Finn Bálor & Hideo Itami vs. Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel
Finn Bálor spoke for the first time in front of the NXT Universe. He claimed to be the future but Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel disagreed. They were about to gang up on him but Hideo Itami came out to even the score.
Gabriel and Kidd weren’t up for an even fight but Mr. Regal had other plans for them. I found it funny that the referee came and ordered those two to fight. The official needing to tell the wrestlers to fight, instead of having to restrain them from fighting too vigorously, is a joke.
The match when it happened, though, was exciting. Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel worked smoothly as a proper heel team. Tyson wasn’t keen on getting involved in the match but when Justin was about to be on the receiving end of a top-rope maneuver from Finn Bálor, Kidd was there to pull him out of the ring and evade a loss.
Watching Finn Bálor move in the ring was a treat. The match was just an opportunity to showcase his abilities. Hideo Itami was a bit more passive, allowing his partner to shine brighter. The build to up to the end was a display of Itami and Bálor’s team work. Finn Bálor picked up the win over Justin Gabirel.
The Ascension were nowhere to be seen this week. However, I’m eager for their return. Hopefully, they’ll give Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami a great match.
Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss is so easy to underestimate because of her cheerleader looks. The truth is that she’s actually incredible in the ring.
However, it wasn’t meant to be Alexa’s night last night. Sasha Banks locked the Bank Statement and got herself a tap-out victory.
The post-match promo by the Boss was a direct challenge to Charlotte for the title. This feud has just been waiting to happen for a while now.
The one thing I don’t understand is why Sasha Banks always needs a side-kick. I’m not convinced that you look stronger when you drag a weaker bff with you all the time but I guess it adds to the mean girl gimmick.
Adrian Neville Promo
Neville didn’t really say anything new. He just said he loves Sami Zayn but doesn’t think Sami could win the Big One.
It’s a shame that NXT is so short. Storylines don’t have time to develop, which sometimes cause repetition, instead of depth.
Lucha Dragons vs. Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake
The commentary team noted the fact that Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake wanted to be “the most functional team” on NXT. That caught my attention. When someone strives to be a better wrestler, rather than to be more glorious, usually turns out to be deserving of success.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews, Murphy and Blake are improving every week. They were very impressive in the first half of the match. Buddy Murphy showed that his power is not to be underestimated when he caught Kalisto midway one of his lucha stunts and delivered a suplex. Then both Blake and Murphy, once they were tagged in, entered the ring by diving off the ropes.
However, the last minutes of the match belonged to Lucha Dragons. The moment they picked up the pace to the level they thrive in, their momentum was impossible to revert. Kalisto dove outside the ring with a terrific move, which made the highlights of the night. Sin Cara picked up the win with a diving senton off the top rope.
It’s a shame that Lucha Dragons haven’t had that many televised matches since they became champions. Kalisto and Sin Cara have a lot to show.
As for Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake, I’m pleasantly surprised. If the flashes of brilliance they show turn into a constant, those two will achieve great things.
Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn
Amazing matches such as this one are the reason why I love watching NXT.
Both men showed off at some point in the match but they had the skills to. The wrestling that Neville and Zayn delivered could only be properly described with “so impressive” or “awesome”.
A combination of a flying cross body from Zayn and a standing shooting star press from Neville made the audience erupt in NXT chants. But the flying and the technicality weren’t the only things that impressed. It was also the ability of the two competitors to counter each other’s finishers.
Neville stopped both the Haloova Kick, as well as Sami’s momentum builder- exploding in the corner. Sami, on the other hand, evaded the Red Arrow.
Neville pretended to be hurt, the ref bought it and made the X sign. Sami hesitated, Neville surprised him with a roll and retained.
Playing possum isn’t natural for Adrian Neville. This “ready-to-do-anything-to-retain” gimmick could have been more powerful it had been directed towards being overly brutal, rather than cheating. The way it’s now, it diminishes Neville’s credibility.
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