By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Mojo Rawley def. Bull Dempsey
Rawley may still be green in the ring, but at least he's improving on a weekly basis. He at least has the crowd behind him and seeing him celebrate with his friends and family in the audience was a cool moment. I completely forgot he and CJ Parker were even feuding since their rivalry has hardly been mentioned since NXT: Arrival. Parker's character is confusing to say the least, but it beats being a babyface, that's for sure.
Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn Went to a No Contest
I enjoyed the encounters between Zayn and Graves from a few weeks ago and hoped for the feud to continued. That being said, the feud was furthered nicely on this show by having Graves show a mean streak and knocking Zayn's skull right into the turnbuckle post. The match between Breeze and Zayn, as good as it could have been, was saved for another day. At least it was an excuse to see Breeze's awesome entrance!
Adam Rose def. Camacho
Whether he's screaming "Woo!" or "Hey!", I absolutely love the Rose character and his entrance. The crowd went crazy for him and for them to get into his entrance shtick after only one appearance is pretty impressive. It was a basic enough match to get Rose over, but I'd like to see more from him in future matches. We already know Rose can go in the ring from when he was Leo Kruger, but I assume we'll see him compete in longer matches when he eventually finds a feud to settle in.
Bayley def. Sasha Banks
We've seen these two face off in the past, so the match wasn't anything out of the ordinary. However, the ladies tried hard and put forth a good effort. Although it was a well worked match, I've just grown tiresome of the whole BFFs vs. everyone else feud. Granted, it's more of a feud than we'll ever get in the Divas division on the main roster, but it feels like the storyline is treading water at this point. Natalya should carry Charlotte to a decent match next week, but why isn't more focus on Paige and the Women's Championship?
Sheamus def. Aiden English
While he has a good gimmick, English has been mostly directionless in recent months aside from his brief feud with Colin Cassady. Thus, this one-off match with Sheamus really benefited him. I didn't at all expect him to come out on the winning end, but he put up a strong enough fight that he looked credible in defeat against Sheamus. It didn't hurt that The Celtic Warrior was over with audience and his pre-match sing-a-long was entertaining as well. It was a solid match that was given a substantial amount of time in the main event slot that it served as a fitting conclusion to the show.
The last few NXT shows haven't featured much of note, but this one in particular stood out above most of the recent ones. Granted, there wasn't anything special about it, but it flowed nicely, had good matches along with character and storyline development. You can't ask for much more than that. Furthermore, hyping up three matches for next week was a nice touch, as it gives viewers plenty to look forward to. It was a fun hour of wrestling this week that wasn't must-see, but enjoyable if you tuned it to check it out.
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