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WELLS’S NXT TV REPORT
APRIL 29, 2020
LIVE IN ORLANDO, FLA. AT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
REPORT BY KELLY WELLS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix
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-Recaps of last week focused entirely on the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, with nearly everyone getting a soundbyte. Tom Phillips teed up the show and introduced announcers Mauro Ranallo and Beth Phoenix
(1) ISAIAH “SWERVE” SCOTT vs. EL HIJO DEL FANTASMA – Group B Cruiserweight Championship tournament match
Fantasma and his generic music were introduced second; I still assume the music is a placeholder because he’ll be turning heel at the end of all this.
Collar and elbow. Quick rollup by Fantasma for one, and he told Swerve he almost had him. Waistlock takedown and la majistral cradle for two by Fantasma, and he taunted Swerve again. Quick reversals and a headscissor takedown by Swerve. Dropkick sent Fantasma outside. Swerve gave chase but Fantasma blocked a kick and hit a step-up enzuigiri. Back inside and Fantasma threw chops. Swerve crotched a charging Fantasma on the ropes, then went and jumped up from the second rope for a Frankensteiner for two. Ground and pound by Swerve. Rope run, headscissor by Fantasma. Back outside and Swerve laid out Fantasma with a pump kick from the apron leading to commercial.
Swerve had Fantasma grounded with an armbar upon return, and wrapped up Fantasma’s head with his leg as well. Fantasma tried to wrest Swerve away from him, but Swerve went up for a sunset flip from the top, but Fantasma rolled through and hit a dropkick. Double knees in the corner from Fantasma. Fantasma went up and hit a Frankensteiner from the top, then went up and hit a frog splash for a long two. Swerve got to his feet and the two exchanged chops and forearms. Headbutt from Swerve took down Fantasma. Deadlift German by Swerve and Fantasma bailed. Swerve missed a flip and Fantasma hurried in, then hit a tope. Back in and both guys went for their finishers and got blocked. Swerve rolled up Fantasma in a crucifix and it was good to finish.
WINNER: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott at 11:19.
Swerve said after the match that he knew he was taking this one. He gave Fantasma all his respect but with the game on the line, he’s the one who should get the ball. He said this will be Swerve’s house.
(Wells’s Analysis: Swerve gets on the board and can still win his group, and I think he might, actually. Fine action with a finish that shouldn’t damage Fantasma, though new talents losing due to the necessity of round robins like this is why we don’t see much of this type of tournament in the states. Jack Gallagher likely goes over Tozawa in their match, because if he doesn’t, Swerve is eliminated before his final match)