A solid primer card and plenty of interviews fueled a mildly-entertaining episode of NXT that did what it was supposed to-get you excited for NXT Takeover Dallas. Check out this week’s NXT Power Rankings to see who left the last episode of the show with the most momentum before NXT Takeover Dallas.
Honorable Mention: Apollo Crews/Elias Sampson: His match with Elias Sampson at NXT Takeover Dallas isn’t anything to get overtly excited about on paper, but both of these guys have a lot to prove and both want to move up the singles ladder. Simply put, they both desperately need fantastic matches to regain momentum post-Takeover.
5: Baron Corbin/Austin Aries: Much like Crews and Sampson, both of these guys have a ton to prove, but Corbin wants the NXT Title and Aries is making his NXT debut. The stakes couldn’t be much higher unless a Championship was at stake.
4: Sami Zayn/Shinsuke Nakamura: This will be the match of the night at NXT Takeover Dallas- ‘nuff said.
3: Bayley/Asuka: If you thought Bayley and Sasha Banks was a fantastic match, this is going to be another classic, but a very different type of animal. With a strike-focused attack, Bayley is going to force Bayley to adapt and be the type of multi-faceted worker the WWE needs her to be if she’s ever going to make the main roster.
2: American Alpha/The Revival: Both teams were victorious in action this week on NXT, but both face much more difficult challenges at NXT Takeover Dallas. American Alpha has to cash in on momentum, to prove they are capable of winning the big one, while Dash and Dawson need to prove their name does an adequate job of describing what they’ve done to the Tag Team Division in NXT. Either way, someone is coming out victorious and a new legacy will begin.
1: Finn Balor/Samoa Joe: Joe was victorious over Bull Dempsey this week on NXT, but the best part of his performance was the ass-kicking he and NXT Champion Finn Balor exchanged after the match. One of the best performers to ever come out of NXT, Balor is ready for the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion. It’s going to be a war.