Velveteen Dream Makes His Choice
Gargano came out and boasted about his championship reign. Ciampa came next to try to take some of the credit but Gargano brushed him aside quite vehemently. The Velveteen Dream then made his way to the ring and told Ciampa and Gargano that he had the right to choose the champion of his choice and he was choosing Gargano.
Our Take From It: Apart from the obvious flaw of Velveteen Dream not going for the NXT championship, this sets up the mouth watering prospect of the Velveteen Dream becoming the North American Champion soon. This whole segment was done nicely which is great as this usually isn’t NXT’S forte. Overall, a nice start to the show.
Jaxson Ryker of The Forgotten Sons Squashes Mansoor. Ricochet Challenges Adam Cole
This was a typical squash match. Ryker barely gave Mansoor any chance to rally and basically pummeled him. Post match, Mansoor was dished out further punishment.
Winner: Jaxson Ryker
Ricochet challenged Adam Cole while informing that he wasn’t over his North American Championship loss and would go after it the first opportunity he got.
Our Take From It: There was nothing special about this part of the show. The squash match was one of those occasional reminders about the Forgotten Sons being formidable.
Ricochet’s segment was also pretty much by the books and him feuding with Adam Cole could be fun. Nothing to complaint here.
Drew Gulak Beats Eric Bugenhagen, Gets Schooled by Matt Riddle
205 Live star Drew Gulak made his NXT debut Wednesday night, squaring off with fellow newcomer Eric Bugenhagen. The initial match between Gulak and Bugenhagen was comic but not in a bad way. Gulak beat Bugenhagen with relative ease. He went on to complain about the shoddy level of wrestling on display in NXT.
Winner: Drew Gulak
Matt Riddle came out and confronted Gulak for berating NXT. Gulak and Riddle got into a match as the main event. The two put on quite the spectacle with a lot of athletic spots and plenty of back and forth. Towards the end there were a few close falls before Matt Riddle made Gulak tap out.
Winner: Matt Riddle
Our Take From It: It is clear that NXT is unsure what to do with Matt Riddle and so Gulak was made to go against him. Still, this was an entertaining match. It wasn’t the main event anyone asked for but it perfectly embodied everything that makes NXT so special. Overall, a satisfying conclusion to the show.
Six-Woman Tag Team Main Event
Kairi Sane, Io Shirai and Bianca Belair sought vengeance against NXT women’s champion Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir as they battled in a six-woman tag team main event.
The heels isolated Sane and beat her down, keeping her from making the tag at every turn. Sane finally did make the tag to Shirai, who exploded into the match. At one point, Sane was back in and tried to tag the master of the moonsault, but Belair tagged herself in and tried to put Baszler away with her K.O.D.
With Duke and Shafir on the outside, Shirai tagged herself in, to the chagrin of Belair, and delivered a moonsault to score the pinfall victory over The Queen of Spades.
Winners: Io Shirai, Kairi Sane and Bianca Belair
Our Take From It: There is potential for Duke and Safir to become NXT’s valuable assets. There was a dissension between Belair and her team mates as she was frustrated over her Takeover loss and was determined to get a win against Baszler.
There could be a title match in line for Shirai but could it be at the cost of the relationship between her and Belair?
Overall NXT Review: Since this week’s NXT did not have to build up any big event, things were done on a more mundane manner but it was still quite ok. Every match and segment might not have been anyone’s first set of choices but it was still quite ok and showed how NXT can still be quite good even when it is not trying. Gargano and Dream should be fun and we should get more details on Ciampa’s opponents in the coming days.
Moment of the Night: Eric Bugenhagen playing air-guitar
Overall Rating: 4/5