by James Toal
It’s that time once more, what happened This Week on NXT? Will it be a slow paced episode that feels like a chore to watch? Or a thrill ride of emotions? Only one way to find out! Let’s take a look.
Before we could even get started with the show. SAnitY called out the authors of pain. As Akam & Rezar walked down the ramp, Eric Young appeared from behind and SAnitY dismantled the tag team champions. By dividing them, Eric Young and his cronies have a chance to win the Championships. The fans at full sail university seemed to be on board with this and I’m with them too.
– Peyton Royce & Billie Kay were about to put us through a makeup tutorial, while also making comments about Ruby Riot’s appearance. Wish they would get back in the ring instead of just making fun of people behind their backs. This is probably setting up a conflict between the duo and Ruby, otherwise, this was a waste of time.
– Aleister Black and Hideo Itami got involved in a scuffle last week in the parking lot. This’ll now lead to a match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
– Johnny Gargano was interviewed about his return, he wants to feel the reaction of a live crowd again and wants a match at NXT Takeover Brooklyn. Oh, I wonder who he could possibly face.
MATCH 1: Metro Brothers vs Street Profits
Here we have two debuting tag teams, one of them has had video promos presented to us for a few weeks to build them up. Who did you think was going to win? Street Profits dominated and the enthusiasm they have was made quite clear. The chemistry they have worked well to let us know how hyped they were to be there. Since it’s their debut, I’ll won’t be as critical since they’re still developing. What I will say though is I don’t know if we need another overly enthusiastic hyped up tag team. It’s been done a lot by this point, but if they can bring something new to the table then I’ll happily greet it with open arms.
The metro brothers lost and they’re still developing. The tough guy from the 50’s may work out for them, although the last time we had a period based tag team join the main roster (The Vaudevillians) we saw them get buried on many occasions.
FACE 2 FACE – Drew McIntyre & Bobby Roode
The two competitors met in the ring, Bobby though came with his own personal security in case a crazed Rodrick Strong decided to attack him again (would be justified at this point though). With those matters aside, Bobby welcomed Drew to NXT and admitted that he was entitled because unlike Drew, he doesn’t need a second chance. He basked in his own glory and how it was his NXT.
Drew retorted by calling Bobby a complete arse. Almost astonished by his highly Roode thinks of himself and pities him for it. There’s a good conflict here, the will of the people vs the upper class few. Although what may be an issue is that it’s being overshadowed by another feud…
Roderick Strong came down and wanted it to be known that he isn’t done with Roode. This wasn’t even about the NXT championship for him anymore, he wanted justice for all the disrespect that had been dispensed in recent history. Bobby shouted down Strong and was ready for a fight, if he can beat Drew McIntyre for his spot at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. Drew was on board with it as he’ll do anything to take the title from Roode, even the NXT universe was up for it.
I really wish it was a triple threat at TakeOver, want to see all of them in action together. Is it so much to ask?!
MATCH 2: Oney Lorcan vs Danny Burch
One more time everyone! This time around we got a more calculated and analytical start as Oney and Danny grappled to try and gain the upper hand. But soon enough the hard strikes came and boy did they look strong. Oney & Danny took turns in terms of momentum, both of them looking strong and equally matched in skill. Back and forth the tide shifted, never knowing which way it was going to go. The technical skill and overall pace of their moves were amazing to see. After a barrage of kicks to Lorcan, Danny reversed a Boston crab into a pin and defeated Lorcan.
This wasn’t as good their previous match, but even so, it was still pretty good to watch and I highly recommend you seeking it out. During the fall out of the match, it seemed like we were going to see a heel turn for Lorcan after he refused to shake hands, but then he finally did. Sportsmanship!
Match 3: No Way Jose vs Andrade cien’ Almas w/ Zelina Vega
One big realisation that this match gave me was that I need to be a part of a No Way Jose conga line. The match itself was interesting in the fact that we saw more development of Andrade’s character. Whenever he’d get cocky, he would immediately get slapped back into reality by Zelina. No longer will we get a the non-caring Andrade, and maybe now he’ll focus on reaching his ultimate goal.Thanks to the support of Vega, Andrade found a spark and used it to defeat Jose. To add more fuel to the Brooklyn fire, Vega announced that if Johnny Gargano wants a fight, then Andrade is ready for him.
Thanks to the support of Vega, Andrade found a spark and used it to defeat Jose. To add more fuel to the Brooklyn fire, Vega announced that if Johnny Gargano wants a fight, then Andrade is ready for him.This was quite a slow show and felt like Oney Lorcan vs Danny Burch should’ve swapped with Andrade vs No Way Jose. Overly dominated by promos and recaps didn’t leave much room for actual matches. While this was annoying, at least we had decent moments thrown in.
This was quite a slow show and felt like Oney Lorcan vs Danny Burch should’ve swapped with Andrade vs No Way Jose. Overly dominated by promos and recaps didn’t leave much room for actual matches. While this was annoying, at least we had decent moments thrown in.