Recalling The Action: WWE NXT

We are definitely in something of a transition phase in the NXT women’s division at the moment. With Asuka departing and leaving a vacant women’s title, there’s some big ‘Empress of Tomorrow’-shaped wrestling boots to fill.

NXT this week kicked off with a qualifying match, where the winner would get a spot at the fatal-four way women’s title match at NXT TakeOver next month. Liv Morgan, Peyton Royce, and Sanity’s Nikki Cross would face each other in a triple-threat match, and your money would’ve been on Cross, right? But the Undisputed Era would send Taynara Conti – the Brazilian wrestler last seen at the Mae Young Classic – in to mess with Cross. As a result, Peyton Royce would pick up the win.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Royce end up as champion either. The “Iconic Duo” made up of herself and Billie Kay, have been great workers in NXT since they began teaming together. They’ve earned their dues in the ring and Royce especially has grown as a wrestler. Although Kairi Sane and Ember Moon – who hasn’t yet qualified, but it really would be a shock if she didn’t – might start as favourites, it could be Royce who pulls off an upset.

Lio Rush managed to finally get himself his first match this week, taking on the Velveteen Dream. And goddamn, is Rush an exciting prospect. Ridiculously quick and a true show-boater, he has certainly got a bright future in NXT. And probably in the big-leagues of WWE too. It might be early on in his career, but he must already be ear-marked for a main roster place; 205 Live being an obvious candidate for his particular talents. He came up short (not just in height) this week against his old CZW tag partner Velveteen, but he’ll no doubt be picking up wins very soon indeed.

Another wrestler picking up wins is Andrade “Cien” Almas. The Mexican superstar had been on the fringes of NXT in the last year, but he now finally seems to be gathering momentum in the company. He had a great match with Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, and last night the two would deliver a worthy follow-up. Almas would win again, as he did at the PPV, and this win might be propelling him on to even bigger things.

The rumour mill is suggesting that Almas will be facing Drew McIntyre for the NXT title at TakeOver next month. Although this would be a surprise to some – Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole would’ve been the most obvious candidate – it could make perfect sense. Almas is an incredibly talented wrestler and he’d be fully deserving of his place at the top of the card. And McIntyre’s reign as champion hasn’t exactly been lighting up the world, so who knows? Maybe “Cien” could become “Cien Championes”.

Notes

  • We love each Sanity member having their own remix of the stable’s entrance music.
  • Some basic height maths: Lio Rush x2 equals one Velveteen Dream.
  • Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan and Lars Sullivan should form a hairless faction called The Bald and The Terrifying.
  • Montez Ford’s taunts are a work of art that deserve to be hanging in the Louvre.