FINALLY! I am back reviewing NXT every week as they go head-to-head with All Elite Wrestling’s Dynamite. Every Week Juan and I will review are respective shows, and as for the winner? That’s up to you to decide! Without further a due let’s check in on Full Sail.
Finn F’n Balor
I want to start this week by talking about Finn Balor. Finn re-debuted on NXT their first night of live TV, and man I wish they did this sooner. On Raw, Finn won the Inaugural Universal Championship, got hurt and had to vacate it, then just did absolutely nothing. NXT is portraying Finn the way he always should’ve been portrayed (Hi Prince Devitt) and it is amazing.
He cut a promo on how weak NXT had become since he left, and ended up in a scuffle with Matt Riddle. The match would later be made official for TakeOver: War Games, tasty, tasty, tasty.
Keith Lee Shines
I also want to spotlight Keith Lee on this weeks edition. Lee is one of those guys that killed it on the indie scene and came to NXT. However, other than a few really good matches, he hasn’t really had a chance to shine. I feel he shined this week, and is finally being presented as the main event player that we all know he is. He will be on Team Ciampa at War Games against the Undisputed Era.
Lee cut a fantastic promo on Adam Cole, and had a very exciting match with Roderick Strong later in the night. Being involved with this main event feud is doing wonders for Keith, and I think he will have a standout performance at War Games.
Match of the Night
If you watched NXT this week, the match of the night should be obvious. If you did not watch NXT this week (you should have) stop whatever you’re doing, and watch the main event. Io Shirai and Mia Yim competed in a ladder match for an advantage in the Women’s War Games match. These two absolutely killed it, ladder matches tend to go through the motions sometimes because they’ve been done so much, but this one was amazing start to finish.
At the end of the match NXT UK Women’s Champion (bit of a mouthful) Kay Lee Ray pushed Mia off the ladder, Mia took a nasty bump through a ladder set up at ring side. From start to finish this was amazing and built towards War Games.
Every match and segment on the show made sense, nothing ran too long and everything had enough time. Things are a bit confusing for NXT right now because they are building towards War Games, and Survivor Series. However they are handling it well, and focusing on TakeOver on their weekly show.
With the two hour format, many newer stars are getting TV time and NXT is handling it perfectly. So many good matches and stories going on that I didn’t mention, this show was almost perfect to me.
Can’t wait for War Games!
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The Scrap’s Austin Luff is a broadcasting student with a passion for watching and writing about mixed martial arts and professional wrestling. Make sure to follow Austin on Twitter (@AJMMA_).