By Darren Gutteridge
WWE NXT Hits
The Revival vs. American Alpha in a best of three falls match: As I’ve stated before, these teams have such good chemistry that it would take active effort on their part to put on a bad match. That stands true here, as despite a little bit of a drag mid match, all three late falls were electric. One has to think that, other than wrapping up their business with the Authors of Pain, American Alpha are main roster bound come the draft.
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss: This is a strong Hit for match quality, as both women really brought it to open the show. My only gripe was that it reset the status quo somewhat needlessly – Bliss has now regressed following her victory over Carmella, and Bayley is back to facing Nia Jax even though she is effectively No. 1 contender already due to her championship rematch clause. However, these small problems pale in comparison to the quality of the match.
Finn Bálor and Shinsuke Nakamura hype: Just as they did last week, NXT put forward a fantastic hype video for this match. WWE dives into hyperbole an awful lot, yet while this isn’t a first time ever deal like Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn was, it does now feel like it’s earned the moniker of “dream match”.
Rhyno returns: Despite a higher than average performance from Mojo Rawley in his last match, I was not excited for the Hype Bros vs. Blake and Murphy. Thankfully, neither was the man-beast, who mercifully cut this match short with a host of Gores.. He’d get my vote!
WWE NXT Misses
Nothing: For the first time in a while, NXT went off without a hitch. It wasn’t a perfect episode, but it did absolutely fly by. If they keep this momentum up, they could be in with a shot of topping Takeover: Brooklyn come SummerSlam weekend.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Brian Pillman Jr., who discusses his training, following his father's footsteps, his own career aspirations, being part of the Hart Foundation faction, his big match at the MLW Saturday Night SuperFight pay-per-view, working with Jushin Liger, touring the WWE Performance Center, and much more...