WWE NXT No Mercy was an important night for WWENXT, crowning new champions and bringing heated rivalries to a close. The October 3 edition of the gold brand would deal with the aftermath.
Trick Williams vs. “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio
The night kicked off with Trick Williams facing a motivated “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio in a North American Championship rematch. Dominik was eager to regain the title after an ultimatum from Rhea Ripley. Trick Williams had to prove himself as a fighting champion. In the end, Mysterio secured the victory with the help of Finn Bálor and Damian Priest, setting up a future showdown between the two.
This match was significantly better than their encounter at No Mercy, displaying improved in-ring chemistry between the two competitors. However, the involvement of multiple Superstars at the end left a bit of a chaotic taste.
Becky Lynch’s NXT Women’s Championship Address
After successfully defending her NXT Women’s Championship against Tiffany Stratton at No Mercy, Becky Lynch took center stage to address the potential challengers in the NXT women’s division. She was joined by Lyra Valkyria, a returning Indi Hartwell, and Roxanne Perez. Becky Lynch booked a Triple Threat match to determine her next challenger.
While the segment was somewhat lengthy, it effectively highlighted new challengers in the women’s division. Lynch’s commitment to elevating the division was evident, and it will be interesting to see who emerges as her future rival.
British Strong Style Reunion
Butch and Tyler Bate teamed up to face Gallus, seeking retribution for Gallus costing Bate the Heritage Cup. The former British Strong Style members secured the win, with Ridge Holland coming to their aid after the match. This reunion of British Strong Style adds an exciting dynamic to the NXT tag team scene.
The match was good but not outstanding, showcasing the familiarity between the competitors. Ridge Holland’s involvement hints at potential developments in his NXT journey.
Women’s Breakout Tournament Begins
The 2023 Women’s Breakout Tournament kicked off with Lola Vice, Kelani Jordan, and Jakara Jackson competing. Lyra Valkyria won the match, earning a future title opportunity.
The Women’s Breakout Tournament aims to spotlight emerging talent in the women’s division. Kelani Jordan’s victory showcased her potential as a standout competitor in NXT’s women’s roster.
Other Matches and Moments
Gigi Dolin secured a roll-up victory against Blair Davenport in a physical match.
Kelani Jordan advanced in the Women’s Breakout Tournament, defeating Izzi Dame.
Thea Hail and Jacy Jayne defeated Elektra Lopez and Lola Vice, providing an unexpected outcome.
NXT teased future matches and storylines involving Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, Bron Breakker, John Cena, and Baron Corbin.
Overall Show Assessment
While No Mercy delivered high-octane action and memorable moments, the October 3 edition of WWE NXT was more subdued. The matches were solid, but not exceptional, and the promos focused on building towards future storylines.
Notably, the show provided a strong spotlight for the women’s division, introducing the Women’s Breakout Tournament and featuring female Superstars prominently. The ongoing drama between Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams adds an intriguing dynamic to the NXT landscape.
However, the show’s reliance on outside names from Raw and SmackDown, possibly as a strategy to compete with AEW Dynamite, felt somewhat disconnected from NXT’s core mission of showcasing rising stars. The goal should remain on elevating the talents within the developmental program.
Overall, while the show was enjoyable, it didn’t reach the heights set by recent episodes of NXT. As always, the future of NXT remains an exciting prospect as emerging talents and established stars continue to shape the brand’s landscape.