WWE NXT returned yesterday (Oct. 17) and featured a main event six-man tag team match. The team of The Usos and Richie Steamboat took on the team of Kassius Ohno and The Ascension. There were also plenty of WWE regulars in action, as we saw Damien Sandow, Alex Riley, Jinder Mahal, and Trent Barreta all step into the ring.
Let's get right down to the results and reactions.
- In our first bout, Jinder Mahal took on Alex Riley. In a shocking turn of events, Riley pulled somewhat of an upset on Mahal, rolling up Mahal for the victory. Mahal didn't take to well to this and put the boots to Riley after the match. Both men have a sort of magnetism when they wrestle on smaller scale shows like these. Riley is really enthusiastic and Mahal demonstrates his always solid performance. Not a bad kickoff match.
- Trent Barreta took on Jake Carter, the son of Vader. Fine little match and it is good to see Barreta back in action, compared to just being a Twitter trend known as #WheresTrent? Barreta took home a victory, but Carter showed a lot of potential.
- Damien Sandow took on a student of Harley Race's known as Brandon Traven, who must be a newcomer to NXT. Of course, our martyr took home the victory in what was a back-and-forth battle where Sandow made Traven look good. Of note here was Sandow's pre-match promo and how he was getting cheered after his victory, this being his old developmental territory. He drew great heat by deciding not to cartwheel for the fans. This guy is good, folks.
- In the main event, Richie Steamboat and The Usos took on Kassius Ohno and The Ascension of Conor O'Brian and Kenneth Cameron. Ohno and The Ascension showed some good chops together, isolating one of the Usos and working him for the majority of the match. It all ended when rivals Ohno and Steamboat clashed, with Ohno taking advantage of a distraction to take home the win. This flowed like a big TV match and all men looked really good, with even the developmental guys looking comparable or better than regulars like the Usos.
I am high on this product, folks. This week's show earns a "B+." The only thing that kills the show at times is the small crowd that can be very dead sometimes. However, these people pay $10 or so to see the future of the WWE, so they should probably get a bit more hyped.
Nevertheless, be sure to check out this week's video and let us know what you think!