With only days before War Games and Survivor Series, the invasion and chaos continued. Did NXT do a good job hyping up War Games and their part in Survivor Series?
Let’s find out.
The Raw/SmackDown invasion of NXT was in full force this week and it was amazing.
There was a feeling of unpredictability over the entire show, and the “invasions” were always surprises. WWE has been doing this brand warfare thing a couple years now, but this time it feels different. It feels different because all the superstars on Raw and SmackDown we have seen on the other brand at numerous times. However, to see “main roster” superstars in the NXT arena, even if they’d been in NXT prior, makes it actually feel like an invasion.
They did it perfectly this week, it built to Survivor Series better than Raw and SmackDown have, in my opinion.
Can The Revival Stay in NXT?
Former NXT Tag Team Champions Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder took on Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly this week. They absolutely blew the house down. What an amazing tag team match. The Revival have had a few decent matches on Raw and SmackDown, but they are on another level when they are in a NXT ring.
There are two matches you absolutely should watch from this week’s NXT and this is one of them. I could try and explain the match to you but honestly, I couldn’t do it justice. Tag team wrestling on Raw and SmackDown is kind of a lost art, but on NXT, it’s amazing from bell-to-bell.
Watch this match immediately.
Match of the Night
I went back and forth on what I was going to make my Match of the Night, but I decided to make it the main event of the show. Adam Cole and Domink Dijakovic had a Ladder Match, with the winner gaining advantage for their respective War Game team. This was a classic NXT Ladder Match, big spots, good pace, but more importantly amazing story telling.
Early in the match, Cole attacked the surgery repaired knee of Dijakovic. Rather than it being a throw-away spot, it affected the outcome of the match. Near the end of the match Dijakovic hit a big knee on Cole, but it was the injured one. This would give Cole the advantage, and after knocking Dijakovic off the ladder through another ladder, Cole would secure the briefcase and the advantage for his team.
This was classic NXT Ladder Match like I said but I urge you to check it out, I thought it was amazing. After the match, members of Team Raw and SmackDown came out and had a brawl with team NXT. At the end of the show, Seth Rollins was confronted by none other than Tommaso Ciampa, and they fought till the screen went black.
Give me that match now, please.
This might be generous or too high but I don’t care, this was an A+ show for me.
There was not one thing on this show that I did not like or agree with. Every match and segment was great, and they added the invasion element perfectly. The invasion itself was a big part of the show, but at the same time they were able to build to War Games.
NXT is so good at weaving things into each other, it never ceases to amaze me. I think this was the best go-home show for Survivor Series, and honestly, I’ll be watching for Team NXT.
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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_).