NXT is undoubtedly the fastest growing, most groundbreaking brand in professional wrestling today. As such, this show seemed to introduce a few fresh faces to the WWE universe, as well as involving the bigger names in NXT. So for this one, I only have a few talking points…
Firstly, The Vaudevillans – who are in the middle of a transition onto the main roster – were defeated by the team of Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. Now, I’ve only seen Ciampa and Gargano team together twice before (during the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament), so to see them knock over a verified team such as Gotch and English doesn’t sit right. A full-time team should ALWAYS beat a part-time one. CONTINUE
Following a decent match with Liv Morgan, Bayley stated that she would be challenging for the NXT Women’s belt some time in the future. Now this does probably mean that there will be no main roster call-up for her right now, but a good feud with Asuka could be whats best for business. What’s also best is that Asuka loses her unbeaten streak legitimately, and Bayley comes to RAW sooner rather than later.
The night’s main event saw Shinsuke Nakamura have a tremendous match with Tye Dillinger. I like Tye, he is excellent at being a cocky heal and reminds me of Chris Jericho in years gone by. Nakamura on the other hand is the perfect example of a cocky babyface. The crowd absolutely buy into everything he does! Surely it won’t be too long before we see the “King of Strong Style” challenging for the belt, maybe having a rivalry with Samoa Joe or someone of his ilk on the way.
The show also saw victories for Austin Aires, Alexa Bliss and Baron Corbin against relative newcomers Angelo Dawkins, Tessa Blanchard and Tucker Knight respectively. The crowd just weren’t into these matches which, as a viewer hearing no reaction, made me switch off. The three losers looked decent, but will have to work hard to make a name for themselves on a roster packed with talent and charisma.