By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Hideo Itami def. Bull Dempsey
Was the sole purpose Dempsey was pushed was so he could be fed to Baron Corbin? He hasn't been the same since then, and his three losses to Corbin definitely don't help matters. It was a fine showcase match for Itami and it's nice to see him adapting more and more to the WWE style as time goes on. I'm also glad his feud with Tyler Breeze seems to be continuing as it gives both guys direction for the foreseeable future.
The Lucha Dragons def. Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger
The two teams worked a fun little match, but nothing we haven't seen before from them. Now that they're no longer tag team champions, I'm not sure what there is left for them to do in NXT like The Ascension. Maybe they're around for the next set of shows, but beyond that they might be exclusive to the main roster. Of course, this match was the catalyst for the random split between Jordon and Dillinger.
Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger
As strange as the split between Dillinger and Jordon was, Dillinger's promo was even stranger. I figured he'd be the babyface since Jordon was the one who walked out, but he cut a heel promo here. I think he has a lot of untapped potential as a heel singles guy, but feeding him to Corbin right off the bat surely isn't going to do him any favors. This was a typical squash for Corbin and I'm curious as to what's next for him going forward.
Becky Lynch def. Bayley
Unlike on the main roster, although they weren't given much time, they worked a very well-wrestled match with both ladies showing nice aggression. There wasn't a solid story going into the match, but there is history there with Lynch turning on Bayley and their involvement in the recent women's title match. The win for Lynch would only made sense if she'll be next in line for a title match, but we'll see in due time.
Finn Balor def. The Brian Kendrick
I always found Kendrick to be fairly underrated, so it was really cool to see him back for seemingly one night only. He hasn't lost a step in the ring since we saw him last (and why would he?) and he worked an enjoyable matchup with Balor. It wasn't the show stealing contest I originally thought it would be, but it was good for what it was. I also really liked the video package they aired on him earlier as it made Balor's victory that much more credible. As for the post-match bit with Kevin Owens attacking Alex Riley, it puts heat on Owens and also gives me hope that it's only a matter of time before we see Riley back in the ring.
While it wasn't as hot of a show as last week, it was still relatively solid from start to finish. Most of the matches felt random and in some cases rushed, but they were well-wrestled and there was several storyline developments throughout the night. The returns of Rhyno, Kendrick and apparently Riley in addition to the debut of Solomon Crowe have injected new life into NXT, and with an update on Zayn along with an NXT Women's Championship match coming next week, those are another two things to be excited for.
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