By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Tyler Breeze def. Marcus Louis
While I'm no fan of Louis, I'm fine with him using the "ugliness" aspect of his character to his advantage even if I don't particularly care for it. At least it makes him stand out, so there's there. This wasn't really much of a match at all with Breeze hitting his finisher out of nowhere and that being the end of it. They showed footage afterward of Louis leaving the arena, so the focus was more on him than it was on Breeze, which is a shame.
Carmella def. "Blue Pants" Leva Bates
It was hilarious to see the Full Sail University crowd chant for a rematch between Carmella and Bates. Is it sad that "Blue Pants" had more of a connection with the crowd than Carmella did? Carmella is still finding her footing as a character and as a wrestling, so it's going to take time. The match was fine, but similar to the opener, it didn't feature many moves before it was over.
NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons def. Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger (Non-title)
This wasn't quite as fun as the match The Lucha Dragons had a few weeks back, but it was still decent. Jordan and Dillinger are actually quite good in the ring, it's just their lack of gimmick that makes them difficult to care about. It's mind boggling that they've been around since the start of the year and we as viewers still know next to nothing about them. The vignette that aired for The Vaudevillians later on in the night was well done and I look forward to the scheduled tag team title match at the next live special.
Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch Attacked Bayley
Bayley cut a good promo on her recent run-ins with Banks and Lynch as well as her "friendship" with Charlotte. Was it odd to anyone else that Charlotte came out to save Bayley last week but was nowhere to be seen this week? Banks and Lynch are getting great heat out of all of this, but Bayley will need a substantial win soon if she's going to be considered a real threat to the NXT Women's Championship.
Finn Balor def. Tyson Kidd by Disqualification
Balor's singles debut on NXT may not have felt as special as it should have, but he and Kidd still had as great of a match as I expected them to. There was a lot of entertaining action and though they seemed to hold back a bit, I assume it was because this isn't going to be the last we see of them working together. The disqualification finish was logical in protecting both guys and the post-match bit with Balor and Hideo Itami taking it to The Ascension was an effective way of building up their upcoming tag match.
This was by no means a great show and I didn't expect it to be due to the fact it fell on the Thanksgiving holiday. That said, the show was only worth watching for its highly enjoyable main event. Everything else was solid and seemingly served a purpose, so I can't complain. The next live special on December 11 is shaping up to be the best one yet and I personally can't wait for it.
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