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One thing I expect NXT to do well is some good packages introducing their stars to the new audience.  Their promo videos for incoming indy stars are always excellent.

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1 hour ago, Loki said:

One thing I expect NXT to do well is some good packages introducing their stars to the new audience.  Their promo videos for incoming indy stars are always excellent.

That's only because Vince isn't involved at all. Once he is you can safely bet that he won't give a shit about incoming indy stars. 

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Liked Grimes’ promo this week and Myles came off well, like to think he’ll shift a load of ‘Super’ merch if and when he gets to the main shows.

Not arsed about Strong/Dream again, hoping Strong takes the belt so Dream/Cole can begin.

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5 minutes ago, adequate8 said:

Liked Grimes’ promo this week and Myles came off well, like to think he’ll shift a load of ‘Super’ merch if and when he gets to the main shows.

Not arsed about Strong/Dream again, hoping Strong takes the belt so Dream/Cole can begin.

I'm the total opposite. Thought Grimes' promo with it's 'top of the top of the bottom Cameron Grimes bottom bottom top of the bottomCameronGrimestop top bottom Cameron Grimes' was almost Michael McGillicutty levels of bad, and that Myles came off completely nondescript, unmemorable and, to be honest, a bit worthless (I know the 'real' objective of the Breakout Tournament was to get a load of new faces on TV but when the winner of it gets decisively beaten in his 'prize' match then it just means that even the best one out of that 8's nowhere near the level of the actual stars.) I was hoping after their segment earlier in the episode that Keith Lee might come in afterwards and beat down Myles for wasting the title shot that Lee's never had, but nah, Adam Cole wins, the end. Not a great episode, although Bianca Belair looked ace.

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3 minutes ago, HarmonicGenerator said:

I'm the total opposite. Thought Grimes' promo with it's 'top of the top of the bottom Cameron Grimes bottom bottom top of the bottomCameronGrimestop top bottom Cameron Grimes' was almost Michael McGillicutty levels of bad, and that Myles came off completely nondescript, unmemorable and, to be honest, a bit worthless (I know the 'real' objective of the Breakout Tournament was to get a load of new faces on TV but when the winner of it gets decisively beaten in his 'prize' match then it just means that even the best one out of that 8's nowhere near the level of the actual stars.) I was hoping after their segment earlier in the episode that Keith Lee might come in afterwards and beat down Myles for wasting the title shot that Lee's never had, but nah, Adam Cole wins, the end. Not a great episode, although Bianca Belair looked ace.

Yeh the Lee beatdown is a good shout. 

Also, some awful moments with Mauro and McGuiness just shouting over each other. Unbearable.

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That Cameron Grimes promo was fucking horrendous. At least Curtis Axel has the excuse that he was cutting a live promo that was shit, this was a pre-tape in which they had infinite takes to get it right, and that was the best one? Even Señor Spielbergo would’ve done better 

 

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I really like Dijakovic. Mostly though in the way that he's a bit shit and performs big moves he shouldn't be doing in the way I would expect Heidenreich or Nathan Jones to do them.

Big thumbs up for his match with Keith. More of that lunacy.

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That schmozz at the end of is one of the funniest things I ever seen. Pete Dunne swanning into frame absolutely killed me dead. They just had to have their "Anything can happen in the World Wrestling Federation!" moment, didn't they? 

It's a shame, as even with Mauro on commentary,  I enjoyed most of the show.  Rush/Lorcan & the women's four way were both excellent, & I'd love to see a Dunne/Ruas rematch. Strong/Dream was also very good, & surprised me with the finish. The imperium segment was also well done, despite KUSHIDA soaking up the energy like a wet flannel. 

Just a shame about that closing stretch.

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Well that was about as good a debut on USA as you could hope for without completely blowing your load at the first hurdle.

Loved the HHH opening - gave it a big time feel, and the crowd were hot for most of the show.

A solid women's match that delivered a lot of different characters and a good pure babyface to go up against the bullies.

Intriguing use of Cameron Grimes. They must be pretty high on him to use him in that spot.

Roddy and Dream put on another enjoyable match. Not their best work but good for a TV 'main event' as well as showcasing UE without making Dream look too weak. Yes you can argue the whole 'why did no one come out to help him?' but no harm in making Dream look strong by trying to fight them off alone.

Not sure Dunne/Ruas really worked for me. The crowd weren't into it too much. It just felt a bit weird, and not the best way of getting Dunne over.

Xia Li and Aliyah? Hmm. Yeah I would've given that slot to someone else. If you look up 'developmental' in the dictionary, Aliyah's picture is probably there.

Interesting choice to have Imperium on the show. A real highlight of NXT UK. Not sure how long they'll stick around for but their involvement worked well, and a Kushida/WALTER match isn't something I can grumble about.

Lio Rush and Oney Lorcan was a surprise highlight for me. Wasn't too fussed about Rush before but he's got something about him.

Riddle and Dain served as a great hook for the next episode and I'm sure they'll deliver in their rematch.

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The Cruiserweight match being included made me think 205 Live might become NXT: 205 Live or something and be shown live on the Network before NXT each Wednesday from Full Sail, as they haven't said anything about 205 Live moving to Fridays and they have said they want to have a live weekly show on the Network and it being from Full Sail will improve it so much and then they can have the Cruiserweights appear on NXT and as part of its roster and rather than someone like Kushida for example changing brands from NXT to 205, they can just appear on 205 Live, a bit like they do occasionally now anyway, still part of NXT, just as part of the Cruiserweight roster.

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Xia Li/Aaliyah was hilariously bad

Aaliyah has been in NXT for what feels like 6 years and she didn’t seem to have a clue what she was doing during the match. 

 

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It was a good show overall but there was discernible difference between hour one and hour two. Hour one on the USA Network felt fresh and exciting, whereas hour two on the WWE Network felt like the NXT of old, with average squashes and certain people (Aliyah) not looking at all ready for television. 

Still, glad to see they’re likely merging NXT with 205 Live and NXT UK. That was always the best way forward. 

That blistering opener was probably my favourite WWE women’s match all year. Super fun.

I enjoyed the big brawl at the end but surely I’m not the only one who thought it needed an exclamation point? As the show was going off the air I was convinced someone’s music was going to hit for a big pop, whether it be Ciampa returning or someone moving from Smackdown or Raw. As it was it just felt silly and awkward to go off the air with guys still scrapping without any definitive punctuation.

Definitely a thumbs up though. If the NXT guys are going to start getting similar pay to those on Raw and Smackdown I bet there’ll be a tonne of guys asking to be transferred over in the draft.

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