Hey, kids.  It’s the Baron of all things Botch with another look into “The Illustrious Future” of NXT.  I couldn’t be happier to write this each week.  This show is the “Mr. Dependable” show of WWE.  I can always count on it being really good and I always look forward to it.  Let’s dive in, shall we?


Adam Cole vs. Danny Burch

There is nothing better than a raging ego and Adam is dripping in it.  He has charisma for years and a move set that is vast.  Burch is a great foil in the ring for Cole too.  There was some truly devastating stuff in there culminating with a super kick Shawn Michael would have been proud of.  The winner is absolutely no surprise, good though Burch is.


Cinéma en Colère – Shayna Bazsler & Candice LaRae

This was great.  Few do dismissive than Shayna and Candice went all Johnny Wrestling on her.  Short but very nice and sets up real venom between the two.


Backstage segment – Dakota Kai & Lacey Evans

They can’t figure out what they want to do with Lacey.  She was a USO woman, then they tarted her up a bit, and now she’s dressed like Little Red Riding Hood.  She was great here though.  She looked at Dakota and talked to her like she was nothing.  Dakota is great at the underdog thing so they should be fun together.


Vanessa Borne vs. Kairi Sane

This was fun.  Kairi, for all the stupidity of her gimmick, is fun in there.  She really showed personality here and she really is a sweetheart.  Borne showed some real grit here too.  She had some very interesting offense by hanging Kairi over the ring and going after her back.  Kairi’s cross-legged Boston Crab was a thing of beauty.  I’m not sure I’ve ever even seen it before.  Kairi absolutely has the goods.

Why they decided that she should cut a promo is beyond me.  I’m going to pretend it didn’t have it and move on.  Her inability to nimbly navigate English isn’t a big deal but they shouldn’t have put her in that position.


Cinéma de Vengeance – Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa

Gargano is BROKEN!  It made for a rather odd interaction but I liked it.  When Aleister went inside, Ciampa was waiting to wreak havoc and I liked that too.  Johnny essentially letting Aleister know that he doesn’t really know what he’s in for and then Ciampa proving it by attacking him was very effective.


Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong (of the Undisputed Era)

Gotta fit this in.  If Drake Wuertz (the ref) gets any more orange, he’ll be a giant Oompa Loompa.  He’s either using seriously-expired self-tanner or he’s using orange food coloring.  Okay, the match…

Kyle is so full of personality in there.  As he was going after Trent’s damaged knee, he was just so full of himself.  Roderick didn’t show a quarter of that and he was far more boring.  The near-tag was so AGGRAVATING.  Kyle NAILED the timing!  He did it more than once.  Tyler Bate is incredibly strong.  His tandem offense on both Kyle & Roderick was incredible.  The crowd was all about this match and I was too.  I was completely breathless about halfway through.  Exceptional work from every one of them.  The story told here was just fantastic and I have a whole new level of respect for Trent Seven.

Mauro was…being Mauro but Nigel and Percy told more than enough story that it didn’t bother me as much as it otherwise has.

If you see no other NXT match this year, WATCH THIS ONE!!!!


I am completely spent so I’m gonna end this right here.  See you next week for another look into the “Illustrious Future”.