NXT REVIEW – WEEK OF OCT 2
NXT – October 4
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For the first women’s segment, we see Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne arriving to the arena. Alba meets them with a bat to their abdomen, then she climbs in the car. The car takes off with Mandy and Alba instead which results in the six-woman tag being changed to Gigi and Jacy vs. Nikkita and Zoey for the #1 contenders spot for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Lash Legend vs. Wendy Choo
As Wendy is making her entrance, Lash swings Wendy’s pillow at her. Once the bell rings, Wendy begins with taking a few shots at Lash until she shoves Wendy. Choo gets up very quickly to continue with the attack which stops when Lash knees Wendy’s abdomen. Lash pulls Wendy towards the ropes but Wendy stops her, chops her instead.
Wendy pulls Lash to the ropes, but Lash reverses it. While bouncing off the ropes, Wendy kicks Lash’s stomach. Legend goes to lean on the post, Wendy runs to a corner then towards Legend with a kick. Legend goes under the ropes to go outside, getting distant from Wendy.
As Wendy sees Legend outside, she stands on the apron for a crossbody but is caught by Lash. While the referee is counting them out, Lash brings Wendy inside the ring, helping Wendy stand up to take a shot to the back of her neck.
Legends grabs one of Wendy’s braids to drag her to the middle rope, then she shoves her elbow to Wendy’s neck and pulls the rope to pin her. Legend holds Wendy, runs to the ropes, and attempts a pin with an elbow to Wendy’s back. Choo is resting by a post; Legend pulls her towards the post. Lash goes for a second attempt, but Wendy kicks her to avoid it. Lash then takes Wendy by the hair, taking her down while Choo is on the canvas, Lash goes an elbow drop but Choo moved out of the way.
Wendy kicks Lash’s legs, knocking her off her feet, then double kicks her. Wendy does a cartwheel elbow combination on Lash in a corner, then pushes her away while climbing the ropes. Lash catches her, and Wendy reverses it for a pin attempt.
Wendy is by a corner, Lash runs towards her with a kick but Wendy moves to avoid it. As Lash’s leg is hanging from the rope, Wendy kicks the back of Lash’s leg, climbs to the top rope and lands on Lash with a splash, pin attempt and victory.
The match ran through pretty quickly, it was great to showcase Wendy with another opponent but I wondered if she will have another matcha against Lash or move on to someone new. We haven’t seen Tiffany since their Lights Out match a few weeks ago.
Kayden Carter & Katana Chance Video Package
Before the number one contender’s match, we get a video package from the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Kayden and Katana which reflects on their beginnings at NXT to their journey to becoming champions. They highlight how different they are but were able to persevere, come together and become champions.
Kayden starts by stating, “she has known she has wanted to do this since she was little,” while Katana says, “5 years ago after my WWE tryout, I fell in love with this. It was a really a rough adjustment for me coming here because I was the new girl, I had to gain everyone’s trust and respect in the locker room.” Katana had a time that she had to step up away, Kayden reflects that it was tough for both of them thinking of the future of their team. Katana says that Kayden being there brought them closer and they knew they were on the same page. “We wanted the best for each other and here we are,” Katana said.
I love that they showed this video package before the number one contender’s match to create that story there and also giving us more background about the champions too.
Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark vs. Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne – Number One Contender’s match for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship
Dolin elbows Nikkita as she tries to hug Gigi. Dolin grabs Nikkita and drops her on the canvas, kicking her back. Lyons grabs Dolin’s leg and avoids his swing. Nikkita elbows Gigi, who tags Jacy.
Nikkita holds Jacy’s hand while tagging Zoey. Jacy escapes the corner, but Zoey pins her. Zoey and Jacy lock up, but Jacy pushes Zoey to a corner. When they’re separated, Zoey shoves Jacy, but Jacy ducks and rolls her over for a pin. Zoey reverses Jacy’s pin attempt and tries again. Jacy sweeps Zoey off her feet for another pin attempt.
Jacy elbows Zoey and fires a few shots. Jayne pushes Zoey to the side and tags Gigi. Zoey blocks Dolin’s kick with Gigi’s leg, Jacy helps, but Zoey elbows Gigi. Zoey uses the middle rope to crossbody and pin Gigi. Gigi tags Jacy, Zoey Nikkita. Nikkita hits Jacy until she lands in a corner, then she kicks her in the center of the ring. Jacy leaves the ring. Stark and Lyons celebrate in the ring after Zoey drops kicks Gigi from the top rope. Zoey and Nikkita challenge Gigi and Jacy to the ring while Kayden and Katana watch backstage.
Nikkita has Gigi in a submission until she’s able to reach the ropes resulting in Nikkita breaking it. Gigi tags in Jacy, they both knee Nikkita’s legs and Gigi kicks her while she leaves the ring. Jacy goes for a Centon and pin attempt then setting up a submission to Nikkita. Lyons is breaking free, Jacy knees Nikkita’s abdomen, Jacy going for her next move, Nikkita moves for a pin attempt. Both ladies are up at the same time, both going for a kick at the same time.
Both ladies tagged in their respective partners, Zoey takes out Gigi then runs to take out Jacy in the corner. Zoey runs the ropes then returns with a spinning back fist. Gigi is resting by a corner, Zoey hitting her with an uppercut followed by a kick. Stark pulls Gigi to the center, hitting Gigi with forearm shots followed by a kick to Gigi’s leg. Zoey runs to the ropes, returning with a low kick and pin attempt. Zoey tags in Nikkita, Lyons holds Gigi while Zoey kicks her followed by Nikkita suplexing her and a pin attempt that Jacy broke. Stark is inside the ring, kick Jacy, Jayne kicks her back and they both go for a clothesline.
Gigi headbutts Nikkita, Lyons responds with a forearm shot, trading shots. Nikkita picks up Gigi who is able to wiggle out and push Nikkita to the ropes, Gigi bounces off the ropes, coming with an impact. Gigi tags Jacy, kicks Nikkita while Jacy goes for a neck breaker and pin attempt, Zoey breaks the pin. Ladies are trading shots, Jacy going for another shot, Nikkita ducks and responds with a spinning kick.
Nikkita tags in Zoey, Stark climbs the top rope, on her way down, she stopped herself as Jacy had moved out of the way. Jayne hits Zoey with a forearm, goes to attack Nikkita, she falls outside. Jacy tags in Gigi, Nikkita grabs Jacy’s legs to drag her outside to kick her. Zoey goes for her finisher on Gigi, tags in Nikkita while Zoey dives with a crossbody to Jacy and Nikkita does her split finish for the victory.
I loved the quick pace of the match, it really showed Nikkita and Zoey as a formidable NXT tag team against Kayden and Katana and it will be interesting when they face off soon.
Grayson Waller Effect with Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade
They discuss their upcoming match at Halloween Havoc, Cora asks, “Who did you have to cry to in order to get this rematch?” Roxanne responds, “Actually, it was pretty easy since everyone wants to see me kick your ass.” Cora tells her, “Using everybody else to get what only you want, typical Roxy.” Roxanne says, “I am going into this match with no emotion unlike at NXT Heatwave where I was filled with mixed emotions.” Roxanne says, “This isn’t a sob story, I didn’t know if you remembered but we wanted to break in the WWE together. Rise to the top of the women’s division and raise the bar, together! Be what the four horsewomen were to us.”
Grayson reacts to the back and forth between the ladies, he interrupts them to announce they are doing a “Pick your Poison” match for each of them, picking each other’s opponent and anyone in WWE is fair game. Waller also announces that their match is a “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” and tonight he’s spinning it to find out what the match is which results it being a “Weapons Wild” match.
Cora hits Roxanne with the bat, they struggle with it, security struggling to keep them apart. Waller comes inside the ring, Apollo Crews slides him outside, drags him under the ring. Waller comes out from under the ring with his eyes bleeding.
This segment reminded me how much I wanted more aggression from both ladies for their upcoming match at NXT Halloween Havoc. Having a “Weapons Wild” match is an idea to not only have Cora use her bat as she has recently but also hopefully brought an aggressive side to Roxanne which she lacked during their Heatwave match too.