Tony DiAngelo, Stacks, and Dimes vs. Legado del Fantasma
This has been a fun albeit tacky feud, but the match was just okay. Tony DiAngelo is an entertaining character who still needs to be groomed to be more equipped to have good matches. Legado del Fantasma is excellent at in-ring work and not always good as good at character. DiAngelo winning made sense because it fits his character to get more wrestlers to be the boss over, and maybe this union will bring out the best in both factions.
Final Grade: 5/10 Average
Toxic Attraction vs. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (NXT Women's Tag Team Championships)
Katana Chance and Kayden Carter have really impressed me with their tag team maneuvers and speed of attack. They felt like the favorites to win this match, but Toxic Attraction continued their streak of pulling out wins at the last second. It took a lot of intrigue from the night's storyline to see if this could be the end of Toxic Attraction's reign. They are great, but they just are not at the level in the ring that Chance and Carter are. NXT will have to put in a lot of work to build up credible challengers, particularly in the tag division.
Final Grade: 5/10 Average
Cameron Grimes vs. Carmelo Hayes (NXT North American Championship)
It feels like we have seen these two wrestle a lot in the past few months, and they still managed to put together an entertaining match and bring it up a notch too. It was not as good as their triple threat match, but everything was still solid. As a rule, I am not a fan of Carmelo Hayes winning the championship back, especially only a few months after losing it, and they did not really tell a story to make it make sense. In my opinion, Hayes was and will be a better champion than Cameron Grimes, but that booking brings the final grade down a notch.
Final Grade: 6/10 Above Average
Mandy Rose vs. Wendy Choo (NXT Women's Championship)
Despite an entertaining build with great work from Wendy Choo, there was no point in this match where I believed Choo was a credible challenger to Mandy Rose. There was no chance of a title change here, especially with the Toxic Attraction win earlier in the night. The in-ring work was not particularly great from either woman. Rose seems like the type of champion who needs a more experienced partner in the ring, and even though Choo carried the feud, she could not quite carry the match.
Final Grade: 4/10 Below Average
Pretty Deadly vs. the Creed Brothers (NXT Tag Team Championship)
To this point, this was easily the match of the night. The Creed Brothers probably should have won the championships at Stand and Deliver or in the following gauntlet match. However, the detour actually gave them time to tell more stories regarding Diamond Mine and build up to this response from the crowd. The Creed Brothers have exemplified exactly what the tag division in NXT should be about a true team that can work any tag team wrestling style and gets the crowd behind them. After a short reign and winning the championships in their debut, I am not sure what is next for Pretty Deadly, but they did their job here, and it is an okay price to pay for the Creed Brothers' triumph.
Final Grade: 7/10 Good
Bron Breakker vs. Joe Gacy (NXT Championship)
Joe Gacy really impressed me in this feud and match. In this match, he was quick and accurate with his maneuvers. I really wish Gacy had a different gimmick because it is so hard to get behind something clearly politically charged and misinformed. The match told a great story that lined up with the feud, Gacy trying to get Breakker to get disqualified. In the end, Breakker managed his anger just the right amount, hitting Gacy's lackeys with a steel chair and taking it out on Gacy with a vicious spear. It was great storytelling to build Breakker into a guy where passion and ferocity truly are his greatest strength as champion. Gacy was built to be credible enough for future feuds or even the North American Championship. By the end of the night, I think this was a worthy main event and my favorite match.
Final Grade: 7/10 Good
Reverse Hipster's Reviews
Legado del Fantasma vs. Tony D’s Family 8.1/10 B
The match was pretty good, and the crowd was really into it. The best part of the match was all the three on three spots. Those brawls made it feel like you were watching a bar brawl. My biggest problem with the match was that the wrong team won. It does not make sense for Legado to lose to this upstart family. Tony D is clearly being pushed, but, in my opinion, he often gets wins over people that are better than him.
Toxic Attraction vs. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter, NXT Women's Tag Team Championship 8/10 B-
The match was good, and Toxic Attraction won as they should have. However, the match had the potential to reach a much higher grade. The reason the match fell short is that Toxic Attraction got outwrestled. Kayden and Chance had innovative and exciting sequences, but Toxic Attraction did not raise their level at all and held the match back. They also finished Chance and Kaden with a basic move that did not honor the match they just had.
Carmelo Hayes vs. Cameron Grimes, NXT North American Championship 8.3/10 B
I am shocked that Cameron Grimes lost. I was sure there was no way Grimes could lose. The surprise ending definitely bumps the match up a bit. However, this was a solid work rate match. I think they would have been better off with a stipulation, but Grimes and Hayes made it work. Despite already having seen this match on NXT, I was impressed. Carmelo and Cameron definitely rose to the occasion.
Mandy Rose vs. Wendy Choo, NXT Women's Championship 7.8/10 C
Mandy and Wendy had a decent match. Mandy went over, which is what I expected and, in my opinion, was the right call. However, one major problem with the match was that Wendy Choo never felt like a genuine threat. They did not do any spots that made me think, "Oh my god," Wendy might win this.
The Creed Brothers vs. Pretty Deadly 8.4/10 B
The Creed Brothers finally got the crowning moment they had been waiting for. The Creed Brothers have been the best tag team in NXT since before Stand and Deliver. Pretty Deadly did a great job making The Creed Brothers work for the titles, targeting their backs to take away the power advantage. However, The Creed Brothers would not be deterred by Pretty Deadly, and they powered through adversity.
Bron Breakker vs. Joe Gacy, NXT Championship 9/10 A-
First and foremost, I want to admit I was wrong about Bron Breakker. I said that he did not seem like a guy who could elevate his opponent. However, he absolutely proved me wrong and had the match of the night. Bron and Gacy had a better match than I thought they could. There were so many moments when Bron could have lost the title. Gacy pulled out every trick in the book, and Bron kept coming back harder and stronger. I cannot wait to see what Bron does next because he is the future of WWE. Gacy showed he was more athletic and cunning than I gave him credit for. He played his position perfectly.
Reverse Hipster's Final Grade 82/100 B
This PPV was solid. NXT put on a decent show. However, it feels like, overall, NXT could do this every Saturday. With the exception of Gacy vs. Bron, the show was missing those matches that reached for greatness.
Rob's Final Thoughts
It is hard to grade this because a part of me is still comparing NXT 2.0 to the Black and Gold brand's NXT Takeovers. In that regard, it is not even close. They had just a few too many matches, and the in-ring quality was lower. On the bright side, I think the storytelling and character work of NXT 2.0 is arguably better evidenced throughout the night and especially in the main event. The domination of Toxic Attraction put a damper on this night for me, and there were no matches that really wowed me. Still, I think almost everything delivered, and it was a well-built card culminating in a WWE-style main event. It is worth watching for people who have not checked out NXT in a while and want to know what they have to offer.
Final Grade: 5/10 Average