NXT Episode 260 began with William Regal announcing that a tournament would begin on the episode to determine the Number One Contender for Sami Zayn’s NXT Championship Title. As if this wasn’t enough, Zayn himself came out to quickly dispatch of the man in the ring and DEMAND a match with Kevin Owens. William Regal wouldn’t budge at first, declaring Kevin Owens as someone who hasn’t earned a Title match. Zayn then used manners and the word “please” to convince him to make it a non-title affair for the next NXT Takeover on February 11th. I cannot wait for that match.
First though, let’s go over the rest of this episode. The first match of the night was the first match of the tournament: Finn Balor vs. Curtis Axel. This was a solid match between two great competitors. I’ve talked about both of them before and they’ve rightly earned their places on the card. I’ll be honest though, I would’ve been mighty pissed if Axel beat Balor, so it was a relief to see Finn get the three-count.
After Balor and Axel, came the snooze-fest that was Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair. This is the third time in almost as many weeks that this was on the card. Thankfully this seemed to end the feud between the two, instead expanding to include Bailey and Becky Lynch. The Woman’s Title Match at the NXT Takeover on February 11th will be a Fatal Four Way between the women. That’ll be the first time I care about one of their matchups.
The Main Event of the night was Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze, but it was obvious that Itami was going to win from the beginning. They’re not going to set up the possibility of Balor vs. Itami and then hit us with a swerve and make it Breeze vs. Balor. Nobody wants to see that.
Next week it’s going to be Baron Corbin vs. Bull Dempsey and Tyson Kidd vs. Adrian Neville to continue the first round of the Tournament. The contract signing for Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens is also next week, which should be interesting. Contract signings are usually really silly, but those two men are both great on the microphone, so that ought to cancel any silliness out. Plus a contract signing is just an excuse for two wrestlers to get in a ring before their match and get physical.
There was also a tag match that The VaudeVillains lost to a new team, Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy, giving that new team a chance to face The Lucha Dragons for their NXT Tag Team Titles at the Takeover in February. This was their first match and they scored an upset over the established team. We’ll see if they’re worth a damn on the 11th.
As for the show as a whole, I would give the two hundred and sixtieth episode an 8-out-of-10, based on how psyched it got me for next week.