Best Match of the night:
It would be easy to give this one to the main event, and it would certainly be worthy. And that’s where this goes, but I’d be totally negligent if I didn’t give at least a little love to Austin Aries and Tye Dillinger in particular. Very good match, albeit short as most of these matches tend to be.
Worst match of the night:
Not so much the worst, but you could choose from Jax/Blanchard or No Way Jose and Noah Potjes. Neither were as bad as some terrible RAW matches, to be quite honest, but on a short show, they would be the choices for “worst” of the night.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Aries/Let’s go Tye
Let’s go Ryder
No way Jose
Star of the Night
Splitting this between the two main event participants tonight. Joe gets the nod for his win in his debut at Full Sail as Champion, and the debuting Eric Young looked pretty good too.
Spot of the Night:
I’ll give Joe two of them. First, the toss of EY over the ropes, followed by his running dive through the ropes to the outside. What’s that? Not the greatest spots? No, I admit they weren’t, but they were pretty nifty. And on a night where standout spots were few and far between? Well, beggars can’t be choosers, can they?
Jobber of the Night:
Tessa Blanchard. She got a crowd chant, as she did in Houston, but she got in pretty much zero offense while getting destroyed by Nia Jax.
Honorable mention to Noah Potjes.
Upset of the Night:
Nonexistent. It’s exceedingly rare to have one on an hour-long show.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Eric Young interrupting Joe during the opening segment. Knew it was coming, but still cool
Botch of the night:
Honestly folks, either I missed it, or there really weren’t any blatant, really bad botches. That’s a good thing.
Commentary of the night:
Some of these were longer, so forgive me if I end up paraphrasing..
I haven’t been this conflicted in a while, who’s better, the Perfect 10 or The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived.
NXTÂ is basically the deep end. The talent’s going to keep coming, so you better know how to swim
You don’t get a face like that without being in a few fights
LOL Moment of the night:
The announce team, selling Eric Young as a free agent…yet WWE had entrance music and a graphic ready for him. I mean, we all knew he was coming, so let’s not call him a “free agent”, shall we?
Another week, another TNA defector. Or, as a fan said somewhere (sorry I can’t give credit, but I know it wasn’t me), it’s NXTNA. Which kind of proves, I think, that the issues and failings of TNA had little to do with the talent, but everything to do with the backstage and management of things. Which I think most folks already knew or concluded, but still. Has to irk the folks in Nashville.
Next week? We get Alex Riley facing Shinsuke Nakamura, and the return of Finn Balor.
Can’t say that I have one, really. I mean, if I had to have one or two, I would say it like this. Guys like Nakamura got some pre-debut hype, whereas Eric Young just showed up. Surprises are good, but the hype is kinda good too. And I am bummed (not really, but work with me here) that we got EY debuting before Bobby Roode, in spite of Roode’s WM Weekend appearance. Go figure.
And folks, before you kill me for the above “lowlights” please keep two things in mind. One, read that in a sarcastic tone and two, I swear, no lowlights tonight. But I had to put something here, and it couldn’t all just be mindless banter. As it is, that’s accounting for about 87% of this section.
Good action from start to finish. Love the opening, love Joe getting a big challenge right out of the gate. Even the two squash matches were entertaining for what they were. Austin Aries is fun to watch in the ring, and Dillinger wasn’t too bad either. The whole night was fun to watch, and next week is looking like it should be another good hour of programming.
After the final bell:
Here’s a serious question: Should WWE bring up (eventually) No Way Jose, pair him with Fandango, and create a tag team?Â Call ’em the Dancing Fools.
I have to tip my cap to Hunter, or anyone and everyone within WWE who has orchestrated things of late. Because, look at things. In the last few months, there has been a tremendous amount of roster growth. Lots of NXT mainstays went up to the main roster, but look at how rapidly WWE replenished the stars in NXT. Some big names, some great talent. If there’s a downside to it, it’s that some of the other guys who have been with NXT a while, and perhaps hoped that the latest round of post ‘Mania call-ups would be their opening to make an impact, might not have as big an opportunity. But at the same time, competition is good for business, and it should bring out the best in these guys. If they are as good as they think they are, the talent on the roster will prove it.
It’s a good time to be a fan. Now if we could really and truly fix the booking on the main show…
Nia Jax squashed Tessa Blanchard
Austin Aries takes out Tye Dillinger
The Revival takes care of Hype Bros
No Way Jose over Noah Potjes
Samoa Joe defeats Eric Young