Best Match of the night:
For me, it was the tag team main event. I am a huge fan of good tag team action, and tonight was right up my alley. Ryder and Rawley are one of those teams that works well together and tends to be really entertaining, and they have some really strong matches, but now it’s all about Ciampa and Gargano on a roll. The match, I thought, was superb.
Worst match of the night:
With only a few matches, this is sort of like playing eeny meeny. It can’t be the main event, as it just got best of the night. And honestly, I was entertained by Alexa and Carmella. And to be fair, Potjes and Cien weren’t horrible either. Of the three, I’d rank Cien/Potjes third, but it’s unfair to say this was really a bad match. It wasn’t.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go ‘Mella
we ain’t hype
let’s go Ciampa
Let’s go Ryder
Star of the Night
The Authors of Pain. Why not? I mean, from a wrestling perspective, I’d say Ciampa and Gargano, but man oh man do those two big newcomers strike fear into folks?
Spot of the Night:
Liked the exchange where Cien teased a dive, then a leap from the apron, only to sucker in his opponent and leap over the ropes to slingshot himself, feet first into him. Very nice moveset.
Jobber of the Night:
Noah Potjes looked like he could be decent. He might have a future. But tonight he was all about taking the 1-2-3.
Upset of the Night:
None to speak of. 3 matches, no upsets. Totally fine with that.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
The last segment. From a 2 out of 3 falls match being announced, to The Authors of Pain destroying not one, but two top NXT tag teams? That was quite the ending to a pretty good show.
Botch of the night:
If there was one, I did not notice.
Commentary of the night:
I like my women like I like my pizza…cold.
That’s because you have terrible social skills, Tom.
There’s a face even I’m almost jealous of.
That’s nowhere Noah wants to be, he better build himself an ark real fast.
LOL Moment of the night:
Most of my LOL moments came courtesy of the announce team’s banter. There wasn’t much else that was generating laughs tonight, and again, totally fine with that.
American Alpha returns to NXT tonight, for the first time since meeting the Authors of Pain the hard way.
Another week, another video recap of Nakamura challenging Balor, before we cut to Nakamura, solo, talking to the camera about his path to NXT. I liked it, but it also is hard when the show is just an hour, to spend time on non-wrestling bits. Here’s where we probably could have skipped the video recaps.
It’s less a lowlight than a minor gripe. Two, actually.
One, no need to rehash the Nakamura/Balor encounter for another consecutive week, even though it was epic. Give each guy another 30 seconds of talk time. Have another match.
Two? We still have to wait a couple weeks to see them clash. Patience is not my strong suit!
The two sit down interviews. I liked the approach, because this one feels like a rivalry borne out of mutual respect that two great talents have. Too often it’s got to be built off of hatred and animosity, so it is nice to see it be a spirited but ultimately friendly rivalry.When they do finally clash in NXT, it ought to be a classic.
After the final bell:
The final segment made me quite happy. Tag teams getting the spotlight, with Ciampa and Gargano having a really strong showing against the Hype Bros, and once they got a win they called for a tag title shot. Which brought out American Alpha, saying that they were next in line. Then, of course, out came the Revival, declaring neither team worthy and they called the shots. So of course, out comes Mr. Regal, reminding everyone that he actually calls the shots.
Which gave us a 2 out of 3 falls match, next week, between American Alpha and The Revival, next week to decide who leaves as champion. And as everyone departs? Well, that would be a perfect time for the Authors of Pain to attack, and this time they took out Ciampa and Gargano too. Now, at least Alpha got some offense in, but it wasn’t much.
Alexa Bliss pins Carmella.
Cien Almas takes care of Noah Potjes
Gargano and Ciampa take care of the Hype Bros.