It’s another fine Wednesday, which means it’s time once again for the best hour of wrestling that WWE produces each and every week-NXT. The show is coming at us via tape from Full Sail University. On tap tonight? Just the farewell cage match for Tye Dillinger against Eric Young. The show opens, however, with “Glorious” blaring, and Bobby Roode heading to the ring.
Best Match of the night:
The show saved it’s best for last, to be sure…but the initial matches? They were pretty good too. But, the night belonged to Tye, and his match with Eric Young was as good as expected. It easily earned match of the night.
Worst match of the night:
None tonight really can be the worst. There were only three matches, and they were all very good…or, at least, none deserved to land here. And thus, none shall.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
he deserved it
One more time
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Let’s go Tye
Thank you Tye
Star of the Night
This one could have gone to Itami. But, for Tye Dillinger’s farewell match, it seems only right and just that it goes to the departing Dillinger.
Spot of the Night:
Itami’s slap heard ’round NXT? Maybe.
Itami’s Go To Sleep, drilling Roode and laying him out? Absolutely. And, it was made so much better by just how well Roode sold it.
Eric Young. Elbow drop off the top of the cage.
Dillinger, a big cross body, off the top of the cage.
Jobber of the Night:
The ref who took the big bump on the outside during the Sanity/Dillinger posse brawl. It must be the week for ref bumps, eh?
Upset of the Night:
Liv Morgan and Aliyah stun the Iconic Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. Honestly didn’t see that one coming tonight.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Bobby Roode opened the show talking down to basically the entire NXT locker room, saying no one on the stage last week that was wishing Nakamura well deserved to be there in his NXT. So, you knew someone would answer him.
That someone was a returning Hideo Itami. He came down, slapped the champ and then drilled him with a GTS. He glanced lovingly and longingly at the shiny new NXT title, and left the ring.
Botch of the night:
Not sure if it was a botch, or just awkward, but when Killian in particular caught Dillinger for his top of the cage splash, it looked awkward.
Commentary of the night:
I wouldn’t trust any of your buddies, Percy
Now that you said you’ve lived in Jersey, that explains a lot.
LOL Moment of the night:
Nothing going here tonight.
Hideo Itami looks to be back.
We have a UK Championship match next week, as Gentleman Jack Gallagher goes against the champion, Tyler Bate.
Also looks like Andrade “Cien” Almas is challenging Drew McIntyre next week.
Eric Young was sporting a fairly decent crimson mask from the cage match.
Really not much to complain about. OK, fine, I can put this out there. Yes, Dillinger got a bit of revenge over Eric Young, but really, as good as the match was…tell me if it really felt like a truly decisive, end of program match. All the members of Sanity were still standing after Dillinger escaped, and Tye didn’t pin Young, he merely escaped the cage. So, Dillinger heads off to SmackDown, and Ohno, Ruby and Roderick Strong are outnumbered now too. Does No Way Jose recover and return to join the fight?
Strong opener. Good women’s bout. And hard not to like a match like Dillinger and Young had (so try to sugar coat the lowlight, if you have not already done so. Because, admittedly, when it is all said and done, it was still a good match. But it was also just a solid, very entertaining show.
After the final bell:
Hard not to like things. We have the long farewell almost over for all the departing talent, we have a returning Hideo Itami, we have a UK title defense next week, and we had some really good wrestling mixed in to all that, for good measure.
You could say that NXT might be having an identity crisis (look at the new belts and logos and intros) but I think once things all fall into place, the show is going to be more awesome, more glorious, than we ever imagined.
Andrade “Cien” Almas bests Danny Burch
Billie Kaye and Peyton Royce are upset by Aliyah and Liv Morgan
Tye Dillinger escapes the cage-and Sanity-and is victorious over Eric Young.