After last week’s great episode, I couldn’t possibly figure out what they would do on this show. It was heavily built around video packages, but that didn’t stop the two matches from being good.
Hideo Itami vs Mustafa Ali
Mustafa is actually the third CWC participant to debut on NXT, and I think it’s a great idea bringing some of them to these tapings. Chances are, most fans that watch CWC, watch NXT, so it gives us a chance to see a familiar face in a new environment. It wasn’t like Ali stood a chance against Hideo, but it was still great to see him as he works a style fitting enough to sell Itami’s.
It’s a unfortunate that Itami’s return was so close to Takeover:Brooklyn. I’m glad he’s back, but his timing now has him out of the loop for NXT’s largest annual event. Hopefully he’s given a worth while feud for the next Takeover.
Carmella, Liv Morgan, & Nikki Glenncross vs Alexa Bliss, Daria Berenato, Mandy Rose
Carmella’s slowly finding her role on Smackdown, but we can’t forget that at one point she was a pretty solid competitor in NXT. I believe the pop she received during her entrance was telling of that. It was interesting how she didn’t come out with a mic like she normally does. I’m guessing they either wanted to rush the entrances, or they’re considering taking that aspect of her entrance away.
I’m not sure how many of you watch Total Divas, but that’s the only place I know Mandy Rose from (and Tough Enough). I’m glad she’s finally debuted, because she’s always been the odd one out on the hit reality show. Like myself, I’m sure many fans forgot about her, however Corey Graves made sure they didn’t. Her work rate may be extremely green, she has time to develop, and has Corey Graves at commentary to sell her every move. Plus, she has a real swagger to her step.
Before the match began, I looked at Glenncross as the most bland. However, what she lacks in a unique appearance, she makes up for with her in ring ability. I can honestly say I was throughly entertained by her aggressive style throughout this match.
Daria was another competitor that really stood out to me. Her MMA inspired look is something we’ve never seen before in the women’s division. Along with that, she knew exactly what aspects of MMA to incorporate into her wrestling style. Her spear/takedown on Glenncross was the highlight of the match because of how realistic it looked.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t very excited to watch this match when it was announced at the start of the show, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. For a six women tag, every competitor received a chance to shine, and that made this a lot of fun to watch. Combine that with Billie Kay’s solid backstage promo and Ember Moon’s vignette, this ended up being a brilliant showcase for the new NXT women’s division.
Shinsuke Nakamura/Samoa Joe Interview
This turned out to be incredibly boring, for the most part. Everything the said in this segment was stuff we already heard, except Joe stating how he’s known Nakamura for a while. Shinsuke was funny at times when he let out his ear to ear smile, but I don’t think that was purpose of this interview. The only bright spot was when Joe pushed his chair away out of anger. Compared to their confrontation last week, this didn’t hold up well.
These days, the WWE does such a good job with video packages, that they can build an entire go home show around them. Sometimes those video packages can do much more than a extra promo, because all the editing that goes into them can make any feud look heated. It also explains why last week’s episode of NXT was so action packed. The low point of this show was the sit down interview, while the high point was the six woman tag match. Overall, I give this episode a 6.5/10.