Tuesday night was the return of NXT‘s Great American Bash for the second straight year. A night made of three title matches and a massive singles rematch was what made this one so special. Could it recapture the greatness of last year’s?
Here are the NXT Great American Bash results along with analysis and match ratings.
NXT Great American Bash Results & Match Ratings
— NXT Tag Team Championship: MSK (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher
Rating: 4.00 (****)
— Million Dollar Championship: LA Knight (c) vs. Cameron Grimes
Winner: LA Knight
Rating: 3.00 (***)
— NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell (c) vs. Io Shirai & Zoey Stark
Winner: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark
Rating: 3.25 (***1/4)
— Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole
Winner: Adam Cole
Rating: 4.25 (****1/4)
NXT Great American Bash Results: In-Depth Match Analysis
Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole
When The Undisputed Era died, everyone knew that Kyle O’Reilly versus Adam Cole would be the next great feud of the black and gold brand. After Tuesday’s Great American Bash, that has proven to be the truth. While their first match was an unsanctioned all-out war, Tuesday was an opportunity for them to show who was the better professional wrestler. Already down one to O’Reilly, this was a match that Cole needed to win. Adam Cole “Bay Bay” has been saying for weeks that he is the best NXT superstar of all time and a win versus O’Reilly would solidify that as the truth. It’s hard to disagree already, but a win for Cole locks that in more than ever before.
The action in this one was as fantastic as one can imagine. Cole and O’Reilly traded for the majority of this match. O’Reilly attacked the left knee that he had injured on Cole last week while Cole did his best to simply find a weakness. That time came as he was able to injure O’Reilly’s left leg and that would play a big part in the finish. At one point, Cole would hit a Panama Sunrise onto the floor, but O’Reilly was able to get his right leg on the bottom rope to force a rope break before the three count. O’Reilly would hit the Brainbuster but wanted more, going for the diving knee which reaggravated the knee of O’Reilly. Cole hit the Last Shot for the best false finish of the match.
Ultimately, Cole went for another Panama Sunrise before O’Reilly reversed with a knee to the stomach. This however was reminiscent of his match with Finn Balor late last year, as it would be a downfall. The knee actually would send O’Reilly to the mat in pain before Cole would hit a Panama Sunrise and Last Shot to get the win. Cole versus O’Reilly was as good a TV match you will see all year long.
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