By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Tyler Breeze def. Adam Rose
It was good to see some follow-up to Breeze attacking Rose after their tag team match all those weeks ago, but who was supposed to be the babyface here? The crowd was certainly split, but there wasn't much incentive to cheer for one guy over the other. That aside, they contested a very well-wrestled match that showed just how solid of a wrestler Rose is. I continue to shake my head over the misuse of Rose right now (even in NXT) and how they aren't attempting to repackage him as Leo Kruger or Ray Leppon. As much as I want Breeze to have direction, I'm content with him scoring clean wins in the meantime.
Greg Hamilton Interviewed Eva Marie
I'm no Eva Marie fan, but I've seen the effort she's put into improving her wrestling skills with Brian Kendrick, so I don't think the catcalls were necessary. I love the enthusiasm the Full Sail University crowd brings, but sometimes they can be a bit much and that was the case here. Then again, the camera focused on the boos she was getting, so maybe that was intended. I'm not sold on her coming to the NXT women's division, but if she really has improved, then it's a logical place for her to start before she heads back to the main roster.
Alexa Bliss def. Carmella
These two faced off a few weeks back and had a pretty lackluster match, so I surprised how much better this bout was. Bliss and Carmella both held their own and put together a rather passable match that didn't have as many distractions as it did the first time around. Of course, Bliss being established as the heel in the match definitely helped and having her cheat to win only helped with that.
The Vaudevillians def. Jason Jordan and Macus Louis
Well, the Vaudevillians are back after an absence that felt like it lasted forever, and they're apparently babyface now. I'm all for it since they seemed to be getting over as fan favorites earlier in their run before they changed their entrance music and insisted on remaining heels. The match was par for the course for tag team matches in NXT, but it was decent for what it was worth. I was disappointed by Jordan's partner of choice, but hopefully their loss here means he's going to be looking for another partner son (Chad Gable?). As for Louis, it was weird to see him back. I guess his "stalker" gimmick was dropped without any real explanation. Not that I care, though.
Finn Balor def. Rhyno
I, for one, have been enjoying Rhyno's run so far and this was a good example of how he should be used. He and Balor worked very well here and produced a solid matchup, probably Rhyno's best bout in NXT to date. It was a quality tune-up for Balor before he contends for the NXT Championship next month in Japan (which should be awesome) and Rhyno's Gore to Balor atop the stage at the end was a sweet visual. NXT needs more top heels right now and Rhyno can fill that role nicely.
This was mostly a one match show, and that one match (the main event) wasn't too great to the point I'd suggest you go out of your way to watch it. The rest of the show was a mixed bag with a nice yet odd opener, an out-of-place interview with Eva Marie and a bizarre tag team match. It wasn't a bad show by any means, but just strange if that makes sense. At any rate, hopefully things are back to normal for next week's episode.
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