Happy Hump Day once again, my dear Nutshell readers! It’s the final hour of WWE wrestling for the week, and it’s the next to last NXT before TakeOver. That’s right folks, in a week and a half, things kick off in Brooklyn with one busy weekend. We have some exciting stuff to get to tonight, and it’s all about continuing to hype up that TakeOver card. Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre get to be face to face tonight, further hyping their main event clash for the NXT title. Hang on to your hats, this is going to be a fast and furious hour.
Best Match of the night:
Trust me, there’s no doubt about this one. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan were excellent. Their first match was great. This one was even better. More of this please. Or, pair them together (more on that later).
Worst match of the night:
Street Profits and Metro Brothers. Seriously, this match just did not work for me. The crowd was into it, so that’s a plus…but for a debut, there was no hype to expect them so soon (I had expected post-TakeOver), and the debut kind of fell flat, if you ask me.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
NXT! NXT! NXT!
Make the match
Let’s go Danny
Let’s go Oney
No Way Jose
Star of the Night
Hats off to Danny Burch. This one was all his night, in my opinion. Yes, Roode, McIntyre and Strong were good in their talking segment, but Burch (and Oney) had an awesome match.
Spot of the Night:
I have to say, seeing Eric Young zip tie Razar to the barrier was nifty. And while I know most of those pretty much just drop into some retaining brackets, having Razar seemingly exhibit amazing strength was nifty.
How can you not like Oney Lorcan’s Euro uppercut?
I dig Danny Burch and his Tower of London
Jobber of the Night:
Can’t say that there really was one. Maybe the Metro Brothers, but they weren’t typical jobbers.
Upset of the Night:
None. Burch with how he won was a bit of a stunning ending, but not anywhere close to an upset.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
After not seeing Eric Young for what seems like months (and literally as I was Googling to make sure I hadn’t missed him being released or severely injured), he comes running down to the ring, attacking the Authors of Pain from behind, as his stable mates had called them out from the ring. Never before have we seen the Authors laid out in such a fashion, but then it was essentially four on two, with a sneak attack element.
Botch of the night:
Mauro called Razar…Razor.
Commentary of the night:
These guys are a couple of scrappy brawlers.
That remains to be seen. They look like a couple of greasers to me.
LOL Moment of the night:
It is going to be interesting to see Sanity versus the AoP. Why? Because both teams were decidedly heels, but during this program, they are pretty much picking up some babyface cheers. Not a lot, mind you, but the crowd chanted for them…and when you have heel versus heel….fans have to cheer for someone, right?
After several weeks of vignettes, we finally have the in ring debut of the Street Profits.
Women’s championship contract signing…next week.
Aleister Black got attacked by Hideo Itami as he left last week (which was shown this week). So now, we have those two fighting in Brooklyn too.
Bobby Roode came to the ring with personal security “to protect everyone from Roderick Strong”.
So, of course, Strong came out. And Regal wasn’t happy, but after the dust settled, we have Drew versus Strong next week, and if Roderick Strong wins, he gets Roode after TakeOver. Interesting twists there.
After all the hype, we got the Street Profits. And, for me, the ring gear just isn’t cutting it. I wasn’t overly excited by their finisher either. I mean, it’s early, but to me, a great finisher goes a long way (tag or singles). And theirs, tonight, was meh.
The title scene is interesting. The Roode/Strong dynamic is worth still watching.
Almas setting up for Gargano
After the final bell:
Here’s a crazy thought. As impressive as they are against one another, but taking into account their mutual respect…why not a Burch/Lorcan tag team? That would be a pair of hard hitters.
Overall, a really good show. Interesting that they had Roode/McIntyre tonight, with the women’s contract confrontation next week. However, we do have Strong/McIntyre on the slate, so no doubt that will get interesting.
Street Profits enjoy a victorious debut over the also-debuting Metro Brothers
Danny Burch gets some revenge, snatching a victory from Oney Lorcan after a reversal of a Boston Crab into a pinning predicament. Nice show of sportsmanship post-match.
Andrade Cien Almas (with Selina Vega) defeats No Way Jose. After the match, Vega challenged Johnny Gargano to a match at Brooklyn, on behalf of her associate Andrade.