WWE NXT Results: November 14, 2018

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Bianca Belair puts down Mia Yim in a so-so match

Normally NXT is very good at starting a show and setting up the momentum for the rest of the night but tonight they failed to do so. Mia Yim was all right but Belair seemed out of sorts.

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This match had its moments but most of it felt like the two women were a little too slow and short on dynamic wrestling. We don’t expect every NXT match to take place at the speed of light but this match just seemed lackluster and lacked the excitement that NXT matches are generally able to incite.

Belair needs to polish her game a little more as a show like NXT can really expose a wrestler’s flaws. A slow start to NXT.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Rating: Thumbs Down

 

Some good promos and backstage segments

This section of the show started with the babyface team for WarGames trying to decide who would face the KOR for the entry advantage at WarGames. This was quite funny as Ricochet and Pete Dunne tried to squabble for the spot in the match. They were cut-off by the War Raiders and Hanson said that he was going to do it. The champs begrudgingly accepted this ruling over arguing with the War Raiders.

Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black then hyped up their match on Saturday and we have nothing to complain about it. It was pretty decent.

Finally, Matt Riddle gave an interview which was interrupted by Ohno which ended up with a match being set between the two. Riddle’s promo delivery can seem lackadaisical to some though.

Rating: Thumbs Up


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Lacey Evans and Karissa Rivera put on a great show

The NXT women’s division redeemed itself after that poor opening match. This had everything a great wrestling match should have. A dynamic and arrogant heel. An underdog face and some really fast-paced and hard-hitting action.

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The match told a great story and Lacey Evans really impressed as the cocky heel who wants to bring some class to the NXT women’s division. Her promo after the match was also great and made us take notice of her. We will be keeping a close eye on her from now on.

Winner: Lacey Evans

Rating: Thumbs Up

 

The title matches at WarGames are built up

A few short video packages aired hyping up the men’s and women’s title match. As always, WWE did a great job with the video packages as it perfectly recapped everything that happened and we cannot wait for these men and women to get their hands on each other on Saturday.

Kairi Sane and the Velveteen Dream make for great opponents to the champs Tommaso Ciampa and Shayna Baszler.

Rating: Thumbs Up


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Kyle O’Reilly and Hanson fight for the entry advantage in WarGames

The main event was everything an NXT main event needs to be. It was fast and hard-hitting while also being incredibly technical. The match began with Hanson asserting his dominance and his power as the bigger man. O’Reilly, however, found an opening and starting working on Hanson’s legs.

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What followed were a series of pin attempts and even a few near falls. However, just as Hanson was proving too big an obstacle for KOR to overcome, the rest of his teammates arrived and so did the team of faces. It was mayhem which was really enjoyable but in the confusion KOR was able to hit Hanson in the back of his head and pin him to win and get his team the entry advantage.

This puts the faces at a disadvantage and should make for a cracking match at WarGames. The perfect way to end a great show.

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly

Rating: Thumbs Up

 


Overall Review: Even though the show started in a lackluster manner, it quickly picked up pace and beautifully built up all the different matches for Takeover WarGames. We are especially excited for the two title matches and the showdown between Riddle and Ohno but as expected the show stealer should be the WarGames itself.

Will the faces be able to triumph or will the cohesiveness of the Undisputed Era prove too much? Perfect go home show before the big event.

Overall Rating: Thumbs Up


 

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