I Absolved You Of Your Sins

Hey, kids!  It’s the Botching one with another look into “The Illustrious Future”.  This is the show I enjoy most each week.  Let’s get into this one, shall we?


Matt Riddle vs. Punishment Martinez

Who among us though we’d see Punishment Martinez in a WWE ring?  Nice “get” for sure!  Punishment is quite vicious.  I have to hand it to Riddle in there too.  He sold like a champ.  This wasn’t a long match but it did its job.  It showed Riddle being legitimately challenged.  Ohno’s attack on Riddle was perfect too.  Ohno was humiliated and Riddle had to pay.  Nice story and good match.


Cinéma de Press Conference – Ricochet

The typical press conference thing.  When the right person is doing it, the results are pleasurable.  Ricochet is the right person.  Good stuff.


Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza vs. Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake w/ Jaxson Ryker)

Carrillo was quite the surprise here.  Really both Mendoza and Carrillo were.  I was expecting a jobber match and didn’t get it.  This was done really well.  Nice back and forth from both teams.  For me, Carrillo & Mendoza were the real news here and I hope they’ll put Carrillo and Mendoza together more often.  They were really fun to watch.


Backstage segment – Velveteen Dream

He snapped and his music came on.  He did his interview the way only he could do it, snapped again, and the music went off.  Velveteen Dream just…is…and for that, I am grateful.  I have nothing else to say and when you see it, you won’t either.


Backstage segment – The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, & Adam Cole)

A promo from just Fish only.  He nailed!  They all talked.  Of course, poor Roderick was the weak link.  He got off “The Bore Raiders” but then got off “The Weaky (get it?  The Mighty…oh who cares).  In spite of Roderick blowing it, this was still a good promo.


Dakota Kai vs. Shayna Baszler (w/ Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir)

If you haven’t seen Dakota on UpUpDownDown, you need to.  She was an absolute riot.  (Here’s) the link.  You’re welcome…😁

Few things are as cringe-y as Shayna’s arm manipulation.  She’s so good at it but it doesn’t work if the person she’s working with doesn’t sell it well.  Dakota does that better than most so the cringe was added to even further.  The gut wrench superplex that Shayna administered didn’t look good for either of them.  Still, they both recovered well and the match continued.  I was kinda hoping for more from Jessamyn and Marina (they both just kinda stood there without being very animated) but the match was good.  Loved seeing Io Shirai come out for the save after the trio decided to do more damage.

Also must give props to CFO$ for Shayna’s theme.  It’s so dark and really effective.  You know things are going to get ugly when you hear it and, with Shayna, they do.


Tommaso Ciampa, Aleister Black, & Johnny Gargano

Tommaso is great on the mic and Aleister is was fantastic too.   Tommaso is totally responsible for the discord between Gargano & Black.  He is the puppet master and it’s delicious.  He’s just egging the whole thing on.  We’re gonna get Black & Gargano in a steel cage at TakeOver:  Phoenix.  Further, Ciampa ate Black Mass for making all this happen.  Great segment.

Here’s the aftershow link for those who’d like to see it:


NXT never lets us down and for that, I am so grateful.  Another stellar night of action and storytelling.  See you guy next week for another look into “The Illustrious Future”.