Hey, kids. It’s the Botching one with another look into “The Illustrious Future” of NXT. NXT is totally stocked with all the talent in the world and it’s nice to see them using some of the newer ones these days. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Bobby Fish (w/ The Undisputed Era) vs. EC3
Adam Cole cuts an amazing promo. Every single time. He could talk all night and I’d listen. Great way to get the whole thing started. The match itself was a lot of fun. What I didn’t count on was a scary botch. At about the midway point, EC3 whipped Fish into the ropes and Fish was a little too cavalier about grabbing the top rope as he bounced against it, causing his head to snap under the top ring rope. Of course, we know that those ropes aren’t really ropes at all – they’re elevator cable for all intents and purposes. There’s no way that didn’t hurt badly. He kept it moving like the pro he is though so he’s okay, thankfully. I liked Heavy Machinery coming in to make the save for EC3. Poor Kyle. Whenever one of the UE gets trapped in the ring, it’s always Kyle. Every time. 😂. Otis’ worm will aways be funny too.
Dakota Kai & Io Shirai
Io is another one who deals with the language barrier. No shade at all. Her English is far better than my Japanese – that’s for sure. Still, she was involved in a promo here so I have to mention it. Dakota, too, started kinda slow here but she got it together. The rumor we’re hearing is that she tore her ACL. I certainly hope that’s not the case as that’s about 8 months on the shelf. We’ll keep up with that story and wait for confirmation.
The Mighty (Shane Thorne & Nick Miller) vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
I want to care about both of these teams but I don’t. Oddly, WWE has put no time in telling me anything about Oney or Danny. As for The Mighty, they tried but I just can’t care. Neither of them has much charisma. As such, all I can do is watch the match. The match really was good. I liked the combination Superplex/Powerbomb that The Mighty pulled off on Lorcan. Beyond that, it was a tag team match with two teams that I wasn’t terribly into.
Cinéma de iPhone – Johnny Gargano
Nice promo. Very heel-ish and I liked it. He’s over Aleister, gosh darn it.
Backstage segment – Shayna Baszler (w/ Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir)
Nice and short. Shayna is great on the mic. Duke & Shafir’s laugh at Kai & Shirai’s challenge was all that was needed.
Mia Yim vs. Reina Gonzalez
Yim is getting quite the workout lately. I can’t think of another recent signee who’s been used this much. Good for her! She’s great so I totally get why it’s happening. Reina is angry, strong girl. The weird ripped-jeans-as-chaps is a fashion choice, to be sure. Mia throws a far better chop than Charlotte Flair ever even thought about. The story was good here. They told the “can Mia make up for Reina’s strength?” story and it was good one. Mia absolutely did and she’ll be part of the Fatal Four-way to determine the next NXT Women’s Title challenger.
Cinéma de Smoke Machine – Aleister Black
His promos are a little bit Jake “The Snake” Roberts, though he definitely is edgier. I love his calm tone. Gargano/Black in a steel cage. Yes, please.
Ricochet vs. Tyler Breeze
LOVE THIS! Tyler’s back to playing the character that we all loved so much. He was never really given a chance to make this character work on the main roster, nor was he ever given a chance to really work like we NXT fans know he can. The fans were absolutely eating up his return and I am too. Even Ricochet was all about it. The “Tyler’s gorgeous” chants were just slightly louder than the “Ricochet” equivalents. Very cool. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the NXT audience be quite this animated. They chanted all kinds of things and it was really fun. The match was incredible with lots of great back and forth. We totally got the old Tyler Breeze and it was nice to see. I’m sure he hasn’t worked that hard in a while. He’s lost nothing, though, and it was so cool to see. They played it like it was a “changing of the guard” and I liked that angle. Excellent match.
Another stellar episode of NXT. I can always count on NXT to entertain me. Ditto on “205 Live” these days. I don’t hate on “Raw” or “Smackdown Live” either. They’re for another audience and I can appreciate them for what they are. NXT and “205 Live” are for me…and I love them both. See you next week for another look into “The Illustrious Future”.