Best Match of the night:
This one is tough, but I think for me, I enjoyed the Alpha/Authors of Pain one the most. Even though for now, it’s clear that Alpha wasn’t getting one over on these two mountains called men. It will be interesting should they cross paths again on RAW or SmackDown. I have to think they will.
Worst match of the night:
Aries and Clark, though this was taken care of by No Way Jose getting a measure of revenge on Aries, post-match
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Rhyno
Let’s go Joe
Let’s go Jordan
Star of the Night
I want to give this to a bunch of people, which is basically like, almost the whole show. But I can’t, so I won’t.
I give this to Bayley for coming back and getting a big win over the deparing Nia Jax. Give it some time, but it won’t be long before these two get to tangle again, just on the main roster.
Spot of the Night:
Jordan, leaping over the top rope to take out one of the Authors
The Authors, otherwise manhandling the team heading to SmackDown
Bayley, with a Belly to Bayley on Nia Jax, off the top turnbuckle. Impressive.
Jobber of the Night:
Patrick Clark. Aries made short work of him, and his tights got more chatter than he did.
Upset of the Night:
Wasn’t really one. I guess Bayley beating Nia might qualify, but barely considering Bayley has beaten her before.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Out of nowhere, the usually fun loving No Way Jose comes down after Aries’ win, and pummels The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived. Austin Aries may have awoken a beast inside the jovial Jose.
Botch of the night:
Nia went to throw Bayley out of the ring, and either Nia goofed, Bayley goofed, or that was intended. I don’t think it was intended.
Commentary of the night:
Not only is he the champ, but he says cool stuff like that.
LOL Moment of the night:
Patrick Clark’s tights. You just don’t need your own picture on your tights. It only works for select few, and the only one I can think of off the top of my head is Rick Rude.
Ciampa and Gargano, knowing there is now a void at the top of the tag team ranks, declaring their interest in challenging for the titles. Considering they’ve already beaten The Revival once, I would love to see them do so again.
Also, exciting times as the recovering Hideo Itami will be making his return in two weeks. I’m looking forward to it, because I admittedly started watching NXT after he went out with his injury, so I really haven’t enjoyed his skills first hand. Soon though.
Not a horrible show, but it felt funny because we all know it was taped before the Draft, so it just seemed funny seeing Alpha, with the announce team knowing they were drafted, and ditto Nia Jax. But this is a recurring bit of feedback, and for most NXT shows, it’s just a fact of life. I don’t think it was really a lowlight, but it did make things feel funny.
The Authors of Pain are going to be dominant, if WWE doesn’t muck them up and have them end up like 3 Minute Warning.
Rhyno didn’t look bad, being a big man to challenge Samoa Joe. But it’ll be interesting to see if Nakamura can answer the challenge, or if not Shinsuke, who would dethrone Joe?
After the final bell:
Not a bad show. Looking forward to the next batch, the ones that will be fully taped post-draft, so that we can start to see the remaining roster step up. The biggest post-draft void exists in a women’s division which I didn’t think should be raided during the draft, but as they lost three women, it kind of was. There’s still talent, of course, with Bayley and Asuka still there, but there’s a huge window of opportunity for the younger women to emerge from the shadows.
Samoa Joe submits Rhyno
Authors of Pain take out American Alpha before their match ever starts. But Alpha make it to the ring, put up a fight, but in the end fall to the Authors.
Austin Aries takes out Patrick Clark
Bayley stuns Nia Jax, pins her 1-2-3.