WWE NXT opened with some tag team action between Bo Dallas and Derrick Bateman and the team of Johnny Curtis and Michael McGillicutty. I thought this was a decent match and was the basic WWE tag team match.
I liked Dallas, though; I felt that he was the highlight of an otherwise bland match. Curtis and McGillicutty seem to make a good team and I'd like to see them team more. If given the time, they could evolve into quite the duo.
Antonio Cesaro defeated Alex Riley next in what was another decent match. Both wrestlers performed well, but the match was kind of slow. I've been a fan of Cesaro since his time in Ring of Honor as one-half of the Kings of Wrestling, but his in-ring work seems boring in WWE.
At the same time his work inside the ring is solid, so I don't know what it is. It was the time he was in control that really slowed the match down.
Riley was good in the ring and continues to show people why he should be on the main roster. I just think that he needs a better gimmick.
The former Chris Hero appeared as Kassius Ohno backstage. He said he was going to bring danger to NXT and said "My name is Kassius and I hurt people." I really like his catchphrase. I hope he gets a fair shake, as he is a talented wrestler.
Kassius Ohno is a bit ridiculous, though. WWE should have stuck with Chris Hero. With both him and Cesaro in WWE, I'm holding onto hope that WWE brings them together to reform the Kings of Wrestling. I can dream, right?
Sofia Cortez then defeated Natalya via count out next. The match was going pretty well, but the ending kind of ruined it for me. Natalya is one of the most talented women on the roster and I don't get why WWE doesn't push her to the stars.
Sofia was pretty good and impressed me a bit. I like that the Divas division is growing and I hope to see it continue on the main shows.
The Ascension then squashed Dante Dash and Garrett Dylan. I have no idea what the Ascension's gimmick is supposed to be, but I like it. They also seem to make a good team as they tagged in and out quickly and just worked so well together.
With such an intense looking gimmick, names like Kenneth Cameron and Conor O'Brian just don't make sense. Once they make it to the main roster, they could make quite the splash in the tag team division, though.
The main event saw Seth Rollins get defeated by Drew McIntyre in a good match. Did my eyes deceive me? Was McIntyre really the winner of this match? It's surprising because I can't remember the last time he's won a match.
Anyway, both of them performed quite well with the former Tyler Black being the star. I've been a fan of Rollins since his time with Ring of Honor and I'm glad to see him getting an opportunity in the WWE. Hopefully he makes it to the main roster sooner rather than later, though.
Overall, this was a less exciting episode of NXT. The show started out slow and didn't really pick up until the main event. While the matches weren't as good as usual, it was still good to see new talent getting the chance to wrestle for the fans.