Well now I see why the last few weeks of NXT have felt so mishmashed. They were speeding up to get to where the tapings are at least a little closer together, which is a better idea. It’s a little weird being two months ahead at some points.
The show is beginning to understand what is it doing with itself, and it shows. Production should still be better, in my opinion, especially considering it’s the same camera guys down there doing the tapings.
Honorable mention goes to the ring announcer, who has quite the set of pipes. He may not have the experience that others do, but he’s good at it! And he’s not bad to look at!
Fifth place would have gone to Raquel Diaz vs. Audrey Marie. Raquel’s got it, Audrey Marie only has the looks, and unfortunately it made for a match that was rather sloppy in some areas.
4. Big E Langston vs. Adam Mercer
One of the matches in the NXT title tournament. They looked like they would push Mercer while still on FCW then suddenly he came back as a “jobber”. Mercer also had the look of Randy Orton, and has now grown hair. Langston, on the other hand, was someone I was afraid would not make it because of his size. Large wrestlers seem to just be around to be large and don’t get to show off their talent. This match was a great way to check out their styles and while it was shorter than the others made neither man look week. Langston and Mercer are both talented men and this match showcased that a bit.
3. Richie Steamboat vs. Leo Kruger
Regal announces as Kruger comes out, “Leo Kruger is my favorite South African.” He might be mine, too. However, because twitter is all about spoilers and not understanding why people might not want to know what is going to happen, I knew Kruger would lose. Believe it or not, it does take away from the match because the anticipation when there is a 2 count isn’t really there. Doesn’t take away from the talent in the ring, though. And Kruger’s got it. Steamboat… still needs some work.
2. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins
Once again, going in I knew Rollins was winning, and Rollins is another who is good, but still could use a bit more work (though he does a few great moves in this match that rises my esteem of him!) but he doesn’t need as much work as Steamboat and he’s up against McIntyre. What have I recently said about McIntyre finding it impossible to be in a bad match (that isn’t a squash). He proves it again here and the two keep the flow of the match constant.
1. Hunico & Camacho vs. Mike Dalton & Jason Jordan
I thought I knew who was going to win this match so I was completely surprised when it was Dalton. I did a dance. I threw my drink. I was just damn excited that Mike Dalton and Jason Jordan had just won. The two of them are likely my favorite out and out wrestlers in NXT and their style worked well together. Then we have Hunico and Camacho and while working with Hunico, Camacho has decided to take some strides in his own talent. Great match, and while it’s not in the tournament, it allowed all four guys to show off their skills, FINALLY! And, of course, Dalton had on his usual sublime ring gear.