Gutteridge’s NXT Hit List: Samoa Joe vs. Tye Dillinger, No Way José vs. Eric Young, and Asuka vs. Nicole Matthews

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NXT Hits

No Way José vs. Eric Young: A good match is one that benefits all. This one wasn’t an in-ring classic, but it served both men well. José got a credible visual pin on Young, and actually dominated most of this match. I am still very impressed by the job all involved are doing to make him seem fun loving, but also more than capable in the ring. I’m also in favor of Young being a fallible leader of Sanity. He doesn’t need to get over – his young team does. Making him untouchable thanks to a wall made up of Cross, Fulton and Wolfe makes them look good, and makes him a prized scalp for whoever finally pins him.

Samoa Joe vs. Tye Dillinger: The pace was glacial for some stretches, as Joe took Dillinger to the woodshed. A little more brutality may have been called for given the length and main event standing of the match. The ending moments were just enough to save it from a Miss, but this wasn’t a main event anyone will feel like revisiting.

NXT Misses

Asuka vs. Nicole Matthews: Asuka “ritual sacrifices” (or squash matches as they are known by other wrestlers) are never bad, but they are losing their luster. She badly needs to stop sitting on the fence and go full blown heel, just to add some meaning to these one sided beatings.

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