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Adam Cole’s return was the highlight of NXT this week

Adam Cole went away for two months following TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and his brutal feud with Kyle O’Reilly that split up The Undisputed ERA. The show wasn’t the same without him, and he showed exactly why he was so missed not just by running through everyone to make a big statement but by the confrontation he had with NXT Champion Karrion Kross.

His old rival Pat McAfee called his a promo of the year candidate and while I’m not ready to heap that level of praise on it, he absolutely brought his best, doing more to get me excited for Kross’s upcoming title defense than the three wrestlers who were in a number one contender’s match for the rights to it.

No disrespect to O’Reilly, Pete Dunne, or Johnny Gargano, but Adam Cole just hit different on this show.

Here are all the highlights from NXT this week:

  • Legado del Fantasma ready for coronation
  • Killian Dain & Drake Maverick confront Hit Row
  • Kyle O’Reilly vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Pete Dunne
  • Dakota Kai ambushes Ember Moon
  • Jake Atlas vs. LA Knight w/Ted DiBiase
  • Adam Cole goes face to face with Karrion Kross
  • Xia Li never forgot Mercedes Martinez
  • Kushida vs. Carmela Hayes — NXT cruiserweight title match
  • Franky Monet’s World Premiere draws rave reviews
  • The Diamond Mine opens soon
  • Candice LeRae urges Indi Hartwell to forget Dexter Lumis
  • The Way vs. Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier
  • Ember Moon will face Raquel Gonzalez at NXT TakeOver: In Your House
  • MSK vs. Legado del Fantasma — NXT Tag Team championship match