WWE NXT Review: Ricochet vs. Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne
- Show: WWE NXT
- Location: Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
- Date: Wednesday October 10, 2018
- Review by: Amin Ajani
–In-Ring: NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa came out, mentioned that he’s the greatest sports entertainer and now has the greatest theme song as the crowd booed. Ciampa mentioned the best part about being champion is that it brought silence to the sheep. Ciampa mentioned there’s always one person who wants attention. Ciampa mentioned that the Velveteen Dream has got the champs attention but in a wrong way after accusing him of attacking Aleister Black. Dream came out, mentioned that the NXT Championship deserves an experience and not a guilt trip from an angry bald man as the crowd chanted “Velveteen.” Ciampa mentioned Dream just wants the spotlight and the NXT Championship. Ciampa mentioned that the NXT Title told him that Dream isn’t tough enough as the crowd gasped. Dream mentioned that not only he’s tough enough but he’s man enough as Nikki Cross came out. The crowd chanted “triple threat” and then chanted “Nikki knows a secret.” Nikki slapped the microphone away from Ciampa and mentioned that she knows a secret as Dream left the ring. Ciampa went to grab the mic but Nikki kicked it away and said she’s knows.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good segment as both Ciampa and Dream are great in their roles. Nikki Cross was the highlight as she has great ring presence and her facial reactions are awesome.)
Keith Lee def. Kona Reeves
Reeves delivered a jab to Lee in the corner. Lee responded by delivered a series of strikes. Lee delivered a dropkick and then followed up by dumping Reeves to the floor with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Reeves used the ring apron to gain an advantage and then followed up by delivering a running boot. Reeves delivered some ground and pound. Reeves delivered some strikes to Lee who no sold it. Finish of the match came when Lee delivered a running shoulder tackle and followed up by delivering the Super Nova (a fireman’s carry into a jackhammer) for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good showcase match for Lee who looked great, has great facial reactions and has the potential to become a huge superstar in NXT if used right.)
-Video Package: They showed a video package of Shayna Baszler training for her NXT Women’s Championship match against Kairi Sane at WWE Evolution. NXT Women’s Champion Kairi Sane was interview by the NXT media. Kairi mentioned that she’s very excited to compete at WWE Evolution and mentioned that she will beat Baszler again.
-GM Office: Mr. Regal refused to name any suspect in-regards to the Aleister Black investigation. Mr. Regal hinted that he would like to talk to Nikki as Kassius Ohno appeared. Ohno asked Mr. Regal when his “shiny new toy” will appear on NXT. Mr. Regal and Ohno bickered for a bit. Mr. Regal then went into his office as Nikki Cross appeared and said she knows. Ohno had a look of concern on his face. (This is most likely leading to a match between Matt Riddle and Ohno at NXT TakeOver: War Games.)
NXT North American Championship Match: Ricochet def. WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne & Adam Cole to retain the NXT North American Title
Dunne and Ricochet attacked Cole as the match began. Ricochet delivered a handstand head scissors to Cole and followed up with a dropkick. Dunne and Ricochet exchanged counters as both men were evenly matched. Dunne held the arms and legs of Cole as Ricochet delivered a basement dropkick. Ricochet offered a handshake but Dunne responded by delivering a forearm strike. Dunne pulled on the fingers of Ricochet. Cole delivered strikes to both Dunne and Ricochet and then posed for a big reaction. Cole delivered ground and pound to Dunne and followed up with a neck breaker for a near fall. Cole delivered a bicycle kick to Dunne for a near fall. Dunne delivered strikes, slapped Cole and then delivered a step-up ensuigiri. Ricochet delivered a springboard head scissors to Dunne. Ricochet delivered a reverse moonsault to Dunne on the floor and followed up with a springboard European uppercut to Cole for a near fall. Dunne delivered big forearms to both Cole and Ricochet. There was a nice spot as Dunne applied a single leg Boston Crab on both Cole and Ricochet at the same time. Ricochet applied an octopus on Dunne but Cole appeared an delivered a back cracker for a near fall. There was a nice strike exchange between all three men. Cole delivered a step-up ensuigiri to Dunne and followed up with a running knee to Ricochet for a near fall. There was another cool spot as Cole delivered bicycle kick to Ricochet, Dunne delivered a step-up ensugiri to Cole as Ricochet delivered a running shooting star press to Dunne as the crowd applauded. There was another awesome spot as Ricochet went for springboard moonsault but both Cole and Dunne caught him with a superkick as the crowd chanted “Mama Mia.” There was a great strike exchange between Cole and Dunne. Dunne delivered a double stomp to the hands of Cole and followed up with a head kick. Cole rolled to the ring apron and delivered a face plant to Dunne. Dunne was laying against ring steps as Cole went for a superkick but missed. Dunne grabbed Cole’s hand, placed it on the steps and delivered a double stomp. Ricochet delivered a 619 to Dunne. Ricochet went for springboard moonsault but Cole moved and delivered a superkick. Dunne delivered a top rope reverse moonsault to Cole on the floor. Dunne delivered an X-Plex into a sit-out powerbomb to Ricochet but Cole broke the count. There was another crazy spot as Ricochet delivered a head scissors to both Cole and Dunne from the top turnbuckle. Ricochet delivered a reverse hurricanrana (didn’t get all of it) to Dunne and followed up with a flatliner for a close near fall. Dunne delivered the Bitter End to Cole. Ricochet went for a Shooting Star Press but Dunne caught him and applied a triangle hold. Dunne snapped the fingers of Ricochet. Cole returned and delivered a superkick to Dunne. Cole delivered the Last Shot to Ricochet and followed by delivering an Ushigorishi to Dunne for a really close near fall as the crowd chanted “This is Awesome.” Dunne caught Cole coming off the ropes and delivered a big clothesline. Dunne delivered the Bitter End to Cole. Dunne had the match won but from out of nowhere Ricochet delivered a springboard 450 splash to Dunne for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was an outstanding match and one of my favourite NXT matches of the year. I would probably rated this match at ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4. There were so many creative sequences as Cole, Dunne and Ricochet deserves tons of credit as they worked really hard and put on a great show for the NXT fans.)
-Overall: This was an awesome episode of NXT as the main event was outstanding and is a match that fans of professional wrestling should watch as Cole, Dunne and Ricochet put on a hell of a show for the NXT fans.
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