Hey, kids. It’s your Botching one ready to deliver another look in on “The Illustrious Future” that is “NXT”. I’m really happy about how things are going with this show. I’m also thrilled that they’ll make their USA Network debut next week! Everyone will finally have a chance to see what I get to enjoy every week. It should be a lot of fun. Let’s get into this week’s show, shall we?
So we’re getting a Fatal Four-Way to determine the new number 1 contender for the NXT Championship. This is, of course, due to Drew’s injury at “TakeOver”. This is unfortunate but, as they say, the show must go on. An even bigger shame, IMHO, is the fact that, later tonight, Kassius Ohno was scheduled to face The Velveteen Dream as part of this Fatal Four-Way Qualifier but he, too, was injured after that 5-star match with Aleister Black at “TakeOver”. Hopefully, his is nothing serious and he’ll be back soon.
In-ring segment: Andrade Cien Almas & Zelina Vega
Zelina has single-handedly saved Andrade’s NXT career. Without her, he is nowhere.
Andrade has a few problems. First of all, his English isn’t great at this point so that makes him difficult to understand and limits his choice of words. Secondly, he’s used to working under a mask (he did so as La Sombra) so his face isn’t as lively as it should be. The worst part is that it’s hard to get into anything he’s saying because his face doesn’t show much emotion.
Anyway, he said things but they didn’t really matter and Zelina didn’t speak enough. It would have benefitted the segment if she’d done most of the talking and he just stood there looking egotistical. As it stood, he did almost all the talking and it was pretty deadly for the segment.
Backstage segment: Lars Sullivan
He looks suitably angry and he’s becoming more verbose. That’s something he absolutely needs to do. The “Johnny-one-note-angry-big-dude” thing was only going to get him so far. This helped much and got him across with more dimension.
Trent Seven vs. Killian Dane
As of now, I have zero reason to care about Trent. He’s been seen very little (an issue with all the U.K. talent)and he gives very little personality when I have seen him. Seven’s “Seven Star Lariat” is pretty impressive-looking for sure but this was basically a slightly longer jobber match.
Backstage segment: The Undisputed Era
This worked pretty well. Kyle is a little much but only a little. NXT is still relatively new so that’ll likely go away. Adam Cole is a star in every sense of the word. When he speak, you just have to listen.
Ruby Riott vs. Sonya Deville (No Holds Barred)
Both of these women have a great look about them. The both look like they could kill anyone they were in the ring with and they’re great to pair together. I loved Riott’s counter of Deville’s ankle lock. These ladies work hard and this match was further proof of that. Very good match from both of them.
Backstage segment: Ember Moon (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce interrupt)
Ember handled “the mean girls” really well. It moved the story along too.
Kassius Ohno vs. Johnny Gargano
It’s sad to say that Kassius’ NXT run this time around has been pretty lackluster, regardless of how Mauro tries to spin it. He’s basically spent his time putting people over without meaning much. They told a really good story in there this week. Both of them really brought it. My major problem before this began is that I wasn’t really that invested. I don’t think either of these guys is going to win the title. Also, matches that are just thrown together face an uphill battle as related getting the crowd invested.
Thankfully, none of that mattered here. The crowd was in and I was too. Mauro’s constant caterwauling really got on my nerves (when doesn’t it?) but these men thankfully helped me focus on them and no him. They were treated to “this is awesome” chants and they deserved them for as much work as they put in here. Great job from both!
My main beef with this episode is the they did absolutely nothing to set up their USA Network debut. I don’t even think they mentioned it. This is a big step for NXT…and no one said a thing. No huge matches were set up for it either. I’m sure they’ll bring it next Wednesday (they always do) but it should be promoted better and we got nothing tonight. Bizarre and particularly badly done promo from WWE.