KUSHIDA is wrestling in his street clothes gain. This was shaping up to be a GREAT match with KUSHIDA working the arm, but silly me made the mistake of think we were going to get a clean finish. Instead we got The Velveteen Dreaming interfering for the DQ. I did like that he inadvertently wound up hitting Ciampa, getting Ciampa the win, but I’m just so tired of DQs and really just generally finishes designed to protect people. If you can’t book a clean finish, you should think really hard about whether your story really needs this match.
EMBER MOON PROMO/WOMEN’S SEGMENT- fine
She makes a joke about not being “allowed to talk” on the main roster. As you’ve probably guessed, she wants the belt. Her promo was fine.
Io Shirai came out, but before she could say anything, Rhea Rip;ey came out onto the stage. Before Rhea could say much, she was jumped from behind by Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez. Ember came out to help her out. Referees come out to break it up
DRAKE MAVERICK INTERVIEW EARLIER TODAY- bad
He got himself and Killian Dain booked in a tag team match against Ever-Rise. Killian Dain says that they’re not a team. If you replace “tag team partner” with “romantic partner” in this storyline, Drake is pretty much an obsessive creep who won’t leave his crush alone. Dain came off like a cartoon here.
MCKENZIE MITCHELL INTERVIEWS IO SHIRAI- good
McKenzie asks why Io didn’t go help the babyfaces during the earlier brawl. Io replied their issues weren’t her problem.
UNDISPUTED ERA PROMO- great!
Ridge Holland apparently broke Adam Cole’s ribs. UE are going to come after him.
EVER-RISE vs. DRAKE MAVERICK & KILLIAN DAIN- 3/10
Maverick got them goofy music and a TitanTron that just says “Drake and Killian.” Dain ordered the truck to shut the music off. Dain didn’t want to play along with Maverick’s crap throughout the match. They won when Dain powerbomed Maverick onto the opponent.
POST-MATCH SEGMENT- bad
Maverick danced to the stupid music. Dain got annoyed and punched him in the face. Then he picked him up and carried him backstage, and Drake gave the crowd a thumbs up.
TONI STORM VIDEO PACKAGE- GREAT!
JOHNNY * CANDICE THINK THEY DESERVE REMATCHES- Also Indi Hartwell has sent them a new TV to replace the one that Tegan Nox broke. Indi Hartwell as a suck-up has the potential to be entertaining, I guess.
AUSTIN THEORY vs. LEON RUFF- 2/10, but very good for the time it got
I liked that they let Ruff get so much offense in. I like the way to go with him is a loveable loser type of thing where you build up to him actually getting a win. Wade Barrett made an EXCELLENT kayfabe comparison between Theory and young Randy Orton.
AUSTIN THEORY PROMO- great!
He says that he only lost to Cole last week because he didn’t have time to warm up, pointing to tonight’s match as an example of what he can do when he has had the proper time to prepare. He says he’d prove that to Cole right now if Cole didn’t have those broken ribs.
Theory said that no one can stand in his way. That was Dexter Lumis’ cue to come out and we wound up with…
AUSTIN THEORY vs. DEXTER LUMIS- 5.75/10
Lumis won clean, then got attack by Cameron Grimes afterwards
MCKENZIE MITCHELL INTERVIEWS DAKOTA KAI & RAQUEL GONZALEZ- good promos to build up the main event.
CAMERON GRIMES INTERVIEW- meh
FINN BALOR VS. KYLE O’REILLY VIDEO PACKAGE- good
Balor will be out a bit with a fractured jaw.
RIDGE HOLLAND INTERVIEW- good
He hints that he got paid off to attack Cole. A mystery is afoot.
MCKENZIE MITCHELL INTERVIEWS DAMIAN PRIEST- very good
He wants to know who his next challenger will be.
RIDGE HOLLAND vs. DANNY BURCH- no rating, great segment
Holland got a quick win over an established name. He disrespected Burch after the match so Birch went after him, to which Holland responded by kicking Burch’s ass. Oney Lorcan came out to make the save and brawled with him. Referees kept trying to break it up, and eventually managed to do so.
THE PLOT WITH INDI HARTWELL AND THE GARGANOS THICKENS- In addition to the TV, Indi sent them a copy of women’s battle royale where Candice won her title shot that spotlighted how many times Indi saved Candice from elimination.
THATCH AS THATCH CAN- very good
That’s next life lesson (after “life will grind you down until you quit”) is that you have to strike first and never miss an opportunity so that life won’t be able to beat you. He also says that “a man isn’t defined by his losses, but rather by how much pain he inflicts.” This is the sort of thing that gives us a good sense of Thatcher’s character. He’s not just a sadist, but a cynic as well.
RIDGE HOLLAND GETS STRETCHERED OFF- apparently something happened during the brawl. That’s bad timing.
SHOTZI BLACKHEART vs. XIA LI- 0.5/10
Shotzi has now decorated her stupid tank with Halloween decorations. She’s such a dork and poser that it’s infuriating. This was a quick win for Shotzi, though a little too even for me to call it a squash.
POST-MATCH SEGMENT- odd
Boa came down to ringside and offered Xia Li what I assume is a contract of some sort. They left together
DAKOTA KAI & RAQUEL GONZALEZ vs. RHEA RIPLEY & EMBER MOON- 6.75/10
Ember pinned Dakota clean to win, which was the right finish.
This was a pretty meh episode of NXT. There was little that was bad, but not too much that was particularly good, either.