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Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE NXT: Bobby Roode appeared and blessed us with possibly the greatest wrestling theme of all time. Hideo Itami returned, Mojo Rawley got the Coquina clutched out of him and Asuka murdered a child to prove a point.
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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE NXT for August 3, 2016.
Best: Lumberjack Bayley
This week’s episode kicks off with the contract signing between Bayley and Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: Back II Brooklyn. For me, the highlight of this was ~casual Bayley~ showing up in a sleeveless plaid shirt, because she’s a lumberjack, and she’s okay. That’s all. I really liked the shirt!
(Asuka’s shirt was no slouch, either, as it appeared to be composed of Austin Aries’ delectable rumpmeat.)
Worst: The Fireworks Factory Used To Be A Lot More Firework-y
This entire episode was pretty much setting up and finalizing all the various matches for Back II Brooklyn: Into Darkness. Which is fine. Things need to be official. The problem is (and it seems a lot more glaring than TakesOver in the past, although perhaps nostalgia has colored my memory), it seems like almost all these matches have been foregone conclusions for a month, if not more.
This week, the “official” match announcements felt about as fun as going to a notary public. I mean, you get to put your fingerprint on something. That’s fun. Kinda. But it’s also a little bit of a chore. Bayley and Asuka are great, but the contract signing was just sort of there. We’ve heard these two passionately (or dispassionately, in Asuka’s case) making their arguments for this title match for a long time now. The contract signing felt more like a “this is what we do” sort of thing than a “we have a reason for doing this” sort of thing. Maybe it’s just me!
Nice shirt, though.
Best: The Authors Of Pain Have Composed A Compelling First Act
Once again, the formidable team of Nails and Ryzin come up short, this time against 650 pounds of grade-A hoss meat. This was a squash that looked absolutely terrific, and the Authors REALLY laid into their finisher and just murdered that guy and his bad haircut.
After the match, TM61 stupidly hits the ring to get their lunch eaten and their clocks clean, then dumped in short order. I expect these two teams will probably go at it on the undercard of Back II Brooklyn: The Squeakquel, which we’ll then see the following week. It should be good! TM61 is going to get slaughtered, but I’m looking forward to it.
While we’re on the subject, though, a supplemental Worst to neither of the Authors having in-canon names yet, and to the fact that they have a mouthpiece who has barely spoken. I’m pretty sure they could be doing this without Ellering at this point.