Hideo Itami/ Kevin Owens
NXT did well to remind the audience of Hideo Itami, especially before going to Japan. It was more of a populist move than anything else.
Kevin Owens’ mic skills are on such a level that he might just be good enough to come head to head with Paul Heyman in a battle of words.
Finn came to the rescue of Hideo Itami but got run over by Rhyno. The segment was intense. These surprise attacks by Rhyno do look devastating.
The one thing that bothered me in the segment is that although the identity of Hideo’s attacker was addressed a few times, we never learned who it was. My guess is that the WWE has no idea what to do with that storyline yet.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. Jason Jordan & Sylvester Lefort
These matches Jason Jordan has are predetermined losses that have to happen for him to accept Chad Gable. There’s no excitement to these matches because the outcome is clear.
I don’t know if this is the desired effect but I’m interested in seeing what Gable can do. What Jason Jordan does is of little interest to me.
Dana Brooke def. Cassie
The crowd was booing Dana Brooke. She even got the New Day Sucks chant tailored into Dana Sucks, especially for her. This is how bad she is. This is not because she’s heel. I’ve heard the NXT crowd cheer heels before. They just don’t like her.
As for Cassie, she’s entering the stage with a losing streak. I’m not sure how promising that sounds for her future.
Backstage Charlotte asserted that Dana Brooke was going to be taken care of. I’ll watch her put her words into practice with pleasure.
The video package that follows Balor’s life journey is a must see. I recommend you to watch it.
We were shown a series of photos depicting Bull Dempsey as fat and lazy. I’ll agree with Zack Ryder on this one “Are you serious, bro?” . I cannot believe that a storyline that ridiculous is being used on NXT.
Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder def. Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins
The match was boring. The crowd was dead. The one man to watch was Zack Ryder.
At least on NXT, Ryder will get some screen time. It’s a shame that I don’t see him getting anything beyond the NXT spotlight.
Eva was trying to charm Regal into giving her an opportunity but it didn’t work out. She promised to prove herself to him but nothing else happened, so next time, I guess. Her mic skills haven’t improved the slightest. I hope for her own good that at least her wrestling has seen some development.
Finn Balor def. Rhyno
Kevin Owens was on commentary and he absorbed all the attention. It wasn’t on purpouse. It’s just that his personality is so strong it can’t be ignored.
The match was good. Rhyno, despite his age, feels like a genuine threat. When he arrived he was a bit slow but I think he got back into it and is now in beast mode.
Kevin Owens tried to screw Finn. It not only didn’t work, but Owens got taken out, as well. That was a massive momentum boost for Finn, so it had to be balanced out. That’s what the two-on-one post match attack was about. Samoa Joe evening the odd easily makes a tag- team match, which is main event material for next week.
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