Ember Moon vs. Ruby Riot – Ember Moon is one of my favorite acts in the WWE umbrella right now. Just a fantastic wrestler. The match began with a nice display of athleticism from both women to pop the crowd, which was fairly evenly split. Ruby Riot is growing me. She’s quite talented and some impressive moments in the match including nailing a Frankensteiner. She also sold very well for Ember, which is always nice to see (I like quality selling like I like good defense in football). Ember picked up the pinfall win following a beautiful Eclipse in a little over eight minutes. WINNER: Ember Moon [***]
Footage from a backstage interview earlier in the day with Kassius Ohno was shown. He requested and received a match against his friend Hideo Itami on next week’s episode. Hideo entered the scene to see if it was true, and then spoke angrily in Japanese before kicking a trash can and leaving.
Oney Lorcan vs. Danny Burch – I’m a big fan of both of these guys, Oney Lorcan in particular for his hard hitting style. This was a physical, stiff contest. It didn’t last five minutes, and that was perfectly fine because of how physical the match was. My one issue with it is that the submission finish felt abrupt. Lorcan locked on a single leg crab, and Burch tapped extremely fast. WINNER: Oney Lorcan. [***½]
After the match the two men shook hands. Burch pulled Lorcan back and held up a single finger and said he wants one more match. Lorcan agreed as the crowd chanted for one more match. We’ll see these two go at it again in the future. I for one would like to see them get a bigger stage and a little more time.
No Way Jose vs. Cezar Bononi – We were reminded before the match that Cezar defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas on an episode of NXT two months ago. He’d have no such luck tonight as No Way Jose put him away in just over two minutes. Cezar did get a little bit of offense though, including an impressive dropkick. Jose got the pinfall victory with the fastball punch. WINNER: No Way Jose [*]
After the match, Andrade Almas came out and put the boots to Cezar at the behest of his “mystery lady.” Jose returned to the ring which sent Cien packing. For those who don’t know, the mystery woman is Thea Trinidad, better known as Rosita from Impact Wrestling.
#1 Contender’s Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Killian Dain – This was a match with big implications. The winner gets to face Bobby Roode at TakeOver: Brooklyn III for the NXT Championship. To up the stakes, both men came into the match undefeated in NXT. I’ve been a big fan of Drew McIntyre since his original WWE run. He’s only gotten better, and right now in NXT he’s as good as he has ever been. I’m also big on Killian Dain. I think he’s going to eventually be pushed quite well on the main roster. This match had a lot of back and forth, and towards the end Dain shocked everyone by kicking out of Future Shock at the count of one. He then got up from a Claymore kick, before Drew even covered him. A second one however kept the big fella down. WINNER: Drew McIntyre [***]
In case you couldn’t tell from the match ratings, this was a hot episode of NXT. Highly recommend you watch it, as it’s the best hour of wrestling you’ll see this week.