After a few strong weeks of NXT they were bound to deliver a bad episode. Well, this was that bad episode.
Alexa Bliss vs Carmella
Within the past few weeks, these two have done a solid job at building a small rivalry. What I love about is that their dislike for one another has been consistently shown on television. While this wasn’t the strongest women’s match we’ve seen on NXT, the performers themselves did an excellent job at telling a story. Along with this, Phillips and Graves were great at narrating their feud. I didn’t expect Bliss to win, but that was a pleasant surprise. It keeps her strong, and allows for Carmella to chase down Alexa for revenge.
Noah Potjes vs Andrade “Cien” Almas
Noah looks like a mix between Baron Corbin and Bo Dallas. I couldn’t get that out of my head, but once again Graves did a good job at selling him as a threat. While the finish was predictable, Potjes was still able to look strong in defeat. He wasn’t just treated as enhancement talent. I can appreciate that as it allows for both competitors to look good.
Nakamura/Balor Video Packages
This isn’t a championship match, but they’re treating it like a big deal, because it is. Both are top stars in the brand and deserve this type of hype.
Hype Bros vs Tomasso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano
Since we haven’t seen the Hype Bros lately, I can’t say I cared to see them. There was a time they were over with the crowd, but that has died out due to their absence. Due to my lack of interest in the Hype Bros, I just zoned out for this contest. It didn’t help that this was much longer than it should have been. This was 10 minutes! In no way was this match worthy of being that long.
Post Match Promo
After a lackluster match, I very much enjoyed the promo cut between the two top teams. Ciampa & Gargano have a claim, but so do American Alpha, and from this they’ve created a good story. Each team can be seen as the top team, and that’s what makes this interesting. The fact that this was used in the main event segment shows fans how important the tag titles are in NXT.
I believe the show could have ended with the two teams in the ring having a stare down. That would have been much more effective for the story they told earlier in the promo. The Authors of Pain created some split focus. If anything, they could have cost American Alpha their next match. In my opinion, the Authors of Pain aren’t strong enough characters to close out a show yet.
Most of the matches were decent, and they did a decent job at keeping everybody looking good. However, there just wasn’t anything about this episode that felt important. The low point was the main event, while the high point was the opening match. Overall, I give this episode of NXT a 5/10.