NXT was back last night (October 4) from the Capitol Wrestling Center (CWC) in Orlando, Florida. You can find the results at the live blog here.
Four of the greatest
Pat McAfee’s team released another statement this week.
They interrupted the card match between Ever-Rise and everyone’s favorite quirky couple Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, beating Drake & Dain. Then Pat turned his attention to his true goal: the undisputed ERA.
He cut another long commercial, which he is very good at. Seriously, the man can ramble for five minutes and it̵7;s very interesting. Pat received that wonderful gift. He brought out the ERA before declaring his crew as their replacement. Then, they set fire to an Undisputed ERA flag.
After the show, they went to the parking lot where Killian Dain was waiting to attack. But not even the Beast of Belfast can go against four people at once. Pete Dunne had kicked the bike door in his own head, an act that even McAfee thought might be too much. His reaction to Pete’s label of violence was hilarious. “I liked what you did. It was a bit aggressive … we’ll talk about it later.” He delivered the line perfectly so it’s funny but at the same time, selling Pete Dunne as the group’s avatar.
Killian Dain and Drake Maverick will likely receive a title because of this. Good. It gives them a sturdy set of heels to make their lacing shoes look more adorable. They won’t win the match, but right now, it’s too early anyway.
But the game over is actually some sort of undisputed match with Pat McAfee and Boys. Usually we’ll be preparing for WarGames at this time of year. But they don’t grasp the structure inside the CWC so they’ll have to find somewhere else or get creative with it. Whatever they choose, this will be fun. It will give Undisputed the chance to actually play babyfaces for change.
To the moon
Cameron Grimes is hilarious.
After being terrorized by zombies last week, Carolina Caveman has been very active. But hey, at least he’s alive. Zombies are cannibals so he should consider himself a lucky man.
Grimes faces a rolling Kushida and is against the Japanese feeling. But at the end of the match, the referee was disqualified. First, Kushida locked Hoverboard Lock to get Grimey to take action to prove that he would win this match without any weirdness. But with the referee’s unconsciousness, the match continued.
Cameron took advantage with a Spanish Fly knocking Kushida but again … no referee. That was until referee Darryl Sharma went to the ring to count three. But just the sight of the man, who was zoomed in at the Haunted House match last week, made Grimes exceed the limit. Kushy captured him with another Hoverboard lock to send.
I was wondering how they’re going to follow up a little bit of Grimes’s comedic horror from last week. This is the best way to go about it. They didn’t completely ignore it, but brought it into the real world of NXT. His unsurpassed deliveries are perfect for what they want. At the same time, he was up against NXT’s hottest wrestler so he remains a sufficient threat in the ring.
Speaking of Kushida, I think he should line up to get a title whenever Finn Bálor returns. Yes, they might hate him with Johnny Gargano for the North American title, but Kushida is doing well now, I say let’s go right to the top title.
In the main event of the night, Tommaso Ciampa defeated Velveteen Dream. To be honest, if that’s not the main event, maybe that’s all I want to say about it, and I’ll put it under the ‘All Left’ category.
But as it is, I feel I should at least speculate where we are going from here.
Tommaso Ciampa seems to be a tweener again, well suited to the landscape. When Finn is inactive, they need someone who can play the baby role as well as a heel. Similar to when they turned on his heels because of Kross’s injury. If they are adjusting him to the current situation, he may not have a clear plan at the moment.
As for Dream, he kept losing. He hasn’t won anything important since his return. It’s plausible to wonder if the fan backlash to his presence on TV has anything to do with that, but it’s clear they’ll push him in spite of that. Maybe they expect those reactions to go away and then have to adjust when they don’t. Because just looking at the character, turning on the heel and then spending all the time is not the way to reinforce that character change.
Candice LeRae took revenge on Shotzi Blackheart this week, while driving a truck through her small tank.
This distraction, which was shown on the video screen during Blackheart’s match with Toni Storm, cost her with that match. It wasn’t a convincing win for Storm, especially since before Candice’s video, Toni didn’t actually beat the number 10 back in the ring. Instead, the referee just stopped counting. She then won with a quick pin when Shotzi was completely distracted. It’s good to protect Blackheart, but it looks like they can do it in a way that Toni seems to make more money.
Shotzi’s reaction to her tank being run over can be considered an outrageous one, although it does match her exaggerated, extreme personality. Add that to the real-life emotions she feels when she loses and then finds her precious helmet and this doesn’t seem like too much.
NXT opened with a surprise victory.
Dakota Kai has beaten Ember Moon back recently. This match looks like it will be a big win over a solid opponent for Moon before she moves on. Instead, after two good action sequences, Raquel González caused a little distraction for Kai to beat Moon.
This bodes well for Dakota Kai, who may have been relegated in a forehand position with tonight’s loss. While she will likely lose the overall feud (and possibly set Moon vs. González), this puts her at war on a talented female team.
And hey, tonight’s game is very good. I definitely wouldn’t say no to a rematch.
All the rest:
- Timothy Thatcher terrorized another of his students during the Thatch as Thatch Can protest. But then the student that he did it so last week attacked the teacher from behind.
- We still don’t know who is behind the Scream mask. They were in the backseat of Candice LeRae’s truck as she ran past the tank and beside Johnny Gargano in his house as he cut a pretty hilarious trailer about how much he loves wheels. Maybe we will find out their identities next week.
This is a sure episode with some good action. But it’s also a rather unusual episode, possibly by design. Not only do they trample the water until Finn gets well, but they also know they’ll be crushed in ratings by the ongoing election results, so this episode can be a tough game. But it’s one of the Johnny Hekker’s games that you will appreciate when you watch.
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