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Smark Hen-XT (6/5/19): Worst. Post-TakeOver. Ever.


This week's show didn't go as expected and I don't mean that in a good way. We're used to post-TakeOver cards being under-stacked but somehow this was even less than what I had anticipated. With just two matches, this episode might be the most disappointing one yet and that's saying a lot considering the stellar PPV they just put out.

Now, on to the show.

Keith Lee was back on TV and he had a match with... Kona Reeves? I don't know why, but it seems Lee is having difficulty establishing his footing. His previous matches were kind of enjoyable but this one just felt really sloppy. Both his and Reeves' performances were subpar and felt like a chore to watch. This display won't help if he wants to get a solid push in the Black and Gold Brand.



Lee actually debuted strong but kind of dwindled for a bit after suffering a minor injury. Now, he needs to show the world what made him big in the indies if he wants to succeed in WWE. Or else, he'll be one of the few talents who'll get lost in the shuffle. At this rate, I can even see relative newcomer KUSHIDA overtaking his spot if he doesn't get his act together. I hope he gets something more worthwhile soon because it's only a matter of time before other talents arrive and the opportunities may come less and less.

In the other match of the night, we got Bianca Belair versus Mia Yim again. This is the third time in the span of a month so I had to do a double-take to make sure I wasn't watching somebody's playthrough of WWE 2K19's Universe Mode. Seriously? Did we run out of Superstars to book? Is the NXT women's roster this thin that the only other big names we have left are these two?



It was greatprobably even better than the first two. But seeing this rematch made me realize that NXT needs to utilize their women's roster more efficiently so that repeats like this aren't as often and so characters aren't sacrificed as much.

Maybe this was done to establish Yim as a serious threat although I'm a little disappointed that it had to come at Bianca's expense. The EST of NXT once had a blemish-free record and was one of the more successful women so it's surprising they had her eat the loss twice in a row.



Nonetheless, my biggest gripe about this all was how they capped it off with a highlight reel of the NXT Championship match from NXT TakeOver XXV. Yes, Adam Cole's championship victory may have been one of the biggest moments ever, but is it that good to end this episode with?

I still stand by my belief that at least one PPV participant should personally appear on the post-PPV card to help weave the narratives instead of getting filler materials like these ones. I know recaps are needed to refresh ourselves, but when it takes up more than half of the show, then you know you're not putting out the best product.

Grade: D

How do you think they should tackle post-TakeOver episodes? What do you think about Keith Lee's push so far? What does NXT need to do with the NXT Women's Division? 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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