WWE NXT Live On USA 10/9 Review

NXT on USA continues to bring the action to Wednesday nights.

After last week, the landscape of NXT has changed.

The return of Finn Balor to NXT for the first time in years.

The return of Tommaso Ciampa to NXT for the first time since his injury earlier this year.

The Undisputed Era still holds all of the gold.

Shayna Baszler is still the NXT Women’s Champion.

As we continue on the road to NXT TakeOver: War Games, let’s go through this episode of NXT:

Hour One:

Lio Rush vs Drew Gulak for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

First off, apparently the Cruiserweight Championship is now a title under NXT even though 205 Live still exists, the title isn’t yellow and black and doesn’t say NXT on it. Anyways, one of WWE’s most controversial stars, Lio Rush had the opportunity to win his first championship but to do it, he had to defend the submission tactician Drew Gulak. These two men took each other to the limit and through perseverance, Lio Rush pinned Drew Gulak to become the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

Grade: B

Rhea Ripley vs Aliyah w/Vanessa Borne

Rhea Ripley has been on a roll since coming back to NXT a few weeks ago and on this episode, she got into the ring with Aliyah. It was your typical squash match. Ripley won with her octopus stretch like submission. Afterwards, Ripley warned NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler that she’s coming for her.

Grade: D

Breezango vs Ever Rise…I mean…Forgotten Sons

The match was meant to be Breezango vs Ever Rise but Ever Rise was taken out by The Forgotten Sons backstage and they took the place of Ever Rise. The match was okay. Forgotten Sons got the win.

Grade: C

Boa vs Cameron Grimes

Cameron Grimes has been on a roll since the NXT Breakout Tournament. And here was more of the same but different as while he was going for the win, Killian Dain came out. Grimes quickly pinned Boa and got out the ring. Boa got destroyed by Dain and Dain promised this was just the start of his rampage.

Grade: D

Hour Two:

Roderick Strong vs Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

Scott was in the NXT Breakout Tournament where he had a good showing and you would have thought Strong would have an easy time in this match, but Scott gave everything he had. The rest of the members of The Undisputed Era came out for distraction and Roddy won with the End Of Heartache into a Stronghold submission. This was a very good match. After the match, Velveteen Dream came out and basically said in two weeks, he’ll take back his North American Championship and Strong lacks…testicular fortitude to put it nicely.

Grade: B

Daddy’s Home

After this happened, Tommaso Ciampa came out with a crutch and a chair and simply sat in the ring, grabbed the mic, looked at the NXT Championship he refers to as Goldie and said, “Daddy’s home.”

Dakota Kai vs Bianca Belair

Two of NXT’s most talented women went face to face and these two had a really good match. NXT has some of the most talented women in the world and that was shown here. Belair won with the KOD (Kiss Of Death) for the win. Afterwards, Belair grabbed a mic and said Rhea Ripley has no right to the NXT Women’s Championship shot against Baszler. Belair wants that shot instead.

Grade: C

WALTER vs Kushida

On paper, you would have thought this was a squash match but Kushida, whether it was in New Japan Pro Wrestling or in NXT, he’s never been one to give up. Kushida was absolutely wonderful in this match, taking it to WALTER and taking everything WALTER gave him. In the end, the predictable result happened as WALTER got the win over Kushida, but this match was so spectacular, I wouldn’t mind a rematch in the very near future.

Grade: A

Stay tuned for more NXT coverage on the road to War Games here on All Everything Entertainment.