Dakota Kai vs. Santana Garrett
Fun fact: Dakota is from Aukland, New Zealand. The last WWF/E competitor who was from there was Tony Garea. He used to team with Rick Martel well before Martel became “The Model”.
I like Dakota and she’s been a lot off fun so far. Santana is one we’ve seen very little from and when we see her, she’s in there to lose. Just like tonight. They worked back and forth but the match felt “off”. They were just glacial in there. Even when they ran the ropes, it was like slow motion. Odd. They’re both better than this so this is a shame.
Backstage segment – Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic)
Talking about food. Makes perfect sense. Tucker was attacked by The Mighty while Otis was talking about food. They’re trying to make the former TM-61 into something. Let’s see if they can do it. So far…
In-ring segment – Shayna Bazsler
She is so good in there. Her arrogance is just intoxicating and her confidence is too. She works extremely well and her mic work is the best in NXT right now. This wasn’t long but it could have gone on for another fifteen minutes and I’d have listened. She has BUCKETS full of “it”.
Backstage segment – Danny Burch & The Undisputed Era
The Undisputed Era on the whole make great high school bullies. Roderick is out of his depth with stuff like this and he’s boring no matter what you do with him. In contrast, Kyle is so completely expressive and he’s a lot of fun. When Danny challenged Adam for the North American title, Adam’s response was priceless. He completely played Danny and it was beautiful.
The Mighty (Shane Thorne & Nick Miller) vs. Otis Dozovic
This wasn’t bad at all. Otis had the support of the crowd and, while his double-suplex was train wreck-y, it got a good response and it told the story fairly well. Of course, The Mighty had to take this one.
Cinéma de Honeymoon – Bianca Belair
She just oozes charisma. Nice and short but it told the story perfectly.
Backstage segment – Kairi Sane
Very awkward. It’s not her fault that she doesn’t know English well but it is NXT’s fault for showcasing her in this light. Not good.
Velveteen Dream vs. Chris Dijak
Anytime Velveteen Dream’s on the card, it’s memorable. Dijak is HUGE. His chatter during the match was really corny and he really shouldn’t do it. His work, though, is devastating and fun to watch. This match was interesting in that we got a more sadistic side of Dream and I really liked it. Dream came out on top just as he should have. I’m honestly not sure what’s left for Dream to do in NXT. A guy like Velveteen Dream doesn’t need a belt to be over and apparently, they don’t think so either. I enjoy watching him here and the rumor is that he’ll be called up sooner than later. When he is, my fervent hope is that they don’t bury him a la so many other NXT stars.
Backstage segment – Mustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate)
Really bad. Just bad. I didn’t believe a word they said. They can both work their faces off but neither is anything on the mic. This was “Cedric Alexander” bad. Next…
EC3 vs. Johnny Gargano
I love that that Gargano’s feud with Ciampa has changed Gargano’s ring style. We rarely get a nerve pinch but EC3 gave us one here and it was cool to see it again. The clever subtext of EC3 just happening to sit up as Ciampa was brilliant. It made Gargano lose it. Gargano is, dare I say it, BROKEN! Ciampa’s totally and completely in his head and it’s great. I don’t love that EC3 was sacrificed for it but I get it completely.