As the SmackDown Live ratings fell to new depths this week, we wonder if a glimpse of the action on NXT could make the blue brand rethink their strategy and come up with a very different game plan.
NXT is a brand that actually gives the audience what they want to see. One may argue that NXT only appeals to a smaller demographic, but it's also a brand that fans proudly wear on their sleeve, much like they did with ECW in the '90s.
This week was no different, with twists, turns and some incredible wrestling as well. Yes, NXT proves that storytelling and wrestling can indeed exist in perfect harmony.
Here are 5 things that caught our eye, during the course of the show.
#5 An unlikely alliance
Agatha Christie once said that the best kind of mysteries were the ones where all the answers were not made clear. We like the feeling of 'what just happened?' with regard to the Roderick Strong and Authors of Pain situation on NXT.
After all, the Authors of Pain are brutish behemoths, who are committed to causing pain and utter devastation. On the other hand, you have the ultimate family man and underdog in Roderick Strong. They have almost nothing in common.
There's also the question of why Roderick Strong would ally himself with the Authors of Pain, when his old friends in the Undisputed Era (who go all the way back with him to Ring of Honor), would extend an invitation to Strong to join their strong ranks (absolutely no pun intended).
However, it's true. It's damn true. Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain are teammates, and they will be heading into a special kind of match that hasn't been seen for two decades.