Shotzi Blackheart defeated Dakota Kai (with Raquel Gonzalez)
Blackheart pinned Kai with a schoolgirl. They went to the finish after a scary bump on the apron. Rhea Ripley ran down at one point to confront Gonzalez.
*** Thumbs Up
I think my Co-Host Elon was watching a different match. She said it was boring and Shotzi was getting her ass beat. We were supposed to watch Dynamite live first together, but she watched Nxt first. I had NXT on my DVR
Cameron Grimes Invitational
Cameron Grimes came to the ring and cut a promo. He was mad about missing his chance to challenge for a title because of the gauntlet eliminator. He panned the idea of that match. He can cheer up, though, because he building stepping stone back to the top. He said he had a series of handpicked matches, and then introduced his first opponent. Out came some small guy that Grimes announced as from the 85 pound division.
The poor guy got in the ring, and Grimes hit him with a Cave In. A referee counted three, and Grimes was the winner without even taking his vest off. Grimes then introduced his next opponent he called Joey Strong. Enter stage left was some other small guy being thrown onto the stage by Ridge Holland. Looks like Grimes has a new and different opponent. Holland threw the small guy off the stage.
Grimes said it was nice to meet Holland, and he would shake his hand. However, Grimes told Holland he was not part of the Cameron Grimes Invitiational. Holland headbutted him, and a match was on regardless of Grimes' thoughts on the matter.
Cameron Grimes defeated Ridge Holland via disqualification
Holland pummeled Grimes until the referee called for a DQ when Holland would not break for a five count. Holland was DQ'd for kicking too much ass. Grimes was near the ropes, but not in them. Holland had ahold of the top rope, but is that illegal? Kind of I guess, but it's an old rule that is hardly enforced. Good segment overall, but a bad finish.
DUD Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up
This was the worst thing on the show not that it was bad. NXT's worst is better than AEW's worst and their best is better than AEW's best. With that said I (I'm gonna skip to the end)..... An Easy Thumbs Up Show but AEW was better because NXT is missing some nondescript element that captivates that AEW seems to have. I don't fault Elon for saying NXT was/is boring but I thought this hyper specific episode was good and not boring.
Kushida defeated Tony Nese
Kushida submitted Nese with a Hoverboard Lock in a quick match.
The lights in the arena turned purple, and Dream appeared on the video screen. He said he looked best under the brightest lights, and he would see Kushida on Sunday at TakeOver.
BTW this was the Go Home show to NXT Takeover 31. Build the ppv well.
Adam Cole defeated Austin Theory
Cole pinned Theory after hitting The Last Shot.
Kayden Carter (with Kacy Catanzaro) defeated Xia Li
OH MY GOD!!!! this show feels so long, just like AEW Dark. I wanna sleep. I will say this. Dynamite is well paced. That's another "in the black" for AEW, But God knows they have alot of reds
**1/4 Thumbs Up
They traded near falls until Carter cradled Li to score a pinfall. (Is that her finisher?)
Li was angry. Carter offered her a handshake, and she helped her up. Li shoved down Carter, and she stormed away.
Balor & O'Reilly Face-to-Face
Emphatic Thumbs Up
It's a shame more people don't watch NXT. This segment would have drew so many extra buys.
Candice LeRae & Johnny Gargano defeated NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai & NXT North American Champion Damian Priest in a non-title match
**1/2 Thumbs Up