NXT

On to the NXT One (Apr.20)

Credit: WWE.com

To all my readers, I truly apologize for not covering the latest episodes of Raw and Smackdown. I plan on making up for it with some additional content for the latter half of the week.

With my small break from the world of pro wrestling, I couldn’t have been more excited to watch this episode of NXT. Thankfully, it was something worth watching.

Opening Segment

Since most NXT episodes don’t open with promos, this was rather refreshing. It’s almost the complete opposite of what happens on the main roster.

I thought Bobby’s promo was strong. He hit every point that he needed to, which was a great way of keeping him invovled with what happened last week. His distain towards the NXT roster was perfect, considering how much he hated Nakamura.

Based on what Roode said, Hideo’s interruption was perfectly timed. Overall, this turned out to be an incredible way of setting up a new feud.

Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Danny Burch

With Drew McIntyre wrestling Oney Lorcan last week, I had assumed he was returning as a heel. Well, that doesn’t appear to be the case, because it looks like Almas and McIntyre are set to feud with each other.

Even though this was a quick match, it was a solid way of giving Almas some momentum heading into next week.

Liv Morgan & Aliyah vs Billie Kay & Peyton Royce

It’s about time Kay & Royce find new opponents. The heel duo has been feuding with Liv Morgan for months, and nothing has come of it. At least before Kay & Royce were highly elevated with their wins, but now it’s just being used as filler.

Thankfully, the result was different this time, as Liv finally came out with the victory. However, that doesn’t mean this two parties should continue with this program.

As for the match, it was fairly smooth. In terms of in ring action, I highly believe the NXT women’s division is well positioned to make some noise.

Tye Dillinger vs Eric Young

Going into this show, I was fully convinced that Dillinger was going to lose, once again. With him having two losses against Eric Young/Sanity, one can assume he would add a third to that tally. This mind set actually had me disinterested in the match. Along with that, most would think Dillinger would lose his last match in NXT, in order to make someone else look good before leaving.

I’m not sure how many fans felt this way, but that negative mind set made the finish so much better. Seeing Dillinger finally conquer Sanity was nothing short of a feel good moment. Since Tye’s been waiting for this, his celebration felt extremely genuine and real. It was hard not to jump up in joy and be happy. In fact, that win actually gave me goosebumps.

The work rate itself was incredible. These two found a way to take a long feud, and still tell a story that fans would like to see. Young’s elbow certainly stole the show in terms of spots, because that’s not an easy move to pull off. Also, the aggressiveness from EY was another reminder of how strong his in ring abilities truly are. Due to the many tag matches he’s been working, his skill is something that’s been flying under the radar.

He may officially be on Smackdown, but Dillinger found a way to leave Full Sail with one more lasting impression.

Conclusion

From start to finish, this was an entertaining hour of wrestling. There was a solid mix of promos, video packages, and great in ring work. I can’t complain too much about a well balanced show. It actually set the tone for the weeks to come.

The low point of the show was the women’s tag (which was only a low point because of the stale match up), while the high points were the opening promo and the main event. Overall, this episode deserves a 9/10.

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