With Takeover 2 on the horizon, each match on the August 21 episode of NXT built conflicts that will be resolved on the show's next two-hour WWE Network event.
Sin Cara and Kalisto and The Vaudevillains advanced to the finals of the tag team No. 1 Contenders' Tournament with big wins Thursday, taking one step closer to competing for the NXT Tag Team Championships. With Konnor and Viktor of The Ascension waiting in the wings, chomping at the bit to get their hands on their next victims, how much of a good thing is it really for either of those teams to emerge victorious?
Charlotte scored a big win over Becky Lynch, while Mojo Rawley dispatched Steve Cutler and had some harsh words for Bull Dempsey. In addition, Tyson Kidd and Tyler Breeze intensified the issues between them.
Relive this week's NXT by taking a look at the biggest winners and losers!
Winners: Sin Cara and Kalisto
The luchadores have really impressed of late, and they delivered their finest performance as a team Thursday, knocking off Sami Zayn and Adam Rose in an entertaining main event.
The teamwork between Sin Cara and Kalisto improves each and every week. They are a flashy duo that relishes the opportunity to pop the crowd with a dazzling offensive onslaught and a move set unmatched by the other Superstars in NXT.
Together, they would prove the perfect opposition for The Ascension. The tag champions are a big, bruising team that punishes and overwhelms its opponents with its power-based offense. If Kalisto and Sin Cara are able to get past The Vaudevillains and challenge The Ascension, it would be interesting to see if they could avoid getting caught and isolated from each other and finally be the team to knock off the champions, ending The Ascension's historic title reign.
Losers: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
The team of Amore and Cassady is one of the most popular acts in all of NXT. All one has to do is listen to the crowd reception they elicit when they come through the curtain to know that their popularity is nearly unmatched.
Unfortunately, the team has been on the losing end of matches since Amore returned to the ring, which has had fans scratching their heads. Their most recent loss, to The Vaudevillains in less than two minutes, was one of the most confusing booking decisions in any promotion all year.
Sure, the loss set up an angle between Amore and Sylvester Lefort that will result in a Hair vs. Hair match between the two at Takeover 2, but that does not make up for the fact that management is not capitalizing on the intense popularity that Amore and Cassady currently enjoy.
The NXT Women's champion continued her winning ways this week, defeating Becky Lynch in a fast-paced, highly competitive match that saw the fiery Irishwoman nearly knock off the champion in a non-title contest.
Instead, Charlotte withstood her opponent's onslaught and finished her off with Bow Down to the Queen, proving that if Bayley wants to dethrone her come Takeover 2, she is going to have to turn in one of the best performances of her career.
A match like the one that Charlotte had with Lynch is exactly what she needs. She withstood an onslaught and showed great technique in countering some of her opponent's offense before picking up the win. This victory puts her over as a fighting champion, one with the ability to dominate and who can come from behind to win a match.
Loser: Tyler Breeze
Breeze running away from his match with Tyson Kidd nearly undid all of the booking that helped make him a legitimate threat to the NXT Championship in the first place. After showing great intensity and aggression over the last three months, he tucked tail and ran when things did not go his way.
It was a poor way to portray one of the top contenders to the NXT title—a man who came seconds away from taking the strap last week.
Why management would book such an angle when Breeze was on such a roll—jeopardizing his entire push to this point—is a mystery whose answer is likely to be unsatisfactory.