The Aug. 10 episode of NXT had a lot to accomplish.
The brand is building to TakeOver 36 in less than two weeks, and announced two more matches for that event on last night’s show. They need to keep giving the audience a reason to tune in every Tuesday, and not every storyline will earn a place on the Sun., Sept. 22 special. To that end two other title matches (Cruiserweight champion Kushida vs. Roderick Strong, and Tag champs MSK vs. Imperium) were announced for Aug. 17’s TakeOver go home.
Also on the to-do list? Morphing into something which will develop and polish more big, young guys for Vince McMahon & his team to use on Raw and SmackDown. In order to accomplish that, it seems the show will be returning to a format it used when it was pre-taped for WWE Network. Four of last night’s matches were under five minutes, including Odyssey Jones win over Trey Baxter in the Breakout Tournament semi-finals.
Mixing squashes/showcase matches in with the ongoing storylines featuring established stars worked for an hour-long show. Will it make for a compelling two hours every Tuesday night?
Time will tell, and Triple H & his team will have time to tweak the formula (possibly without a few of the wrestlers they’ve relied on over the last several year).
Let us know what you think. And while you’re formulating your opinion, check out the highlights and extras from NXT this week:
- Sarray vs. Dakota Kai
- Isaiah “Swerve” Scott symbolically sets lucha mask ablaze
- Pete Dunne steps up to Ilja Dragunov
- Ted DiBiase gambles on Cameron Grimes against LA Knight
- Amari Miller vs. Gigi Dolin
- Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole set the stage for The Undisputed Finale
- MSK fire back at Imperium
- Odyssey Jones vs. Trey Baxter – NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinals Match
- Drake Maverick vs. Boa
- Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis enjoy a romantic date
- Karrion Kross and Samoa Joe on collision course toward NXT TakeOver 36
- Ilja Dragunov vs. Pete Dunne
- Franky Monet left with a lot to ponder (Online Exclusive)
- Duke Hudson sings his own praises (Online Exclusive)
- Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are ready to take over NXT (Online Exclusive)