By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
The following matches were taped on June 12-13 in Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University for tonight’s NXT television show. The match comments are from Zack Zimmerman’s (@DotNetZim) in-person report on the taping.
-Matt Riddle defeated Arturo Ruas (formerly Adrian Jaoude). They worked this match as though it was a shoot, which was a neat change of pace. Riddle won by submission with grounded strikes. Post-match, Killian Dain made his return with an extended beatdown of Riddle before slamming him through the stage.
-Kushida beat Apollo Crews by submission. This was an excellent back-and-forth match. Kushida’s best NXT match by leaps and bounds, as well as a great return to form from Crews. Big thumbs up.
-Bronson Reed (formerly Jonah Rock) pinned Dexter Lumis (formerly Samuel Shaw) in an opening round match of the Breakout Tournament. Both guys worked pretty hard and pulled off some impressive spots. Reed got the win with a huge splash off the top rope.
-NXT Champion Adam Cole came out for a promo and said he’d defend his title anytime against anyone. He teased like he was going to give Johnny Gargano a rematch tonight, but instead called out one of the trainees from the AIW Wrestling School in Cleveland, Twan Tucker. Tucker came out, but it was a swerve as he brought Gargano out anyway. Gargano ran down to beat the hell out of Cole through the crowd and all around the arena.
Powell’s POV: Join John Moore for live review of NXT TV as it streams on WWE Network at 7CT/8ET. John’s members’ exclusive audio review will be available for Dot Net Members on Thursday morning.
NEW: Help support Prowrestling.net when you shop Amazon by starting your online Amazon shopping at Prowrestling.net/amazon. You are not charged extra, but we receive a small and very helpful commission on everything you purchase. Thanks for thinking of us every time you shop at Amazon.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Will Pruett on the Roman Reigns whodunnit angle, WWE heading into SummerSlam, AEW's October 2 premiere on TNT, the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax Tournament through Day 11, and more (77:45)...