Natalya def. Aliyah
Natalya vs. Aliyah wasn't my idea of an exciting match, but to their credit, they exceeded my expectations by relying on back-and-forth banter to make it interesting. Aliyah has been down in developmental for almost five years, and at this rate, I don't see her ever escaping NXT. That said, she had a solid showing here and the match was decent. She was a way better trash talker than Natalya, for whatever that's worth.
Austin Theory def. Shane Thorne
Yes, we got two NXT wrestlers facing each other on Main Event. And no, I don't consider Theory an official part of the main roster just because he's wrestled a few matches on Raw and at WrestleMania, nor should he be. There is a lot left for him to do in NXT. Both of these guys are talented in the ring, but they have ill-defined characters as of now. They got more time here than I thought they would and it turned out to be a pretty fun match. Thorne is underrated in my opinion, but he hasn't been given many chances to shine since TM-61 broke up in late 2018.
I feared the worst when I saw Natalya vs. Aliyah was opening the show, but it turned out to be passable and didn't overstay its welcome. Theory vs. Thorne was easily the better wrestled bout of the two and I enjoyed it while it lasted. The rest of the show consisted of WrestleMania 36 and Raw recaps. It wasn't the most must-see show, but as I've said before, it's nice to see some fresh faces on Main Event for a change.
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