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Smark Hen-XT (7/31/19): The Dream Is Over And Dunne


Roderick Strong's quest for the NXT North American Championship has hit a roadblock in the form of Pete Dunne. What was supposed to be a one-on-one match between Strong and Velveteen Dream has now changed into a three-way to include the Bruiserweight, and NXT Takeover: Toronto just got more interesting for everybody except Strong.

Strong has been in a hot streak as of late, but Dunne's return to NXT has thwarted his early declaration of easily capturing the gold from the champion. Per order of NXT GM William Regal, Strong faced Dunne in this week's episode and the match result could serve as a preview of what is about to come to Strong's way at the PPV.



Both men showcased their own style of wrestling with their signature moves—Roddy came with his plethora of backbreakers while Dunne brought his no-nonsense British Strong Style in the ringto give each other a hard time. However, Roddy couldn't overcome the former NXT UK Champion's unorthodox fighting style and submitted to take the loss.

While this could be a possible result of their PPV encounter, do remember that tonight's bout was a one-on-one match. Adding Velveteen Dream to the mix might yield a different outcome, especially with his unpredictability, so it isn't necessarily an automatic win for Dunne. Dream's presence might even prove to be beneficial to Roddy in the sense that he can probably pick off the leftovers once Dream and Dunne are finished beating each other to death.



Whatever the case may be, the chase for the NXT North American Championship just became more interesting and NXT as a brand has acquired another Superstar they can use to freshen up the main event scene.

Grade: B+

Not-So-Full Sails

  • I'm happy Tyler Breeze is finding relevance in the black and yellow brand. Likewise, I'm glad Fandango is back. He's looking buffer than ever. I do wonder if Fandango is still a good ring name that anyone can take seriously.
  • The NXT Breakouts continued to impress with Cameron Grimes pulling a victory from Bronson Reed. I'm looking forward to seeing them integrate themselves in the WWE system just as Isaiah "Swerve" Scott did on 205 Live.
  • I am not a fan of Grimes' running double stomp. It looks dangerous (for all the wrong reasons) and sloppy.
  • I'm still not feeling the hype for the Mia Yim/Shayna Baszler title match. That's not a good sign.
What do you think of Fandango's and Pete Dunne's return to NXT? Who do you want to win in the three-way for the NXT North American Championship? 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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