Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/14/15: Wednesday Melee
– It was disappointing to see Finn Balor without the bad-ass face paint but that aside, the match between him and Tyson Kidd set a good pace to the show, and the Kidd-Natalya storyline was furthered by her absence at ringside. The broadcast team also did a good job of making both competitors sound credible, emphasizing their “never say die” work ethic. Balor looked like the eager rookie and Kidd played the overconfident heel perfectly. Balor’s finisher didn’t look too menacing initially, but it was still believable. Good opener.
– It was a good idea to show the highlight video of the intense rivalry between Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville. This is the prime example of a perfect feud; both guys have come out of it looking better and the NXT Title is the equivalent of a diamond at this point. It’s that prestigious.
– The Bull Dempsey backstage promo on Baron Corbin was pretty straightforward. He’s got a good conversational tone to his voice, but news flash: there’s a wrestler out there who already has the nickname, “Last Of A Dying Breed,” which he referred to himself as.
– The Dempsey-Corbin match felt more like a brawl, but for an intense feud, it was expected. What wasn’t expected was the fast, fierce finish where Corbin pulled off the End Of Days on Dempsey. Way too short to truly feel like a payoff by any means.
– The Divas tag match between Sasha Banks/Becky Lynch and Natalya/Charlotte was nitty and gritty, but moved a bit more fluidly than a general divas match. Banks/Lynch pulled out the win where Banks pinned Charlotte, the current NXT Divas Champion, which sets up a potential future match.
– The rematch between Neville and Zayn certainly had high expectations going in. Neville’s character has taken more of a face turn or tweener territory, as he even checked up on Zayn at one point. There is no doubt that these two create magic when in the ring together and the energy was high like their previous encounter, but there were times in the match where this felt like a movie sequel trying to live up to the box-office smash original. Down the stretch, things became great and Zayn came out with the win looking tough, as he recovered just enough from two quick-style hurricanranas. Kevin Owens’ post match attack on Zayn was also solid, maybe expected. This ended the exact same as the NXT Takeover: R-Evolution show, which was fine, but it didn’t have the impact of the original moment. This however – may lead to a future match for the NXT Title between Zayn and Owens.
– Finn Baylor def. Tyson Kidd via pinfall
– Baron Corbin def. Bull Dempsey via pinfall
– Sasha Banks/Becky Lynch def. Natalya/Charlotte via pinfall
– NXT Championship – Sami Zayn def. Adrian Neville via pinfall to retain
Posted on January 15, 2015, in NXT, WWE and tagged Adrian Neville, Alex Riley, Baron Corbin, Becky Lynch, Bull Dempsey, Charlotte, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Natalya, Renee Young, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Tyson Kidd. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.