Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
Not only was the wrestling great in Thursday night's main event tag team match, the storytelling was exceptional as well.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel worked effectively as heels despite neither performing in that role since 2011. They isolated Sami Zayn, cheated when the opportunity presented itself and bumped around for NXT champion Adrian Neville when he got the hot tag and exploded into the match.
Speaking of Neville, his bump from the top rope after Kidd's dropkick prevented the Red Arrow was scary and the type of thing he needs to watch out for if he wants to avoid injury and continue his impressive title reign.
The finish of the bout helped further the storyline involving Kidd and wife Natalya's somewhat rocky relationship.
A reversal by Zayn sent his opponent crashing into his spouse, knocking her from the ring apron and sending her to the floor with a big thud. Zayn, concerned for the former Divas champion's well-being, turned his attention to the third-generation star. Kidd, however, saw an opening and capitalized on it, worrying more about a win than his wife and what could have been a very real injury.
The way Kidd celebrated after the match only enhanced what is becoming one of the best heel characters in all of wrestling. The former WWE tag team champion has done a masterful job of reinventing himself in NXT, doing everything he can to make the most of the opportunity that has been given to him. He is incredibly unlikable in his new role.
A jealous husband who is envious of the success of his wife, he has now taken to using her as a pawn in his plan to win the NXT title when the opportunity presents itself. Despite sweet-talking her in backstage segments, his actions speak volumes, and the NXT Universe sees right through it.
If played correctly, Kidd has the chance to challenge for the NXT Championship one last time, win it and become the heel champion that the entire brand is booked around.
No one would have imagined that five months ago, which is a testament to both Kidd and NXT management's booking of the character.
Aiden English and Simon Gotch may not make for a team that will be wildly successful on the main roster but who cares? They are incredibly entertaining and set NXT apart from any other WWE production.
This week featured a great comedic pre-taped segment that helped fans get a better understanding of the character while also providing a touch of fun to an otherwise serious broadcast.
Gotch and English are the best option to knock off The Ascension and capture the NXT Tag Team Championships at this point. They are over, have the potential to carry the division when Konnor and Viktor finally make their main roster debuts and can prove quite marketable if the effort is put in by WWE's merchandising team.
A very real breakout act for NXT if handled correctly.