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Csonka’s NXT TV Review 8.22.18

August 22, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s NXT TV Review 8.22.18

– Bianca Belair defeated Deonna Purrazzo @ 5:40 via pin [**½]
WWE UK Title Match: Champion Pete Dunne defeated Zack Gibson @ 13:45 via pin [***½]

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– We open with highlights from NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV.

Bianca Belair vs. Deonna Purrazzo: This is Deonna’s debut on TV as an NXT contracted talent. They work into some back and forth, Deonna quickly escapes Belair trying to ground her and Belair picks up the pace, and follows with a dropkick. Deonna quickly looks for the arm bar, but Belair cuts her off with a gut buster and grounds the action. Belair now locks on a grounded full nelson, controlling the action and slowing the pace. Deonna finally rolls out but Belair spears her to the corner. Belair misses a charge, but fires back with a shoulder tackle. Belair follows with elbow drops and talks shit. The slam follows and she mocks Deonna, and then misses the standing moonsault. Deonna fires up with chops, and follows with a bicycle kick and basement dropkick. She then looks for the arm bar, but Belair fights to her feet and posts Deonna. Belair finishes things with the rack into the Belair driver for the win. Bianca Belair defeated Deonna Purrazzo @ 5:40 via pin [**½] This was a rock solid match, giving Deonna some shine, but with the goal of getting Bianca Belair back on track after her “injury/honeymoon.” Belair continues to look like a star in the making.

– We get highlights from Velveteen Dream vs. EC3 at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV. We then get comments as Dream told Cathy Kelly to watch next week’s show. EC3 admits that Dream was the better man, and that while he’s made big promises, and is mixing in too many losses with his wins. The top 1% is a state of mind and said these losses are not over, because things aren’t over until he wins. He mentions Aleister Black, and then accuses Lars Sullivan of attacking the former champion.

– We get highlights from the tag title match at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV. Ricochet s interviewed, and Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly show up to threaten him. Pete Dunne walks in to stop this. Dunne says they aren’t friends and that he just hates Undisputed and that he wants the North American Title.

– New footage of the parking lot footage of Aleister Black’s attack shows someone watching the carnage from the roof, which is Nikki Cross.

– Zack Gibson prepares for his UK Title match.

– We get highlights of Kairi Sane winning the women’s title at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV. We see footage of Shayna Baszler with her fellow Four Horsewomen. She claims Kairi didn’t win at Takeover, and that SHE lost, because Sane’s skill had nothing to do with it and says she’s still the better fighter.

– We get highlights of Gargano vs. Ciampa III from NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV.

– They mention Matt Riddle’s signing.

– Undisputed Era vs. Ricochet & Pete Dunne is announced for next week, that sounds like an absolute banger on paper.

UK Champion Pete Dunne vs. Zack Gibson: They lock up, working into some back and forth, and Dunne follows with slick escapes until Gibson gets a cheap shot to the throat. After some up and overs, Dunne cuts him off and grounds the action, attacking the arm and manipulating the fingers. Dunne now stomps away at Gibson, they trade strikes and Dunne lock on a guillotine and transition into an upside down crab spot, trading strikes. Dunne back to the arm and stomps away at the elbow. Gibson battles back and he attacks the arm with divorce court, looking to setup Shankly gates. Gibson transitions into a cobra clutch, Dunne escapes with strikes and follows with chops but Gibson cuts him off with a high crotch suplex for 2. Gibson goes back to the arm again, and again, back to the cobra clutch. Gibson then tosses Dunne across the ring by the arm, lays in strikes, but Dunne gets pissed and drops him with a big right. The enziguri follows and then kicks and the x-plex into the arm bar, but Gibson makes the ropes. Gibson to he floor and Dunne wipes him out with a moonsault from the second rope. Back in and Gibson begs off, but Dunne hits a double stomp and sitout powerbomb for 2. Gibson now cuts off the moonsault with a kick and follows with ticket to ride for 2. They trade strikes, Dunne stomps on the hands of Gibson and kicks him in the head, they exchange and work into a double down. Back to he feet, Gibson up top, but Dunne cuts him off and follows him up. Gibson now hits a twisting superplex and that gets 2. Shankly gates follows, Dunne fights and Gibson rolls and reapplies the hold. Dunne fights, Gibson pulls him from the ropes, but Dunne gets the ropes with his teeth. Gibson kicks out his mouth guard, lays the boots to him, and Gibson follows with a huge lariat. Gibson now grabs the mouth guard and looks to toss it, Dunne cuts him off, snaps the fingers, and hits bitter end for the win. Champion Pete Dunne defeated Zack Gibson @ 13:45 via pin [***½] This was an overall very good match, not as good as their last one, but still quite enjoyable as they work well together. I feel that the rematch and loss came too soon for Gibson, and that this may have been a good place to use Noam Dar’s title shot, because Gibson didn’t need another loss to Dunne so soon after the first.

Next Week: Undisputed Era vs. Ricochet & Pete Dunne. (On the post NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV podcast I did for Sunday Night’s Main Event, my call was Undisputed Era vs. British Strong Style vs. War Raiders & Ricochet for War Games, and this match may kick off that build.)

– End Scene.

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The final score: review Good
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I thought that tonight’s NXT TV was good post-Takeover show, highlighting the main points from that show, getting Bianca Belair back on track, giving us a very good main event, and a potentially great match for next week’s show.

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NXT, Tremendous Tirades, WWE, Larry Csonka