By Darren Gutteridge
DIY vs. The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Titles: To the surprise of no one, these teams had yet another stellar match. One could look at this and say any two teams could have a barn burner if they too could have 30 false finishes, but DIY and The Revival inject so much psychology into their matches that they don’t come off like shallow spot fests. The Authors of Pain beatdown was well done too, although my faith in them to hold up their side of a match is still very shaky.
Oney Lorcan vs. Andrade Almas: Lorcan and Almas have a really fun chemistry. Now they both own a pinfall victory over the other, I’d let them have some promo time ahead of a rubber match. Neither man has anything to lose at this point, so why not let them get their characters over?
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce vs. Sarah Bridges and Macey Evans: This match and its Asuka beatdown bookends get a collective Hit for at least attempting to solve the “Asuka problem”. The NXT Women’s champion has been so utterly dominant that it would be nigh on impossible to build someone up to her level as a credible threat. The solution, which I believe we saw the seeds of here, is to knock Asuka down a few pegs (she can take the hit just fine, so high is her pedestal). So having the Australian Femme Fatales beat her up in the parking lot before winning a squash match, alongside having Nikki Cross get in a big shot at the champion, was a smart idea.
Elias Samson vs. Jonathan Cruz: The pattern of Samson beating jobbers in dull matches, then losing to anyone of note he faces makes it impossible to care about him. Outside of his shortcomings in the ring, that is the biggest problem NXT has to solve if they want to put Samson’s garbage fire of an NXT run on a better path.