NXT dominated WWE programming in the week leading up to Payback 2014.
The conclusion of Batista's side feud and Bray Wyatt threatening an announcer excited, but it was NXT Takeover that sent the most electricity along the veins of WWE's fanbase. A battle for the No. 1 contender's spot and a clash between daughters of former champions highlighted NXT's second live event.
The buzz from that night did well to drown out the week's low points.
WWE is straining the audience's ability to suspend disbelief with how it's booking a man in a bull costume. Damien Sandow's strange journey was a letdown as well. He had further reason to pine for a time machine that is set to before Oct. 28, 2013.
The positives outweighed those gaffes, though.
When quality matches like Tyson Kidd and Adrian Neville's NXT Championship bout and The Usos latest collision with The Wyatt Family don't make the cut as the week's best offerings, you know it was a successful stretch for WWE.