By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady def. The Lucha Dragons in a No. 1 Contender's Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship
Amore and Cassady are so over with the audience that The Lucha Dragons were booed by default. I don't know if they deserved that, but the team either needs to split as soon as possible to avoid doing damage to Kalisto as a singles act or move them up to the main roster permanently. Meanwhile, it was refreshing to see Amore and Cassady show some newfound aggression and actually win a match for once. It might be too early to take the titles off Blake and Murphy, but Amore and Cassady are too good of a team to not win the titles at some point.
Alexa Bliss def. Carmella
Bliss has never been the strongest in-ring worker, but she's coming along nicely. This wasn't her best showing in the squared circle and there were a few sloppy spots, so she might have been better off facing someone who knows their way around the ring in her first match back (i.e. not Carmella). If nothing else, it's great to see her back as the women's division in NXT, as great as it already is, could really benefit from fresh blood. Furthermore, it was a logical win for Bliss before she battles NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks next week.
Alex Riley def. CJ Parker
Being a longtime fan of Riley, it was great to see him back in the ring after two long years as it was a long time coming. He was never the best in-ring competitor, but that's where he belongs and obviously where he wants to be. His pre-match backstage promo was also excellent and showed a ton of passion that he displayed during and after his match against Parker. It wasn't much more than a simple squash, but his first true test back in the ring will come next week when he goes one-on-one with Kevin Owens.
Tyler Breeze def. Hideo Itami
Once again, Itami and Breeze worked a very nice matchup that kept a consistent pace throughout. It may not have been as exciting as the match they had at NXT TakeOver last month, but it was still a very well wrestled match that didn't at all feel out of place in the main event. Both Breeze and Itami put forth admirable performances and Breeze's clean win was a pleasant surprise. I'm not exactly sure whether this marks the end of their feud or not, but I suppose only time will tell.
You probably expect me to say this was another awesome episode of NXT and it continued the strong streak of programming in the last month, right? Well, it was and it did, so ha! Wait a second... In all seriousness, this was yet another enjoyable edition all around with a fun tag match, solid main event and entertaining returns from Riley and Bliss. I'm highly anticipating next week's show emanating from the Arnold Classic (the first time NXT has ever been taken on the road) as that should be a ton of fun.
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