NXT returned last night (Oct. 21) from the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. You can find the results at the live blog here.
NXT’s ‘Who dunnit?’ angle had a big reveal this week, but hopefully, it wasn’t the final reveal.
It felt like this part of the angle was rushed. Perhaps because a major player in the story got hurt when Ridge Holland suffered his unfortunate injury. Perhaps it was the plan all along. Whichever it is, at the end of this week’s episode, good ol’ Pat McAfee revealed himself to be at least involved in, if not completely behind, the destruction of the Undisputed ERA.
Throughout the episode this week, they advertised the main event as the Undisputed ERA vs. Breezango for the latter’s tag team gold. But throughout the night, members of Undisputed were found attacked backstage. First Bobby Fish and then Roderick Strong. Kyle O’Reilly avoided the fate, but he opted not to pick a new tag partner and instead traveled to the hospital with his boys.
This allowed Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch to step in and challenge Breezango instead. William Regal made this call because they were on the scene (convenient) and were the team Undisputed defeated to become #1 contenders.
It was during the main event that Lorcan & Burch were revealed as part of the conspiracy. They won the match with the help of McAfee (who was then masked) and a low blow, winning gold for the first time in NXT. After the match, McAfee made his official reveal.
It’s a good angle as long as it’s not the end of the it. I love the Brit-Am Brawlers a bunch and Pat McAfee really wowed me when he feuded with Adam Cole, but if this is all his brain child, that would be underwhelming. Because he still feels like a celebrity guest and not threatening enough to be a big bad.
I think there’s still a member of Undisputed ERA that’s behind all of this. And it’s either Kyle or Cole. So there’s likely more ‘who dunnit’ afoot. That’s great because speculating on mystery angles like these are always a blast. So let’s do that a bit.
Kyle O’Reilly makes the most sense. When he returned to NXT months back, it looked like he was shooting some nasty looks towards Cole. Adam’s feud with McAfee cost Kyle and Bobby the tag titles. If KOR was tired of Cole’s BS, maybe he would enlist the services of the man who was able to get under the Panama City Playboy’s skin. This would also allow Kyle to play the heel and Adam the babyface, which I think are the roles best suited for them in this angle.
Adam Cole would take more work to explain. He technically wasn’t in the building this week, delivering a promo via video. That could be misdirection. But the motive isn’t there. Why would he attack the guys who have had his back for so long? Why would he team with a man who demeaned him and antagonized him like McAfee? It would take more effort for them to sell it, but it’s still an option.
Of course it could just be McAfee. Or another major player. Maybe Wade Barrett is creating a new Corre.
We should get more answers in the next few weeks. This could be a great angle, as…
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