Good evening boys and girls…and happy Hump Day! That’s right everyone, a good chunk of us are halfway through the work week or the school week. Friday is fast approaching, and we have the weekend in our sights. But before we can get there, there’s this wee little hour of wrestling left to take in. That’s right folks, it’s time once again for our NXT Nutshell. Buckle up, we are getting in the fast lane!
Best Match of the night:
This is a huge no brainer. Tonight, in spite of NXT giving us a lot of matches (they really did cram a lot of action into an hour), they truly saved the best for last. Almas and Gargano have an interesting program going right now. Both have great speed and athleticism, and you put it all together and we end up getting awesome matches.
Worst match of the night:
As big as the stakes were, I was not feeling the women’s triple threat to open the show. I really wanted more out of this, but it is what it is.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Lio
Star of the Night
Their match was excellent, so both men deserve credit, but the winner gets the star. And that, tonight, is Andrade Cien Almas. Seems like he’s finally back on track, and if he is, it’s just a matter of time before he’s pushing for a main roster call up.
Spot of the Night:
The sunset flip – powerbomb – superplex was pretty nifty.
Lio Rush had a swift and nifty DDT on Dream
Gargano with the rolling crucifix bomb, and then his Gargano escape. I like the move, not so much the name, but it works.
Jobber of the Night:
Nothing really, but I feel like giving Liv Morgan this…or I did, until the Street Profits fought and beat two true jobbers.
But I still give Liv some credit too.
Upset of the Night:
I was surprised somewhat that Peyton Royce won out, but it’s pretty clear Nikki is meant for bigger things with the overall Undisputed Era program.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Looks like The Undisputed Era has themselves a female as well, as they brought in Mae Young competitor Taynara Conti to stir things up and interfere with the women’s triple threat. Arguably, she cost Nikki Cross the match.
Botch of the night:
Looked like Andrade Cien Almas whiffed on a boot and had to settle for a back elbow. It was quick, so for all I know the feint was intentional…but there I am. And yes, it’s the only botch I observed tonight, and it may not be a botch.
If that’s how it’s going, then we had a pretty clean night of wrestling.
Commentary of the night:
Once again this commentary feels so vanilla. So boring and scripted. It’s getting to be a bummer.
LOL Moment of the night:
Nothing really made me LOL tonight.
So we have another participant to battle for the women’s title, with Peyton getting a spot. Another triple threat comes at us next week, to once more add folks to the next TakeOver.
I still do not get the appeal of the Street Profits. Am I too old? Does it come off better in person? I don’t get the appeal at all. And I am not all that overly impressed with their wrestling. In ring, for their matches, it’s been wrestle by numbers and I don’t see anything yet that makes me say “you know what, they could hold gold in the not too distant future”.
Really the best part of the show was the main event. That’s less a knock on the match quality and much more a salute to the match and the wrestlers who performed.
Overall, its nice to see that much wrestling on the card, as we don’t often see five matches in an hour, and they were five solid matches. Sure, the feeling would be to complain about how short some were…but they worked.
After the final bell:
Next week we get Sanity and the Undisputed Era, and I gather that then is when we start seeing things build toward TakeOver, which we know (thanks to Hunter and Twitter) will resurrect the WarGames moniker from the old WCW PPV. Much is left to be discovered about stipulations and such, but ideally next week gets that ball rolling.
I will say that it’s impressive how just like that, NXT can quietly transition from PPV to PPV. Right after the last one, things were mostly quiet, letting guys recover and such, and we had a bit of a lull. Now, about a month out, things have developed nicely and are really heating up. If you think about it, how NXT does PPV now, is how WWE used to do PPV back before we had a PPV every month. I think that appeals to some fans…reminds them of the wrestling they grew up on, where you got four or six major PPV a year.
Women’s Triple Threat (Peyton Royce v Nikki Cross v Liv Morgan)- Peyton Royce pins Nikki Cross, allowing her to advance to the title match at TakeOver.
Velveteen Dream takes care of a game Lio Rush
Lars Sullivan squashes Danny Burch
Street Profits defeat Smith and Fort
Andrade Cien Almas takes care of Johnny Gargano