I've been waiting for this episode of NXT for a long time. Things start off on the right foot with the continued "road to redemption" for Sami Zayn as he took on a guy that he's never defeated before, Tyler Breeze. These two stole the show back at the first NXT TakeOver special and they did just that again here. While this wasn't quite on the level of that match, it was still damn good and Sami Zayn earned a win to continue his run towards the NXT Title. They've handled Sami so perfectly down on NXT and when he eventually wins the belt, it will be HUGE.
We get the arrival of Dash Wilder next and he's someone that I have no clue about. I assumed that he would get squashed by Baron Corbin or Dull Dempsey. That was a typo, but I decided to leave it there since I find Bull to be Dull. Instead, Tyson Kidd came out which made my day. Tyson being on Raw, Main Event and now NXT this week has been tremendous as he's one of the most entertaining guys on the roster. This took a lot longer than I thought it would and was rather competitive but Tyson wins and continues to be enjoyable.
The third and final match on tonight's shortened card would be a tag team contest pitting Bayley and Charlotte against Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. Again, I love the idea of Becky Lynch as a heel but I don't like the pairing with Sasha. Alex Riley tried to say it could be a new BFF team but Becky doesn't fit right with her. She should be a heel on her own. Bayley looks dumb for teaming with Charlotte and trusting her after she turned on her months ago. Regardless, this was a good match even though the angles aren't something I'm fond of. The only thing I like is that Sasha got the pin and this could be leading to Sasha vs. Charlotte.
It was now time for the end of the show, which was going to be a face to face pitting The Ascension across from Hideo Itami. Itami promised to bring a friend and the friend turned out to be Finn Balor! Balor was previously known as Prince Devitt and is one of the WWE's biggest signings along with Itami and Kevin Steen. Balor got a huge pop from the fans and, along with Itami, beat the hell out of the former NXT Tag Team Champions. It was a great debut and he looked more polished than Itami has so far.
Even with the show being only three matches, less than usual, I enjoyed this episode greatly. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze had a great match, Tyson Kidd's stuff was decent and the tag match was solid. Finn Balor's debut was the big, memorable thing about this episode and it came off very well. 8.5/10. This has been one great week for the WWE so far, let's hope Smackdown can continue that trend.