This Week in WWE – NXT (12/21/2016)

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This week on NXT (12/21/2016), the Number One Contender for the NXT Championship is determined in a Fatal 4 Way Match!

Daria Berenato vs. Billie Kay (w/ Peyton Royce)

Daria Berenato attempted to get some revenge on Billie Kay and Peyton Royce for leaving her high and dry last week. That revenge wasn’t quite fulfilled as the numbers game allowed Kay to score a pinfall after a Big Boot. The two women then gloated that they were Asuka’s competition and they would show her who calls the shots around here.

I’ve really liked Daria’s character so far. It really ties into her MMA background very well and is so different from a lot of the women on the roster. I think slowly bringing her in to do matches like this and ease her onto TV every week will be really beneficial in the long run. I definitely see a lot of potential for her in the future.

As you can see in the video above, Daria has a ton of personality and hs yet to really be able to show that side in NXT.  I think once she gets going on TV every week and gets to talk more than she has, she’s going to be one of the most popular stars in the NXT Women’s Division.

Peyton Royce and Billie Kay have been amazing over the past couple months and I really have enjoyed the way they’re acting like they’re above everybody. I’ve always liked both women and pairing them together has accentuated both of their positives more than when they were apart. It was a natural pairing between the two Australians and it has paid off. My one concern is that they’re going to be built up only to be squashed by Asuka down the line. My unpopular opinion would be to have one of the two women defeat Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship with interference at the next Takeover event. 

My unpopular opinion would be to have one of the two women defeat Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship with interference at the next Takeover event. This would free Ember Moon to battle for the title against one of the two. Of course, it looks like Nikki Cross is going to be getting that next shot from the past couple weeks of backstage segments between the two so that probably won’t happen.

The Authors of Pain

The Authors of Pain beat another couple of jobbers on NXT.  Paul Ellering then stated that all roads lead to San Antonio and that they don’t care whether it’s The Revival or #DIY, they’re on a seek and destroy mission for the NXT Tag Team Titles.

I think that The Authors came along at a good time in NXT. It’s a time where the tag team division is wearing thin and it needed a different type of team. The last team I can remember like this was The Ascension who were incredibly successful until they came to the main roster and were buried right away. I’m afraid of the same thing for AOP so I’m leery of them gaining too much success too quickly. I don’t want this team to be ruined like they were.

Fatal 4 Way Match for the Number One Contender to the NXT Championship

NXT has really rebuilt after a lot of the talent have left for the main roster. It took a little while, but each division is starting to create some new stars and push stars who were already there to greater heights. I like that this match, in particular, was a story about Bobby Roode more than anyone else. Roode faced Almas in his debut and he faced Dillinger at Takeover defeating both men in the process. I don’t think he’s squared off against Roderick, but I could be wrong. It just felt like Roode’s time to shine and he indeed did.

It was nice to see a good long match on NXT. It’s hard to fit one on the show with an hour limit, but they managed to put on a great showing. These 4 guys are all fantastic in the ring and were the top of their respective companies before coming to NXT with the exception of Dillinger. It was a welcome change to see such a great match between 4 guys of that caliber on the weekly show.

I’m excited to see Roode challenge for the NXT Championship. He’s one of the most over guys in NXT, even as a heel. Roode has successfully reinvented himself and taken that to 11 since he stepped foot in NXT. I’ve really been impressed by everything he’s been able to do in his short time there. It’s amazing to think that this guy is going to be 40 years old on January 1st. I hope we still get 3-4 more great years out of Roode, if not more, before he calls it quits. I know his match with Nakamura is going to be one of the better matches on the card when it takes place. 

Conclusion

NXT continues to be the best brand that WWE has going for it. It’s amazing how much quality talent that isn’t even on the main roster yet and to see the type of matches that they’re having. Triple H’s vision of always having a bank of talent is really starting to be realized and he has to be given a lot of credit for just how great NXT has been.

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