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Smark Hen-XT (12/26/18): Christmastime in NXT


It's two days after Christmas (one day after in the USA) and NXT delivered with a very explosive year-end episode to end 2018—one which gave one lucky female NXT superstar a chance to compete for the gold at NXT Takeover: Pheonix and gave Heavy Machinery a chance to compete in an NXT Tag Team Championship match.



First and foremost, with Heavy Machinery already being announced for a main roster call-up, I guess it was a no-brainer for us to believe that they wouldn't be winning the championships anytime soon. Still, they showed a valiant effort in challenging the Undisputed Era for the titles. If you're somewhat worried on how Otis and Tucky would fare in the main roster, just watch this match and know that they (might) have a chance at going toe-to-toe with everyone.

Now, the best match of the night I'd say would have to go to the ladies. Let's face it, this women's (r)evolution isn't going anytime soon and that's not necessarily a bad thing. With the brand slowly rebuilding their male and female rosters after this year's shake-ups, it's safe to say that NXT is doing right by building a whole lot of new front-liners for 2019.



Similar to Heavy Machinery, Lacey Evans not winning this four-way match was already a given as she had already been announced for a main roster call-up. It's gonna be interesting seeing Lacey mix it up with the WWE women's contingent. Please bring her up to SmackDown Live.

Bianca Belair winning the match for the #1 contendership is smart and they get to invest in a homegrown star. Sadly, it does feel disappointing that it came at the expense of Mia Yim and Io Shirai, however, you can't build stars up without letting them beat credible opponents. Belair did look stunning and believable in this four-way match so I hope that her first foray into the title scene ends up with a victory. On that note, the other ladies also brought out their A-game so the NXT women's division is looking mighty fine for 2019.


Let me call it right now. Bianca Belair. EST of NXT. Your next NXT Women's Champion. This might be an early prediction but I think the Kai & Shirai versus Horsewomen saga could be an entry point into letting Belair get her first championship.

Grade: B+

Not So Full Sails

  • I said it a while back: Jaxson Ryker is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the coming year, regardless of whether the Forgotten Sons are there or not.
  • While no official announcement has been made, it seems we're headed to a Ricochet versus Johnny Gargano match at NXT Takeover Phoenix. Hurray!
  • Tommaso Ciampa is golden. Master manipulator indeed. He gets my vote for 2018's sports-entertainer of the year.
  • Who's next for the Undisputed Era? My personal pick, Street Profits, because meh. No one hasn't really been built up to take that spot.
  • With rumors swirling that Velveteen Dream is in hot water, could a call-up not be in place for him this 2019?
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*****

Miguel “The Migz” Llado is your supposed fashion guru and semi-young boy 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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