The latest edition of NXT stands as one of the finest shows that WWE has ever produced in television history – the 2-hour USA Network programme witnessed the enigmatic return of two iconic former NXT Champions, Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa.
Reigning NXT Champion Adam Cole opened the show with a successful title defends against Matt Riddle. No sooner had Cole begun celebrating, than he was interrupted by the returning Balor.
The crowd went bananas and out came the inaugural Universal Champion, absorbing the energy and setting the Full Sail University on fire.
Balor stepped in the ring, stood face to face with Cole who was in pure shock, and made a huge announcement: “Finn Balor is NXT!”
Later in the main event, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly put the NXT Tag Team Titles on the line against The Street Profits. As expected, the heels emerged victorious and it was a stellar night for Undisputed Era. Cole walked out to celebrate with his stablemates.
The celebration was cut short and the crowd went nuts as Ciampa walked out to his music.
After stalking Cole with his eyes firmly fixed on Goldie, Ciampa looked him in the eye as NXT went off the air.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about Balor’s current status – the longest reigning NXT Champion is not on the main roster, rather he will be a constant part of the yellow-and-black brand from hereon.
“So Balor’s there so it’s like he’s not gonna be on RAW or SmackDown. I don’t think they’re gonna change his contract and lower it, so I’m sure he is [making great money]. So here’s the other thing too, it’s like he’s gonna be working a way easier schedule for the same money so for him, f*ck yeah.”
At this point, it’s safe to predict that Cole, Balor and Ciampa will be having a triangle storyline for the NXT Championship in the days to come.
Given there’s only 6 months left for TakeOver during WrestleMania 36 weekend, WWE can execute a slow and intense build to what could be the finest title feuds in NXT history.