Velveteen Dream Delivers An Impressive Promo; Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch Pick Up A Win
Velveteen Dream is indeed one of those superstars who comes once in a lifetime and his promo this week reaffirmed that. He has a classic charm to him that is absent from most promos these days. It was all about him winning a championship.
More than that though we would love to see him in the Royal Rumble this Sunday. Like many other in NXT, he is primed and ready for a massive push on the main roster.
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel: This was followed by an excellent technical tag match. It was of high standard and the storytelling was cohesive.
It did lack a bit of the excitement that can be associated with a lot of the other storylines happening in NXT right now but that has little to do with the performers here.
We would love to see them being built up nicely but as usual the short time available on NXT puts huge restrictions on that. As a match, it was pretty good as is expected from the NXT tag division.
Winners: Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
Kairi Sane and Io Shirai Continue Their Winning Run
This was a run of the mill time-filler match that was there to further push the program between these two women and Shafir and Duke. You must be knowing how we feel about time-filler matches and this one did not change our opinions.
It was too one sided and too short to have any sort of impact. A simple promo or a backstage segment would have sufficed. This is a waste of talent and we are never happy with that especially when it happens in NXT
Winners: Kairi Sane and Io Shirai
Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish Show What NXT Is All About
If NXT were to be described in a single phrase then it would be “pure, unadulterated wrestling fun” and that was what this match was all about.
Some of the moves pulled off by the Velveteen Dream were really impressive. We don’t know if it is the camera angles in NXT or the prowess of Dream or a combination of both but at times it felt like he was standing still in the air when jumping off the top rope.
Bobby Fish showed how he too is among the best in NXT. The Undisputed Era is also expected to have a big year ahead and this was a nice precursor of things to come.
Winner: Velveteen Dream
We Are In For An Awesome Main Event At Takeover
The champions and championship contenders on NXT are some of the best wrestlers ever seen on the show and that is saying something given the brilliance of the alumni section of NXT.
The match between Black and Ciampa and the match between Ricochet and Gargano got a sort of combo build-up and it was fantastic. The teased alliance between Gargano and Ciampa which was stopped by Candice was also a nice touch.
Normally little can be achieved in such a short time-frame but the quality of wrestlers involved here was so good that they pulled it off. We are really excited for Saturday now and that means this segment did its job well.
Overall Review: As the go home show before Takeover, this week’s show had a lot riding on it and it almost did a damn near perfect job.
Obviously some matches such as the Matt Riddle and Ohno matchup only got a video package but that is the inherent issue with having such a short runtime which we have criticized time and again.
However, it all boils down to how much anticipation this show generated for Saturday and from that point of view, it did really well.
Match of the Night: Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish