Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd
Take two insanely talented wrestlers, give them 10-15 minutes in the night's main event and watch them work their magic. That is exactly what happened Thursday night when Sami Zayn and Tyson Kidd capped off this week's NXT with a great match.
Born from a controversial finish to last week's tag team main event, which featured Kidd pinning Zayn while the redheaded Canadian checked on a fallen Natalya, the match was a heated battle between two Superstars right in the middle of the NXT Championship hunt.
Without a distraction to capitalize on, Kidd failed in his attempt to continue his winning ways, adding another chapter to his incredible run thus far with NXT.
Kidd is so obsessed with proving himself as one of the best, as championship material, that he has allowed his career to overwhelm his personal life. He does not treat wife Natalya with the respect she deserves. Instead, he uses her as a pawn in his journey toward the NXT Championship. Without that pawn to provide a distraction, he was unable to outwrestle Zayn, who simply proved to be the better man on this week's show.
After another crushing singles loss, one that threatens to eliminate him from championship contention, it should be interesting to see what direction management takes the Kidd character.
Will the loss trigger a breakdown that sees Kidd drop the facade and finally go all in on his heel turn, unleashing more aggression and intensity than he ever has before? Or will he continue to be the cocky, arrogant heel that downplays his wife's accomplishments as he attempts to prove himself superior?
Former intercontinental, European and tag team champion William Regal has been the best color commentator in pro wrestling for the better part of a year now, and he proved why Thursday night. He brought unmatched insight to the matches while integrating his brand of comedy to the mix.
He discussed his disdain for CJ Parker before turning around and putting him over. As a result, fans understand that the Parker character is detestable, a villain they are supposed to despise but one that is a very dangerous competitor.
His debate with Byron Saxton over the attitude change in Tyson Kidd only helped put that performer over and gave fans the opportunity to choose whether they agreed with the veteran in-ring competitor or Saxton, a young Superstar himself who has recently appeared on Raw and SmackDown as a backstage correspondent.
Every NXT grappler that takes to the ring benefits from having the enthusiastic Regal on commentary. Regal helps these stars get over with the audience in ways they simply will not when they make it to the main roster and are at the mercy of Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler.
While their appearance in the opening match of the night may not have been great, or even awesome, The Vaudevillains certainly shined in the brief backstage promo they were involved in with Kalisto.
They played up the gimmick to perfection, never speaking a single word. Instead, they used facial expressions and body language to respond to the Mexican luchador. It was incredibly effective and a match was made for next week's show without them uttering as much as a "yes."
The incredible effects, the great music and the dedication of the performers is helping the gimmick get over in ways that few could have ever expected.
A great addition to one of the freshest, most entertaining shows in all of wrestling.