Charlotte vs. Summer Rae
The NXT Women's Championship match between Charlotte and Summer Rae was nowhere near the quality of previous bouts involving Natalya, Paige and Emma. The fans inside the NXT Arena made that abundantly clear as they chanted "boring" and did the wave.
Still, those watching exclusively on the WWE Network were treated to a highly competitive bout that saw commentators Rich Brennan, Renee Young and Alex Riley effectively tell the story of the match.
Those used to seeing Summer Rae wrestle two-minute contests on Raw and SmackDown that serve as little more than plot devices or angle advancement were surprised to see that she is quite capable between the ropes. Charlotte was also impressive, though some of the young champion's weaknesses were exposed without a more seasoned veteran guiding her through the match.
Charlotte won, continuing her tremendous rise to the top of women's wrestling in NXT and seemingly bringing an end to her vendetta against former mentor Summer.
While it remains to be seen which Diva will step up to challenge the second-generation competitor next, the fact that former partner Sasha Banks is lurking around the corner is something to watch.
Alexa Bliss, the fairy-like rookie who has wowed audience with her impressive agility to this point, is also a prime candidate.
An Edgier, Smarter Tyler Breeze
Behind the model facade lies a dangerous competitor capable of taking the NXT Championship away from Adrian Neville in a blink of an eye, something that was made crystal clear Thursday night.
Breeze dispatched of impressive rookie Mojo Rawley in seconds after leveling him with the Beauty Shot. The way the match went down was completely unexpected, especially since Rawley had been as protected as he has been over the last six months.
The look on Breeze's face after the match told the story of a Superstar tired of being treated as a joke. After having his injured finger targeted by his opponent, he snapped, executed his finisher and won the match. It was a statement win that established the more dangerous side of a character once considered a fine comedy act.
That he set Neville up to suffer at the hands of the "Bulgarian Brute" Rusev only further demonstrates the calculating and cerebral nature of the competitor. By setting the champion up to be brutalized by one of the most dominant competitors in professional wrestling, Breeze ensured that Neville will not be 100 percent when they finally clash for the NXT Championship.
The evolution of the Breeze character was absolutely essential if he is to be perceived as a legitimate challenger to the top prize in NXT. It has, thus far, been incredibly effective. In the coming weeks, it should be interesting to see what else Breeze and management concoct for the character as he prepares for the biggest match of his young career.