Adam Cole wants to make people fear NXT, and says Ricochet has his property. EC3 interrupts. It looks like we’re gonna get an EC3-Adam Cole match!
Adam Cole Promo Rating: Eight Rick Rudes
EC3 Promo Rating: Five Roddy Pipers
ADAM COLE VS. EC3
EC3 chops Cole all around the ring. He’s all over Adam Cole until Cole recovers quickly enough to superkick him when they get back in from the outside. Heels always seem to have the uncanny ability to recover faster than faces can. Like one momentary hesitation by the face, and BOOM! Kick to the face. One quick punch from the heel, and the heel controls the match for the next five minutes.
EC3 makes a comeback and hits a brutal powerbomb for a two count. The Undisputed Era distracts him and Cole hits him with a superkick, but EC3 takes him out with a clothesline. After another distraction, Adam Cole goes for his knee to the back of the head finisher again, but EC3 ducks it and rolls him up for the win. It comes at a big cost though, as Strong and O’Reilly take him down outside and the four of them go to work on him, with the crowd chanting for War Raiders. They drag EC3 to the top of the stage, and the cronies hold him while Cole kicks him in the back of the head. Nasty shit. Fish gets a chair and hits EC3’s knee while the dickheads in the crowd chant “thank you Bobby.” I’ve grown to hate a large portion of the NXT crowd.
Match Rating: Seven Gold Medals
Beat Down Rating: Eight Randy Ortons
ALIYAH VS. MIA YIM
I am a big fan of Mia Yim. I’m so glad that WWE signed her. Aliyah also gives a great look of disgust when Yim comes out. Aliyah is an excellent stuck-up bitch. I enjoy what Aliyah brings to the table, but I wonder if they’re just going to have her continue in this jobber role, give her a push, or make her a valet on the main roster. I think the latter option would be great with the right match, but it might misuse her athletic talent. At least she’s finally connected with at least a portion of the crowd.
Aliyah has definitely improved by leaps and bounds through her years in NXT. She controls this match for a few minutes until Yim gets going. Unfortunately, the match was much better with Aliyah in control, and I don’t think Yim looked good at all on offense in her debut. I’ve seen her do much better than that, so I’ll chalk it up to nerves.
Match Rating: Three Gold Medals
Bianca Belair demands a title shot from William Regal. GIVE IT TO HER! Undisputed Era throws a pussy fit, and Regal makes War Raiders vs. Cole & Fish next week.
Awesome vignette for Lacey Evans.
JUSTIN XAVIER VS. KASSIUS OHNO
I have no idea who Justin Xavier is, just that he’s about to get elbowed into next week. Ohno has become a total dick, and it fits him. He delivers one of the best big boots I’ve ever seen. Boots and elbows, music to my ears. I’d really like to see what Xavier can do, because he looks extremely athletic, but I’m sure we’re not going to see much of it in this match. Ohno recovers from some Xavier strikes with some big seated sentons and a vicious rolling elbow to the back of Xavier’s head. Xavier just forgot math.
Match Rating: Six Gold Medals
Nikki Cross appears at the top of the ramp and says “He’s coming” and “I know what you did.”
Matt Riddle debuts next week. Bro.
Regal is going to announce Ciampa’s opponent at TakeOver: War Games. Ciampa gets in his face. Velveteen Dream arrives as well. He tells Regal to “say my name.” Enter Lars Sullivan. He says everyone is standing in “Lars Sullivan Territory”. Dream says when he is speaking to him, he’s gonna need Sullivan to “wear some pants.” I love Dream. Out comes Nikki Cross, and Aleister Black is shown outside kicking the heads off security and cameramen. He hits Lars Sullivan with Black Mass before Johnny Gargano kicks him out of nowhere! OMG! Was it Johnny? It had to be! OH SHIT IT WAS! Well THAT was unexpected. It makes some sense as half the crowd was turning on Johnny anyway, and he never won the title at his most popular as a face. Great idea to keep the character fresh. That is terrific.
Segment Rating: Eight This Is Your Lifes
Overall Show Rating: Seven Gold Medals