Gutteridge's WWE NXT Hitlist: Rob Van Dam vs. Adrian Neville tops a card with plenty of fresh faces, including Becky Lynch and Bull Dempsey, and Enzo Amore makes his long awaited return from injury
By Darren Gutteridge
WWE NXT Hits
Adrian Neville vs. Rob Van Dam: A good TV main event, but it certainly felt like they held back a little. I'm fine with that if they intend to revisit this match up soon, but with RVD's limited contract, you would think the pair would maximise the opportunity and put on a real showcase. It also needs mentioning that Tyler Breeze wasn't entertaining on commentary. He couldn't strike up a good rhythm with Young, and seemingly returned the the safety net of saying "I'm the No. 1 contender!" whenever he could. This disappoints me, as I want Prince Pretty to steal the show every single night.
Xavier Woods vs. Bull Dempsey: This wasn't a strong start for Dempsey's rebirth after his previous life as an NXT jobber. While he didn't do anything wrong, it also wasn't the most eye catching of debuts. But, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt tonight thanks to some nice spots and a solid promo, and hope he does something to stand out in the weeks to come. I hope the future is also brighter for Woods, who could do with coming back to NXT to get back into the groove following his torrid time on the main roster.
Becky Lynch vs. Summer Rae: My first night grace period was brought in to doubt here, but again, I will give a pass to Lynch on her debut. The few sloppy moves were likely down to first night nerves, so I'll accentuate the positives – a new babyface Diva is a welcome addition, and she was a unique look she can rock both on NXT and the main roster. Just less shouting "Fiddly-diddly" and river dancing, OK?
The Vaudevillains vs. T. Perkins and Matt Sugarman: A minor hit in comparison to last week. We've seen English in long form matches, but not Gotch, and I think that is what bugged me here. I don't want him to throw out his entire catalogue of moves on night No. 2, but he only did the cool push up spot before moving on to the finish. However, I am still digging the act for the novelty it is for now, so I'll hold off on any minor criticism for now.
Overall Show: The phrase "Beggars can't be choosers" sprang to mind on this show. We have long been calling for new faces, and tonight we had a debut, a re-debut, a return, and another appearance from a newly formed tag team. They may not have been the guys we expected, but all of them showing up on one show made for a light and breezy hour of NXT TV.
WWE NXT Misses
Colin Cassady vs. Sawyer Fulton: A man got pinned following a running elbow drop? In 2014? I understand that having a 7ft man elbow you in the heart would hurt a lot, but we are far too down the rabbit hole now for it to finish a match. It is good to see Enzo Amore return following his broken leg though. The act never quite got over with me the last time around, but it always felt like Amore was on the cusp of putting something really entertaining together. Only time will tell if he'll be successful second time round.
Thanks for reading. Be sure to check out my final regular appearance on the NXT Podcast with Zack Zimmerman this week, which is All Access this week! If you want to add me on Twitter, you can find me @DazatheG
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