The July 31 2019 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #518 of NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Tyler Breeze vs. Jaxson Ryker (w/ The Forgotten Sons)
Jaxson Ryker came out out of the gates guns blazing here. In fact, it looked like this one was going to end up being a pretty one-sided affair… until Tyler Breeze landed a huge kick, and then a rollup, to get the win.
The Forgotten Sons went for the post-match beatdown almost immediately but were fought off by Fandango, who has been out with an injury for quite some time now.
It looks like Breezango is back, but are going to be a part of the NXT tag division. Good stuff.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
Cameron Grimes vs. Bronson Reed
NXT Breakout Tournament Semi-Final Match
Much like the prior match, the stronger man (Reed) dominated the early half of the bout. Grimes did, however, get in more offense than Breeze, including a fish hook (!) at one point, which really popped me.
Bronson landed a big senton splash, but Grimes got his foot on the rope. After a bit more back-and-forth, Grimes landed a standing double stomp strike directly on Reed’s chest, which was all he needed to get the win.
Grimes is heading to Toronto to face Jordan Myles in the finale of the Breakout Tournament in two weeks. Remember, the winner gets a title opportunity of their choosing, which a pretty big reward.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Pete Dunne vs. Roderick Strong
This one started off a bit slow, but once it got going, it really got going.
As was expected, Pete Dunne did everything he could to break Roderick Strong’s hands and fingers in this match. Strong, in return, went after Dunne’s back, which is something he does better than anybody… ever?
At one point, Strong dumped Dunne back-first on the ring apron. The two then had a big striking exchange, which ended in Dunne planting Strong head-first with a tornado DDT.
Dunne went for the Bitter End, but Strong countered with a HUGE knee that sent Dunne to the mat. Strong followed that up with a Tiger Driver (!), but the pin attempt only led to a two count.
Strong, not ready to give up, rolled out of that pin attempt into the Stronghold, keeping Dunne on the mat.
Dunne somehow rolled out of that and even reversed the hold into a triangle choke. From the triangle, he went after Strong’s fingers, which led to him tapping out after just one snap.
Velveteen Dream then showed up and thought about taking out Dunne from behind, but thought better of it when Dunne noticed him. Dunne took him out with the Bitter End and then stared down Strong, who was on the ramp at this point, to close out the show.