Good evening everyone! It’s Wednesday, the chill is finally coming to the city, and it’s my last time putting a Nutshell together while I am in my thirties! It’s going to be an action packed hour on Hump Day, as per usual. Tonight gives us the last NXT television match between main roster newbies Sonya DeVille and Ruby Riott (it still feels incredibly dumb to have to add an extra letter to her name now). We also get to have an in ring celebration with recently crowned NXT champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas. All that, and so much more, is waiting for us once we crack this Nutshell open. So why wait? Let’s get crackin’!
Best Match of the night:
Easily the best was the main event. In a match that would qualify the winner for a shot to become #1 contender, we got Johnny Gargano versus Johnny Gargano. Was a really good match and easily deserving of top honors.
Worst match of the night:
Hardly fair to call this the worst, but of all the matches tonight, Killian Dain and Trent Seven was the least fun. It just never seemed to get going with much of any excitement for me.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
This is awesome
Star of the Night
For tonight, I have to give it to Johnny Gargano. Was a really good main event
Spot of the Night:
Honestly there really was not a single stand out spot for me. Ohno and Gargano seemed to work a stiff match, but I am not yet aware of anything to indicate bad blood.
Jobber of the Night:
Killian Dain made Trent Seven look like an absolute jobber this evening.
Upset of the Night:
Wouldn’t call it an upset, but having Johnny Gargano win the main event…Mauro and company sold it as a huge win for Johnny Wrestling. Was, I thought, a rather quick tap by Kassius.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
That NXT put Gargano into the chance for #1.
Botch of the night:
Might as well call it out here too, as it did make my LOL down a couple sections from here too…but when you re-brand a wrestler…or brand one…I suspect things like social media presence is a big item to confirm. That someone in WWE did not create or update Ruby Riott’s profile to have her new name is rather surprising. Someone missed the little details.
Commentary of the night:
She refused to tap, so she’s taking a nap.
Someone test that man’s DNA
This may be the match of the tournament, and we are just getting started.
LOL Moment of the night:
Maybe this should be a botch too…but WWE has re-branded Ruby Riot as Ruby Riott….but when she came to the ring tonight, the graphic shows her Twitter handle. The handle? @RubyRiotWWE. I suppose they would want to fix that.
Last week we learned of Drew McIntyre’s injuries. The show opened this week with William Regal addressing the search for a new number one contender. As they did with the women, we are going to get a series of matches to determine four entrants into a fatal fourway, and the winner of that gets Andrade “Cien” Almas at TakeOver:Philadelphia in January.
Tonight we have Killian Dain against Trent Seven, with the UK competitor getting a big chance. In the main event, we have Kassius Ohno and Johnny Gargano, with Regal saying it should have been Velveteen Dream but Dream also suffered injuries at WarGames.
Later, during an interview, we learned that another of the matches to get men into the fatal fourway will feature Lars Sullivan versus Roderick Strong.
Honestly, for all his skill in ring, I hated Almas on the mic tonight. Vega was even worse. She has a very grating voice. As for Almas, I had high hopes and whether it’s part of of a bigger plan remains to be seen…but I was not a fan tonight
The main event match between Kassius Ohno and Johnny Gargano.
The way the announcers were selling it, it was like match of the year candidate. Perhaps it is, but regardless it was a very good match
After the final bell:
Toward the end of the show, we had a mysterious vignette air that someone was coming soon. At first glance (and second and third), the person looked to be a man. However, the letter O in Soon were done in spades, so the presumption here is Shayna Bazler. We all knew it was just a matter of time, and her long term addition should be significant.
Show opens with the “victory celebration” for Andrade “Cien” Almas. It went pretty much as you’d expect, mostly being a fluff segment considering there is no number one contender as of yet.
Killian Dain makes relatively short work of Trent Seven.
Sonya DeVille chokes out Ruby Riott
Johnny Gargano defeats Kassius Ohno to advance to the #1 contender fatal fourway.