They've nailed the look and the poses. They also look more vicious now than they used to. Although, I do think that the breakup skits from the previous weeks feel wasted now that they're working together again after such a short time. 
    • Mansoor's finisher looked devastating and innovative. Likewise, Sean Maluta's performance was commendable. I'd love to see Maluta more on 205 Live soon. Maybe a rub from anybody in the Anoa'i family could help him. Roman Reigns? The Usos? He could use the endorsement though it'd be a challenge for the writers to set how they'll interact with each other if ever. 
    • The weird ripped jeans/chaps fusion on Reina Gonzales isn't a pretty sight to look at. I wish she'd make up her mind on whether they're ripped jeans or chaps.
    Do you approve of the match card for TakeOver XXV? Which main roster Superstars do you think should go back to NXT? What's your take on The Undisputed ERA break-up? Hit us up 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 (5/22/19): Look Everyone, It's Tyler (...And More) Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Migz Llado
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