Who Got NeXT: Bálor and Owens are on a Crash Course

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What’s up NXT fans! This week’s episode saw the show’s main storyline further more and had a couple of new feuds develop as well.

Kevin Owens and number-one contender Finn Bálor are on a crash course that’s going to pit the two against each other for the NXT Championship likely at the next pay-per-view. The feud continued Wednesday when Owens was set as a guest commentator during Bálor’s main event match versus another returning superstar: The Brian Kendrick (for those who need a refresher- Kendrick was in a tag team early in his career with Paul London and he’s also worked under the name “Spanky”).

In what was a decent match back-and-forth, Finn picked up the victory after a Coup de Grace off the top rope. But the underlying story going on was a disagreement between Owens and NXT commentator and former superstar Alex Riley. It all started when Riley asked him about how he could treat Sami Zayn so harshly in the ring and went further from there. After being insulted, Owens left the table to go to the back. After the match was over, he came back out and stared at Riley. Bálor saw this and was trying to coax Owens to come into the ring, but he wouldn’t budge. Soon after, Owens grabbed Riley by his neck and launched him over the announce table. Riley’s announcing partners Tom Phillips and Corey Graves came to his aid and begged Owens to stop the assault, which he did (surprisingly).

Could this possibly be the RETURN of Alex Riley in the ring? I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and it could be in the works.

It seems Owens did this as to intimidate Bálor, but Finn did not look scared even after the attack. This rivalry is just beginning, and man is it going to get interesting. Why do I say this? Because Sami Zayn is returning next week to address the NXT Universe, and one has to think that he’s going to get involved in some manner.

NEW FEUDS DEVELOPING!

Hideo Itami and Tyler Breeze: After what was basically a squash match versus Bull Dempsey (which didn’t please me at all..STOP KILLING THE LAST OF A DYING BREED), Itami backpedaled on the ramp in celebration of his victory. Out of nowhere, Tyler Breeze attacked him from behind with his well-fashioned selfie stick (it looks like this will be a new weapon, interesting creative direction in my opinion), leaving Itami injured on the ramp. “Prince Pretty” later said in an interview that Itami shouldn’t have gotten the best of him in the first place and he’d get his revenge.

I’m glad that they’ve paired these two together. After Breeze was eliminated from the NXT Title picture, he needed a true direction and he’s got a heck of an opponent in Itami, who’s also been searching for a storyline after a split with Finn Bálor.

Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger: These two have been partners forever in NXT, but they’ve never been a believable threat in the tag team division. They had a match with the Lucha Dragons where Dillinger seemingly stayed in the ring longer and exchanged words with Jordan, who wanted to be tagged in. After the banter, Dillinger was finally going to make a tag, but Jordan hopped off of the apron and left him. Kalisto hit Dillinger with a Solida del Sol and Sin Cara followed with a Swanton off of the top rope, thus losing the match.

Dillinger then aired his grievances with about a minute of a promo calling anyone from the NXT locker room out, then Baron Corbin happened. You know how that one ended. END OF DAYS PEOPLE, END OF DAYS.

Anyways, the fact that they’ve split these guys will now allow their characters to develop in a way that wasn’t possible if they stayed together, especially in a crowded tag team picture. Jason Jordan put on a TON of muscle since the last time he was on the show, and Dillinger has been praised by many on the main roster. I give this a thumbs up.

QUICK HITS

Solomon Crowe hacked the show again, but it was during the entrances of the tag team match. He said that he’s not going to stop what he’s doing until he’s NXT Champion.

More awesome ladies wrestling: Bayley and Becky Lynch had a great match together. That’s about all that can be said. Becky’s armbar submission thing (techinal terms, I know) at the end was NICE.

Speaking of women’s wrestling- Sasha Banks versus Charlotte rematch for the NXT Women’s Championship next week. You’re going to want to tune in for that one. It might main event actually.

Rhyno cut a promo (it sounded like it was from the 90s with his grunting, kind of funny but into character) about why he came back. He said that he saw how fresh and hungry the developmental talent was and he looked at himself in the mirror and saw the same hunger in himself.

With Rhyno and Brian Kendrick back, is anyone else going to return???

Tune in next week to find out!!

(I really don’t know….I promise. Also, DEATH TO SPOILERS!)



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