Well, if you are a WWE faithful, then these three words will produce a nice sensation in your ears, “NXT”. The so-called developmental territory of WWE, in recent years has overpowered the main roster in most occasions. Here are few underrated matches that the yellow brand has produced that the fans have forgotten about.
Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn (2 out of 3 falls match to determine the number one contender for the NXT title)
The rare thing about this match is that the match ran for the entire length of that episode. From start to finish, that entire episode of NXT was dedicated to those men. Notice the word, “dedicated”. Dedication is what the main roster writers lack. But let’s not get deviated from the topic. Those two wrestled an almost flawless match telling a compelling and a riveting story in the ring.
2. Kassius Ohno vs. Johnny Gargano (Winner advances to the Fatal-Four Way No. 1 contenders match)
Aired on 6th Dec. 2017, this match had everything to excite even a casual viewer. With Johnny’s underdog character shinning even in the dim lights of the Full Sail University, Ohno look to topple his much smaller opponent. Gargano did submit Ohno with the Garga-No-Escape, but not before the Knockout artist landed some vicious elbows to the head of Gargano.
3. Asuka vs. Nikki Cross (Last Women Standing Match)
Forget about Bailey vs. Sasha (I don’t mean that literally), Asuka vs. Cross was a car wreck in the best way possible. Considering the fact that some of the TV matches of NXT could very well topple the PPV matches of the main roster, this was it. Still to this day, I’ve no idea why they didn’t pull the trigger on Nikki Cross.
4. Asuka vs. Emma (Takeover London)
This match gave us something that the main roster failed to; it gave “EMMA A CHANCE”. The now, Ring of Honor (Women of Honor to be precise) talent gave us a firecracker of an opener and with Asuka, she stole the show. They had an awesome match. Asuka unleashed those brutal kicks and suplexes, but the Australian wasn’t the one to give in easily.
5. Finn Balor vs. Neville (Takeover Rival)
The two United Kingdom wrestlers gave us a bout to remember for a long time. Balor in his demon persona cannot lose, even to this day. Every time he has donned the demon colors, he has overcome the odds. So, result-wise this wasn’t anything different, but the action was something to crave for. These two gave the fans an exciting affair from start to finish and it is very hard to not care about a match that features these two individuals.
6. Finn Balor vs. Tyler Breeze (Takeover Unstoppable)
The match was originally booked as a triple threat match also involving Hideo Itami, who was ruled out due to an injury. Tyler Breeze doesn’t even get a little bit of credit nowadays. He’s just regulated to comedy-hour on TV. He had the fans of the Full Sail University on his palms during this match. He pulled everything out of his arsenal in an attempt to put The Demon down. Even in defeat, however, he showed he deserved to be a real player in NXT. The fans even chanted “Please don’t die” at Balor when has about to do the dive of the stage lights.
7. Onney Lorcan vs. Danny Burch
Two of the most hard-hitting men on NXT squared against each other and literally tried to kill each other. The fans ate up every bit of it and that’s why this match deserves to be on this list.
8. Andrade Cien Almas vs. Tye Dillinger
When we talk about Tye, we do only have one word in mind, “misused”. A talented worker who has fallen down the ranks and the management has little to no faith in him. He’s now relegated to doing enhancement matches and that too, once a month. The entire match was based on the fact that the “Perfect 10” was going one-on-one with “Cien” (which translates to 100). The match was centred on the debut of Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas, but fans came out of this match wanting to see more of Dillinger.
9. Neville vs. Zayn. Vs. Kidd vs. Breeze (Takeover: Fatal-4-Way)
Well, it is hard to call this bout underrated, but when you consider Neville and his NXT championship title reign, his entire reign was underrated. Being the second longest reign of the NXT championship, Neville produced classics on a daily basis. This fatal-4-way was no exception. Neville at that time was enjoying a tweener role and the story was perfectly told in this match. The last few minutes of the match saw Zayn being pulled by Neville, his so-called best friend and eating a jaw-breaking superkick, which ultimately favoured Neville to steal the win with a smirk in his face.
10. Aleister Black vs. Kassius Ohno
This was a dream match for me, as I’m a huge “Chris Hero” fan. This was ridiculously a stiff strike fest with both men trying to knock the other one out. The night belong to Black as he put the knockout artist to sleep after giving him the Black Mass.