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Good evening once again ladies and gentlemen! It’s another Wednesday night, which means for a good chunk of us, we are halfway through our work or school week. We’ve made it through three days so far, and believe it or not, the weekend is in sight! But before we can turn the page to Thursday, there’s a little matter at hand. That matter? Why, it’s time for another hot hour of NXT programming to wrap up our Nutshells for the week! And what a card we are getting tonight boys and girls…tonight is the NXT TV debut of EC3. We also get a super heavyweight tag team battle between War Raiders and Heavy Machinery. And in our main event…perhaps some vengeance, Ohno? Or maybe not, as Kassius Ohno and Tommaso Ciampa do battle. Are you ready? Then let’s crack open this Nutshell!

Best Match of the night:

Seems like more often than not, this one is the main event…and tonight was no exception. Look, I love tag team battles, so War Raiders versus Heavy Machinery was definitely satisfying and entertaining…but Kassius Ohno and Tommaso Ciampa just had something else going on for the match, so it takes this one.

Worst match of the night:

Really nothing bad tonight.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

NXT! NXT! NXT!

Ricochet

Velveteen

One and only

EC3

One percent

NX3

You suck

Kassius Ohno

Star of the Night

As good as the main event was…the stars tonight did not wrestle.

No, I did not stutter. The stars of tonight, in my opinion, are Ricochet and Velveteen Dream.

Spot of the Night:

A non-wrestling one for starters, but I am really intrigued to see what it leads to. Dakota Kai was getting interviewed backstage after she ran away from Shayna Baszler. During her interview, Baszler again terrified her, then left. Then we heard a demonic cackling, and the camera panned to Nikki Cross, left behind in the Superstar Shakeup. Will Nikki take down Dakota too? Will she instead help Dakota get over her fear of Shayna? Stay tuned.

For a wrestling spot, I really dig War Raiders’ Fallout finisher.

Jobber of the Night:

Raul Mendoza did look good in limited exposure, but he also looked every bit the part of a jobber in this match. He lost to EC3 and in doing so helped EC3 look good-and earned himself jobber of the night.

Upset of the Night:

Not sure it’s really an upset, but I was kind of surprised that Dakota Kai defeated Vanessa Borne. Kai has obviously looked skittish of late, and Borne is a woman I believe NXT is high on, so I easily saw this match going another way.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Now, this is probably a little lukewarm for a holy [email protected], but tonight there wasn’t one truly shocking moment. This one that lands here? It made me say holy [email protected], as in, holy [email protected] these two could put on some awesome matches. Like, seriously, if NXT Creative does their thing, and these two athletes bring it like they can, then we could get match of the year and possibly program/feud of the year out of this.

In case you couldn’t figure it out, I am talking about Ricochet and Velveteen Dream, who set things in motion tonight.

Then you could have Shayna Baszler coming down to torment Dakota Kai, after Kai won. Instead of attacking Dakota, Baszler choked out the defeated Vanessa Borne and stared down a terrified Dakota Kai in the process.

Botch of the night:

Not much to complain about here

Commentary of the night:

Nothing really jumped out at me.

LOL Moment of the night:

How can you not laugh about Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan coming up to Pete Dunne in the back and telling him that they don’t like him and he’s a piece of garbage (to which Dunne basically just shrugged in agreement), but then the trio agreed to face Undisputed Era. I’m sorry, but that was funny stuff right there.

Noteworthy Moment:

Nice to see Kassius Ohno in a meaningful match, getting to be in tonight’s TV main event. Seems like Ohno was about to be on a milk carton, and while he did lose, he was still in the main event, and did look pretty good in defeat.

Overall lowlights:

The downside of only an hour, we don’t get to see guys like Lars Sullivan.

Overall highlights:

Ciampa working as a heel. He’s doing pretty well for himself now, don’t you think?

After the final bell:

Really solid show, plenty of foundation being put in place ahead of TakeOver: Chicago, which is still a month out.

Really intrigued by where they take Dakota Kai

Ciampa is wickedly over as the alpha heel. To come down not to music, but to the chorus of boos? And the middle aged guy at ringside screaming at him? Soaking up the heel love. I can’t decide if we see Johnny back for Chicago to face Ciampa again, or if they hold it for the next rendition of TakeOver:Brooklyn (and either way, I predict a cage match or similarly brutal option for their finale in August, should it play out that way)

Results:

The show opens with a confrontation between Ricochet and Velveteen Dream

EC3 is victorious in his NXT TV debut, defeating Raul Mendoza

Dakota Kai isn’t afraid of Vanessa Borne, getting the victory over her tonight.

War Raiders takes care of Heavy Machinery

Tommaso Ciampa comes out on top in a battle against Kassius Ohno

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