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Smark Hen-XT (5/29/19): The Undisputed Error or ERA? (Plus TakeOver XXV Predictions)


Well, that sucked.

Last week's episode did a better job of hyping up TakeOver XXV than this week's did. Maybe they thought they could get away with playing promos and vignettes instead of being more physical. Last week's build-up was grander in scale and made use of all the Superstars who are competing at this weekend's big event.

The only part of this show which felt essential was the main event. I now strongly believe that the teams of the Forgotten Sons and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch were given this week's TV time because they have the least chances of winning this Sunday (Manila time). I could be wrong but this would figure in with my previous statements that Lorcan and Burch have been treated like jobbers throughout their NXT tenure.



It was smart to end the show with The Undisputed ERA standing tall over everybody. The ERA has three matches on Saturday and they have a lot to gain (or lose) depending on the results of the PPV. Although, this could also be NXT's attempt to mislead us by giving them the upper hand here only to break them up after TakeOver. Still, I'm glad they're putting the spotlight on the stable because of how over the members are.


Regarding the other matches, it was actually fun seeing KUSHIDA in action against Drew Gulak during the episode. I was fine with seeing Bianca Belair and Mia Yim wrestle again since this was a rematch as part of their storyline. You have to think about it though. These bouts were mostly fillers that don't really affect this weekend's TakeOver XXV card. For a big event that's basically two days away, I wish they could have switched the episodes around or utilized more of the Superstars in the storylines relevant to TakeOver instead of what we got here and that's why I feel a little shortchanged.

Grade: C+

Quick Predictions:

NXT Championship Match: Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano (c)

Johnny Gargano should definitely retain here. Whether Roderick Strong botches another interference or The Undisputed ERA finally breaks up for good, Cole won't win this match.

NXT Women's Championship Match: Io Shirai vs. Shayna Baszler (c)

Shayna Baszler is slowly becoming the female version of Brock Lesnar and not in a good way. She needs to drop the belt so I see Io Shirai taking this one.

NXT North American Championship Match: Tyler Breeze vs. Velveteen Dream (c)

I was originally going to pick Velveteen Dream to retain, but after realizing Tyler Breeze hasn't won any championships at all in WWE, this feels like a good time to shock the NXT Universe. Let's go, Tyler Breeze!

NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match: The Undisputed ERA vs. The Street Profits vs. The Forgotten Sons vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

I find it hard to pick a clear winner but as I said in the review, it's going to be either The Undisputed ERA or The Street Profits.

Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong

Matt Riddle gets this, hands down. Sorry, Roddy, but someone has to be the catalyst for the Undisputed ERA's downfall. Also, you know it's bad luck to stand underneath a ladder, right?

Not-So-Full-Sails

  • Bianca Belair and Mia Yim now hold one win over each other. Expect a tie-breaker match in the near future. Although, I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to it.
  • I feel that Bianca Belair hasn't been much of a threat since losing to Shayna Baszler.
  • That KUSHIDA arm drag to armbar combo was amazing. Now, where have I seen that before? *cough* JDL *cough*
Were you disappointed with this week's show as well? Are you ready for NXT TakeOver XXV? Who do you think will walk out as the winners this Sunday (Manila time)? Hit us up in the comments section below.

You can catch NXT TakeOver XXV on the WWE Network this Sunday, 7:00 AM Philippine Time.

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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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