Originally Posted by Chris JeriG.O.A.T
You're right, I misspoke-- there are no weighty storylines with logical progression. NXT storylines are extremely simplistic, they have no intrigue and they don't ramp up, because characters don't interact except for beatdowns and there's no motivations for anything that happens.
Io turned on Candice because she couldn't beat Shayna, what? She's no closer to the women's title and she accomplished absolutely nothing. That's not a good storyline.
Roderick got a title shot and lost, so he sets the champs couch on fire to get another one. Deep storyline there, tons of build./s
Kushida is mad because Walter stole his tv time against a nobody.
Killian Dain and Matt Riddle have been brawling for 2 months and we still have no idea why Dain attacked him, that's literally the absence of a storyline. NXT ended with a big nonsensical brawl that had no context because aside from Dain and Riddle, nobody who was involved in it is currently in a feud, so why were tensions so high amongst a bunch of people that don't have any beef with each other?
NXt has one trick in it's book and that's the beatdowns but when you start the "story" off with it the only thing to do is trade beatdowns until the ppv match since NXT is allergic to promos.
Look, I know you well enough to know that I'm not going to change your mind, but I can provide a counter argument.
Io turned on Candice because she couldn't beat Shayna. To me that's not looking deep enough. Io was in NXT for a long time basically just as "Kairi's friend." Kairi leaves, and now Io and Candice bond. She faces Shayna twice, both time with a friend in her corner, and she snaps because how the losses affect her.
In her mind now, she's been doing everything wrong and she wants to get rid of the dead weight because now she needs no friends. So now she unleashes a new side of herself and has seemingly found her way. But in doing all of this, she created an enemy out of Candice, who slid her way into a Women's Title match because of Io's actions.
You say "well Io is no closer to getting the title." Right, and it's because of the chain reaction her heel turn caused with Candice. She became who she wanted, but made a new enemy in the process. To me that that is an interesting story.
Roderick was in a 3 Way match where he didn't get pinned, the same match that was 1 on 1 until Dunne arrived. So he fought for another title match, and now there's even more pressure on him as his TUE brothers now all have gold and he doesn't, so he goes as far to burn Dream's couch that he used in multiple promos.
I mean you're a Dream fan, right? The guy once had the feud of the year by trying to get Aleister Black to say his name. So for Roddy to destroy Dream's personal property, yes, I do believe that enhanced the story. And even if you don't believe that, how is this any worse than a story I've heard you praise that involves forklifts and hit and runs?
Kushida was upset that Walter took out his opponent? Yeah, he should. It was a big night, Kushida was set to have a match, but he never even got that opportunity because Walter took it away from him. And in kayfabe it stopped Kushida from winning the winner's paycheck, something that has been highlighted more and more on WWE TV recently.
So you shrug that off as not a big deal, but why wouldn't Kushida see it as a big deal?
The one thing I will agree with you on is the Riddle vs. Dain feud. We never got a great explanation to why Dain attacked Riddle. And yes, the brawl felt forced. But at the same time, there's nothing wrong with a wild and fun brawl. Chaos for the sake of chaos, used in moderation, can be fun.
So yeah, safe to say we disagree. Like I said, in ring action can be just as great of a medium to tell stories as promos are. And for this week, I think NXT did a good job for the most part.