Sami Zayn vs. Justin Gabriel
The main event of this week's show not only provided fans with a quality, competitive main event between the best wrestler in NXT and an underrated Justin Gabriel but also set the stage for what should be a tremendous tag team bout sometime in the very near future.
Sami Zayn and Gabriel put on a great match full of high spots that made sense, while Gabriel showcased underrated grappling that earned the praise of commentator William Regal.
Zayn won the match, as he should have, with the Koji Clutch, but it was the post-match beatdown by Kidd and Gabriel that was most newsworthy. Regal, who was quite excellent on commentary this week, planted the seeds earlier in the match by reminding viewers that Kidd and Gabriel had teamed prior to Kidd's knee injury, so when they worked together to assault Zayn after the bell, it made sense.
Adrian Neville hitting the ring to make the save was to be expected. He and Zayn vs. Gabriel and Kidd is a match with the potential to become a NXT Match of the Year candidate if it is given the proper time to unfold. The prospects of such a match should have every fan of the developmental brand salivating.
Tyler Breeze and the Little Things
One of the most effective things a performer can do is perfect the little things. They are the things that the casual viewer may not be looking for but that the passionate and devoted fans always manage to spot. The little things show that the performer has invested time and energy into making his character the best it can possibly be, and as a result, fans are more likely to support him or her.
Thursday night, during the backstage confrontation between Tyler Breeze and Adrian Neville, Breeze had his trusty cellphone in his hand. No big deal, right? Well, not so fast. This week, instead of a generic phone case, Breeze's phone was adorned in a miniature fur case that perfectly matched his vest.
That may not seem all that important to most, but the fact that he and management went through the trouble to add that small detail to the overall presentation of the character shows dedication. Couple that with Breeze's continuously improving ring game and the company has a potential breakout star on its hands.
Tyson Kidd's Sitdown Interview
If anyone would have said that Tyson Kidd would become one of the most entertaining heels of 2014, most would have thought them crazy. After all, he had never really proved himself as anything special from a charisma or mic skills perspective. In fact, he never had the opportunity to. He was merely a good hand between the ropes who was lucky to make it onto Superstars most weeks.
His time in NXT has completely rejuvenated his career, giving him the platform to perform that he was never allowed in WWE.
Thursday's sitdown interview with Renee Young saw a Kidd who was confident in front of the camera. More importantly, it showed a Kidd who understood his character and showed the right emotions at the right time.
Whenever Young would ask him a hard-hitting question, he responded by taking blame for his actions but, at the same time, offering up an excuse to try to explain it away. When she asked about marriage troubles with Natalya, however, Kidd became angry and left the set rather than try to come up with an answer that viewers would find acceptable.
It was a great bit of work from Kidd, who is flourishing in his role in NXT and quickly becoming one of its MVPs.