Ember Moon def. Peyton Royce
Before she could contend for the NXT Women's Championship against Asuka again, it was imperative that Ember Moon wrapped up her rivalry with Royce and Billie Kay, and it seemed like that was accomplished here. There were given more time than usual and it was a decent match albeit nothing incredibly special. I did like the story they told with Moon constantly attempting to hit her finisher before finally connecting with it, though.
SAnitY def. The Ealy Brothers
After Killian Dain was showcased and prominently featured in his main event match with No Way Jose earlier this month, it made sense for Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe to pick up a dominant victory as well. Unfortunately, they just aren't as fun or as impressive to watch in the ring as Dain. This was a fine squash match, but it didn't give us a clear idea of what's next for the group.
Sonya Deville def. Rachel Evers
As I've said before, Evers is Rachel Ellering, the daughter of The Authors of Pain's manager Paul Ellering. She's appeared on NXT before, always in an enhancement role, and honestly she has looked infinitely better in her few matches on the program than Deville. Deville has gotten better with each match she's had so far, but she isn't nearly on the same level as others in the division right now.
Aleister Black def. Kassius Ohno
I assumed this would be slightly longer than the average Black match, but it turned out to be a really competitive contest with plenty of hard-hitting action. That's the style we're starting to see more of in NXT these days and it makes for terrific television. Black was vulnerable for the first time since his debut, yet still managed to pull out the victory. This was easily the best bout I have seen either of them in this year and I'm interested to see where they go from here.
Similar to last week, the first three matches were hardly memorable but they allowed the victors to build momentum, so they served a purpose. Also similar to last week, the main event was fantastic and an absolute blast to watch, so seek that out along with the brawl between Bobby Roode and Roderick Strong that set up their NXT Championship match for the July 5 episode. Speaking of which, that will be the 400th episode of NXT, so I'm happy they're making it feel special with a rare NXT title defense on TV.
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