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    Credit: WWE.com

    The next TakeOver special will air on October 4, so most of the segments on this week’s episode of NXT were spent building up the event.

    Wednesday’s show featured the first-ever Gauntlet Eliminator match. The rules were a little different than the usual Gauntlet match. Instead of each competitor waiting until someone has been eliminated to enter, this bout saw people enter the ring every four minutes, so it wasn’t always a one on one fight.

    The match featured Bronson Reed, Kushida, Kyle O’Reilly, Timothy Thatcher and Cameron Grimes competing for a shot at Finn Balor’s NXT Championship.

    We also saw a women’s Battle Royal determine the No. 1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship and Jake Atlas attempted to get revenge against Tommaso Ciampa.

    Let’s take a look at everything that happened on Wednesday’s episode of NXT. 

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    Here are the segments WWE advertised ahead of the show:

  • Five-man Gauntlet Eliminator match to determine the No. 1 contender for the NXT title.
  • Women’s Battle Royal to determine the No. 1 contender for the NXT women’s title.
  • Atlas vs. Ciampa

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    NXT opened with a graphic paying tribute to the late Road Warrior Animal before we went to the ring for the Women’s Battle Royal. We were shown a clip of Candice LeRae attacking Tegan Nox earlier in the day.

    As soon as the bell rang, all of the women in the ring began fighting. There was a lot of unorganized chaos early on as Rhea Ripley scored the first elimination. Many of the women in the ring were lesser-known Performance Center recruits, so they provided some easy eliminations for the more established stars. 

    Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez dominated the competition and threw several women over the top rope. Every time one of them would get an elimination, the other one would even the score. 

    Kacy Catanzaro avoided elimination with a unique save just as the show went to a break. She saved herself a few more times using her ninja skillset. Ripley and Gonzalez eliminated each other and brawled until a group of officials forced them to break it up. This left LeRae, Shotzi Blackheart, Indi Hartwell, Dakota Kai and Catanzaro in the ring. 

    Hartwell was the first to go and Catanzaro soon followed. Kai and LeRae worked as a team against Blackheart until the green-haired grappler took out Captain Kota. The Poison Pixie was able to eliminate Blackheart to get the win and earn a title shot at TakeOver. 

                      

    Grade: B

                           

    Analysis

    The first half of this match was all about making Gonzalez and Ripley look good. They each scored a number of eliminations as the announcers put them over as the heavy favorites.

    Unfortunately, this Battle Royal suffered from the same problem many of these matches have. There were too many people in the ring at the beginning so nobody was able to do anything cool until they cleared out at least half of the competitors.

    What really shined here was the attention to detail. A lot of different feuds, both past and present, were addressed as different combinations of wrestlers fought each other throughout the match. 

    The second half was much better and allowed several Superstars to have their time in the spotlight. LeRae was the right choice to win this one as she will be able to have an incredible match against Io Shirai. 

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    Atlas was looking to get some revenge and started off the match with a flurry of strikes in the corner. Ciampa tried to get the upper hand but he was stomped into the ground.

    The former NXT champion eventually hit a huge clothesline to give himself a little breathing room. He stomped on Atlas’ head as he said he is the main event.

    Atlas was able to make a comeback and hit a moonsault from the middle rope to the floor. He rolled Ciampa back in for a blockbuster but failed to get the pin. 

    Ciampa countered the cartwheel DDT with a kick and hit Willow’s Bell. Instead of making the cover, he taunted Atlas and told him to get up before hitting the Fairytale Ending for the win. 

                           

    Grade: B

                          

    Analysis

    This was a short but entertaining match. Atlas looked really good against one of the best NXT has to offer and if management decided to make this a long-term feud, they would likely produce better matches with each future encounter.

    Ciampa is such a great heel. He knows how to play a badass who is more than willing to take a few shortcuts to get a victory. When he gets back into the title scene, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. 


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