Dom, why the question mark? Well, I'm not sure about the title, though I may keep it. I was hoping that one of you obliging chaps could help devise something more clever. Anyshit, this is the first of what I'd like to be many round-ups of NXT, airing weekly on the WWE Network. I'm not an abettor, but I do subscribe (mainly because of NXT).
-NIKKI CROSS VS. RUBY ROSE-
I feel like such a dicknose saying this, but I can't stand Ruby's face. I won't use the "u" word. It's just that she has the bone structure of a bird. Birdman was awesome, but I wasn't crazy about The Bird People in China. So yeah. Thankfully, she can work, as evidenced by her indie exploits under the name Heidi Lovelace. Nikki is badass, and her gimmick does harmonize with that of Ruby. It may not be apparent at first (it took me a minute to decrypt), but the storyline here has a few layers. I'm on board! Let's see where this goes.
-DREW MCINTYRE VS. ANDRADE CIEN ALMAS-
So Almas has found a groove as the aloof, happy-go-lucky heel. The interview segment where he blows off questions and hops into a limousine with a concourse of club chicks was a great touch. Meanwhile, McIntyre (an old favorite of mine) continues to build momentum with win after win. He has a rugged look that suits him. I'll never understand why Vinnie Mac didn't push him to Neptune during his initial run with the company, especially after branding him "The Chosen One." There is no excuse this time around. Oh, and can he have a new finisher? There are too many NXT/WWE superstars with kick-based signature moves.
-ALEISTER BLACK VS. KONA REEVES-
Black is a cool character. I dig how they're introducing him, but does the entrance need to be so leisurely, for lack of a better term? He's not The Undertaker.
-TYLER BATE VS. JACK GALLAGHER-
This match was exactly what I expected it to be, and that's an endorsement. Technical, hard-hitting, knitted with "pretzel" submissions...that shit looked painful. Best of all, it wasn't a clown match. We got to see the Jack Gallagher from the Cruiserweight Classic, as opposed to the punchinello jester twerp we see on Raw. A sound way to end the show.