If you thought Riley/Owens I was solid, the rematch was even better- especially if you’re Kevin Owens. Well, before Sami Zayn hit the ring and made sure the world knew he wants a rematch for the title. Aided by four other decent matches and more drama throughout the card, this past week’s NXT got the show moving in the right direction again.
Check out this week’s NXT Power Rankings to see who made the most of small opportunities that can end up changing the NXT landscape dramatically.
Honorable Mention: Becky Lynch: Everyone knows Charlotte Flair will be in the WWE soon and Bayley will get her shot at the NXT Women’s title again, but this is Lynch’s time. Stealing a victory in a key triple-threat match this week on NXT, Lynch is the next in line for an opportunity against Sasha Banks.
5: Alex Riley: He fought hard against NXT Champion Kevin Owens, but came up short again. What’s next for him?
4: Finn Balor: His win over Tye Dillinger this week on NXT proves he’s in a league of his own. Much like performers the likes of Hideo Itami, Tyler Breeze, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, Balor is WWE ready and needs a big time feud to keep him pertinent and get him over even more. With Owens holding on to the NXT Title and no secondary title, there’s little for a guy like Balor to do at this point.
3: Hideo Itami: One of the best workers in NXT, Itami continues to prove he’s WWE ready. The bigger question, however, is when does he get a shot at the NXT title?
2: Tyler Breeze: His calling out of Finn Balor this week didn’t get him much air-time, but make no mistake, it’ll be an amazing in-ring feud and one that will once again prove how talented Prince Pretty really is.
1: Kevin Owens: The most dominant champion NXT has ever had, is there anyone that can beat Owens?