Hey, kids. It’s the Baron of all things Botch here with another exciting peek into “The Illustrious Future” of WWE. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Kassius Ohno vs. Kona Reeves
So they’re restarting on Kassius? Cool! He looked quite dominant here and I like it! Our Queen mentioned that she’s no fan of his ring gear and I get it. It does need some work. As for Kona, he’s had a few gimmicks along the way. Hopefully, this one will stick for him. He does it well so there’s no reason it shouldn’t. It’s a cross between EC3 and Velveteen Dream but it works well for him. He was trained by Afa Anoa’i and “Magnificent” Don Muraco” so he’s got the pedigree all day. Further, he’s good in the ring. I’m interested to see where it goes.
Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler, Wesley Blake w/ Jaxson Ryker) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Fun match! I’m a huge fan of Street Profits. It’s also nice to see Forgotten Sons getting some time on TV. They’ve been reserved for house shows forever. This match was really more about elongating the Street Profits feud with The Mighty and it was done well. The masks on Thorne and Miller were a nice touch.
Cinéma de Whodunit – Heavy Machinery & William Regal
They were a riot. LOL!!! I can’t breathe! Otis is a total scream and Tucker is his straight man. Nice balance. Fun team and excellent segment.
Backstage segment – Ricochet & Pete Dunne
Nice and short but it lays the conflict bear that’s powering the match we’ll get in two weeks.
Kairi Sane vs. Trish Adora
Adora is a 3D graduate (Dudleys) and she’s a very large lady. She seems to have an African gimmick going on which is kinda cool. Adora very much jobbed here but did so well. Jobbing is a skill and when done right, the other worker looks great. Adora did her job well.
Shayna came out and is just amazing. She has everything it takes to be successful and I love watching her. This feud is continuing and I couldn’t be happier. There’s definite chemistry there between them.
Cinéma de Evil – Tommaso Ciampa
Brilliance. Just brilliance. He’s great at everything. I just…I…have nothing else to say.
Backstage segment – Lars Sullivan & William Regal
That was short but effective. Lars has come a very long way. He’s far more articulate than he was ever previously given credit for and he comes across very well in scenes like this. I’m enjoying watching all of this unravel.
Velveteen Dream vs. Johnny Gargano
Is there a worse theme than Velveteen Dream’s. He deserves so much better. It sounds like it was written by Max Martin with a Speak and Spell. I absolutely love Velveteen Dream as a character; it’s his theme I can’t stand. So many “newz” sites claimed Gargano as being injured. Well, he wasn’t and I’m glad he wasn’t. These two put on one heck of a match. They left no stone unturned here. I question how many of these Gargano can do. He really only knows one speed and he’s gonna kill himself going like this. I also love this character development in Gargano. He’s…well…Broken. Ciampa has broken him. That’s really what this match was about.
Just looking at Dream’s trajectory, I’m just not sure what’s left for Velveteen Dream here. He doesn’t need the NXT title because the character doesn’t. Maybe they feel differently and that’s why he’s still here? Not that I’m in a rush for him to move up. I just wonder. I very much fear that Vince wouldn’t get the character and it’d go the way of Tyler Breeze. Glad we don’t know just yet.
What a way to end “NXT”! Fantastic ending match and great show (as usual) overall. The is the one that never lets me down. Join me again next week for another look into “The Illustrious Future”.