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NXT Recap 2/27: Feast Your Eyes On A Limitless Performance

We kick off the night with a strapless Johnny Gargano.  He starts about his title defense last week, and how he failed himself and the fans.  Just as Johnny starts to say that the only reason he has success around here, he is interrupted by Tommaso Ciampa.  Ciampa came out and declared that any time that he and Gargano come out together, they win.  He attributed Gargano’s loss to the fact that he didn’t allow Ciampa come out to ringside with him.  Last week we got the preview of the Dusty Tag Team Classic, where the dream of Ciampa and Gargano started with DIY.  Ciampa seemed pretty convincing trying to get Gargano to reform DIY, as the crowd chanted to get him pumped up.  Johnny seemed very reluctant, then shook the hand of the devil.  Looks like we are going to get DIY in the Dusty Classic,  I like the way this is going.

Ricochet is backstage with a pretty freakin’ awesome suit on.  While he is tearing it up in WWE, he has some unfinished business in NXT with the Undisputed Era.  Ricochet declares that he and Aleister Black are going to enter the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic to stop the Undisputed Era from winning it.

We see Ciampa and Gargano backstage, and Candice doesn’t look happy.  Johnny says to trust him, sounds like he has a plan.

Vanessa Borne and Aliyah vs. Taynara Conti and Xia Li

Women’s Tag Team Action here, as Conti and Li are looking for some vengeance from the previous attack Conti took.  This matchup wasn’t awful, however, while it displayed Xia Li’s skills for us, it also showed off Borne and Aliyah’s green-ness. 

We see Velveteen Dream backstage.  He is all smiles, up until he’s interrupted by the Undisputed Era.  Adam Cole (Bay Bay) comes out and runs his mouth about how Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly will be the next NXT Tag Team Champion.  Dream makes fun of Adam Cole, and says he doesn’t have time for any of the Undisputed Era.  Looking like a collision course for these two at Takeover. 

We see a ruckus backstage between Bianca Belair and Io Shirai.  Not too sure what was said as it truly was a ruckus.  Sara Amato separated the two.  Should be seeing a #1 Contenders match between these two soon, as technically Shirai should already be the #1 Contender by ways of pinning Baszler in a tag match a few weeks back.

Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee

Bask in the glory of Keith Lee!  Two big boys who have the athleticism of a Cruiserweight, this was bound to be a good one. We got a lot of staredowns and counters early on, as these two are very evenly matched.  After a good trade-off of counters, Lee went for a handshake, but Dijakovic was not having it.  I spent a lot of time during this match with my eyes wide, as these two showed off skills men of their size don’t usually have.  Dijakovic hit an amazing moonsault on the outside of the ring, as both men struggled to their feet.  I was apparently basking in the glory of how amazing this match was, that I completely lost track of the referee’s count, as he hit ten and both men were counted out.  Eventually they got the ring and had to be separated by three referees. 

This match showed us that the future is bright here in NXT, even with Vince calling up “the four best in NXT.”  I am really hoping that these two get some time to work at the NXT Takeover: New York.  Give them the big stage and they will deliver.

We get the last four tag teams announced for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team classic.  Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Ricochet & Aleister Black, #DIY, and Moustache Mountain all were added to the tournament. 

Looks like my prediction is true, William Regal tweeted that in two weeks Bianca Belair and Io Shirai will face-off to see who will take on Shayna Baszler at NXT Takeover: New York.  Maybe William Regal actually reads my article.

Surprise!  It’s Sasha Banks and Bayley making their return to Full Sail with their Tag Team Championships.  A very loud “Welcome Back” chant for the two ladies that helped put NXT on the map.  Bayley reminded us the last time both of them were at Full Sail, they Main Evented NXT Takeover: Respect.  Sasha announced that they will be defending their championship on Raw, Smackdown and NXT.  Pretty exciting stuff, maybe some foreshadowing that the Sky Pirates could be a potential opponent, and also a candidate for match of the year!

Shayna Baszler vs. Mia Yim

If you told me when I was watching the first Mae Young Classic that I would love everything that Shayna Baszler does, I would have laughed at you.  During that tournament, I absolutely hated her.  Now, she is arguably the best female heel in the company.  She really gives Charlotte a run for her money.  Baszler has such amazing ring psychology for someone who is so new to the game.  Both of these ladies suffered small injuries in this match, and they each worked those injuries like champs.  Baszler ended up getting Mia Yim to tap out. 

I said it earlier, but I’ll say it again, this was yet another display that NXT is doing just fine with all of the recent call-ups.  Yim proved to be another great competitor, but Baszler stands tall as the champion.

#NeXTLevel Performer

I’m giving it to a match this week, but Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee was amazing.  Yeah, it ended with a count-out, but it makes me want more.  Sure, I’m biased being a huge indy fan (if you haven’t noticed).  I think this was Dijakovic’s best performance so far, as it displayed everything he can do in a non-squash match.  I know these two will meet at NXT Takeover: New York.  Whether it is in a pre-show match that airs the week after, or if it is on the main card; it will be an amazing match.