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Smark Hen-XT (8/14/19): We're Going For Myles


This may be the first post-TakeOver show that I've enjoyed in quite a while. The decision to hold the finals of the NXT Breakout Tournament on this show instead of an already stacked NXT TakeOver: Toronto proved to be a good one. If they booked this on the PPV, it would've been overshadowed by the other bouts.

This isn't to say that the Cameron Grimes vs. Jordan Myles match was a stinker. On the contrary, it's because winning the tournament needs to be a prestigious moment for a rising star. On a show such as this, where it was the main event, the effect significantly increased because the focus was on this lone moment.


Jordan Myles was officially made an important Superstar in the NXT Universe because he and Grimes had the spotlight on this night. And true enough, this is actually how it should be. You can't hold an NXT Breakout Tournament without backing up the eventual winner 100 percent. 

Myles was a worthy choice to win. He's talented, charismatic, and knows how to work the crowd. He also has an underdog feel to him that NXT can use to have him face off with seemingly impossible odds. If they do so. I hope he ends up as the winner and not just fodder for heavyweights.


On the other hand, I still think Grimes looks sloppy (both physically and technically) but I also believe that's where his charm lies. This (dis)honor used to belong to The Wyatt Family's Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Both looked like your typical rural-type blue-collar workers who could beat anybody to a bloody pulp. Grimes fits the bill, however, he also looks like he's a cunning personality that could actually end up leading a pack as he did on Impact Wrestling.

They did not discuss which championship opportunity the winner would get but it would be silly to not have it be the NXT Championship. If they do decide to pull the trigger on it, then Adam Cole can perfectly play a foil to Myles' rising star. I don't really expect Myles to win his first championship immediately, but it could be a star-making moment if this match does happen.


Other than that, the episode was just a recap of NXT TakeOver: Toronto along with a Breezango vs. Forgotten Sons match, which was also entertaining. They were lucky that they had a tournament finals match on to a show like this because if not, this would've been another crappy filler card. Hopefully, they continue with more solid post-PPV shows like this one.

Grade: A-

Not-So-Full Sails

  • After Fandango's amazing return, I feel slightly miffed that he has returned to hip-swiveling again. I know I shouldn't expect much but I had hoped he'd keep a serious tone from there on out. In fact, I'm disappointed that they're doing overtly comedic skits again.
  • With the Street Profits dipping in and out of main roster TV, Breezango could be a welcome addition (or replacement) for NXT's tag team division.
Did you enjoy the finals of the NXT Breakout Tournament? Are you happy that Breezango is back? Sound off 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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