This was far more entertaining than I expected. Bayley's gimmick amuses me greatly, and I hope to see her on the WWE roster one day. Match Rating: **
Tyler Breeze was trying to have his photo taken backstage, but CJ Parker photo-bombed it. Breeze was most upset upon realizing this.
The Ascension (Conor O'Brian & Rick Victor) vs. Ron Hicks & Michael Zaki
Hicks was never even able to tag into the match. Zaki was dominated the whole time until he ate the Ascension's finisher: 1 2 3.
This was a squash. I did not find it all that entertaining. Match Rating: Squash
CJ Parker vs. Baron Corbin
Apparently, Parker has been gone for a wild, because he was visiting a Moonchild Commune. His new look is what someone in NXT thinks a hippie wrestler would look like.
Corbin got the early advantage, but Parker quickly came back with a palm strike and a wacky DDT: 1 2 3
Parker danced after the match. The camera cut to a section of the crowd that was less than impressed. Tyler Breeze came out to yell at Parker. Parker motioned to punch Breeze, and Breeze ran to the back. Match Rating: Squash of the Character Reintroduction variety
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alexander Rusev
Rusev brought a piece of wood to the ring with "Ziggler" written on it. He then broke the piece of wood with his knee. Fantastic.
Rusev's strength helped him out early on. Dolph hit a big dropkick, but Rusev came back with some knee strikes. Rusev then dumped him to the floor. Rusev was briefly in control, but Ziggler came back with a chinbreaker, a corner splash, and a dropkick. Rusev splashed him in the ropes for a nearfall. Ziggler came back with the FameAsser: 1 2 NO! Rusev avoided the sleeper and hit a spinning heel kick: 1 2 NO! Rusev went for the Superfly splash, but Ziggler avoided it and hit the Zig Zag: 1 2 3
This was way more competitive and enjoyable than I expected. Dolph bumped all over the place to make Rusev look solid enough. Rusev did his part to make the match work. He's got a unique look, and I hope to see him improve some more and eventually make it to the WWE roster. Thumbs up. Match Rating: **1/2
Sami Zayne vs. Antonio Cesaro [2/3 Falls]
As Cesaro was walking to the ring, Zayne hit him with a tope con HELLO! As Cesaro got into the ring, the referee checked in with him. He said he was ready, and Zayne hit a Yakuza Kick and a schoolboy: 1 2 3 Sami Zayne lead one fall to zero.
Ole chants from the crowd. Zayne hit the double jump diving crossbody for a nearfall. Cesaro got control of the match, and he worked Zayne over for a while. Zayne got a couple of hope spots, but Cesaro pretty much completely dominated this fall. Finally, Cesaro locked in a CHINLOCK, and Sami had to tap out. Both men have one fall.
Cesaro hit the Fucking Machine suplex: 1 2 NO! Sami got a nearfall with a schoolboy. Sami escaped another chinlock and hit another Yakuza Kick: 1 2 NO! Zayne then hit the Yoshi Tonic: 1 2 NO!!!! The crowd really bought that one. ZAYNE THEN HIT THE DIVE-THROUGH-THE-ROPES TORNADO DDT! The crowd went ballistic for that one. It's definitely one of my favorite movez. Cesaro almost lost via countout after that. Zayne went for the spinning DDT, but Cesaro caught him and hit a massive pop-up European! Gotch Clash: 1 2 3!
Unsurprisingly, a two out of three falls match between these two was delightful. These are two of the most talented wrestlers under WWE contract, and they can be huge stars for the WWE one day if the company allows/wants them to be. While I knew this match would not live up to the unnecessary "MOTYC" hype that it was getting from fans and people in the company, there is no question that this was a great television main event that everyone should go out of their way to see. Match Rating: ***3/4
The 411: I enjoyed this episode way more than last week's episode. The show was obviously carried by the main event. However, the rest of the episode was way more entertaining than last week. (Dolph Ziggler wrestling in the semi-main event helped on that front.) Going forward, I would hope that NXT did more video packages and promos hyping up their talent instead of uninspired squash matches. A show primarily made up of video packages with great characters and competitive/entertaining matches would make me far more likely to become a regular NXT viewer. The CJ Parker and Ascension squashes really did not do much for me.