Home Wrestling NXT recap & reactions (Jul. 4, 2023): Ilja chooses violence

NXT recap & reactions (Jul. 4, 2023): Ilja chooses violence

NXT recap & reactions (Jul. 4, 2023): Ilja chooses violence


I assumed this part would possibly get into Carmelo Hayes and the Judgment Day. There’s an hook there associated to Judgment Day’s present drama, the state of the NXT Championship, and WWE actually integrating NXT into greater storylines with greater wrestlers.

And we’ll try this subsequent week. However Bron Breakker’s promo that ended the present caught my consideration. Apart from the meta part that I feel WWE does an excessive amount of however nailed right here, it confirmed Bron’s progress. I can’t think about Bron slicing this (comparatively) calm promo a couple of months in the past. Not even when he made his heel flip. This constructed on his Uncooked promo final month. He confirmed menace, readability, conviction, and used the viewers’s reactions.

The lengthy and in need of it’s Bron noticed no new mountains. He climbed each peak and his match with Seth Rollins crystallized all of it for him. Whereas we by no means heard his final level, I don’t want many guesses to determine it out. He desires a brand new problem however clearly forgot about somebody he attacked many moons in the past:

Ilja Dragunov.

Ilja and Bron by no means bought to tango as a result of Dijak crammed up Ilia’s dance card for fairly some time. Ilja wished the NXT Championship and noticed Bron standing in his method. Ilja appears much less involved about roadblocks and pathways for the time being and simply desires to battle the person who jumped him. I really feel that.

How this feud performs out in the end tells us loads. Bron believes he’s the large fish in a small pond. If Ilja defeats him, then he’s not less than one in all a number of large fish in that very same pond. It’s a bizarre if the man’s complete storyline revolves round him shifting on just for somebody to come back alongside and say in any other case, and would possibly lower off Bron’s legs earlier than he even finds them on the principle roster.

However what about Ilja? He clearly desires that NXT championship finally however I’m unsure shedding an enormous feud with Bron strengthens his argument for a match with the champ down the road. That additionally touches on one thing associated to Melo and Judgment Day, however I’m saving that.

I see a lot of potential right here between these two, and I actually do not know the way it performs out. However it feels essential and probably a crossroads for each males.


Wild Out

It’s wild what the Creed Bros. do within the ring. Julius Creeds’ exploits want no additional ink, however Brutus does extra than simply…drop bombs. This week, he hit a picturesque springboard somersault splash of their do or die match in opposition to The Dyad. He additionally took a imply spill out the ring when the Dyad turned him inside out in a semi Doomsday Machine. On the skin of the ring!

It’s strikes like that, mixed with their storytelling capability (Julius labored a nasty knee this week) that present why they’re leaving NXT for presumably Uncooked or SmackDown. Make no mistake, The Dyad cheated for this W. A “masked man” emerged from the group and butted heads with Julius. I’m utilizing quotes as a result of Joe Gacy’s absence felt conspicuous.

It’s time for Julius & Brutus. And Diamond Mine resembled a shell of its former self for fairly a while. This additionally provides Ivy Nile extra time for her personal tales and extra character growth. Which is nice for her and NXT’s girls’s division.

The Creed boys add a unique diploma of murder to the principle roster’s tag staff scene on the mic and within the ring. Their power feels completely different in contrast with everybody else’s, and their transfer set breaks the mildew a bit as effectively.

Props to Julius & Brutus. Can’t wait to see the place they land and what they do.

Pop 4 Roc

Roxanne Perez had Blair Davenport on the ropes. Virtually actually however not fairly. Roxanne began the match earlier than the bell rang, which longtime readers know I really like. It exhibits urgency and establishes private stakes in a beef. It’s applicable for Roxanne and Blair as a result of these two actually don’t like one another and Roxanne owed Blair a number of receipts.

They solely bought about quarter-hour in however they did their factor inside that timeframe. Regardless of her early benefit, Roxanne let her emotion get one of the best of her at one essential second. And that’s the distinction within the match for each characters: Roxanne is all emotion whereas Blair performs issues cool and calculated.

Each girls bought bodily and that performed into the ending as effectively when Blair repeatedly wanted Roxanne within the head and bought the W.

Stable affair that units the desk for extra.

If I Die 2nite

Baron Corbin is finished with the gimmicks after final week. He dipped again into the Lone Wolf persona and it paid no dividends. So he desires to seek out one thing new and ditch every part we find out about him. He’s bored with his standing as “simply good,” and even threw in a Cortės reference about burning all of the boats and no going again. Enjoyable instances and props for the road.

I’m intrigued.

American Hustle

All of us knew this, proper? Mustafa Ali desires his shot at Wes Lee and he challenged the North American champ this week after defeating Tyler Bate in a really dope match. These two work effectively collectively however I additionally presume we bought extra coming from Tyler on this entrance. No method he simply lets this title shot occur. Proper? I’m asking plenty of questions!

Slum Lovely

Kelani Jordan impressed along with her gymnast background. It’ll take a while to really get into her rhythm, circulate, and character, however she confirmed promise in opposition to Tatum Paxley. And the way in which she hit the Stundog Millionaire made me smile.

I don’t know if she good points something siding with Dana Brooke at this level however we’ll see the way it works. Cora Jade challenged Kelani afterward, whereas additionally insulting Dana due to course. The match with Kelani occurs on Cora’s time although, as most heels normally deal with issues. Apparently her time is subsequent week.

Mama Mentioned Knock You Out

I by no means dug Uncooked Underground however I bought into NXT’s model. I actually favored the environment that contributed to the violence, as Eddy Thorpe and Damon Kemp fought. I don’t even know the right way to clarify it, though I’ll level out Gabe Stevenson pondering his gold medals held magical powers like a Mario mushroom is the funniest factor I’ve seen in fairly a while. The suplex showcase Gabe engaged in following Eddy’s TKO added to that violence. Simply have a look at that clip! That’s wild. I don’t know, possibly it simply caught me in an excellent second this week.

No Music

Nope, I bought nothing for Because the Don Turns. Stacks visited Tony D’Angelo this week and denied betraying the Don. He stated he made a cope with Joe Coffey that he stated works for all of them: If he beats Joe subsequent week, all prices in opposition to the Don go away. If he loses, then the Don stays in jail till trial.

As Tony aptly identified, that’s mainly three on one. Which makes me suppose somebody returns and helps Stacks. Maybe Two Dimes? As a result of, yeah, this seems to be like a simple win for Coffey and Gallus.

The story is getting somewhat too goofy for me so hopefully they land this airplane sooner somewhat than later.

The Promise

Lyra Valkyria is exhibiting promise. She had her moments alongside the way in which however by no means actually put it collectively. This feud with Jacy Jayne would possibly do wonders for her because it pertains to character and in-ring talent. They didn’t get plenty of time this week for the reason that feud is not any method over, however Lyra picked up the primary W in chapter one.

Skinny Suge

The NXT champ selected violence: He invited Judgment Day to NXT subsequent week. Finn Balor responded in form and within the affirmative. I doubt he comes alone and I can’t wait to see it.

Cease the Violence

I’m nonetheless not on the Von Wagner practice, however I give the person his due for getting over. Von demolished Massive Physique Javi this week after Massive Physique talked trash. The gang beloved it and appear absolutely on board the Von categorical.

Stable present full of loads of storytelling. Not all of it labored for me (the Household/Gallus saga) however most of it did. Plus, we bought an enormous farewell to a bedrock NXT tag staff. The Creeds left their mark in a hell of ultimate match within the territory.

Subsequent week seems to be scorching as effectively, so what are you excited for?



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