By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Vaudevillians def. T-Perkins and Matt Sugarman
Matt Sugarman? The in-ring names for the local athletes just keep getting worse and worse. It was a pretty basic squash match, but The Vaudevillians managed to make it fun. As noted last week, they're a unique act and they're a welcome addition to the tag team division. It was a nice win for them, but here's hoping that them competing against nameless jobbers doesn't become the norm for them like it did for The Ascension.
Bull Dempsey def. Xavier Woods
It's nice to finally hear Woods' new entrance theme in its entirety. The "Somebody Call My Momma" song grew tiresome and I hope The Funkadactyls stop using it soon as well. It's a shame that Woods is still being utilized as an enhancement talent, but I was intrigued by the debut of Dempsey. He's been on NXT before but this was his first real introduction to the NXT Universe. The match went longer than it needed to, but he impresses me with his skills in the ring and on the mic. If booked correctly, he could be a real force to be reckoned with in NXT.
Becky Lynch def. Summer Rae
Lynch, while good in the ring and apparently over with the audience, has a goofy gimmick. It's nothing too atrocious and it'll adapt over time, but it came across as too out of the ordinary for her first night in, but perhaps that's a good thing since it makes her stand out. Either way, I'm already a fan of her work and she worked well with Summer. Summer didn't need the victory here and I'm glad she put over Lynch in her debut. The women's division in NXT was in need of more talent and Lynch can provide that. Meanwhile, the dissension between the members of the BFFs has been very well done and I look forward to when the split officially comes to fruition.
Colin Cassady def. Sawyer Fulton
Cassady's singles matches have bored me to tears, but thankfully this squash match was kept short and sweet. What was even better was seeing Enzo Amore finally make his return. The Full Sail University crowd was receptive for his return and it was about time. Cassady was missing something as a singles competitor, so I can't stress how happy I am to see that he's back in action. Reunited and it feels so good! Hopefully they're the ones to eventually take the NXT Tag Team Championships over The Ascension.
NXT Champion Adrian Neville def. Rob Van Dam (Non-title)
This bout was seen as a dream match on paper and it certainly lived up to expectations. It wasn't fast paced action from start to finish, but they developed very nice chemistry together throughout and the finish was well built toward. It's rare for a credible main roster performer to come down to NXT and put over an up-and-coming talent, so I was glad to see RVD do the honors for Neville here and giving him his biggest win in WWE thus far in the process.
NXT has been a pleasure to watch each and every week since NXT: Takeover one month ago and this show was no exception. Unlike past episodes, there was a sense of freshness on this episode with debuts from Becky Lynch and Bull Dempsey. The night also saw a fun squash from The Vaudevillians, the highly anticipated return of Enzo Amore and a great main event between RVD and Neville. I'd definitely suggest checking this edition of NXT out as everything on it was entertaining.
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