NXT

On to the NXT One – Strong Style Edition (Apr. 14)

Credit: WWE.com
Credit: WWE.com

Hello to all my readers. This week I’ll be on vacation, so my sister, Monika Sidhu, will be taking over. I feel she’ll offer some interesting insight into NXT.

On to the NXT One

​Tonight’s episode of NXT did an alright job of tying loose ends together as the follow up show to Takeover: Dallas. Since last weeks NXT episode obviously was not much of an episode William Regal opened this show thanking the fans for their commitment to the show and listing the card for the night ahead. Simple yet effective and a positive start to a decent show.

Austin Aries vs. Angelo Dawkins
This match set the show up for what could be best described as an ordinary pace. Other than Aries’ showmanship, it wasn’t anything overly impressive, but it got the ball rolling for the rest of the show.

Samoa Joe Promo
As the show after one of their biggest Takeover specials yet, tying loose ends and the continuation of story-lines was a must. Samoa Joe kicked off the night’s promos and did a great job in showing viewers that he still meant business. The tone he gave off was tamed yet aggressive which shows he has not set his eyes off of the NXT title. He just might be a little discreet about it in the next little while.

Alexa Bliss vs. Tessa Blanchard
Alexa Bliss is always a great heel to watch, in my opinion. Her perpetual resting face is all we need to hate her. This was the first time we got to see Tessa Blanchard and she definitely assisted in putting on a great match. Famous father aside, Tessa came to the match with tons of energy and it showed throughout. Even with a loss on her end, she showed us what she was capable of. Also, Alexa Bliss’ crazy eyes are on a whole other level.

Finn Balor Promo
Finn Balor is the kind of guy you look at and think “he could not be a nicer person.” His post Takeover address definitely created such feels. More interesting than that was his comment on Shinsuke Nakamura’s intentions in coming to NXT, we can very faintly smell a title match between the two in the near future.

Gargano and Ciampa vs The Vaudevillians
Up until this match it felt like the show was moving almost too smoothly. It was almost systematic. Thankfully Gargano and Ciampa gave us a a few spots that were able to breakaway from this. Gargano had some impressive moments of flight, while Ciampa’s finish definitely proved to be impressive. In hindsight, the Vaudevillians seemed to be of minimal threat in this match.

Tye Dillinger Promo

This episode seemed to contain quite a bit of backstage interviews. I don’t know about anybody else, but Dillinger’s cockiness had me impressed insofar as he really sold it to the audience that he believed he could end Nakamura. Solid effort, Tye.

Tucker Knight vs. Baron Corbin
This match was definitely successful in further reinforcing Corbin as a force to be reckoned with. He came through, absolutely killed it and walked away basically unharmed.

Enzo and Cass, Gable and Jordan Promo
– This promo brought us back to the scene of Takeover. I liked the friendly exchange between the two tag teams. Even though we didn’t get a crazy amount of tension, we can almost be sure that next weeks match between the two is going to be highly entertaining.

Bayley vs. Liv Morgan
Bayley anytime is a good time in my books. This match was solid with a great back and forth between the two. I found it hilarious that up until this point the crowds reactions were at a complete minimum. Bayley’s presence took the crowd to another level of excitement that was lacking throughout the show.

Bayley addressing the crowd at the end was a great move on her part to show she was not completely defeated in her title loss. It was great seeing her so positive and motivated for her next shot at the title.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tye Dillinger
To start, Nakamura is electrifying on a whole other level. One cannot simply skip watching his entrance, that’s for sure. I didn’t know what to expect from this match to be honest. I’m still familiarizing myself with Nakamura’s style and every moment watching him feels like I’m on the edge of my seat. The match had many points of comedic relief with Nakamura’s weird little antics onto the overconfident Dillinger. Overall, great TV debut for Nakamura.

Conclusion

All in all, this episode of NXT was well-done. It seemed as if they were trying to simmer down from the hype that came with Takeover: Dallas, but at least we got some questions answered with Bayley and Samoa Joe. Nakamura was definitely the highlight, and boy, I can’t wait to see more of him.

Rating: 6/10

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