NXT Episode 259 in Review
Episode 259 of WWE’s NXT program began with a match I was anxiously waiting upon. As I explained in my last episode review, I’ve seen my respect for Tyson Kidd grow considerably since the last promo he cut. It’s also been pretty clear since my first NXT piece that I think Finn Balor is the man. Dude is a genuinely impressive specimen. The match itself didn’t disappoint in the slightest. The two look like they have a good, physical chemistry that will only expand. They have similar techniques that will only serve to add to their collaborations.
After Balor and Kidd, it came time for the blow off match of this feud between Baron Corbin and Bull Dempsey. This just continued the theme of both of these guys presenting kind of mediocre work. I want to, and I have been trying to like these guys, or really give a s—t at all about their TV time, but it’s not happening. They’re boring. This was another squash match, lasting less than five minutes. I’ve never liked characters like Dempsey; the untouchable powerhouses like Umaga, or Kozlov- sorry, I mean Rusev. It takes the story out of a match when you know the odds are better than likely that the big, scary guy is going to win.
From the conclusion of Dempsey and Corbin, it came time for that Diva’s tag team match that got set up during Charlotte’s segment on episode 258. The match itself was alright. It was done to give Sasha Banks validity in her feud against Charlotte. If you let her pick up a victory over Charlotte in a match like this, it manages to add to her character, while not taking anything away from the NXT Women’s Champion. It was a good match, nothing special, but it wasn’t soul-suckingly boring. Nothing on this show is really boring, which is why fans are taking to it like they are.
Finally, we come to the main event of the night, the NXT Takeover: R Evolution rematch: Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn for Sami Zayn’s NXT Championship. This match was more than I ever expected. I think these guys are amazing, but I didn’t think they’d go and give me the same quality they did at NXT Takeover: R Evolution, but lo and behold, that’s exactly what they did. Their incredible agility and skill were on display the whole time as they tore down the house.
I can’t wait to see these guys on the main stage. To put the icing on the cake, out comes Kevin Owens to attack Sami Zayn again. Which, in turn, gives me something else I can’t wait for: Zayn vs. Owens is going to be Match of the Year quality.
Based on how much I can’t wait for that, plus how much I loved Zayn vs. Neville, I’ll give episode 259 of WWE’s NXT an 8-out-of-10.