The August 21 2019 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE NXT results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #521 of WWE NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Undisputed Era Speak
The Undisputed Era kicked off the show with an in-ring promo. All four guys got a chance to speak, which is great because they’re all so different on the mic.
Adam Cole said that if you made an NXT Mount Rushmore, it would just be four Adam Cole faces, which got an audible laugh out of me.
Roderick Strong made his claim for the NXT North American Championship, and Bobby Fish an Kyle O’Reilly want another shot at the tag titles because the Street Profits pinned the illegal guy.
Cole closed out the segment by saying that they were two steps away from fulfilling their destiny by capturing all the gold in NXT.
While the group was leaving up the ramp, NXT Breakout Tournament winner Jordan Myles showed up and challenged Cole for the NXT Championship. That match is official and will go down in two weeks.
Mansoor vs. Damian Priest
This was an awesome sprint, the kind that NXT does so well almost every single week. Mansoor is a blast to watch, and I’m excited to see more of him (hopefully!) when NXT moves to two hours in a few weeks.
At one point, Damian Priest tried to chokeslam Mansoor, but Mansoor backflipped out of it and kicked Priest in the head… incredible. Priest still controlled the majority of the match, however, and won with The Reckoning.
Winner: Damian Priest
Vanessa Borne (w/ Aliyah) vs. Mia Yim
Mia Yim, who was obviously still pissed off about TakeOver: Toronto, defeated Vanessa Borne in a fun-but-short match. Yim was super aggressive here, which I really liked. She needs to do more of that going forward.
Post-match, Shayna Baszler came out and complimented Yim for her tenacity and resilience. She offered her a spot on Team Baszler, while she and her pals (Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir) stood on opposite sides of the ring in a somewhat threatening manner.
Yim quickly said no, and started swinging on Duke, but 3-on-1 is no easy task. The referees eventually came out and broke it up, saving Yim from an even bigger beatdown than the one she got.
Winner: Mia Yim
Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne
This was a really fun match and probably the best Shane Thorne has looked since joining NXT a few years ago. He’s gotten himself in great shape, changed his look, and things are finally starting to click for him.
At one point Bronson Reed hit a running Thorne with some kind of modified Baldo Bomb, which I popped huge for. Thorne did a fish hook a few moments later, which also got a nice reaction from me.
Thorne landed some nice (and brutal-looking) penalty kicks, including one to the face of Reed that won him the match. Perhaps he’s getting ready to go on a bit of run?
Winner: Shane Thorne
Killian Dain vs. Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle had a solid gameplan here- he attacked Killian Dain from behind while Dain was in the ring waiting for Riddle to make his entrance. A bit of payback for Dain’s sneak attacks as of late, to say the least.
Dain managed to survive that opening flurry of offense from Riddle and started to wear him down the moment that he gained control. Riddle’s ribs were taped up pretty good, and the story of the match was that he wasn’t even close to 100%.
Riddle still fought his way back into the match and hit an exploder/senton/penalty kick combo for a near fall. I talk about this almost every week, but Riddle’s combination offense is incredible to watch.
Dain hit a cannonball in the corner (the third cannonball overall on the night), but Riddle somehow kicked out of it. Riddle came right back with the GTS/powerbomb/knee strike combo, but it wasn’t enough, either.
Dain then took things to the floor, dropping Riddle face-first on the stairs, then hitting a senton on Riddle on the stairs. Back in the ring, three Vader Bombs later, Dain was your winner.
That wasn’t all, though. These two kept brawling until the show went off the air, which was fun. I’m excited to see more from them both soon.