Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger
This was a complete beatdown. Baron Corbin was just showing off his ability to squash a man in all sorts of ways.
By the end, Tye managed to convince the crowd he had a chance, only to get stopped dead in his tracks by the End of Days.
Corbin is powerful. His character was more interesting when he didn’t talk and carried himself wrapped in mystery. Now, his gimmick has turned very generic and he’s lost steam because of it. It’s a shame that the WWE decided to push him in that direction.
Nia Jax def. Blue Pants
This was a worse beatdown than the one Corbin gave Dillinger. Nia Jax tossed Blue Pants around like a rag doll.
We saw Nia performing the moves she was learning on Breaking Ground. I’m sure her coach is proud. However, Nia needs a change of finisher. For a woman her size to use a leg drop feels like a wasted opportunity to make something spectacular.
Backstage Nia Jax approached Bayley with a title shot challenge, which the champ accepted. I was going to say that Nia just stared her down but then I had to scratch that as Nia Jax tossed Bayley THROUGH A DOOR. This is how you make an impact! I’m finally paying attention now.
James Storm def. Adam Rose
I had forgotten that James Storm was even on the NXT roster. I don’t even know if he had a televised match after his debut. Regardless, he won and the fans cheered.
As for Adam Rose, I find it funny how his heel persona cuts his own music to walk down to the ring in silence. It’s genius in a way. However, I’m worried that Adam Rose is going nowhere.
Gable & Jordan def. The Vaudevillains
This was the match I anticipated the most. The promo segment backstage put a smile on my face, as Chad Gable poured charisma all over the place.
The match was as exciting,as you could expect. Both teams have very unusual wrestling styles. I like the way Gable and Jordan mash up. Jordan finally has an outlet for his power and energy as Gable sets the atmosphere in the room high before his partner starts. And Gable makes classic wrestling look fun again. Brilliant!
The Vaudevillains seem to be going back to their roots and turning heel. That, or they are planning to leave for the main roster. Either way, the villainous in the Vaudevillains seems to be on the rise again.
Elias Samson The Drifter 2
The Drifter is such a brilliant character. He sung about “substance in men” and if his character will bring the same substance and depth as his songs do, then he really is what the WWE Universe needs.
Emma def. Liv Morgan
Liv Morgan has the looks and the in-ring presence to succeed in the WWE. I can see a bright future ahead of her. However, this match was all about Emma.
It’s interesting how Emma’s character has made a full 180 turn. Yes, she’s been a heel for a while now but recently she took the lead in her partnership with Dana Brooke. From fun and clumsy Emma turned serious and calculating. She’s cold and rational. Props to her for pulling off two polar opposite characters.
Samoa Joe def. Tommaso Ciampa
This match was a pleasure to watch. Joe could have been booked to defeat anyone to gain momentum but placed with Ciampa in the ring, that victory had value.
Ciampa pulled off one submission move after the other with incredible ease. The speed at which he does that is what makes his style so attractive.
Joe was just angry and powerful. He didn’t outwrestle Ciampa but he overpowered him with ease. That pumped the pressure for Finn Balor. Good job at building up their feud.
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