The great thing about NXT is that there are so many names and faces and only one hour to be filled. That being said, we don’t have too much talking. We can just get down to business. So without further delay, let’s get to it!
Alexa Bliss Vs. Carmella
These two have been verbally jabbing back and forth for a while now. Things have gotten real intense in the Women’s Division since Bayley lost the title to Asuka, and the rivalry between Carmella and Alexa has too. They’ve been here the longest out of the women remaining on the roster, and they’re seemingly always in the title picture. This match will push the winner closer to number one contender status.
The storytelling in this match is top notch. We know where they stand with each other and they talk a bit of trash before they tie up. Alexa has a mean streak in her and she’s not afraid to fight dirty, while Carmella likes to keep things at a fast fun pace and drop you when you least expect it. They both got in some nice moves but Alexa was just too tough tonight. The Double Knees and the Chokeslam from Alexa set up her finisher, Twisted Bliss (formerly known as the Sparkle Splash) and that was all she wrote.
After her victory, Alexa decided to crash Bayley’s interview and remind her that she’s no pushover. The two are slated to have a big match next week and Bliss is looking for gold. After taking care of Carmella, beating Bayley may be all she needs to become a valid contender for the Women’s title.
Noah Potjes Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
Andrade “Cien” Almas has taken NXT by storm since his arrival about a month ago. He’s an agile Daredevil with great mid card potential. He’s definitely one to put together a solid match but we’ve yet to see his story telling ability. I can’t wait to see more of his character and maybe hear him on the microphone. He has potential to become a great piece the WWE/NXT Universe can get behind.
Noah Potjes is still figuring things out at NXT. He does a lot of things well but nothing great. That’s why I didn’t expect much from him in this match up. Maybe Noah needs a tag partner or a character change to shake things up? At his current rate, he was no match for Andrade and this match was nowhere near close. Almas controlled it easily throughout and ended it with knees in the corner.
No Way Aries!
Austin Aries has officially turned heel down at NXT and I think he’ll finally get the respect he deserves. He’s still upset with No Way Jose for having the audacity to give him advice. I get it. It’s an ego or pride thing. Veteran’s take their role and importance seriously and those are not toes you want to step on, especially if they belong to Austin Aries. He shows his disgust with No Way Jose in a brief interview. Expect a match soon.
Nakamura Vs. Balor
The build up for this match was crazy this week! A third of the show was just the two of them talking about their history in Japan and how much respect they have for each other. They talk about how they know each other’s families and are genuine friends outside of the squared circle. I don’t necessarily want to hear about how much two guys love each other before they’re supposed to rip each other’s heads off, but that’s just me. The redeeming factor is that both men promised to give it their all and expect to win. We’ll have to wait a couple weeks to see.
The Hype Bros Vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
Woo woo woo! You know it! The boys are back! Zack Ryder went to WrestleMania, won the IC title, lost it the next night, and has gotten his face kicked in every week on Raw & SmackDown since. But welcome back! Mojo Rawley was definitely missing him and NXT missed the Hype Bros. They had their hands full with the team of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Gargano and Ciampa have had some great singles matches in NXT but they’ve had the most success working together as a tag team. They’ve already beaten the current champs once before and a few more wins may get them a shot at some gold.
The Hype Bros like a fast pace and so does Gargano. So this match was expected to be fast paced and free flying. Mojo Rawley was having football flashbacks, rolling around the ring in a 3 point stance. Rawley is by far the biggest dude in this match and he was not afraid to show it.
The Hype Bros hit some pretty good spots in this match and looked to have it won. The one thing you can’t measure in numbers is heart and Gargano and Ciampa have a lot of that. It was definitely a good match ’til the very end. Ryder found himself in between a nee and a hard place and went down for a three count. Gargano and Ciampa are your winners. After their victory, they stuck around and grabbed some microphones to let everyone know they deserve a title match sooner rather than later. They were respectfully interrupted by the former champs, American Alpha!
American Alpha Returns!
The last time we saw Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, they were being destroyed by two random bug guys after losing their NXT Tag Team titles to The Revival. Well they are officially back and looking for their rematch. They promise to give Gargano and Ciampa a crack at the titles as soon as they win them back.
Well The Revival hear what’s going down in the ring and decide that they should speak their two cents. They step out, titles in hand and blow off both teams. They are the champs and they do as they please. If it were up to them, neither of the teams in the ring would get a title shot.
Well obviously, none of these guys call the shots and all of these guys have good points. Someone should come out and make an official statement or at least get these guys reeled in before a fight breaks out. That’s where William Regal comes in. He steps in and tells it like it is. American Alpha will be taking on The Revival in a rematch, and Ciampa and Gargano will have to wait at the front of the line. Problem solved.
Jordan, Gable, Ciampa, and Gargano all shake hands and the latter two leave the ring. Just when things finally have order, here come the Authors of Pain sneaking up from behind. Gargano and Ciampa try to come back and help American Alpha but they’re easily disposed of. American Alpha try to fight back but to no avail. The Authors of Pain leave them a battered mess in the middle of the ring. Paul Ellering calls off his boys and the show ends with the three of them looking at the destruction they have caused.