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Top 3 NXT performers of the week (29th of August)

Edan Nissen
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After a quick backstage interview with William Regal, that played out throughout the episode, Johnny Gargano made his way down to the ring with a crutch in hand after his Last Man Standing match against Tomasso Ciampa.

Gargano cut an effective babyface promo, about being unable to overcome Ciampa, but first NXT GM William Regal, and then even the Velveteen Dream interrupted the promo. This set up a match for next week's episode.

The first match of the night saw Dakota Kai face off against Aaliyah. The Captain of "Team Kick" is a rewrite of the Bayley story to try to cash in on the success again. Kai defeated her opponent with an impressive Canadian Destroyer into a backbreaker.

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Backstage saw EC3 taken out by Lars Sullivan, which led to more bizarre backstage interviews with Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair. Lars Sullivan took EC3's place against Raul Mendoza. Sullivan picked up with the win after completely squashing Mendoza with several strikes and two Freak Accidents.

Ciampa delivered another one of his trademark promos backstage, delivering a warning to his future competition. One man who could vie for the NXT title in the future, Keith Lee, faced off against a debuting Luke Menzies. Lee is already incredibly over with the NXT crowd, who were chanting "Keith Lee" at various stages during the fight. Lee showed some of his remarkable agility, especially given his size, and Lee would put away his opponent with a sit-out powerbomb.

The main event of the episode saw a tag match between 4 of NXT's finest wrestlers. On one side, WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne and NXT North American Champion Ricochet, and in the other Undisputed Era's Roderick Strong and Adam Cole, with Kyle O'Reilly at ringside. The match started with former Tag Team partners Strong and Dunne in the ring.

Undisputed Era would pick up the win after Ricochet would accidentally hit Dunne with a Tope Suicida, followed by Adam Cole hitting Pete Dunne with the Last Shot. The Undisputed Era would lay a beat down on Ricochet, which brought out War Raiders.

A look at the standings so far show the table as follows:

#1 Zack Gibson - 3 Points

#2 Tommaso Ciampa - 3 points

#3 Johnny Gargano - 3 points

#4 Tyler Bate - 3 Points

#5 Pete Dunne - 2 Points

#6 Aleister Black - 2 points

#7 Shayna Baszler - 2 points

#8 Kairi Sane - 2 Points

#9 EC3 - 1 point

#10 Keith Lee - 1 point

#11 Roderick Strong - 1 Point

#12 Bianca Belair - 1 Point


#3 Keith Lee

Limitless Keith Lee continues to impress since coming to NXT. Lee's second televised match, following his victory three weeks ago against Marcel Barthel, was against former rugby player Luke Menzies. Lee is a powerful big man but combines it with the agility of a smaller man.

Lee conjures memories of similarly agile big men such as Bam Bam Bigelow and Vader. Aside from Lee's aerial abilities, he also has a great set of power moves, showing a tackle that took Menzies off his feet and finished the match out with a Sit Out Powerbomb.

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Edan Nissen
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Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Moved to the Middle East. Writes about Cricket and Pro-Wrestling. He has previously written for WhatCulture and The Roar. Now works as a cricket analyst and is currently training to be a professional wrestler.
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