After last week’s eventful episode, I had a feeling this one was going to be slightly more tame. At least it was used to kick off the Dusty Rhodes Classic, which should be enjoyable for the weeks to come.
Bollywood Boyz vs Authors of Pain
Once I saw the brackets on WWE.com, I knew this would be the only match up that would be a squash. Considering the size difference between both teams, and each teams status within NXT, an enhancement match only made sense.
Rich Swann vs Patrick Clark
It appears they’ve repackaged Patrick Clark into a character that nobody on the announce team could explain. He’s definitely a lot more flamboyant than the last time we had seen him. Regardless of his new gimmick, this match was a smart way to expose Rich Swann. The WWE seems keen on making him a familiar face to the fans, and so far they’re doing a good job.
Peyton Royce (w/Billie Kay) vs Danielle Kamela
This match was mainly used to promote Royce’s new heel character, and her relationship with Kay. I’d consider this to be the third consecutive enhancement match on this show, even though it didn’t have the length of one. I believe this singles match could have been more effective if it was cut in half, because there simply wasn’t enough substance for them to go as long as they did for.
Dan Matha/Samoa Joe Beat Down
For weeks we’ve been seeing Dan Matha vignettes, and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t very excited to see him debut. He’s big, and there’s nothing interesting about his look other than that. It wasn’t until Joe made his way out and the crowd cheered that I realized that’s how Matha was supposed to come across. Overall, this segment was excellently done, because it worked for furthering Joe’s beat down angle.
The Revival vs Andrade “Cien” Almas & Cedric Alexander
Based on how Almas vs Alexander went last week, it was only fitting they would be partners in this tournament. At no point did I believe they would win, but it was fun to see them work together, as they both wrestle a fast paced style.
There was one point where the match became completely flat, but the two teams picked up the pace to work a solid finish. However, this was never about the outcome, but instead what happened after the Revival won. I’m sure many fans sensed that Cien was going to turn heel, and it was smart for the NXT booking committee to wait a week after his singles match with Alexander. It simply made the turn more exciting.
Other than the last two segments, there wasn’t a whole lot to take away from this show. I’m not saying it was completely pointless since we were given a few matches that showcased certain wrestlers. The low point was Royce vs Kamela, while the high point was Joe’s beat down of Matha. Overall, I give this episode a 6/10.