I apologize to my readers for publishing this later than usual. For those that didn’t know, Wednesday night was the start of the 2016-2017 NHL season, and I had to watch my Ottawa Senators play.
Bobby Roode & Tye Dillinger vs Sanity
Time after time, the WWE continues to deliver with amazing entrances. Before this match occurred, the fans had no idea what Sanity was supposed to be, but their entrance alone defined the gimmick. The type of match that was wrestled worked perfectly for the debut of Sanity. Not only did it put the new stable over, but it reminded the fans that Roode is in fact a heel. Also, let’s not forget how his fear and confusion during his backstage interview completely sold Sanity as a threatening group.
Since I didn’t read the spoilers for this particular set of tapings, Eric Young was a pleasant surprise as the leader. His look absolutely suits theme of the stable.
Billie Kay vs Liv Morgan
Ever since Billie Kay has been given more television time, I believe she’s made the most of it. Her heel mannerisms are well suited for her character, and it’s starting to come across as natural. The wrestling aspect wasn’t overly smooth, but both competitors did a decent job at selling their rivalry. Having Royce get involved was wise, because that allows for this feud to grow.
TM61 vs Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
For those of you that forgot, Tino was actually a featured wrestler on Breaking Ground. If I’m being honest, I had completely forgot he was still with the company until this match. As for Riddick Moss, I only know him as the guy that was involved with Hideo Itami’s latest injury. It didn’t take me long to realize that neither of these two men looked interesting. Sometimes that lack of interest in a wrestler(s) can make a decent match extremely boring. It also didn’t help that this contest went longer than it should have. However, it worked by getting TM61 over.
Buddy Murphy vs Wesley Blake/Samoa Joe-Nakamura Brawl
These two men have been stuck in limbo ever since they broke up. Even as a tag team, the only interesting part about them was Alexa Bliss, however that wasn’t the case during this match. This may have been the first time I was interested in seeing the two wrestle. The two had great chemistry, and they actually put forth a decent match before Joe attacked them.
The absolute highlight of the show was when the camera did a close up on Joe’s twitching face. That goes to show how strong his acting has been in this heel role. He legitimately looked insane, and I don’t think I’ve seen something like that in quite some time. Along with that, we were given a different a side of Nakamura which hasn’t been showcased in NXT. Overall, this turned out to be a great way to further this feud, and it also allows for their rematch to feel bigger than their last one.
Apart from one match, this was a solid show. Even the one match that I disliked had some meaning to it, so it was a well rounded episode. The last time NXT felt this consistent was back in late 2014-early 2015. The low point was TM61 vs Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss, while the high point was the debut of Sanity. Overall, I give this episode of NXT an 8/10.