Mia Yim def. Bianca Belair
Belair has previously beaten Yim two times, so this was Yim's last chance to beat her rival. They work well really together and all of their matches up to this point have been entertaining. Belair in particular benefits the most because of the experience she can gain from working with the veteran Yim. This marked Yim's biggest win to date in NXT and it'd be cool to see her in the NXT Women's Championship mix eventually.
Kushida def. Drew Gulak
Kushida and Gulak wrestling similar submission styles made this such a fun match. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I really enjoyed this for what it was with both guys going back and forth with different submission maneuvers. In the end, Kushida was just able to eek out the victory, though their post-match face-off seemingly left the door open for a rematch. Selfishly speaking, I hope that rematch happens on next week's episode of NXT TV because that means I'd get to see Kushida wrestle live before TakeOver: XXV.
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs. The Forgotten Sons Ended in a No Contest
Ah, the two teams have virtually no chance of winning the NXT Tag Team Championship at TakeOver: XXV. Then again, I guess a Forgotten Sons victory isn't completely out of the question, but NXT would have be brain dead to give them the titles. In all seriousness, this didn't last long and simply served as a preview of the chaos that will ensue in Saturday's Ladder match. Undisputed Era standing tall (with Adam Cole atop the ladder) on the stage was a cool visual to go off the air with.
This edition of NXT TV was light on wrestling, but that's almost always the case with these pre-TakeOver shows because of the abundance of video packages. The main event wasn't anything special, but as an angle, it effectively hyped up the Ladder match for TakeOver. The aforementioned video packages were phenomenally put together, while Yim vs. Belair and Kushida vs. Gulak were both very well wrestled. I'm very excited to be in attendance for the event on Saturday.
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