There's been a celebratory mood about the NXT camp at late. Victories in kayfabe and real life for the brand have forcibly reshaped, restored and reframed views towards a show that has, for many, been the best North American wrestling show this year.
Ratings aren't everything (and for Network executives right now they may well not be anything), but a two-week winning streak for NXT over Wednesday Night rival All Elite Wrestling remains the best run so far for the show. Meanwhile, storyline success at the Survivor Series a fortnight ago helped forge the post-TakeOver: WarGames path. These are black-and-golden times, for now, at least.
What was missing from the post-Survivor Series edition of the broadcast was a certain spark in the main event story. The bones of a big three-way angle are there - Tommaso Ciampa wants "his" belt back, Finn Bálor wants it to reclaim ownership of the brand he built (and tacitly, his self-belief left shattered by an underwhelming main roster run) and Adam Cole wants to keep it to ensure his Undisputed Era prophecy remains in tact.
The trio needed as big a week as any of the acts on the typically sublime show, but who else made the most of the fresh start air filling Full Sail University?
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.