On last week’s episode of NXT, General Manager William Regal announced an eight-man tournament that included superstars who have not yet appeared on NXT TV.
The winner will receive an NXT title shot of their choosing in the future. It was also announced that the finals of the tournament will take place during NXT TakeOver: Toronto II during SummerSlam weekend on August 10th.
What’s ironic about the tournament is that almost all of the competitors technically “broke out” before they were even signed to NXT. Most of them have had very successful careers on the independent scene and many wrestling fans are familiar with them already.
But nonetheless, for those who don’t know, here is a preview for each of the superstars competing in the tournament!
First up is perhaps the least known competitor in the field.
Boa was signed by NXT in 2016 as a part of the recruiting class from China. He has a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and before becoming a wrestler was named the 2016 Brazilian jiu-jitsu Gi/No-Gi champion. He even represented China at the 2013 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships.
He made his NXT debut on July 8, 2017 and has regularly been competing at house shows in tag team, mixed tag, and singles matches.
While he still seems pretty green in the ring, his background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu gives him a leg up on the competition. Only time will tell how well he can handle being in the squared circle, but the NXT Breakout Tournament will give us the first glimpse of what he can offer.
Up next is the man formerly known as ACH.
Myles made his wrestling debut in February 2007, working for several small independent promotions and Anarchy Championship Wrestling. Over the years he has worked for Combat Zone Wrestling, Metro Pro Wrestling, Chikara, AAW Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, Impact Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling, winning numerous titles everywhere he has competed.
He was signed to NXT in February 2019 and competed at several house shows in the following months, competing against the likes of Raul Mendoza, Dan Matha, Shane Thorne, Kassius Ohno, and Gran Metalik. His first singles win in NXT came on April 12, where he defeated Kona Reeves at a live event. In May and June, he continued to wrestle at Florida house shows and began to rack up wins in the process.
With his high-flying style and impressive resumé, Myles will be one to watch in this tournament. He’s won gold everywhere he’s gone, so he’s proven that he can get the job done and has what it takes to win it all.
Next, we move on to Cameron Grimes.
Better known as Trevor Lee on the indies, Grimes had quite the trainers in The Hardy Boyz. He debuted in 2007, working for numerous independent promotions before being signed to Pro Wrestling Guerilla in 2014.
He picked up wins against big names in the promotion, such as Kevin Steen, Adam Cole, Chris Hero, Tommaso Ciampa, and Will Ospreay. Grimes would also win the PWG World Tag Team Championships with Andrew Everett. He’s also wrestled for AAW Wrestling and Impact Wrestling, where he was a 3-time TNA/Impact X Division Champion.
Much like Jordan Myles, Grimes was signed to NXT in February 2019 and competed in house shows all across Florida. He made his Full Sail debut on May 1st, beating Shane Strickland in a dark match before the TV taping.
When you look at all the names Grimes has beaten in his career, it’s safe to say that he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with in NXT. There’s no better place to make a name for himself in the black-and-yellow brand than in the NXT Breakout Tournament.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
Then we come to the hard-hitting, Isaiah Scott.
Best known for his time as Shane Strickland, Scott began training to become a wrester at the age of eighteen while actively serving as a signal communications specialist for the US Army Reserve.
Once he began to wrestle full-time, he worked for Combat Zone Wrestling, winning the CZW Wired TV Championship twice and the CZW World Heavyweight Championship once. He also competed for Lucha Underground, Major League Wrestling, and Evolve Wrestling, where he defeated Matt Riddle for the Evolve Championship in August 2018.
He signed with NXT in April 2019, along with Garza Jr. and Kushida. His debut match was a dark match against Trevor Lee before the May 1st TV taping of NXT.
At one point in his career, he was the top champion in three promotions at the same time. If that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is. He’s definitely got the accolades and the talent to be a big player in NXT. The future looks extremely bright for Scott, and participating in this tournament is only the beginning.
Up next is the intimidating, Dexter Lumis.
A 13-year veteran of the ring, Lumis was formerly known as Samuel Shaw on the indies. He wrestled for World League Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Vintage Wrestling, Florida Underground Wrestling, TNA, and the National Wrestling Alliance. Aside from winning several championships in his career, he was also named one of the top 500 singles wrestlers by PWI in 2013.
Lumis signed with NXT in February 2019 and made his debut the following month against Fabian Aichner at an NXT live event.
The one thing that makes Lumis an intimidating competitor is his character. He uses traits and styles from the character Patrick Bateman from American Psycho and Dexter Morgan from Dexter; it’s equal parts chilling and fascinating to witness. Regardless of whether or not he wins the tournament, he might still leave his mark on both NXT and the NXT Universe.
We then move on to the imposing Australian, Bronson Reed.
Known as Jonah Rock on the indies, Reed made his wrestling debut in March 2007 and competed throughout the Australian independent circuit. He also worked for Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan, Revolution Pro Wrestling and PROGRESS Wrestling in the UK, Westside Xtreme Wrestling in Germany, and Pro Wrestling Guerilla in the United States.
NXT signed him in 2019 and he made his debut at a house show on March 9th in a losing effort to Riddick Moss.
His size alone makes him a front-runner in the tournament, but his in-ring abilities also speak for themselves. Either way, Reed is going to be a tough out and will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Next, we have the competitor with the most lineage in the tournament.
Angel Garza, best known as Humberto Garza, is the grandson of Mario Segura/El Ninja and is a member of the Solano/Segura family. Many of his relatives are also wrestlers; he is the nephew of Héctor Garza and Humberto Garza Jr. and his cousin, Humberto Carrillo, also works for NXT.
Making his debut in November 2008, Garza has worked for several promotions, including Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and Impact Wrestling. He was signed to NXT in April 2019 and reported to the WWE Performance Centre shortly after.
With the kind of pedigree Garza has, there will be some high hopes for his performance in this tournament. But I’m sure he’ll do whatever he can to live up to the hype and prove why he’s here in the first place.
Finally, we come to the risk-taking and high-flying, Joaquin Wilde.
Best known as DJZ, Wilde made his debut in August 2004 after training at the Coalition of Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since he was still too young to compete in PA, he competed in West Virgina and Ohio. Once he turned eighteen, he worked regularly for the International Wrestling Cartel, Chikara, Far North Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Unplugged.
Over the years, he has also competed for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, Ring of Honor, and TNA. He was signed to NXT in May 2019 and began appearing at live events in early June.
No stranger to living life on the edge, Wilde isn’t afraid to bring that daredevil attitude in between the ropes. After several injuries and health scares, he’s ready to show off that tenacity and resilience to a whole new audience.
The first match-ups of the tournament air on tonight’s episode of NXT, so tune in to see who will be moving one step closer to a future title shot.
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