WWE NXT Review 11/2/21
Highlights of the Night with Dakota Mayes
It's NXT 2.0 time! And you know what that means? It's time for the 'Highlights of the NIght' with The Pyrrhics' very own Dakota Mayes.
Mandy Rose came out for the first time as NXT Women's champion. She talked heavily about her beauty and espoused all who won the title before her as being less attractive and not on her level. She then said the same for the current roster and addressed the absence of the new Women's tag champs, who were then shown to be in the back assaulting Zoey Stark. Io Sharai then made her way to the ring to fight until the rest of Toxic Attraction arrived to help beat down Io until Kaden Carter, and Kacy Catanzaro provided backup. Not a bad opening segment. It set up Mandy's next opponent as well as new contenders for the tag champs. Not a huge fan of Mandy's promo, though. In her clunky diatribe about her looks and being the best, there was no life behind it. The entire speech was boring.
CORA JADE VS. DAKOTA KAI
Cora was able to get in some surprising maneuvers on Kai, whose personality seems to have become somewhat unhinged. Unfortunately, the in-ring experience of the heel got the better of the newbie in a short but okay match. Afterward, Kai dragged Cora around the ring by the hair and laid a table on her face to stomp on, but she had a sudden change of heart and left the younger performer unscathed. This was surprising as I had expected her to be a fully merciless character, so her refraining from her assault just a week after costing her former friend the NXT Women's Championship was surprising. Perhaps she's deciding to direct all her ill intent towards Raquel Gonzales?
XYON QUINN VS. ROBERT STONE
Stone is angry that Xyon embarrassed him last week and believes everyone is jealous of him. He claims to have called out Xyon to out-sing and dance him before beating him in a match, and after a horrendous routine, which Xyon called interesting, he decides to humor Stone by singing and dancing to Shawn Michaels music. Stone got mad at the reaction for Xyon and attacked him, starting the match. Xyon throws him around and pins him after a jackhammer. I kind of liked this segment. It was funny, and I think we saw more personality from Xyon than we have in recent weeks. Still, I feel like a lot of people didn't care for this segment as it may seem too reminiscent of the dance contest days of the main roster.
WAGNER + O'REILLY VS. LEGADO DEL FANTASMA
Wagner saw a bit more action in this match, but Kyle still carried most of it for him. Wagner was mostly in for brief periods, with his longest time spent selling for Legado as they worked him over on the mat. The faces had the match in the first half until the heels took over for the second. The faces were tagging more than last time to show that they had grown into more of a cohesive unit. They may have won, but Juaquin rolled Wagner up for the win, with the ref missing Von's feet on the ropes. The newbie is improving, slowly but surely. He may soon get to a point where Kyle isn't carrying him in their matches. I still want to see more of his personality, though. He still feels soulless at the moment.
ANDRE CHASE VS. BRON BREAKKER
Andre Chase issued an open challenge. Bron Breakker answered and destroyed the loudmouth. After the match, he got on the mic and declared to Ciampa that their business was not yet over, vowing to get another shot and capture the championship. I like this determination from the second-generation star. Of all the new faces in NXT 2.0, Bron has stuck out the most for me due to his personality and energy. The NXT title is most definitely in his future. It may be at the next Takeover, or it may be later down the line, but it's coming.
GARGANO + LUMIS VS. HAYES + WILLIAMS
Before the match, there was a confrontation between Carmelo and Ciampa about who runs the show before Ciampa decked Trick and left the ring. As he was on his way out, he had a brief staredown with Gargano, his old rival. When the match started, we saw that the two heels were very intimidated by Lumis, which he used to his advantage. Both teams had excellent tag work in this match, with both teeing off and trading control. Lumis and Gargano make a great team and almost had the heels beat until Trick hit Lumis in the head with his boot and prevented Gargano from stopping the pinfall. This was a great match, and the crowd loved it. I can't wait to see where this feud goes.
Dakota Mayes is our resident wrestling expert at The Pyrrhic. Be sure to keep on top of all the latest in news, previews, and reviews in the world of professional wrestling right here with Dakota at thepyrrhic.com.
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