Mere weeks away from NXT Takeover: New York, how would NXT handle the injury of former champion Tommaso Ciampa? NXT is a highlight of mine every week, and this week was no different. Let’s get right into this weeks episode!
Triple H addresses the future of the NXT title.
Of course we learned recently that NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa required neck surgery, and as a result would not be able to compete at Takeover: New York. As a result, the show kicked off with Triple H coming down to the ring, with the NXT Championship in his hand. He put’s over NXT as being something special, which I think came from the heart. Then he says that the original plan was for Ciampa to face Gargano for the title at Takeover, but obviously that is no longer an option. So he sets up a fatal five-way for later in the night between Ricochet, Adam Cole, Aleister Black, Matt Riddle, and current NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream.
The winner of that match will go on to face Gargano at Takeover: New York for the NXT Championship in a 2/3 falls match. I liked this, I think it was best to have Triple H come out and address it directly like he did rather than trying to create a storyline around it like they did with Aleister Black a little while ago. I really appreciated the transparency here, and all the members of that fatal five-way are viable contenders for the NXT Championship.
Tommaso Ciampa injury update.
Following that last segment we went to commentary, who talked more about Ciampa’s injury, then they played a clip of him going into surgery. Now in the video the doctor said it can take up to a year for it to fully heal. If that’s really the timeline for his return this could not have come at a worse time. Ciampa was in one of the best storylines in recent memory and seemingly was on his way to the main roster, just for it to be halted by an injury. This is obviously a tough business and injuries happen all the time but it sucks that this came at the height of his NXT run.
They did also say that one good hit to the head and he most likely would’ve been paralyzed, so thank god he got the surgery when he did. Commentary wished Ciampa well again, and Nigel talked a bit about what it’s like to have an injury like that. Not much to say about this really, other than it obviously sucks to see him on the sidelines and I can’t wait for him to come back and reclaim Goldie.
Adam Cole def. Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream, Matt Riddle, & Ricochet.
Then it was time for our one and only (pun fully intended) match of the night. Before I get into the match itself can we just talk about the level of talent in this ring? They also played promos from each of the competitors earlier in the night talking about this match and they were all fantastic as usual. These are five of the absolute best in the world right now and they were in the same ring at the same time! Absolutely crazy what the future of WWE is looking like.
Now I know I say this every single week, but this match did not stop from bell-to-bell. I said earlier that these are five of the best in the world and they proved it in this match. Seriously if you haven’t watched this and you have 20 minutes, go watch it asap. Probably the most impressive part of this match is this was not planned at all. These guys had to figure this match out with relatively short notice, but it was so smooth you would never notice. So much action throughout, what’s quite good is I think most of these guys have feuded with each other so there was a lot of mini stories in the match.
The finishing sequence began when Ricochet hit a beautiful shooting star press on to Matt Riddle. Sadly before he could capitalize Cole hit him with a last shot to get a win and shock the system. After the match was over, Forgotten Sons also attacked Aleister Black and Ricochet ahead of their match next week. I think Cole vs Gargano 2/3 falls will absolutely blow the roof off the place. I also really hope Adam Cole wins the NXT title, I don’t think he will but I would love to see it.
Overall NXT did a fantastic job handling the Ciampa injury, and we got a killer main event. Yet again, NXT puts on a solid show. Honestly if you are not watching NXT, you are missing out!