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Hello again everyone! It’s time for my absolute most favorite Nutshell of the week, the NXT edition. This week’s hour of junior brand fun promises us more of the quest to determine who NXT Creative booked as having laid out Aleister Black. In addition, we get the return of Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch as well. And, to cap it all off, Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair battle in our main event of the evening. Are you ready to enjoy just under sixty minutes of pure sports entertainment fun? Well, sit back, relax and crack open this Nutshell!

Best Match of the night:

By default, this one goes to our main event. However, while it was at times entertaining , it was something that left me wondering why it landed in the main event slot tonight. Nothing against either woman, but it felt like one of the weaker NXT main events we’ve had in a while.

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On the bright side, next week’s main event should easily make up for it.

Worst match of the night:

For this one, I go to Shayna Baszler and Violet Payne. It was the predictable squash you would have expected, and even after we thought it was over, Baszler continued her assault on Payne for an extra few minutes. This could have probably been saved if, say, Kairi Sane had made a run in to save the jobber, but she did not.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Shayna’s gonna kill you

Kairi! Kairi!

One more time



Let them fight

Star of the Night

Honestly, the night was kind of flat. As far as usual NXT shows go, no one Superstar stood out above the rest. I really can’t single out one particular person or performance. About the closest I got was Kassius Ohno as he continues his newest angle or program, making sure no one forgets him. But while I liked it, I don’t really think that’s even star worthy.

Spot of the Night:

Not much to go on, but how about Belair dropping Nikki Cross on her back, on the steel ramp.

Or, Nikki Cross with the cross body off the announcer’s table onto Belair and a few waiting refs.

Jobber of the Night:

Violet Payne wins this in painful fashion, as she faced an angry Shayna Baszler and got destroyed.

Raul Mendoza was a close second, however.

Upset of the Night:

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Bianca Belair and Nikki Cross, upon hearing their match had been ruled a no contest, just decided to tear into each other even more than before.

Botch of the night:

Not really a botch. Just a wardrobe malfunction of sorts, as Nikki Cross wound up showing us a wee bit more than she had probably planned for. That, or she was channeling her inner Lita.

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Then, when Nikki swept Bianca’s legs out from under her on the apron, it looked like Belair hesitated ever so slightly when taking the bump.

Commentary of the night:

Let’s see how Bononi’s mustache holds up against Danny Burch.

Well, Burch does have the power to knock it off his face.

Mendoza is either brave or stupid. We are about to find out which.

LOL Moment of the night:

Nikki can be crazy funny in her matches, and tonight was no exception.

Otis Dozovic is hilarious. Tomato Champ? And on and on. He’s fun times whenever he’s got a camera in front of him.zz

Noteworthy Moment:

Ciampa shows back up at Full Sail, now with a new entrance theme and video package. When it first hit, I thought Tazz was making a return.

Next week. First time ever. Champion versus Champion, as Pete Dunne puts his NXT UK title up against Ricochet and his North American belt. Should be a great one.

Overall lowlights:

Overall, this show felt lacking. I am rarely disappointed by an NXT show, but this hour just did not do it for me. My true peak was Lorcan and Burch returning, but that wasn’t saying a whole lot.

Overall highlights:

As I mentioned, I liked Lorcan and Burch returning. Good to see them back

Kassius Ohno continues to push and develop this newest angle for him. I kind of like it, though it is very early on in the process. If it gets him into a TakeOver match or two, it ould have been well worth it.

The main event was OK, but not great and not all that memorable. The women escalated things after the match had been declared a no contest, so at least the show ended with a bang.

After the final bell:

Not the best NXT effort we’ve seen, but things can and will improve. Next week promises us a great main event, and as we inch closer to the next TakeOver, things will only get better.


Danny Burch and Oney LorcanĀ  defeat the team of Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude

Shayna Baszler destroys Violet Payne

Lars Sullivan toys with Raul Mendoza, ultimately defeating him

Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair fight to a no contest.


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