Emma def. Shazza
You know what they say about first impressions…From Shazza’s very entrance it was blatantly obvious that she would be no match for Emma. Her gear looked like a cheap Halloween cheerleader costume. It looked painfully amateurish. What followed didn’t come as a surprise.
Emma mastered brutally the entire match. She was in control, she inflicted pain slowly and she enjoyed it. Emma literally mopped the floor with Shazza, holding her by her hair. Pure and total dominance for NXT’s favourite Australian.
I love this new persona of Emma’s. It’s a shame that it’s been put to the side, in favour of Dana Brooke and now, probably of Asuka as well. Emma has amazing potential and she’s being wasted.
Jordan & Gable def. Gargano & Ciampa
Now that was the match of the night! Looking at the opponents, the crowd was excited even before the bell rang. The action not only did not disappoint, but it exceeded all expectations.
Chad Gable seemed to pop up out of a blue as a character but he turned into a fan darling in no time. His personality is vibrant and lovable. His in-ring style is simply beautiful. The core old-school wrestling motives he used got the crowd chanting THIS IS WRESTLING. But Gable is not only technical, he’s also fast, agile and entertaining, both in and out of the ring.
Gargano is the more exciting half of the Italian duo. His in-ring style is innovative and flashy. That always gets the crowd. Ciampa is more about his psychopath gimmick but it hasn’t yet been explored in NXT.
Jason Jordan could not keep the smile off his face. He truly blossomed with Gable by his side and he’s enjoying the love from the audience. What distinguishes him is his power. The moment he came in as the hot tag, I knew a display of strength was in order. The energy in the room jumped to the roof.
This was by far the best fight of the night. These four competitors are gold and the WWE needs to cherish them. I can easily see all of them on the main roster.
Nia Jax def. Kay Lee Ray
This was Nia Jax’ second match and it was a step in the right direction. First of all, she got rid of that atrocious Aladdin-inspired gear she wore last time. The new and improved, knight armor, black piece looks a million times better.
Also, the match was a bit more versatile. Nia showed off a few more moves from her arsenal and she stopped Kay Lee dead in her tracks.
Despite the improvement, I’m not sold on Nia Jax. She reminds me of Brodus Clay. She’s big, she’s strong but she’s slow and I’m yet to see some real character from her. Her gimmick is a body activist, who likes beating up smaller women. I’d have gone for a sadistic monster character with a much darker entrance theme.
Dash & Dawson attack Enzo & Big Cass
Enzo and Cass didn’t get the chance to even cut their usual promo on the way to the ring. Dash and Dawson ambushed them and took out Big Cass. Targeting the big guy was a smart tactic. It shows that they have no fear and asserts their dominance.
I’m starting to like this rivalry. For once, it’s a feud that will seem based on legitimate hatred and search for revenge.
Samoa Joe def. Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze played the psychological game. He tried to look calm and annoy Samoa Joe out of his mind. Prince Pretty succeed in his quest but a wound-up Joe wasn’t an easy opponent to take down.
The match had its turns and twists. Joe was strong but Breeze didn’t seem out of place. It felt like The Gorgeous One had a good chance of winning. However, in the end, the fight was meant to make Joe look menacing and he got the victory.
I would imagine that after defeating Apollo Crews next week, Finn Balor will have to refocus on Samoa Joe. This is why Breeze, on his way out to the main roster, was fed to Samoa Joe.
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