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This week’s episode of NXT 2.0 has wrapped. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the madness.
-Well, that triple threat match certainly delivered, eh? Cameron Grimes, Solo Sikoa, and Carmelo Hayes brought the action and physicality in a match that logically made sense with the triple threat stipulation. Not surprised Grimes retained as it seems like Sikoa and Hayes could be main roster bound at any moment.
-Speaking of Solo Sikoa, that guy has an intensity to him that screams “I will hurt you in a very real way” loudly. He’s a guy waiting for someone to tap on his shoulder and invite him up to the main roster.
-So, it doesn’t look like WWE is heeding my advice regarding Mandy Rose and presenting her strictly as the hot woman of NXT. What they did this week fed that one note gimmick, even if it was rooted in juvenile fifth grade bullying style humor.
-Yeah, and Roxanne Perez? You should listen to yourself. Leave the silly high school hijinks to Wendy Choo and go train for that Breakout Tournament. It matters much more. Look, Perez has all the qualities of a top main roster star in the women’s division. Nonsense like what she and Choo did will only lower her ceiling of success week to week.
-No, Nathan Frazer. No, no, no. You’re excited about your debut. I get it. Who wouldn’t be? This is not the narrative that needs to play out on television. The TV story is winning titles and winning matches. How can this be so easily forgotten? End this madness. A five-year ban on the story starting right away. After all, there is currently three stories rooted in that miss going right now – Cora Jade, Roxanne Perez, and now Frazer.
-Character introduction aside, Frazer’s in-ring work was stellar this week. The guy is so fast in that ring and keeps the pace smooth. Tough to see what his potential is at this point, but having good matches is a certainty.
-Did Santos Escobar poison Tony D’Angelo? This thing is too damn silly to even talk about.
-Cora Jade & Nikkita Lyons vs. Lash Legend & Natalya overdelivered. The bar was lower than low, but over delivery is always a positive. Still not seeing it with Lyons or Legend at this point.
-The Creed Brothers continue to have great matches when given the time and opportunity. The Viking Raiders brought out the fighting side of them and they showed up again. A turn on Roderick Strong appears to be in the cards sooner than later.
-Bron Breakker vs. Joe Gacy for the NXT Championship never fully switched over to third gear. It was fine, but nothing more than that. The post-match and web exclusive attack on Breakker signals that his feud with Gacy isn’t over. Hey, umm, WWE. Not sure how juice there is left to squeeze out of that one.