By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Rich Swann vs. Kona Reeves Ended in a No Contest
It isn't every day that a jobber receives entrance music, so perhaps there's a chance Reeves is signed to a contract. After all, he has competed on NXT before as Noah Potjes and he showed some good charisma here. Of course, not as much as Swann. Unless you watched the Cruiserweight Classic, the average viewer doesn't know much about Swann, yet he's still fairly over with the audience because he's likable, is excellent in the ring and has sweet dance moves. I certainly did not SAnitY coming out to put an abrupt end to the matchup, which was a nice transition into what happened next.
SAnitY Attacked No Way Jose
Selfishly, I was hoping Jose's extremely addictive entrance music would hit when he came to Swann's aid, but no such luck. I guess I'll have to wait a week with Jose facing Eric Young on next week's episode. This was a pretty basic ambush from the heels that effectively build toward that bout, and I was surprised Jose was cheered over Young considering Young is a Canada native (I say that as a good thing).
Ember Moon, Liv Morgan and Aliyah def. Billie Kay, Peyton Royce and Daria Berenato
I had zero clue Aliyah emanated from Canada until she made her entrance. In fact, she received a louder reaction from the crowd than Morgan, which was pretty funny and almost sad considering Morgan has received much more television time in recent months. Moon was the clear star of this match, and she was the only one worth watching from this. Kay and Royce are starting to show more personality, but Berenato is still green as goose shit. They tried to make her out to be a big deal here, but she took the pinfall loss for her team and came across as sympathetic afterward, so whatever intimidation factor she may have had is already gone. It appeared Berenato botched Moon's Eclipse finisher, but if nothing else, it looked absolutely vicious.
Similar to most post-TakeOver shows, this was a throwaway edition of NXT because only a handful of matches were taped prior to TakeOver on Saturday and prior to SmackDown Live on Tuesday. Thus, I'm sure we won't get any real significant shows for a few more weeks, though Jose vs. Young and Samoa Joe's premiere appearance since regaining the gold were advertised for next week. Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship was also announced for a live event in Japan in two weeks, and I could very well see Nakamura winning the belt back there.