This week’s episode of NXT was a bit of an audible. HHH started the show by coming to the ring to announce that Ciampa had to relinquish his Title due to neck surgery. He informed us that the original plan was for Gargano to face Ciampa for the Title at TakeOver: New York. But due to the situation, there would be a fatal 5-way match to see who would face Gargano in a two out of three falls match at TakeOver to crown the new champ. Those five would be Ricochet, Aleister Black, Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, and Matt Riddle. This would be the only match of the night. But fear not, this lone match was top tier.
Due to the change of plans with short notice, there was a little bit of time that needed to be filled in before the match. Which consisted of A LOT of promos. There was Kona Reeves, Forgotten Sons, participants in the fatal 5-way, Io, Kairi Sane, and Bianca Belair. We also got an update on Ciampa’s successful surgery. I got to say, for such short notice of all this, this was put together pretty well.
After the needed time was used up, it was time for the fatal 5-way main event. This match was a high octane, non-stop thrill ride from start to finish. I felt that I wasn’t able to blink my eyes or I would be missing a vital part of the match. The match was perfectly paced. There was at all times at least two people having an exciting spot. Once they accomplished what they wanted to be done, someone else would step in and add another dynamic. On top of that, there were times was where you were focusing on more than one battle. It was a constant interconnected stream of pure magic. The match, though, sadly had to eventually come to a conclusion. What seemed like a victory for Ricochet after landing his 630 dive on Riddle. Cole interrupted the pinfall with a shining wizard for the win. Who punched his ticket to face Gargano at NXT TakeOver: New York for the NXT Championship.
And that wraps it up for this week’s episode of NXT. Next week is the finals for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic where Ricochet and Black will face the Forgotten Sons to see who will face the War Raiders at TakeOver: New York. Thanks for reading and long live wrestling!