NXT returned last night (October 14) from the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. You can find the results on the live blog here.
Turn the wheel
The main event on the show this week was Damian Priest, who defended his title against Dexter Loomis.
Too early, I felt it was a legal feud. So it was not surprising when Cameron Grimes cost the silent superstar the match with Cave In behind the referee. This is the obvious feud based on the last few weeks.
It will be interesting to see who will benefit better. Conventional thinking would say that Loomis is the one who is the baby in this program and the older person. He would have a harder time recovering from the loss than Grimes, who could come up with an excuse for BS and be good. The goal is to elevate both men, and we hope they are able to do that.
The title match this week was fun enough to secure the venue for the main event. Loomis̵
Damian will then have to face Johnny Gargano again Halloween chaos after just beating it in Take 31. An attack on the champion with a chair after the match won Johnny this right. (As well as the fact that they had to put the match together in a short order.)
William Regal added the spice when he kicked it to Shotzi, who made the match (and Candice’s title match, which we’ll get to in a moment) a Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal match.
This will at least add a fun arrangement to the rematch. There are some ridiculous things on this bike, such as a matchstick, a match cole miner’s glove, and a buried live stick. The result will be the same, but always appreciated when you go retro with the classics. And they need to have fun with these conditions.
Rematch number two
Candice Lere receives another blow to the title of Yo Shirai Halloween chaos in two weeks.
She got there by defeating Shotzi Blackheart in what was a good match between two women who consistently have good matches. The deciding factor was Indy Hartwell, who started sucking Candice (and Johnny Gargano) last week by giving them a new TV. Indy put on LeRae brass knuckles, a weapon that Poison Pixie used to win the match.
So we get another rematch from Take 31 less than a month later. He feels lazy to play the same game again. They obviously want to wait for bigger contenders like Rhea Ripley, Tony Storm and Amber Moon. And you should.
At least Candice and Io have great chemistry and the match will be good. The new wrinkle will be Hartwell, which could be a deciding factor for LeRae. But in reality, she doesn’t beat Yo Shirai, and the lack of drama about what is probably the best match for the show’s title is a bit disappointing.
However, the wheel will help you to fix things.
Undoubtedly, it still shows unity … for now.
Kyle O’Reilly joined Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong in the ring for his # 1 contender match against Oni Lorcan and Danny Birch. O’Reilly talks about the band (something like the leader?), Showing nothing simple about Ridge Holland. In fact, he claims that if Ridge was not in a hospital bed because of last week’s ominous injury, he would be there because Undisputed put him there.
KOR has admitted that someone is behind Adam Cole’s attack, which means this “who doesn’t know?” Angle will continue. I’m glad he will. It is obviously a great shame that Ridge suffered such an injury. But it looks like they can continue this main corner with Undisputed.
Fish & Strong beat Burch & Lorcan in a fun match to host a match against Breezango next week. And it must be a fun time. But the big corner here is the future of Undisputed, which, despite all their insistence, can focus on rest.
The Drake Maverick & Killian Dain team is a little more cohesive than it was last week.
Killian doesn’t do music (which is weird because she manages) and he definitely wasn’t on behalf of Drake Furry & Fury’s team (which I understand). But he tolerates all this more. Because he manages to beat people.
Drake booked them a match against the former champion of the battle Imperium. This time Dane was ready to mark, even reaching out. This is huge for this relationship! But that was not enough to win.
I’m glad Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner passed. This new team of strange couples is a lot of fun, but they are not where they should beat a team of Imperium caliber. They showed some struggle, but it was not enough.
The biggest step forward was after the match. Ever-Rise thought Drake was left alone and tried to get revenge for last week. But Big Dane sent the two men to the floor with a double clothesline. He then told Drake that he was the only person who managed to hit Maverick.
Austin Theory continues to lose.
This week was in the hands of Johnny Gargano. It was no squash. It was a two-segment match that could sometimes go the young man’s way. But in the end it was another L for the theory. Wade Barrett pointed out his loss and ranked him with the fact that he is against a list of really good talents.
But at the same time, loss is loss. And it’s not like Johnny Gargano wins all the time. It was like a battle of two boys who lose more than they gain. After all, Johnny was too experienced with rookie theory.
This lost series is an obvious storyline. And NXT has done well in the past. Andrade (“Sien” Almas) loses all the time before working with Zelina Vega, a move that took him right to the top. Eventually, Theory will find something that works for him when he wants to motivate him by just putting others.
– Jake Atlas defeated Ashante “You” Adonis. He took advantage when Raoul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde came out seeking revenge on Adonis from Take 31. After using this to his advantage, Jake chose to help Adonis. Santos Escobar joined his boys, and Isaiah “Divert” Scott did the same for Adonis and Atlas, leaving them at a dead end. I wonder if this will challenge Atlas for the cruise title because Scott lost his last two chances.
– Rhea Ripley and Raquel González had words when the nightmare overhears Raquel talking about garbage in an interview. Many employees were needed to keep them apart. NXT did a very good job of building this as a big game in a short period of time, especially considering that Gonzalez really hadn’t played a single before.
– Tony Storm took his first victory (obvs) against Aliyah. It’s great to bring this rock star back on Wednesday.
It was a solid episode. Some of these matches feel longer than usual. This is good for matches like Shotzi vs. Candice. Not necessary for Theory vs. Gargano. The performance of the TakeOver rematch and the lack of a title scene for men make these shows feel less important, but they are still not bad.
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