During last weeks special, Adrian Neville defended his NXT Championship successfully against Tyson Kidd. This week he repeated the feat against Kidd’s former tag partner, Justin Gabriel, in a No Disqualification match. The actual stipulation didn’t really come into play very much, as you might expect between two high-flyers, but the two put on a good match. Post-match Kidd came out and said he regrets his actions last week and challenged Neville for one more shot, which he was granted (for some point in the future). Surprisingly he didn’t complete his heel turn here, so perhaps his sulking last week was for Total Divas and not a turn. Or maybe a slow turn is being planned.
Either way, last week Tyler Breeze became the number one contender. His appearance this week was quite fun, although not very substantial. He premièred his “music video” but did very little else. The man he defeated to become number one contender, Sami Zayn, was completely absent from proceedings despite the controversy being promoted about the manner of the win and the crowd chanting for him. Now being 0-2 at the big events, it will be interesting to see if a story develops from that.
The women’s division took a surprising turn, as new champion Charlotte defeated Bayley. The surprise came from the return of Summer Rae during the match, forcing an unwelcome reunion of the Beautiful Fierce Females, before they were chased off by Paige and Emma. The story between the BFF’s could be an intriguing one, even if it does see Summer playing a different character in NXT than on WWE programming, but Paige still hanging around NXT does raise the question of why she was forced to vacate when she isn’t a regular fixture on the main roster.
Elsewhere, Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger seem to being set up for the next challengers to The Ascension although they seem like too forced of a team at the moment. Mojo Rawley bounced back from his Rusev beating with a win over the singing Aiden English, and a recap video of Bo Dallas‘s NXT exile and CJ Parker continued his crowd appearances.
Decent show, not overly consequential though. Maybe would have benefited from a date being attached to the Kidd and Neville match, or at least some clarification as to what it means for Tyler Breeze’s shot which he promoted as usable whenever he likes. The BFF’s story looks to be the starts of a good story.