NXT

On to the NXT One – I Like Rhynos Edition

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Last night’s episode of NXT delivered for the most part. I was slightly upset with the amount of jobber tag teams we were given, made that didn’t ruin the show for me. What made this show great was Kevin Owens. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend watching him act as a one man show.

Opening Segment

I popped in my living room when hearing Itami’s music for the first time in month. To me, this showed that they cared enough to remind the audience about him. His English has improved since his debut, I don’t think he needs to worry about the language barrier in his future. Is Kevin Owens not the best character on WWE television? This man finds a way to get involved with everybody, and he makes it work. Kevin’s promo skills were put to the test, as he successfully recovered from stumbling on his words. The post promo antics were a clever way of setting the tone for the show. Overall, I highly enjoyed this segment as it kept me glued from the start.

Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs Jason Jordan & Sylvester Leforte

I was a shocked that Enzo & Cass were on this show, considering they were on last week. They’ll be feuding with the champs for awhile and it was smart that they didn’t wrestle them in any variation. We haven’t sen Leforte in sometime, but I didn’t care to. There wasn’t much action to this contest, as it ended quickly. Overall, a good way to showcase Enzo & Cass without exhausting their feud.

Dana Brooke vs Cassie

Was Cassie wearing a dress? Her ring attire looked awful. For two divas that don’t carry much experience, they actually put on a decent match. There were moments where their inexperience showed, but they kept me invested for the most part. Frankly, I thought it was better than the first match. Dana is improving, and at a steady pace. Overall, not a spectacular match, but not terrible either. This was a good way to showcase Brooke.

Finn Balor Special Part 2

Part 1 from last week week was tremendous, and so was this one. Having a chance to see what Balor does outside the ring and on his free time was a smart way for audience to relate to him. I was worried they wouldn’t speak about his NJPW career, but they really dove into it. I couldn’t believe they brought up that many highlights from his days in Japan.

Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder vs Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins

Hate or love Rawley & Ryder, the two are extremely entertaining with each other. The two found a way to make their pairing work, which I’m sure was a challenge when they were first presented the idea. I couldn’t care less about Dawkins & Fulton. It’s not their wrestling ability, but their lack of skill to make me invest in them as characters. The spot of the match was definitely the double team Rough Ryder. That team looked quite impressive, and overall I’m starting to enjoy this run a little more.

Finn Balor vs Rhyno

Owens addition to commentary for this match was a splendid surprise. The second he came out, he found ways to make me laugh. Rhyno and Balor have great chemistry, and I didn’t mind their rematch. I’m not sure if I wasn’t paying attention, but did they announce this match? Balor’s over the top rope senton was the spot of the match, simply because how it was executed so cleanly by both men. I did my best to focus on the contest, but Owens was just too funny on commentary. I was more focused on what he had to say than what was happening in the ring. I thought Balor looked quite fluid towards the end of match. He was booked to look like a resiliant competitor, and it translated. The post match beat down was a good touch, and a great way to incorporate Samoa Joe into the show. By having two of his feuds in the ring, Owens came across as the most despicable heel in NXT. Overall, solid main event with interesting drama.

Conclusion

This week’s edition of NXT was extremely content based. Their wasn’t many throwaway segments backstage, and they delivered much in ring content. It’s fair to say I was hooked for most of the show. The low point of this show was probably seeing the two different jobber tag teams (Fulton & Dawkins and Jordan & Leforte), while the high point was Owens on commentary. Overall, I give this episode a 7.5/10.

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