Heading into this week’s NXT, Mia Yim had something to prove after Candice LeRae threw the first punch targeting her several weeks ago. Yim would get back at her last week as she would get into the head of LeRae by mocking the recent dinner table talk that she and her husband have been displaying. Tonight they would finally take it into the ring.
The match wouldn’t last too long as the two were counted out as the scuffle took to the outside. This prompted for an altercation between not only Yim and LeRae but four other women who have had their problems. Tegan Nox would insert herself first as she attempts to pull LeRae away from Yim at the top of the ramp. This prompted Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez, and Shotzi Blackheart to get involved.
The six women would then be announced for a tag team match at the upcoming TakeOver event this Sunday. You can read all about that by clicking here.
After the women were separated leaving just Yim and LeRae left, Johnny Gargano and Keith Lee entered the fray. This turned into a now mixed tag team match in which LeRae would pick up the pin after Gargano used his car keys on Lee’s eye.
The other women’s match of NXT this week was Aliyah vs. Santana Garrett. Ironically both women having had much luck picking up wins, especially Aliyah. From that standpoint, the match could have gone either way. It was mid-match when a disheveled Robert Stone would appear at ringside to cheer on Aliyah.
If we remember from last week, Stone’s only client Chelsea Green kicked him to the curb after she won a tag team match with Charlotte Flair. Stone had shown prior interest in Aliyah, so he must have been hoping to still have a chance to provide his services to her. Unfortunately for her, Stone’s presence wasn’t enough. A losing streak that only Curt Hawkins could understand has Aliyah left in the loser column as Garrett hits a back handspring moonsault to get the pin.
Lastly, we witnessed a Prime Target promo video for the Triple Threat match coming up for TakeOver. It really broke down all three women very well. Flair’s history in NXT was mentioned along with this being her first TakeOver in years. Rhea Ripley‘s part was focusing on her regimen to stay focused and how 2020 started really going downhill for her since WrestleMania. All she wants to do is win. Shirai’s future was highlighted and how she would be the perfect choice as the next champion.
Let’s get into the Winners & Losers of the week:
WINNER: Candice LeRae
She probably came out looking the best. She did pick up the win during the mixed tag match. Her heel push is still running high. A lot of people may not understand why Candice was turned heel, much like Dakota, but I enjoy her as a heel. Dakota I can agree with probably should have stayed face. Not because I don’t like what she is doing, but she was a natural face and in a tag team.
I can see Candice’s team going over at TakeOver. And although this winner spot belongs to Candice, Dakota needs to take a win for that selling.
WINNER: Santana Garrett
Well, she finally won a match. This match made me nervous. With Robert Stone involved I really was thinking they were going to give Aliyah a singles win for I believe the first time.
Unfortunately, I don’t see this really going anywhere and that it will just be a one-off. Unless they somehow actually want to have Aliyah feud with Santana moving forward but I doubt it.
For all the reasons I said above for why Santana was a winner. I really was thinking that Santana was going to lose to Aliyah the way she has been booked since arriving in the company.
If Aliyah does go with Robert Stone then I think that may do her good. I wasn’t crazy about the “brand” at first, but if they use this to mold Aliyah into getting wins then I am for it. Also if they use this to perhaps bring back Vanessa Borne into it, that would be worth it and something to look into.
What did you think of this week’s NXT? Who were your Winners & Losers? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.