5/20 NXT ON USA REPORT: Wells’s report on Ripley vs. Shirai, Strong vs. Lumis, deciding matches in Cruiserweight tournament

5/20 NXT ON USA REPORT: Wells’s report on Ripley vs. Shirai, Strong vs


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WELLS’S NXT TV REPORT
MAY 20, 2020
LIVE(?) IN ORLANDO, FLA. AT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
REPORT BY KELLY WELLS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Announcers: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Tom Phillips


Tonight after NXT, join me live with cohosts Nate Lindberg and Tom Stoup to break down the show with live callers and mailbag.

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[HOUR ONE]

-Recaps of last week.

(1) LIAM vs. KARRION KROSS (w/Scarlett)

Full entrance for Kross like last week, though no opponent was named. Side suplex. German, bridge through, Doomsday Saito suplex. Kross Jacket gets the tap. The enhancement talent had “Liam” on his trunks but the announcers didn’t name him, so you’re getting as much as I got from context.

WINNER: Karrion Kross at 0:48.

-Tommaso Ciampa was introduced to the ramp. He said he gets it – they attacked he main attraction to make a point. He said just standing out there, he knows their aura is special, their entrance is special. Scarlett held open the ropes for Ciampa, who hesitated, but went through. “You know who else is special? Me.” He said he had to come out here and look him in the eyes and say on June 7th at TakeOver, he was going to face him. “Welcome to the main event.”

(Wells’s Analysis: When two top guys in a two-year program split apart, it’s usually a tough time for one of them, but both Ciampa and Gargano have found themselves in great spots and some big storylines. I think they could get away with either guy winning at TakeOver, so it’ll be a fun one to watch)

-Hype for the Cruiserweight Championship tournament ran down each guy and their record leading into tonight’s deciding matches before the final, which could be held at TakeOver but is as likely or more to be a TV match.

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