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NXT In A Nutshell: Almost Time…

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That’s right folks. NXT may have already been taped, but this is the last show on the air before TakeOver hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and gets the New York borough scorching hot with some insanely good wrestling¬† action. But tonight, tonight is all about the final prep, the final hype. That final bit of build up, heading toward what is shaping up to be a really strong Saturday show, in advance of the Biggest Party of the Summer.

Best Match of the night:

This is sort of cruel, right? Only two matches tonight, which means whatever match doesn’t land here, in theory, becomes the default worst of the night. That being said, there has to be a best match, and tonight I give the nod to the women’s tag team match. It’s impressive, regardless of how much prep work the six put in for this match, to see three women making their debuts in this match (two for the heel side of things, one for the face side of things), and the match worked out quite well. A month ago, post-draft, there were a lot more questions than answers regarding the NXT women’s division due to the lack of obvious talent depth. Now, things look a bit better and help is coming on Saturday with the debut of Ember Moon as well.

Worst match of the night:

I really can’t say this one was worst. Second best, least best. Whatever you want. But Hideo Itami and Mustafa Ali worked a pretty good match, but the women’s match, in my eyes, was just more entertaining.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Go, go Hideo


how you doin’

women’s wrestling

let’s go Bliss

Star of the Night

I think this one has to be left as N/A because there wasn’t much to go on. The women’s match landed where it did, based on the strength of all six women working together. Neither Hideo nor Mustafa did anything to land them here. And the rest of the show was all hype pieces and recaps. I could say that Joe and Shinsuke still did dominate with their closing interview segment. I love how Nakamura says and does so little, but with his smirks and body language, gets under Joe’s skin.

Spot of the Night:

Hideo’s baseball slide. Mustafa Ali sold it like he was hit by a Mack truck.

Jobber of the Night:

Non-existent. It’s the last NXT before TakeOver. Who has time for jobbers?

Upset of the Night:

Non-existent. It’s the last NXT before TakeOver. Who has time for upsets, either?

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Sadly, not much here either. It was predominantly a pre-recorded show, in terms of the segments. Yes, I know the matches were too, but we only had two of them. My options tonight were limited.

Botch of the night:

Even with three debuting women in one match, things seemed pretty crisp to me.

Commentary of the night:

He was looking for star power, and then Bobby Roode showed up.

Be still my heart, where did she come from?

Corey Graves, with a comment that, for the 6 woman match, it’s the most talent he’s seen in the ring. Now, there is a line if ever there was one, because considering who’s been seen in the NXT ring-with all due respect to the women-these six aren’t (yet) the best six women NXT has seen, and I dare say Bayley/Asuka was more talent this year (and if we go back to last year, there’s a lot more to draw from). But it was a notable line anyways.

I think this is one of those situations where you should stop talking. I got this.

I’m going to make some phone calls and get Mandy on the cover of WWE Magazine

If all the women in NJ were like Daria, I might move there.

LOL Moment of the night:

Graves and his over the top admiration of the new women. Not taking anything away from their abilities or what the future may hold for them, but to me it was just so much, so soon. There’s helping them get over, and then there’s where he went. It made me laugh, but I still like him and his announcing, so it’s all good.

Noteworthy Moment:

Billie Kaye gets her wish for a match at TakeOver, as she draws the short straw and faces the debuting Ember Moon.

Carmella and Alexa Bliss are back on NXT, taking part in a 6 woman tag match. It’s notable because, after the draft, it was hard to put together six known women on the roster, but they managed that tonight in what could be seen more as a passing of the torch in a sense. Carmella and Alexa being the “established” ones, and ladies like Liv Morgan and Nikki Glencross being the new guard. Also worth mentioning that, at least per their character bios, four of the women were from either New York or New Jersey (even if Carmella isn’t really from there, and I didn’t have time to cross-check the other three for legitimacy).

And, clearly Graves is a fan of the new women. Or at least, their looks. He was ga-ga for Mandy, and sold being intimidated by Daria.

Overall lowlights:

Really hard to complain about anything beyond the occasional lack of matches. What we got was good, and it was all about setting the table for Brooklyn. Mission accomplished.

Overall highlights:

Not one, but three debuting women on tonight’s show, as we see the first of Nikki Glencross, Mandy Rose and Daria (sorry, I missed the last name, and I don’t want to anger her by butchering it). Daria had an interesting look that was part MMA, part sort of reminding me of Awesome Kong/Kharma. The three new women were impressive enough in their debuts, working along side two women now on the SmackDown roster as well as the “veteran” Liv Morgan (veteran since the women’s ranks in NXT, outside of Asuka and Bayley, has been depleted and is in rebuild mode).

The interview segment between Joe and Shinsuke was unique, just because of how intense Joe is, and how cool and collected-and perhaps quietly cocky and arrogant-Nakamura comes off as. I don’t really see him as arrogant, but the air he has about him, from last week getting Joe’s nose, to this week saying little and not showing any fear? The two personalities and styles are polar opposites, and exciting to watch.

After the final bell:

All in all, even when light on matches, the show was entertaining and did it’s job, as best it could in under an hour, to deliver the final hype for TakeOver. The show is, I think, well balanced from top to bottom, and should deliver another strong show from Barclays.


Hideo Itami defeats Mustafa Ali

Team Carmella takes care of Team Alexa, as Carmella gets Mandy to tap out to the Cone of Silence

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