SAnitY def. Hideo Itami and Kassius Ohno
I was banking on Itami turning on Ohno here, but instead, further tension was teased between the two with Itami blaming Ohno afterward for the loss. The match itself was good while it lasted and I was actually somewhat surprised Itami spent more time in the ring than Ohno considering Itami is on the verge of turning heel. I assume him viciously attacking Ohno is coming fairly soon to set up a match between the two at TakeOver: Brooklyn.
NXT Champion Bobby Roode def. Roderick Strong
As always, this NXT Championship match was given the big fight feel with the pre-match interviews and introductions. It's very rare the title is defended on NXT TV nowadays, so it comes across like a major deal whenever it does happen. Strong has really gotten over with the audience this year and that showed in this match as he fought from underneath, sold the leg injury and battled back with the crowd solidly behind him. The tease of him winning the title before he realized Roode's foot was under the bottom rope was incredibly well done and will lead to an even better and more monumental moment if he ever does capture the championship down the road (and I surely hope he does). That was a smart way of keeping their feud alive for another day.
The "less is more" approach worked wonders for NXT this week as the only two matches served a purpose and held my interest, with several other interviews and vignettes airing throughout the night. The tag team match wasn't anything special from an in-ring standpoint, but it did plant the seeds for an eventual Itami heel turn. Meanwhile, the main event was excellent and the best bout I saw on WWE TV all week. This wasn't exactly a historic show with it being the 400th episode, but the NXT Championship match is well worth going out of your way to see.
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