Street Profits def. Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli
I know they've had only a handful of appearances on NXT TV so far, but it's crazy how over Street Profits already are. As others have said, they have filled the role Enzo Amore and Big Cass once had as a tandem with a cult following in NXT. They have a bright future ahead of them as long as they're actually booked to win the NXT Tag Team Championship eventually, unlike Enzo and Cass. As for Moss and Sabbatelli, they have improved immensely since I saw both of them last and they physically look great. This was a fun opening match while it lasted.
Lars Sullivan def. Oney Lorcan
Sullivan is an absolute beast of a human being, good lord. He's still pretty green, mind you, but that's what developmental is for after all. Lorcan was the perfect opponent for him considering he's a Massachusetts native, his offense is exciting and he sold for Sullivan like a total champ. These two contested a blast of a bout that saw Sullivan chuck Lorcan into the ring post at one point in an incredible feat of strength. It needed to be seen to be believed.
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce def. Dakota Kai and Liv Morgan
The Iconic Duo, especially Royce, are even more beautiful in person than they are on TV, and that's saying something. They're so much better together than they are apart and their shenanigans made this match entertaining. The in-ring work was sloppy at certain points, but it was a treat whenever Kai was legal. Interestingly enough, I saw her wrestle for the first time in person last month at a PROGRESS show and she has always impressed me dating back to when I first saw her compete on an episode of NXT two years ago. I'm looking forward to seeing what she'll bring to NXT's women's division going forward.
Roderick Strong def. Hideo Itami
Strong stole the show at NXT Live in Boston late last year with Cedric Alexander and he had another awesome outing on this show with Itami, who is really coming into his own as a heel. This was nothing short of a hard-hitting affair with both guys beating the holy hell out of each other and the crowd loved every second of this. It could have gone on for another few minutes, but I can't complain about the excellent match we received here.
The Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY Ended in a No Contest
Fun fact: I saw Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish at this very same venue (the Lowell Memorial Auditorium) almost exactly one year ago at ROH's All Star Extravaganza pay-per-view. Now, they're all with NXT. This was a chaotic six-man tag team match where the pace picked up down the stretch, but the non-finish was really disappointing. I'm not even sure what caused the referee to throw the match out, but at least we would get more of these two trios fighting later in the night.
Johnny Gargano def. Raul Mendoza
For those unfamiliar, Mendoza wrestled and lost in the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic last year and also recently competed against Gargano on an episode of NXT. I don't remember too much about the match they had then, but this matchup was incredible from start to finish. Gargano fought from underneath per usual, but Mendoza was given the chance to shine and he definitely left a lasting impression on me with the showing he had here. Additionally, Gargano endorsing him afterward by raising his hand was a nice touch.
Kairi Sane def. Sonya Deville
I was not at all expecting Sane to be in action at this event, so that was a pleasant surprise. Deville is a work in progress, but working with tremendous talents such as Sane will only help her cause. They produced a pretty good match with Deville being able to score some offense over the much more seasoned Sane. Needless to say, Sane's flying elbow drop is a thing of beauty and is even more impressive in person.
NXT Champion Drew McIntyre def. Andrade "Cien" Almas
Almas' recent resurgence in NXT has made him a viable threat to the NXT Championship, and although the outcome to this championship clash was never in doubt, I would love for these two to engage in a full-fledged feud down the line considering the chemistry they have together. This was a strong main event, but I'm glad the show didn't end after McIntyre won clean. Rather, The Undisputed Era came out and attacked the likes of McIntyre, Street Profits, Gargano and Lorcan before finally meeting their match in SAnitY. The babyfaces ganged up on Cole and hit their finishers on them to send the crowd home happy.
While I wouldn't rank this toward the top of the six NXT shows I've attended over the past two years, each of them have been enjoyable and this live event was no exception. Attendance was significantly down compared to the last time NXT ran the building, and they were selling quite a few Balor Club and Bobby Roode shirts at the merchandise stand instead of Undisputed Era shirts (that's understandable since they were recently released), but you can never go wrong with NXT. Stars such as Aleister Black, Ember Moon and Kassius Ohno were conspicuous by their absence, but that was merely because they were running shows for the Florida circuit this weekend.
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