By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Summer Rae def. Bayley in a No. 1 Contender's Match for the NXT Women's Championship
Summer and Bayley are two of the better workers in NXT's women's division and had a great match as expected. Granted, they weren't given much time to shine, but they made the most out of the five minutes they were allotted. The two have such good chemistry together that it made me hope for a future feud between them down the line. I was surprised to see Summer emerge victorious if only because I didn't expect them to rush into Summer vs. Charlotte so soon. That said, it should be an interesting match. I still hope Bayley gets a run with the title at some point given her tremendous talent.
Sin Cara def. Wesley Blake
Usually it's announced whenever a main roster star makes their way to NXT, but when an announcement isn't made, that's when you know they're irrelevant. Sin Cara hasn't been relevant in ages, so I don't understand what purpose this was supposed to serve. An oddly placed match that felt random and inconsequential.
CJ Parker Called Out Xavier Woods
Most of the time it's the heels that dress up in suits, so when Woods came out wearing one, I second guessed whether he was supposed to be the face in this feud. He showed some good fire in his promo, but even a few of his lines could portray him as a heel. However, any doubt of him turning heel was squandered when he attacked Woods from behind. Parker has come a long way in recent months and he's settling into his new role nicely. Woods, on the other hand, has been so damaged since being called up to the main roster that it's hard to take him seriously right now.
Bull Dempsey def. Angelo Dawkins
Contrary to popular opinion, I've been impressed with Dempsey so far. His in-ring work is what it should be and his mic skills are acceptable. He'll only improve in time and it's been so far, so good. His post-match promo seemed to indicate that he's setting his sights on the NXT Championship in the near future, but I really hope they don't rush into him contending for the title. He needs to be built up properly before going after the gold.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel def. NXT Champion Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn
When you put four great wrestlers in the ring together, how can you possibly go wrong? There were several innovative maneuvers and the action from start to finish was extremely entertaining. The two teams worked incredibly well together and the live crowd was invested in it all. The best part of the bout came during the finishing sequence when Kidd utilized heel tactics to score the victory. It was a classic heel move and a brilliant way of furthering his heel turn. It also gives Kidd a much needed victory. Kidd and Zayn are bound to produce a great series of matches and this was only a small preview of what's to come in their feud.
The opening match and main event are well worth going out of your way to see. Both were excellent and two of the best NXT matches since Takeover in May. Everything else in between was rather mediocre, but not completely terrible. I've been really enjoying the top feuds (Neville vs. Breeze, Zayn vs. Kidd, Charlotte vs. Summer) and they've all made for some entertaining episodes of NXT as of late. Fingers crossed NXT can keep up the strong momentum going forward.
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