Hey, kids, it’s the Botching One with another look into “The Illustrious Future” of NXT. Well, my favorite whodunit in years is over. We now know it was Johnny Gargano all along and while I didn’t see it (Asukalanchian did), it makes total sense. It also sets up so much more Johnny Gargano fun. Can’t wait to see where it goes. Let’s look at this episode, shall we?
Nikki Cross vs. Mercedes Martinez
This was a fun match and while I never doubted Cross would win, it looked sufficiently doubtful for a bit. Martinez has been around forever and she really brought it here. Both work really well in the ring and the chemistry is there between the two of them. Cross got her nose busted during the match too, though I couldn’t tell when it happened. Really fun match.
Storytime – Nikki Cross, Candice LeRae, & Aleister Black
Candice LeRae coming out to confront Nikki should have been fun but LeRae wasn’t into it like she should have been. She just didn’t bring it and I didn’t believe her. This has happened before and she needs to fix it. Aleister came out too and we got more storytelling. He wants Gargano and he wants him now. Again, LeRae just didn’t bring it. I didn’t buy her.
Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) vs. The Mighty (Shane Thorne & Nick Miller)
While we weren’t looking, the Street Profits became the EVOLVE tag team champs! Cool! This really was one heck of a match. Both of these teams went IN. The right team came away with the win (I’m a fan of the Street Profits – we all know this) but The Mighty don’t come away weak at all. Ford executes an incredible frog splash – maybe the best I’ve seen in years.
Backstage segment – William Regal & Aleister Black
Black is postal and who can blame him. Very well-done here.
Matt Riddle vs. Luke Menzies
This was decent too. Riddle’s Bromission is a decent submission too. Riddle has charisma for days and this was a good match. Menzies more than held his own too. His power made the match a lot more fun and it almost looked like he’d take it. Of course, he couldn’t. This was Riddle’s debut match. He had to win.
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza
I didn’t expect such beastly work from Carrillo & Mendoza but the beginning of the match was full of it. They both have great chemistry and great speed. Lorcan and Burch came off as very smash mouth so the difference in styles made for a fun match. Lorcan & Burch took it but Carrillo & Mendoza showed out!
Cinéma de Absolutely Everywhere – The Undisputed Era, War Raiders, Ricochet, & Pete Dunne
They really need to shake Strong off. He’s so ridiculously poor on the mic and in this role. The segment started off great and became even more fun when the War Raiders broke up the party. Watching Adam Cole (Bay Bay) go through the backdrop was an absolute riot. Then it got really fun. We had an all-out brawl that even Ricochet in on too once the numbers game began to catch up to Rowe and Hanson. Pete Dunne came out towards the end of this and ate the Undisputed Era too. Regal came out and put them all in a War Games match. That match is going to be a blast. Extremely well-done segment.
Thankfully, NXT rarely lets us down and this one didn’t disappoint either. They pack so much into an hour that it’s almost hard to digest it all at once. Tune in next week for another look into “The Illustrious Future”.