Best: The Bo Dallas Banner Raising Ceremony
Bo Dallas (in his signature pink dress shirt with the weird cuffs) is here in the presence of his supportive third cousin (Erick Rowan?), his sister’s college roommate and his 4th grade teacher to debut and raise a BANNER to honor his 224 days as NXT Champion. That makes him the longest reigning champion ever — out of three, it should be noted — and now he’ll hang there forever alongside John Zandig and … sorry, wrong banners.
Adrian Neville gets a supplemental Worst for still not being able to convincingly say words, but the gist here is fantastic. Bo’s banner is actually a harbinger of doom, because it points out how long he’s been champion, and that his days are numbered. Neville’s got momentum and is coming for him, and nothing Bo can do can stop him. You know, besides an exposed turnbuckle or whatever. Bo gets overconfident, throws some shade at Aiden English (calling him a “nobody” several times) and announces that he could beat Neville faster than Neville could beat a jobber. Cue THIS GUY:
who totally BURIES THEM and HOLDS THEM DOWN by … uh, being a fair, rational authority figure? NXT Triple H is the best. He calls Bo’s bluff and says that if Neville can last 4:45 in the ring without losing to Bo, he can get another title shot. Not sure where JBL was when this was happening, but again, if NXT Triple H is an example of the guy we’ll be dealing with when he’s officially retired and done being the coolest and toughest and smartest guy in the room, we’ve got something lovely to look forward to.
The Beat the Clock challenge wasn’t very good, honestly, with neither guy seeming to understand the point of it until the very end, but the destination will be worth the journey. This feels really make or break for Neville, and giving him the strap to validate him and keep him away from that endless string of half-assed tag team partners is a great idea. Bo’s as good as Bo’s gonna get, Sami Zayn doesn’t need it (as badly as I want him to have it), and Neville needs something besides his jumping ability and terrible public speaking to be popular.
New WWE rule: if you keep the belt a long time, don’t jinx yourself by announcing how many days it’s been.