WWE NXT Review - August 31, 2021
Sarray def. Mandy Rose by Count-Out
I honestly can't remember the last time Rose wrestled on TV. It's been a few months at least, and it was definitely the first match she's on NXT TV in years. I love her being back on the brand and seemingly helping out Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne by aligning with them. This was a solid opener up until it ended abruptly with Rose getting "hurt" and subsequently counted out. Based on the way Dolin and Jayne reacted and the whole situation was handled, I suspect it was a work, but I could be wrong.
AEW Dark Review - August 31, 2021
Kris Statlander def. Selene Grey
Statalnder has an AEW Women's World Championship match against Britt Baker coming up at All Out this weekend, so it was logical to give her one more win before then. She's definitely over with the audience, but I wish we got to hear from her more heading into the pay-per-view so she could connect with the crowd more and make it less obvious that Baker will be retaining. This was total domination by Statlander.
Kyle Davis Interviewed NWA World Women's Champion Kamille, Thom Latimer and NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch
It was weird that we heard from Kamille and Latimer before the new NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, but at least we got to hear from Murdoch at all. Kamille and Latimer didn't say much of note (and I maintain that less is more for Kamille on that front), but Murdoch's promo was terrific. He has excellent babyface fire, and although he's definitely in the twilight of his career, he plays the role of world champion in this promotion well. Hopefully he can get a decent reign and doesn't drop it right back to Aldis in the near future.
United States Champion Damian Priest, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and MVP Interrupted Each Other
This was one of those predictable talking segments where it was essentially a revolving door of promos with everyone interrupting each other. There was plenty of star power involved and the mic work was solid. This segment also served to set up two big matches for the night: a Triple Threat for the United States Championship and a Raw Tag Team Championship main event. There was no mention of Lashley vs. Sheamus, though, which was at one point advertised for this edition of Raw. Weird.