As always NXT came to us from the Full Sail Arena and unlike last week, was filled with nail-biting action and excitement. After a disappointing Raw and Smackdown, this was definitely the best show this week. The new generation of NXT took over from veterans such as Balor, Bayley and American Alpha and proved that they too can carry the brand.
Of course, the veterans made their presence felt, and the following weeks will be interesting. Here’s what we found notable about today’s slobber knocker show.
1: The Joe-Nakamura rivalry is definitely not over
Samoa Joe was at ringside, for guest commentary during the Shinsuke Nakamura-Steve Cutler encounter. As Corey Graves remarked during this episode, the old Samoa Joe would have been incensed after his loss at Takeover: Brooklyn II. But this new Samoa Joe was even more intimidating by being cool, calm and collected about the whole episode.
After Nakamura comprehensively defeated Cutler with the “Kinshasaaaaaaa”, Joe and the NXT Champion did have a staredown. But instead of walking to the ring, Joe would walk backstage. If anything, this makes him seem scarier than ever before. We’re sure this is leading to a Takeover match in the future.