WWE NXT has been on fire since Takeover: Brooklyn, and the match quality has been off the charts for a weekly one hour show. Seriously, the only bad thing about NXT has been Byron Saxton’s regression to a six-year-old’s logical capacity. Generally every week has featured an abnormally high quality match. Tonight’s episode was no exception when Dash and Dawson challenged The Vaudvillains for the NXT Tag Team Championship.

Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin

Psyche. Never mind. Apollo Crews runs in and drops Baron Corbin. Crews gets some good shots in before Corbin runs off.

Since there’s no match to talk about, I’ll take this chance to give propers to the booking of Corbin lately. His first year on NXT programming is a loss, there’s nothing to talk about, but since he’s had some legitimately entertaining matches since being paired with Samoa Joe and pitting him against Crews at this point is a great way to ease him into matches against styles other than the powerhouse style he meshes well with.

Bayley and the Hype Bros vs. Blake, Murphy and Alexa Bliss

Rob McCarron and Jeff Hawkins touched on this during this week’s Shake Them Ropes, but the pairing of Bayley and the Hype Bros is one of NXT’s only missteps since the summer. Bayley had to try to stop the crowd from booing the Hype Bros during their entrance. No one is hotter than Bayley in NXT right now – anyone associated with her should be getting big pops, but there’s too much baggage associated with both Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder. That doesn’t mean they can’t overcome it, that means they haven’t.

The match itself was fine. Bayley is, as I said, stupid-over. Everything she does is golden. Even Rawley’s “he ain’t hyped” and “get hyped” chants were working for Full Sail Arena. Mixed tag matches, though, have a modest ceiling when the promotion won’t allow intergender match ups. For clarification, I’m not advocating for or against intergender wrestling, but your wrestling company shouldn’t put men and women in the same matches if they aren’t allowed to wrestle each other.

Alexa Bliss eventually sneaks up the ramp with Bayley’s NXT Women’s Championship. Bayley makes the save for Mojo Rawley, Bayley to Belly’s Murphy and takes off after Bliss. Ryder and Rawley score the victory following an elevated Rough Ryder. Rich Brennan called it a “moral victory” and Corey Graves beat me to the punch by saying informing Brennan that it was, in fact, an actual victory.

Before the commercial break, Nia Jax is shown walking through the halls of Full Sail and is stopped by Eva Marie. She’s got some sort of plan to pitch to Jax – a plan that is almost certainly devious and not particularly entertaining.

After the commercial break, Apollo Crews gave a really good, short, intense promo about how Corbin wanted his attention and now he has it. Crews hasn’t shown much character in his three months in NXT, so this was good to see.

Deonna vs. Nia Jax

We know Deonna (indie wrestler Deonna Purrazzo) is Italian because she’s plastered with modified Ferrari logos. Nia Jax, however, isn’t like most girls. Or so I’ve heard. Jax beat the bajeezus out of Deonna and put her away quickly with her spinebuster-leg drop combo. Graves announces after the match that Carmella has the unenviable task of wrestling Jax next week.

It looks like we’re heading to the main event as the commentary team recaps the upset from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in which Dash and Dawson defeated the Vaudvillains.

After another commercial, Bayley runs down Alexa Bliss but turns around to see Nia Jax after Bayley gets her title back. As the two of them are in a staredown, Bliss attacks Bayley from behind, but Jax picks up the title. Bliss runs off and Jax drops the title on Bayley before sauntering off.

Dash and Dawson vs The Vaudvillains

If you’ve been paying attention to #NXTTwitter, you know how this went, but the whole match felt like kind of a surprise. Graves described Dash and Dawson as “ornery” and that’s the perfect description. They aren’t a chicken-shit heel team, they’re just bad dudes with an edge who work really well as a team and bend the rules enough to make them good heels.

Both Dash and Dawson spent a lot of the match working over Aiden English’s left leg. Simon Gotch came in for the hot tag but, for some storytelling reasons, made the mistake of tagging English back in quickly. Dash and Dawson attacked Gotch outside the ring and hit their second rope stomp to English’s leg who tapped out to an inverted Figure Four immediately after.

The crowd was properly surprised, and with reason. The match truly felt like Dash and Dawson were still getting heat. Turns out it was just a complete domination from bell to bell.

Graves announces, after a commercial, that next week’s NXT will feature both Jordan and Gable vs. the Ascension and Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Samoa Joe Explains Himself

Samoa Joe is met with a chorus of boos and “why Joe, why?” chants. Joe says he made a choice to team with Finn Balor for the Dusty Rhodes Classic and that he put the champ on his back and won the tournament. Joe says that, in return, he asked for a title shot. Even though Balor accepted, he didn’t object when Commissioner Regal (GET WELL SOON, COMMISH), announced a battle royal for the No. 1 contendership. Joe says he was entitled to a title shot the second he got to NXT. Just after that, Balor comes out and a gaggle of referees come from seemingly nowhere to separate them in the ring.

Just as he’s about to leave the ring, Joe pushes a ref into Balor and chokes the champ out with the Coquina Clutch in the middle of the ring.

NXT ends with Joe walking up the ramp and Balor coming to in the ring.

Final Thoughts

The match quality tonight didn’t match either Jordan and Gable vs. Gargano and Ciampa, or Crews vs. Balor, but it was undeniably important to the future of NXT. The NXT Tag Team Championship change, combined with a new side of Apollo Crews, makes for an entertaining hour of wrestling.