WWE NXT 4.4.18: RECAP & THOUGHTS w/ Heather
WELL we have a big recap week with NXT here with only DAYS between us and NXT Takeover: New Orleans, which means it isn’t an especially exciting week of matches but it is setting us up for a great show this Saturday. I’ll hope to have a preview of that up either tomorrow or Saturday before the show, but for now I’ll quickly run through what happened on this week’s show with one more match officially confirmed for Takeover.
DUSTY RHODES CLASSIC FINAL FUMBLED
I don’t mind that the Dusty Rhodes Classic ends at Takeover, in fact I think that’s the logical place to end it, but I just don’t like how this has turned out. I know I’m a broken record about TM61, but I really don’t think NXT is thinking about their tag team division enough with the decisions they made regarding this finale. This week during the “final” Roderick Strong, Pete Dunne and their opponents Authors of Pain were attacked by Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly intending to get themselves out of a tag match this Saturday. Predictably, William Regal interrupted making the Tag Team Title Match Saturday a double whammy for the Undisputed Era as the new Dusty Rhodes Classic final and a Title Match.
I don’t think this elevates a new tag team – Authors of Pain are not long for NXT I would say, The Undisputed Era already have the Tag Titles (though I would have been more fine with this if they had actually competed in the tournament), and Dunne and Strong most likely won’t and should not remain a team. I’ve griped about this before so I know I don’t have to continue to do so, it just really bothers me that they don’t seem to take the Dusty Rhodes Classic seriously. Ah well. I do think it should be a great match, and complaining about great matches seems stupid. I just wanted a great match with a great story coming out of it. We’ll see!
ADAM COLE BAYBAY
Let’s just all be excited that despite the injury to Bobby Fish which sucks, this weekend we should get to see Adam Cole proving why he’s one of the best wrestlers in NXT. He’s now going to be competing in two matches on the show, and outside Gargano/Ciampa I expect him to steal the show. I may be overselling him, but I’m really pumped to get to see him put on a showcase.
Recap of Ember Moon & Shayna Baszler feud
Recap of Ciampa/Gargano
Lacey Evans is officially maybe becoming a force as she calls out NXT women backstage
Dusty Rhodes Classic Finals: Pete Dunne & Roderick Strong vs Authors of Pain is a NO CONTEST after Undisputed Era interfered
Kairi Sane defeated Vanessa Borne
Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain is a NO CONTEST after interference from the other men in North American Title Tournament
GET READY FOR WRESTLING WEEKEND!!!! Catch me at HM_Pufnstuf, and happy Wrestlemania!