After the WWE Draft, this episode of NXT became the swan song of some of the biggest names on the show. Then again, when there’s space opening, there’s always someone to fill it. New faces got some air time. Let’s talk NXT!
Samoa Joe def. Rhyno
This was one colossal clash. For once, two large men faced off and the fight didn’t look slow and clumsy. Instead, the match looked like a war between immortals. It kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Joe obviously won. He is the champ but he had to add insult to injury and make Rhyno tap out. Still, the fans sided with Joe, despite both men being heel.
Authors of Pain def. American Alpha
This was Jordan and Gable’s last appearance on NXT, since they became a part of SmackDown. It’s customary for NXT stars to leave on a loss, allowing the new guys to gain momentum. However, Gable and Jordan went out swinging.
The emotion and the passion is what makes American Alpha so great. I hope that they’ll have Enzo & Cass’s success on the main roster.
As for the Authors of Pain, they won’t last long. Even the announce team don’t know who’s who. They call them “one of the Authors of Pain”. People with no personality can’t hang around with the best.
Austin Aries def. Patrick Clark
Austin Aries was always going to squash the newcomer. However, this was a great opportunity for Patrick. The Tough Enough contestant got to be on NXT TV before the actual winner and that says something about his capabilities.
Although No Way ran out to attack Aries, there’s no way I’d take him seriously. I’m sorry but this gimmick is bad and it will never work.
Bayley def. Nia Jax
This match brought to mind a question that’s been bugging everyone since the Draft. Why is Bayley still on NXT, while Nia’s on the main roster?
Nia even lost, as any good NXT superstar does on the way out. It was a clean pin for Bayley – something she’s been struggling to get against Nia.
I still have hopes that Bayley will debut at Battleground and all of this is just a distraction to makes us believe she won’t.
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