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We open with Tye Dillinger vs. Angelo Dawkins. Tye wins your standard not-quite-squash, and is met on the ramp by Bobby Roode, who suggests they team up for the just-announced second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Challenge. It's a good pairing - two arrogant heel gimmicks that Full Sail absolutely refuses to boo because they like the gimmick too much.
A proposed tag match between the debuting Ealey Twins and The Revival is cut short by Samoa Joe, who destroys the Ealeys and redelivers his ultimatum to Regal. Super Intenwe Joe is the best Joe, so this is good stuff.
Ember Moon vs. Mandy Rose is next - it's another one-step-up-from-a-squash. They still haven't named her finisher yet, but they're still playing around with "eclipse".
Authors of Pain squash theh shit out of Already In The Ring. Ellering announces something vague which I assume is Dusty Tourney intentions. I imagine if they're in it, they have to get to the finals.
Blake and Murphy might be getting back together. Yay.
Liv Morgan's Bad Idea is next. I expected, this to be an attempt to elevate Morgan by having her lose a competitive match with Asuka, but Asuka destroys her and debuts a new shoulder submission. They don't even use it to set up her real next challenger.
Our main event is Lince Dorado vs. Hideo Itami, continuing WWE's plan to use the Cruiserweights in both Raw and NXT. This is a fine, normal, moderately competitive, story-free NXT TV match. Of course Itami wins, of course Aries attacks post-match, and runs away when Itami mounts a comeback.
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