Hideo Itami’s return and Tye Dillinger’s last match in NXT made for a memorable episode of NXT, even if it would have been nice to see a little bit more actual wrestling. While the first match was a solid one that saw Andrade “Cien” Almas beat Danny Birch, the Women’s Tag match was a weak one and even with Dillinger’s farewell match being an emotional one, it didn’t steal the show the way it could have been. never winning a title in NXT, Dillinger was a beloved mid-carder and not a star. Seeing him go out the way he did, on Kassius Ohno and Roderick Strong’s shoulders just felt weird.
Danny Birch vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas: Birch worked Almas over with strikes, but Albas got the win with the Double Knee in the corner and Hammerlock DDT.
Liv Morgan and Aliyah vs. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce: Aliyah got the win with Rollup after corner took out Kay who was helping Royce hold on and avoid the move. A weak match that was saved by the antics of Royce and Kay afterward.
Steel Cage: Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young: This was a war and a fitting conclusion to Dillinger’s NXT career. Getting help from Kassius Ohno and Roderick Strong, Dillinger was able to escape the wrath of Sanity and escape the cage. Along the way he did it all, jumping the top of the cage and nailing Young with the Tye Breaker.
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