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The Robert Stone Brand faces problems – Hits and misses from WWE NXT 8 September 2020

The Robert Stone brand seems to be at an end now
Robert Stone was left hanging on WWE NXT (WWE)

The Robert Stone Brand seems to be facing a lot of problems after this week’s NXT

The Robert Stone Brand was one of the main talking points from this week’s WWE NXT. They featured heavily in a couple of segments during the show.

Robert Stone and Mercedes Martinez on NXT
Robert Stone and Mercedes Martinez on NXT (WWE)

One clicked and one didn’t. This week’s NXT had some really good moments and some not too great, and we start off with the misses.

Misses

1) Photo-shoot ruined

Io Shirai’s photo-shoot was ruined as Aliyah, Robert Stone and Shotzi Blackheart interrupted. That led to a crazy moment with Shirai and Blackheart teaming up to destroy Stone and Aliyah.

This is becoming a regular occurrence now with Stone being the butt of many jokes. WWE could have led to the Shirai vs Blackheart climax without these shenanigans, and it seems that they do see Stone as comic relief and Tony Khan.

2) Dain loses his cool

Killian Dain destroyed Drake Maverick after his match on NXT. While Dain was attacked by the Undisputed Era it was Maverick who came out to save him.

Killian Dain after attacking Drake Maverick
Killian Dain after attacking Drake Maverick (WWE)

Dain acting all strong is great for his character but knocking Maverick out was a bit too much. He could have just walked out on him and all but it seems WWE want to push this rivalry before they team up.

Hits

1) Too sweet

The first match of the evening saw Finn Balor and Adam Cole fight it out for the vacant NXT title.

The pair put on a clinic as they took each other to the limit. It was great to see no crazy finishes or controversy at the end of this match.

Adam Cole and Finn Balor met for the NXT title
Adam Cole and Finna Balor clash for the NXT title (WWE)

This was a quality match and it was interesting to see that Balor was made the champion ahead of Cole.

2) You’re fired!

Mercedes Martinez seems to have outgrown the Robert Stone brand or is it vice versa? Stone confirmed that the pair had split after NXT’s main event.

Mercedes Martinez left her mark on Rhea Ripley
Mercedes Martinez left her mark on Rhea Ripley (WWE)

Martinez has looked great since wrestling on NXT and this was quite an expected outcome. She never looked a good fit to work under Stone and this opens the doors for her to get involved in other storylines.

3) A fight till the end

Speaking of Martinez, she put on quite a show in the main event too. Rhea Ripley and Martinez met in a steel cage match and tore things down.

They used a ton of weapons in the clash and no one knew who was going to win. Robert Stone turned out to be a hindrance for Martinez and in the end, she had to go through a table as Ripley won.

Ripley and Martinez
Rhea Ripley defeated Mercedes Martinez on NXT in a steel cage (WWE)

This was a brilliant steel cage match and speaks volumes of the talent that Ripley and Martinez have.

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