One Man’s Wrestling Opinion
NXT Review 10-7
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Kushida via disqualification
This match was moved to open the show due to Ciampa and Kushida having an altercation before the show started. Kushida is really showing off the new aggressive side of him. These two were physical until the Velveteen Dream got involved and hit Ciampa instead of Kushida causing the DQ. Kushida attacked Dream afterward who was wearing tape on his arm after Kushida injured him at TakeOver.
So now these three all have heat with each other and it could ultimately lead to a triple threat match soon. New matchups for all three and it really shows how badly NXT needs to get some new blood to the main event level. It also shows that Triple H still has plans for the Dream despite his problems. Or maybe he is just going to job to both of them.
Ember Moon Promo
It has been so long since I heard an Ember Moon promo I honestly forgot if she is even good at it. Well her promo was not very good. I hated the way NXT had her and Toni Storm announce they are back on the same show. But whatever. Io Shirai comes to the ring and gets ready to talk when Rhea Ripley shows up on the ramp and gets attacked by Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez. Ember races to the ramp to help Ripley and I have no idea why. This of course sets up a tag team match later in the night with the three contenders for Io’s belt. I hate how WWE just throws these matches together.
When Ember went out to help Ripley, Io stayed in the ring. That was exactly what Io should have done. But I hated how this was all jammed together. Later on in the back Io says Ember is not her problem. Ripley is not her problem. This NXT Women’s title is her problem.
Adam Cole starts talking about Ridge Holland attacking him. He says when you mess with the Undisputed Era there will be consequences. Cole is wearing sunglasses to hide a black eye. Kyle O’Reilly said he is sorry for not getting the job done against Finn Balor. The rest of the UE pumps him up and vow to go after Ridge Holland. Cole takes off his sunglasses and says he has broken ribs. These four are still so good together. Although I am not sure how good they will be on Raw or Smackdown with bigger wrestlers.
Killian Dain and Drake Maverick defeat Ever-Rise
We see footage of Drake Maverick arriving at the arena saying he and Dain have a match tonight. Dain overhears this and gets mad. Drake said you haven’t responded to my calls. I got us a new ring entrance song and it’s going to be great. Dain is mad.
When I think of mismatch duos I think of tag teams like Rock and Sock and Daniel Bryan and Kane, and Head Cheese. Head Cheese was my favorite. It was Al Snow and Steve Blackman. Killian throws Maverick into the ring to fight. After some close calls, Killian tags himself into the match and gets the upper hand. The match ends when Killian powerbombs Maverick hard onto one member of Ever Rise to get the win. After the match, Drake is dancing when Killian knocks him out with a right hand. Killian carries Maverick to the back.
This is funny and entertaining. I see these two winning the tag titles eventually. Every show needs some comic relief and this is the comic relief.
Toni Storm Vignette
We see a good Toni Storm Vignette. This was good because she was here before but very briefly and the audience could need a refresher on her story. Storm is beautiful and well put together and will make a great addition to the roster.
Johnny Gargano/Candace LaRae Promo
Johnny and Candace are walking their dog when they come up to their house. They are talking about how Candace had the match won and how Johnny is embarrassed for losing at TakeOver. Candace says we deserve rematches. Johnny says things need to change and we need a plan. They get to their house and see a brand new TV waiting by the door. Indi Hartwell gave them a 65 inch TV. First Johnny says why are you talking about that goof? Then he says I knew I liked that girl and asks Candace to help bring the TV in the house. Candace says why did she send us a TV. Johnny says who cares. Free TV.
This is such a guy thing. We all love our big screen TV’s and Johnny is funny in these spots. Later on, we see Johnny watching the TV and he calls Candace over. Johnny says he is watching a USB that Indi gave them and he said do you know how many times she saved you in that battle royal? Candace said I was not paying attention. Johnny says there is something here and I always liked that girl. Candace says me too.
Austin Theory defeats Leon Ruff then loses to Dexter Lumis
Austin Theory was rushed to Raw. He was just not ready. I like him so much better in NXT developing his character. He beats Leon Ruff and says it was just a warmup and says he will take on anyone in the back. So here comes Dexter Lumis.
I love the Dexter Lumis character. But he should not have this long of a match against Theory. I don’t get these promotions and the booking of their big men. Lumis needs to be a monster. So I didn’t l like this whole segment until Cameron Grimes attacks Lumis after he beat Theory. You could have had Lumis in a squash match to get this business across.
Ridge Holland defeated Danny Burch
Ridge gets to the arena and is asked why he attacked Adam Cole. He says last week I didn’t have a Mercedes. This week I do. Thank Adam Cole for that.
Ridge squashes Burch in a quick win. Then he attacks him after the match. Oney Lorcan comes out to save his partner and he starts to get into it with Ridge. But Ridge hurts his knee because NXT for some reason wanted to prolong this. The business was done but they had to go for one more spot with Lorcan jumping from the ring to the floor and RIdge’s knee gave out when he caught him.
This is such a shame for Ridge. He had surgery four days later and will be out for a long time. He was just starting a major angle with Adam Cole. Although this was a freakish injury NXT needs to scale back these spots which are just not necessary.
Another vignette with Thatcher teaching a class.
I get it. He is a badass who can really wrestle. But he has lost all the big matches he has already had in NXT. He lost in the Gauntlet Eliminator for a shot at Finn Balor. Thatcher lost in his title match with Damian Priest for the North American Championship. He lost against Finn Balor at TakeOver XXX. He lost the three-way match to get into the North American Title Ladder match. The only big match he was was against Matt Riddle who was moving to Smackdown.
Shotzi Blackheart defeated Xia Li
Shotzi dominates this match as her huge push continues. After the match, we see Boa hand Xia an envelope and after she reads it she leaves the ring immediately. This is intriguing. I hope Shotzi stops taking so many risks in the ring.
Ember Moon and Rhea Ripley defeated Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez
Well, I am going to avoid the obvious in this match. Ember and Rhea teaming up when they both want the Women’s title. Ember has not changed her style since we last saw her wrestle. So that is good to see that she just might be all the way back from her serious leg injury.
I will forget everything in this match and put it over just because Ember Moon came all the way back from a very serious injury. Otherwise, it was a predictable finish.
I will say it each and every week. NXT just needs to stay the course and not try to out do anything AEW does. I don’t think the ratings will ever change. AEW will always get the bigger rating unless NXT goes out of character and fast tracks matches or brings in RAW or Smackdown stars. After all NXT is WWE’s developmental brand.
The one thing I need NXT to do is work on their tag team division. They are just as bad as the Raw and Smackdown tag team divisions. Maybe all three brands should merge the title and have it defended on every brand. We need to see more of that with the Women’s tag team division. It has been proven that NXT’s ratings spike when Raw and Smackdown stars appear on Wednesday night. Imagine the New Day or Street Profits having matches on NXT.
Next is the lack of title contenders for both Balor and Priest. Balor has the more prestigious title but Priest is the bigger man.
NXT 10-14 Preview
Not much has been released on tonight’s show. But what we do know is Dexter Lumis will be facing Damien Priest in a North American Championship match. I love the Lumis character but I would ne shocked if they gave him the title. Look for more interference from Cameron Grimes which could lead to another person interfering.
Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong are facing Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan for a tag team title shot. So NXT is going forward with a Kyle O’Reilly singles push. I can definitely see NXT giving Undisputed Era some gold but they don’t need it to be over. But I can’s see Burch and Lorcan holding the belts either. But this is a match for a title shot.
We also know that Ember Moon and Toni Storm will be on the show tonight. Hopefully we don’t see any match get fast tracked.