Best Match of the night:
As good as Bayley and Alexa wrestled-and make no mistake, they brought it tonight-the best match was Alpha versus Revival. It took a while to get the first fall, but things came fast and furious after that, and after a really strong match, Revival were able to retain, thanks to a sick looking Shatter Machine on the apron, giving them the third and decisive pin.
Worst match of the night:
Pretty much by default, this one has to go to Hype Bros versus Blake and Murphy. Why? well, when you have three matches on the show, and two actually don’t suck and did have conclusive endings? Then the one that ended by run-in? Yeah, that gets the award. Sorry guys.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Bayley
Let’s go Bliss
This is awesome
Let’s go Gable
Star of the Night
Shameless plug here, but it’s my column so I can take some liberties sometimes, can’t I? My non-wrestling star of the night is my daughter Olivia, who had trained all year to dance in the Walt Disney World evening parade tonight. It’s why the Nutshell is a bit later than usual, but as a proud dad, I had to give her credit, even though she won’t ever read this. But hey, it’s in Orlando, and so is Full Sail, so it kind of ties in…loosely.
In terms of the actual wrestling star of the night?
I have to give this one to the only 2 time NXT Tag Team Champions, The Revival, as they successfully defended their titles against American Alpha in a really good match.
Spot of the Night:
Folks, I could not pick just a spot. Overall, I was very thrilled about the moves in the main event tag match, because whether it’s these two teams, or the writing, or what..I am not sure, but I know it works. Both teams feel like very representative of true tag teams. So I am happy.
Jobber of the Night:
Not in the sense of losing a match, but for taking the beatings, we give it to The Hype Bros. and Blake, since all were destroyed by Rhyno.
Upset of the Night:
None. This is to be expected on most shows when you only have three matches.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Rhyno is back! Did not see that one coming, and neither did 3/4ths of the tag match he interfered with. Love seeing the Man Beast back, though.
And,we have a match with Alpha, where the Authors of Pain did NOT get involved. Pretty surprising to me.
Botch of the night:
Folks, if there was one I flat out missed it.
Commentary of the night:
Let’s call it what it is, Tom. She dumped ’em.
Rhyno just destroyed 3/4ths of this tag match.
I don’t know why Rhyno is back, and I really don’t care. He just rid the ring of three of my least favorite wrestlers.
LOL Moment of the night:
Blake and Murphy, barely back together, decided to bicker in the middle of their tag match. And right with Mojo in the ring with them. He yelled at them, they ignored him, it was funny. Then Rhyno put everyone but Murphy out of their misery.
Really nice perspective piece on the Balor/Nakamura relationship, leading up to their mega-match. Nice touches with Hunter speaking about them both, as well as other wrestlers saying how excited they were for the match, along with each man showing how far back they go and how deep their relationship is. Nicely done piece.
That there wasn’t more of the action. Seriously, I think that is my go-to lowlight for NXT. Which means they have it going on, and tonight was no exception.
Rhyno is back.
Nakamura/Balor hype. Match can’t get here soon enough.
Bliss and Bayley brought it.
So did Revival and Alpha.
After the final bell:
Another week, another strong show for NXT. While I might be wishing WWE would shrink RAW back down to 2 hours, this is one show that I am wishing they’d expand up to two hours. Seriously, even if it was once a month, instead of just for the NXT TakeOver specials. The action, most weeks, is just better. This is pro wrestling, far more than it is sports entertainment. And that’s a good thing.
Bayley dispatches Alexa Bliss.
Hype Bros and Blake and Murphy ends in a no contest as Rhyno interferes.
The Revival retain their belts, beating American Alpha 2 falls to 1.