With the next Takeover coming up in two months, it doesn’t give NXT the usual break. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it’ll speed the feuds and give the fans more content on each episode. This show was a great use and example of that.
Asuka vs Nicole Matthews
As a Sens fan that’s used to hearing “Canadian Tire Centre” during hockey games, it was strange to hear it during a NXT broadcast. I know they just held Smackdown there, but it’s not as strange because Smackdown usually runs arena type venues.
This was nothing more than a squash match, however it at least gave the announce team a chance to talk about Asuka. It also keeps the champ fresh in the minds of fans, which is important considering she just picked up a huge win two weeks ago.
No Way Jose vs Eric Young
It’s pretty cool how Sanity has been booked since their NXT debut. They’ve only been around for a month and a half, yet they’ve become a consistent presence on the show. I’d consider that to be a sign that the WWE is taking them seriously.
It was fairly obvious that Jose wasn’t going to leave this match as the winner. However, it’s important the he looks strong, as he’s still a prominent character on NXT television. In that sense, it wise to let the two wrestle a full match. It didn’t cheapen the feud, and it allowed for Eric Young to showcase himself to the NXT fan base.
The finish hear worked in two ways. Firstly, it gives Young his first win. Secondly, based on how the finish occurred, it allows for the feud to continue. Since Takeover: San Antonio is only two months away, it gives both parties a chance to build a solid feud.
Samoa Joe vs Tye Dillinger
Even though Dillinger took a L at Takeover, and was obviously going to take another here, he felt like he belonged in the upper card of NXT. I don’t know if he’s main event material, but he’s clearly someone that can get the support of the crowd. It’s amazing how far he’s come within the past year.
For the most part, the first half was pretty boring. While it dragged, I suppose it had to in order for Dillinger’s mini come back to feel exciting. Once that actually occurred, everything became more lively, even the crowd woke up. Dillinger’s offence looked fluid, and he even gave us the highlight of the match with his super kick.
There was no way Joe was going to lose this match, but at the same time it was great that Dillinger didn’t eat a pin or tap out. Of course he still lost clean, although passing out makes him look more resilient.
I knew going into this show it was taped in Ottawa, so I thought it would just act as filler. Well, it turns out I was wrong, because we were given a decent amount of story. The low point was the opening math, while the high point was the main event. Overall, I give this episode an 8/10.