Best Match of the night:
Man, this is a hard one…
Just kidding folks. The only match we had tonight was, of course, the best match. But let’s be clear-this match, even on a deep show? It still would have been best match, because these guys brought everything they had and left it all in the ring. You could tell they’ve done battle before, and knew what to expect. Their chemistry was impressive and the match one of the best on WWE TV all year.
Nice show of class and respect at the end of the match, too, as this surely makes it look all but certain that we will hear Finn’s name called on Tuesday.
Worst match of the night:
LOL, surely we jest tonight, right? Indeed we do. With all of one match, and knowing what that match was? No way we have a worst match tonight.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
King of Strongstyle
This is awesome
Nakamura/Let’s go Finn
This is wrestling
Thank you Finn
Star of the Night
Nakamura. As much as Finn was half the match, this one was clearly intended to be Balor’s swan song ahead of the WWE Draft, and was used (and rightfully so) to elevate the super-popular Nakamura into the main event picture, pretty much backfilling Balor.
Spot of the Night:
Finn and Shinsuke had some impressive offense, and it’s tough to single out a few, but try I shall.
I liked the exchange that led to Nakamura getting his triangle choke.
Balor’s leg scissor submission, which even Graves said he didn’t think he’d seen before.
The reverse 1916.
Kinshasa, to the back of the head this time.
Jobber of the Night:
None. Seriously, you knew there wouldn’t be.
Upset of the Night:
Nada. None to speak of. Nothing to see here folks.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I gotta give it to Rhyno. As Joe was going off about how either Balor or Nakamura was going to get a title shot at TakeOver, Rhyno came down and basically declared his intent to challenge Joe. This after Rhyno returned last week and just randomly attacked. And because of his challenge, we get to see Rhyno and Joe next week.
Botch of the night:
If those two botched a move, I sure as heck did not see it.
Commentary of the night:
My goosebumps have goosebumps
The knees of Nakamura should be registered weapons
LOL Moment of the night:
None. Tonight was not a night for laughing.
We did only have one match tonight, and given the magnitude? That’s totally OK. But we didn’t actually get the opening bell until 25 minutes into the show, which is a bit surprising.
I need one, right? My beef would be that they only gave these two half the show. And in the first 25 minutes, most of what we saw was setting up Nia and Bayley, Joe and Rhyno and Alpha versus Authors of Pain next week. Which is fine and dandy, but a match of this magnitude? No¬† one would have had an issue if we opened with the entrances and gave these two nearly 60 minutes to battle.
Nakamura and Balor.
Balor and Nakamura
First person to ever in NXT kick out of a Kinshasa, but Finn could only do it once.
The show of sportsmanship after the match, and the adoration from the fans to both men.
After the final bell:
Wow, what a match. Seriously, do I need to say much more? Those two entertained from the opening bell, and fans ate it up. The crowd at Full Sail was as electric as ever, which just adds to the overall experience. A dead crowd could have sapped the life out of this match-maybe-but this crowd helped push these guys and it paid off. Awesome environment, awesome match.
Samoa Joe comes to open the show and voice his displeasure about the winner of the Nakamura/Balor match meeting him in Brooklyn. And then Rhyno interrupted.
Nakamura defeats Balor in an instant classic.