NXT Review 5/24/17
by Chris Durham
So this weeks episode of NXT was your typical show following a Takeover event. Only a few matches that were taped before Takeover Chicago and a recap from the event followed by interviews. Show starts off with a match between Aleister Black and Curt Hawkins. I love Black’s entrance along with his music. Its like he’s rising from the dead. Totally fits his gimmick. He really shined in this match. Showed off some great athleticism. As well as good striking ability. Aleister picks up the win with the Black Mask. Its pretty much a spinning heal kick. I’ve been highly impressed with him since his debut at Takeover San Antonio. I wasn’t expecting much but he’s put on some nice matches so far. Future looks bright for him.
We get highlights from the Ladder Match from Takeover Chicago between DIY and The Authors of Pain. This was a very good match. Surprised it was the main event. But seeing how it ended it made sense. We got one of the best heel turns I’ve seen in a long time. Plus a split up of one of the better tag teams WWE has to offer. Ciampa and Gargano should have a great feud no doubt.
Ember Moon is sitting in an empty arena talking about her injury and not being a part of the Women’s title match. She dropped a great line I liked. She said time heals all wounds but battle scars live forever. I hope she comes back strong. She seems like the best bet to beat Auska. Nikki Cross a close second. We get highlights from the women’s title match between Asuka, Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot. We then get an interview from Asuka. She says you see that. No one can stand toe to toe with me. It’s mine. I’m loving her character. She’s confident. A little cocky. And knows no one can touch her right now.
Next up is highlights from the Eric Young vs Roderick Strong match. Strong is really starting to come into his own on the NXT brand. I think those video packages they showed a few weeks back really helped him. He should soon be in line for a NXT title match.
So we get the debut (or redebut) of Patrick Clark who is now going by the name Velveteen Dream. He had a match against Robert Anthony. Now I’m not crazy about this gimmick but I must admit Clark has improved some in the ring. He really carried this match. He picked up the win with an elbow drop. Was a little sloppy in my opinion but got good height on it. I don’t know how this gimmick will get over. Only time will tell. I found it funny how the announcers made it seem like we have never seen this guy before.
We get highlights from the UK title match between Tyler Bate and Peter Dunn. That may have been the match of the night from Takeover. Plus great commentary from JR. These two young studs put on a classic. Very old school style match. Loved every second of it. Last but not least we saw the highlights from the Bobby Roode vs Hideo Itami NXT title match. Was good to see Itami get some shine. The injury bug has really set him back while so many other NXT stars shined and took his spotlight. These two put on a good match. I expected a bigger pop when Hideo hit the GTS. Being in Chicago and all but it was still a cool moment for me.
Our main event for the night was Drew McIntyre vs Wesley Blake. I wish Drew used his old Broken Dreams theme. That was so good. I also wish he was still using the Future Shock DDT. This match was decent nothing special. McIntyre wins with the Claymore. Also known as the single leg Yakuza Kick. Leaving WWE and coming back was one of the best things he could have done. He’s so much better now. Hope he gets the proper push this time around.
In closing this wasn’t a bad show. Got a few matches in. Some interviews and highlights in case you missed Takeover Chicago. I’ve heard from friends before that they should do a live NXT show after a Takeover Event. That would be nice. Something different. Next week we get a Glorious Celebration with Bobby Roode after his victory over Itami. That will be interesting for sure. All in all I enjoyed this weeks show. Hopefully next week there back at full sail.