After TakeOver The End, the Authors of Pain make their official in-ring debut on NXT TV. The other newcomers – TM 61 and Andrade Cien Almas also leave their mark on the new era. Meanwhile, a dream feud begins…That and much more! Let’s talk NXT!
Authors of Pain def. ???
The WWE’s going with the silent monster type for the Authors of Pain. They are being offered the traditional route of entry through decimating jobbers to build an image of a beast team.
At the moment, the strategy is working. The attack on American Alpha was a big deal to the NXT Universe, therefore, there is a lot of interest in what the Authors of Pain are doing. Also, there’s growing anticipation to the moment when Paul Ellering will speak.
However, I’m not overly excited about the Authors of Pain. I wonder if they have a lot to offer in the ring, apart from the obvious size advantage. We don’t even officially know their indivdual names yet.
Carmella def. Tessa Blanchard
Carmella defeated Tessa Blanchard with relative ease. The Princess of Staten Island is slowly but surely building her name as a competitor. I can see her, attacking the NXT title in the next few months. Especially, if Alexa Bliss manages to take down Asuka.
It was a good thing for Carmella that Enzo and Cass were called up without her. This is her only chance to get out of their shadow and make a name for herself.
TM61 def. Blake & Murphy
TM61 demonstrated what all the hype was about. This time they won and it made up for their debut loss. It wasn’t just the wrestling, but also the attitude. Their storytelling in the ring is topnotch.
There still seems to be tension between Blake and Murphy, although Blake tried to blame everything on Alexa Bliss. I hope they don’t break up. These two fit in so well together. As singles competitors they’ll be lost.
Andrade Cien Almas def. Tye Dillinger
This was a step higher than Cien’s debut match. It still wasn’t outstanding but it was a good performance. Almas has potential but until now he hasn’t done anything that screams future superstar on the main roster.
The crowd didn’t get behind him either. It rarely happens on NXT. Usually, international stars get their recognition. In this case, Tye might be a bit too over with the crowd to play the heel.
Thy Dillinger truly has been consistent on NXT. It would only be right if he got a chance at something bigger but realistically, I don’t see his niche yet. He’s midcard on NXT, so he won’t stand a chance on the main roster and on NXT, the star power is too overwhelming at the moment for him to stand out. It’s a difficult situation.
Finn Balor/ Shinsuke Nakamura
The NXT crowd expected something of a retirement speech from Finn Balor and got a dream feud instead. No titles can create the atmosphere this match will have, purely based on the talent in it.
Shinsuke had more lines this time round and with the weirdest delivery ever, he still made it work. Who else gets a pop like that on saying the word “you”?
We all thought it was time for the Demon to hit Raw, especially with The Club there. However, this will have to wait until after the brand split. Meanwhile, we’ll get Nakamura vs. Balor and it doesn’t get better than that.
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