We’re two weeks removed from the last Takeover, and NXT continued with character development and fall out. Also, this show built towards the upcoming weeks
Tye Dillinger vs Oney Lorcan
With a string of good and meaningful matches, this was the first I actually took Tye seriously. However, this turned out to be extremely misleading. I genuinely thought Dillinger would and deserved to pick up the win. The finish to this match surprised me more than Roman’s suspension on Tuesday (that’s an exaggeration). What was the point of Dillinger losing? Is that just his gimmick now? Considering that NXT is going to be raided for the draft, it needs stars, and I thought Dillinger might be one of them.
No Way Jose vs Josh Woods
This Woods character looked like he came right out of the UFC and it turns out he actually does have some MMA experience .It’s a good look, because the only other person who has it is Brock Lesnar. I definitely found it funny that this tough looking MMA fighter had to keep up with No Way Jose. That’s simply the beauty of pro wrestling.
One has to think that the NXT bookers are clearly pushing Jose as somewhat of a serious character. Why else would Aries interrupt his post match celebration? Aries and Jose took their sweet time leading to an attack angle. For a moment I believed that the two would just dance all the up the ramp and off screen. They did a brilliant job at milking this segment for what it was worth, because at one point I asked myself “what the f*ck am I watching?”.
Bayley vs Deonna Purazzo
Out of everything in this match, I absolutely loved Bayley’s modified shirt. Obviously I can’t buy one like that, but I’d be willing to make one of my own.
I can’t say I was expecting much from this contest, although for a quick squash this was quite entertaining. The Hugger brought a ton of energy and it was perfect for a return match.
Liv Morgan vs Nia Jax
It’s great to see that Liv Morgan now was with a new entrance and some sort of character. I believe this was the reason Liv was even able to put up some sort of fight. Her offence didn’t last very long, but it was still impressive. Having Jax win decisively was still necessary, because she needed to bounce back from her loss to Asuka.
Buddy Murphy vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Murphy essentially acted as an enhancement talent to Nakamura. However, that didn’t really bother me, because Nakamura knows how to make a show out of any match, regardless of the length he’s given. The crowd reactions are just an indication of how much the fans enjoy watching him. The Kinshasa he delivered might have been the best on we’ve seen in his NXT run. His execution wasn’t any different, but Murphy’s sell was was pure perfection.
I was actually expecting a mild episode, although this turned out to be quite action packed. I’m not saying it was over the top action, but just enough to keep me glued to the screen. For the most part they did a good job at focusing on key figures. The low point of the show was the opening match, while the high point was the main event. Overall, I give this show a 7/10.