Hideo Itami def. Bull Dempsey
The match wasn’t particularly long but it did justice to both men’s styles. Bull Dempsey’s gimmick is completely reliant on his credibility as a powerhouse. Against Baron Corbin he lost a lot of it. Facing the significantly smaller Hideo Itami gave Bull the opportunity show of his strength and build back some of his dominance.
Hideo benefited from Bull looking strong because it made the turnaround of the match so much more exciting. I think the ending came a bit too quick. Itami should have been given a bit more time to wrestle once he got his momentum on. Still, his speed and agility stood out and the fast finish made Hideo look dangerous.
Tyler Breeze attacked Itami on the ramp. Hideo wasn’t impressed and went after Breeze but Prince Pretty had a head start thanks to the view from his selfie stick.
I’m excited about this feud. Breeze and Itami are two men with very distinct wrestling styles. The combination between them would make for amazing matches.
Solomon Crowe Promo
So Solomon Crowe high jacked the broadcast of the following match to air his promo. It was as mental as expected for the level that the WWE would allow. Definitely much more tamed than in CZW but I like the character. The crazy gimmick works well on Solomon, whether he’s on a tablet or playing with a switchblade.
What bothers me is why Solomon hacked the broadcast to cut a promo through his tablet but the shot was from a camera, held above him, while he was talking directly at his tablet. Wouldn’t it have made more sense if the promo was filmed with the tablet camera, like Tyler Breeze’s entrance?
Lucha Dragons def. Tye Dillinger & Jason Jordan
It was no surprise that Sin Cara and Kalisto won. It’s painfully noticeable how much better Lucha Dragons are as a team. Tye Dillinger and Jason Jordan never really matched as a duo. They never left an impression on me, unlike Murphy & Blake, who were getting roughly the same treatment at the time.
This is why the break-up between Jordan and Dillinger is a good thing. Before, no one cared about them. Now, Jordan’s unexplained leave will create some buzz and could possibly lead to some character development for both men.
However, there’s always the possibility that Jordan and Dillinger will sink into obscurity after the split, much like Sylvester Lefort & Marcus Luis. Mentioning the Frenchmen, where are they? I haven’t seen them in a long, long time.
Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger
Tye Dillinger’s night went from bad to worse. He stood in the ring, demanding an explanation from Jason Jordan. Tye announced that he didn’t care which match’s next and that he would beat anyone who wanted to interfere with his plans to confront his ex-partner. He didn’t expect Byron Corbin I guess.
The match was 19 sec long precisely. Corbin’s back on track with his ~20sec matches.
What I don’t understand is why Baron was out there in the first place. It seemed like he was about to have a match that Tye’s presence was disrupting. However, they ended up fighting each other and the supposedly scheduled match for Baron Corbin never took place.
Becky Lynch def. Bayley
Bayley has definitely improved. I’m glad that her character has grown from a hugger to a fighter. She put up an amazing performance. However, Becky still won. Her energy is strong and the submission she used in the end looked awfully painful. Good job.
I think the #GiveDivasAChance movement should stop being upset with Corey Graves and really check out NXT because the match Bayley & Beck Lynch had last night should be the goal. If we get this on the main roster, it will be a dream come true.
Rhyno said that he came to NXT because everyone there has the drive to be the best. It might have been a scripted promo but it’s probably true.
Finn Balor def. Brian Kendrick
The Brian Kendrick’s back to the WWE and he hasn’t missed a beat. In the beginning, Kendrick played a “tweaked ankle” spot and hung around outside the ring a lot but that was to paint more expressively the difference between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor. Finn didn’t attack Kendirck when he was hurt and Owens, who was on commentary, didn’t understand why.
The situation at the announce table got heated when Alex Riley expressed an opinion that I share. He told Kevin Owens that although he hadn’t been a champion, as a man, he would have never done this to his friends. Owens didn’t take the criticism well and left.
Without Kevin Owens, Kendrick and Balor switched to a higher gear and wrestled a great match. It’s such a pleasure to watch both of them. Brian Kendrick lost in his debut match but with the performance he pulled off and with the legacy he brings, that won’t harm him.
After the match Kevin Owens came back out, stared down Finn Balor and then tossed Alex Riley across the announce table. I guess, Owens doesn’t like being told the truth.
This issue is a blessing for Alex Riley. He can now finally return to active wrestling as he’s been asking to do for a while.
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