The Best And Worst Of WWE NXT 11/2/16: San Jose Giants

Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE NXT: Mickie James showed up from the set of What Dreams May Come and announced that she’d be getting kicked in the head and train-murdered by Asuka at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. Also on the show, DIY and the actual DIY tag team of Kota Ibushi and TJ Perkins advanced to the quarter-finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE NXT for November 2, 2016.

Best, I Think: Live From The NXT Studios

This week’s show is basically a clip show of new material, hosted by NXT correspondent Charly Caruso, the Stacy Caruso to Cathy Kelley’s Kelly Kapowski. This is what happens when NXT goes to work at the beach for a summer. How does that work so well?

Anyway, half of the tapings used in this episode are from the Full Sail tapings, and half are from a house show in San Jose. If you’re wondering why, I’m guessing it has a lot to do with Austin Aries getting Strong Style’d in the face for real, fracturing his orbital bone and needing surgery that’ll keep him out for the rest of the year. I don’t know how the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was originally booked, but there’s a good chance Aries’ injury busted WWE’s bracket.

Honestly though, I like this format. If NXT is an internationally touring brand, it might make sense to go to a format like this where a lot of it happens at Full Sail, but a lot of it happens abroad. Not only will it keep you from getting fixated on the Full Sail goobers as often as you do, it’d justify going to a house show in your area, because shit might actually happen that affects the TV shows. It’s also a useful tool for calling audibles if somebody gets hurt, or plans change on the fly.

Best: Spare The Rod

Speaking of Aries, his injury is addressed right at the top of the show, with him showing up medically unable to compete and trying to convince church-and-steeple enthusiasts TM-61 to forfeit. Commissioner Bill Regal shows up and says that in the spirit of competition slash Dusty Rhodes, he’s making the match one-on-one, with the winner’s team moving on to the semi-finals. Think of it as a Reverse Teddy Long.