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    WWE NXT WWE NXT The Great American Bash Live Discussion - July 1, 2020

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    NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai to face Sasha Banks at The Great American Bash

    NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai has declared that NXT is hers now, and one former stalwart of the black-and-gold brand is out to prove otherwise. Shirai will face Sasha Banks in a non-title match on Wednesday night at The Great American Bash.

    Banks and Bayley — two former NXT Women’s Champions in their own right — returned to the black-and-gold brand two weeks ago, successfully defending the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles against Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart.

    Shirai offered anything but a warm welcome, clearing the ring of Banks and Bayley with blistering offense.

    Banks fired back on Twitter, insisting there would be no NXT for Shirai to lay claim to without “The Golden Role Models.” The Legit Boss challenged Shirai to a one-on-one bout, though it’s clear she doesn’t plan on coming alone, as SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley will be by her side.

    The Genius of the Sky responded, sounding more than happy to oblige, and NXT General Manager William Regal made things official.

    Which Superstar will reign supreme when NXT’s past meets its present Wednesday night at The Great American Bash?

    Dexter Lumis faces Roderick Strong in NXT's first ever strap match

    Roderick Strong will no longer be able to run from Dexter Lumis.

    Their psychological warfare will escalate to in-ring brutality in the black-and-gold brand’s first-ever Strap Match at The Great American Bash.

    After stalking The Undisputed ERA for weeks, the enigmatic Lumis escalated his pursuits during Adam Cole’s NXT Title defense against The Velveteen Dream in a Backlot Brawl at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, stuffing Strong and Bobby Fish in his trunk and driving off.

    Strong was especially traumatized by the incident, and Lumis’ interest in him has only increased since. After weeks of therapy facilitated by The Undisputed ERA, Strong seemed ready to face his fears — until he actually stepped in the ring with NXT’s “Tortured Artist,” then fled immediately.

    With nowhere to go for Strong as the two foes are bound together by a strap, what horrors will Lumis have in store?

    Mia Yim, Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae and Dakota Kai lock it up in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to determine No. 1 Contender for NXT Women's Championship

    Mia Yim, Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae and Dakota Kai will collide in a No. 1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match this Wednesday night at The Great American Bash, with the winner earning the right to challenge Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship.

    Each woman is seeking their first reign with the illustrious title, but perhaps none have come closer than Yim. Can The HBIC finally break through and reach the top of the mountain?

    Meanwhile, there’s no love lost between Yim and LeRae. Transforming into the “Poison Pixie” in recent months, LeRae has vindictively called attention to the opportunities Yim and other cohorts have received at her own expense. She’d undoubtedly relish the chance to dethrone Shirai, whom she shares a tumultuous history with.

    Kai, too, has taken her in-ring game to another level since her own about-face when she brutalized Nox last fall. The biggest potential wildcard in this bout is also working in her favor, as Kai’s personal enforcer Raquel González likely won’t be far from the action.

    Although Nox fell short alongside Shotzi Blackheart in a bid to become WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions two weeks ago, “Lady Kane” impressed and showed she can go toe-to-toe with the best WWE has to offer.

    Be sure to tune in to see who seizes the moment as NXT celebrates the return of The Great American Bash, this Wednesday at 8/7 C on USA Network!

    Rhea Ripley takes on Aliyah and Robert Stone in a handicap match

    Can The Robert Stone Brand acquire its biggest client yet, or will Rhea Ripley crush its recent resurgence? We’ll find out Wednesday night at The Great American Bash as The Nightmare faces Aliyah & Stone in a Handicap Match where Ripley must sign with Stone if she loses.

    Chelsea Green left the Brand in shambles last month when she fired Stone. The once-disheveled super-agent has since pulled himself together and is making his best effort at a comeback with the signing of Aliyah.

    That’s hardly been enough to sway Ripley, however. The former NXT Women’s Champion has responded to Stone’s overtures by dumping him in the trash – literally – on two occasions. The Nightmare overcome not only Aliyah, but Stone’s shoe-throwing on her behalf in a one-on-one bout last week.

    Can Ripley overcome the scheming Stone and Aliyah in this unique matchup?

    Oney Lorcan takes on Timothy Thatcher at the Great American Bash

    Timothy Thatcher has demonstrated painful teachings in recent weeks, but Oney Lorcan isn’t deterred.

    They’ll square off Wednesday night at The Great American Bash in what promises to be a hard-hitting bout.

    After defeating Matt Riddle in the NXT Fight Pit, Thatcher has focused on education in recent weeks, stretching pupils in his “Thatch-as-Thatch-can” wrestling school.

    Lorcan took notice, calling Thatcher out for a match.

    Now NXT General Manager William Regal is giving Lorcan exactly what he wants.

    Will Thatcher take Lorcan to school, or will Oney rule?
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    Re: WWE NXT The Great American Bash Live Discussion - July 1, 2020

    Io/Sasha was good, but as expected the Bayley/Asuka interference stuff took it down a notch and prevented it from being great.

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    Re: WWE NXT The Great American Bash Live Discussion - July 1, 2020

    Womens Four-Way was good without ever becoming great. Candice hit some fun spots before getting eliminated, which I was surprised to see her the first out. The big Kai vs Nox showdown was OK. It was fine but not their best stuff against each other. Wasn't expecting Nox to win, but cool to see and I am down for her vs Shari.

    Priest vs Grimes and Escobar/Mendoza/DJZ vs Maverick/Breezango 6-man set for next week. Whatever.

    Thatcher vs Lorcan gave you what you want and was cool to see them do their match in WWE. The arm-work was fine, kind of eaten up by the ad break, but the end with them blasting each other with hellacious strikes rules. Thatcher's counter to the Boston Crab was nasty-looking and the finish also ruled. Thatch came out looking like a killer.

    Ripley vs Stone/Aaliyah was such a squash it was basically pointless. Amazing how they had Ripley as the hottest act on NXT, had her lose clean to Charlotte, not get her heat back, and now she's in comedy filler fueds. Terrible. Robert Stone is such a pointless act, I really have to wonder what was the point in even signing Robbie E in the first place.

    Strong vs Lumis was a dud. Roddy put in the effort and bumped around a bunch, but he isn't the guy to carry a broomhandle to something worthwhile, and Lumis is the definition of a broomhandle. They barely even used the strap as a weapon too!

    Shirai vs Banks was good, but not great and didn't deliver to expectations for me. It started well enough but the second half kind of fell apart. Powerbomb into the pexiglass and floor was nice. Didn't mind the booking of the finish as it added heat to Banks vs Asuka but still put Shiari over strong as she took out Bayley and hit her finish after the mist.

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    Re: WWE NXT The Great American Bash Live Discussion - July 1, 2020

    I thought this was a pretty solid show, I especially enjoyed the women’s four way elimination and the main event. Thatcher and Lorcan was good as well, and the handicap match and strap match were both fun for what they were.

    Looking forward to next week with Priest vs Grimes, Escobar/Mendoza/Wilde vs Maverick/Fashion Police, Candice vs Mia, and Lee vs Cole.
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    Re: WWE NXT The Great American Bash Live Discussion - July 1, 2020

    Was so disappointed with the ad break in Thatch/Oney! What happened to limited commercial? Surely this should have been more important than the stupid Strong/Lumis match. That totally sucked. Still a good match.

    Had nothing to do with Strong not being able to carry him or not, nobody could have succeeded with this gimmick/storyline/opponent. Just dreadful creative. That match alone assured me not to become a regular NXT viewer.

    The handicap match sucked. Robert Stone sucks.

    Opening match and main event were both pretty good, not great. To be honest it would be easy to dunk on Charlotte for being bad and not being over at all despite being pushed a zillion lightyears over her level with the huge ratings increase since she left, which are still both true statements but honestly, her vs. Asuka was better than this and Io is a hot character. Sasha has been motivated but not great and this was another example of that. Not up to the hype, but it is a Sasha match so what do you expect? Loved the outfit though and it was still solid even with a shit finish.

    Decent show. I'll give it another watch next week but I can't say I'm excited.

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    Re: WWE NXT The Great American Bash Live Discussion - July 1, 2020

    Just now watching the show. Gonna post my thoughts as I go.

    - For as solid of a match as the opening fourway is, I have such little interest in these four women. LeRae and Kai have become a lot better as characters with their heel turns, and Yim has had some good matches. Nox seems decent overall, though I really don't understand why she has so many stans on Twitter. Out of the four, I probably see the least in her. But maybe I just need to watch her more. But lmao at Nox doing the wide-mouthed look of shock MULTIPLE TIMES in the opening fucking match. NXT 4 life! Anyways, I figure Shirai isn't losing her belt yet. But, gotta say, with Shirai, Ripley, these four and Shotzi, the NXT women's division feels a lot more interesting than it did during the days of Baszler.

    - Damian Priest's character is like if you slapped together Hall and Nash and made them vaguely dark. Can't say I'm really into it.

    - Thatcher vs. Lorcan was the match I was most looking forward to and I guess I got what I wanted. It was a tight, well worked match (why wouldn't it be?) and Thatcher emerged looking like a cold blooded killer. Also must say Beth did a good job putting Oney over. Really interested to see how hard they push Thatch. The idea of him as NXT Champ seems extra surreal.

    - They going hella hard for Kross.

    - This Ripley/Stone storyline never did anything for me. Felt like total filler. Ripley obviously deserved to dominate things here. Not sure what the future holds for her in NXT. She could definitely feud with someone like Kai or LeRae, but considering she's already had the championship and feuded with Charlotte, it would kinda feel like spinning her wheels. Honestly, I think she could still stand for some more development but I'd probably get her on to the main roster before long. Interesting that I haven't actually seen anyone mention the fact that Stone got in some offense on Ripley, which is super rare in WWE, right? Like this was almost a legitimate intergender match, and WWE basically never does that.

    - Aliyah is NXT live city. Long way from being ready.

    - What the hell was with the straps photoshopped over Strong and Lumis' shoulders in the match graphic?

    - Lumis straight sucks imo. I wouldn't mind him in something like Lucha Underground or some company where I wasn't meant to take him seriously. But in NXT? It ain't it for me.

    - Strong carried the fuck out the strap match. It was better than I thought it might be. Big props to Roddy, outshining Lumis whether he was offensive or defensive side of things.

    - The Keith Lee/Adam Cole video package was super well done. I'm actually looking forward to it more than I thought I would. Largely due to the possibility of Lee taking that W.

    - Fantasma's cartel looks like a potentially fire group. Wonder if LHP are gonna come down for a little feud. Seems almost destined with the way Escobar was talking.

    - Main event delivered big time. A few instances of their timing being off but all in all, it was as good as you could have hoped for knowing that both women needed to be relatively protected. Happy for Sasha to be back in a position of prominence. Io is looking like a bona fide star for sure. Good shit overall.

    Show was nice. I gotta say if I had to choose between the two shows, I give it to NXT on this night. Especially when looking at the in ring product. I may be tempted to watch NXT live this week off the strength of this show compared to night 1 of Fyter Fest.
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