Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/4/15: Final Pieces Of The Puzzle

WWE NXT“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 




(Aired 2/4/15) 

Final Pieces Of The Puzzle

– Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore are an entertaining act to watch and definitely over with the crowd. Their introduction of Carmella was about right, although her entrance song sounds too much like Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” Probably on purpose. Carmella has got great mic skills too. On the other hand, Emma has got a weird entrance – as she came out doing some Power Ranger impressions possibly. The Carmella-Emma match itself was pretty good, but a bit short. Carmella’s submission finisher is brutal-looking. A forgettable return for Emma as the astoundingly better version of the Bro-Mans stole the spotlight.

– The Adrian Neville-Baron Corbin #1 Contender’s Tournament Round 2 match looked like an exciting match even beforehand. Neville was arguably the favorite here and Corbin could also look good in defeat. The obvious size advantage was smart to emphasize and having Bull Dempsey play a part in the finish meant those two weren’t done and Neville gets to moves on. You had the feeling that Corbin officially moved on from Dempsey before the interference finish, but dragging him back to this feud may do more harm than help for him.

– The Sami Zayn promo set things in perspective for his next week’s match with Kevin Owens that he was manipulated and it provided good hype. It’s going to be a good match when these two finally go at it. Their feud was a big spotlight on the show.

– The announcement of Corbin-Dempsey in a No DQ match for next week was also expected.

– The Bayley-Becky Lynch match was an interesting clash in styles. The idea of Sasha Banks coming out to “motivate” Lynch seemed fishy and it was proven when she shoved Lynch into the ring to be “fed” to Bayley, who hit her finisher and won. The interaction between Banks and Lynch was good and NXT Divas Champion Charlotte coming out had all four women within feet of each other, which hyped next week’s four-way Divas Title match excellently.

– Owens’ promo was pretty standard for his character to feel confident and him pointing out next week’s show was two months to the day of his debut was interesting and noteworthy of his quick push.

– The “Solomon” cryptic message appeared again during a match graphic. Maybe he debuts next week?

– Making a Tag Team Championship rematch between Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake-Lucha Dragons was an easy way to fill up next week’s card.

– The Tyler Breeze promo had him show off his good mic skills as he was obsessed with his phone and watching the finish of the tournament. Where will he go from here?

– The Hideo Itami-Finn Balor #1 Contender’s tournament Round 2 match already also looked good on paper, though Balor was probably the favorite. Having Neville out on commentary “scouting” also made sense and made the match feel important. Itami and Balor were given plenty of ring time and the evenly matched dynamic with them being former tag partners and just watching them break each other down in a technical affair made this pleasing in terms of in-ring psychology. Good match. Balor going over was the right move. The match finish was well done as they emphasized Balor’s kick that sent Itami into the turnbuckle. The stare down between Balor and Neville afterwards was also simple, but effective.

– The Owens-Zayn feud hype video set up the emotional highs and lows of their complete history. They’ve established this very much as a personal feud. Even if you’re not familiar with both guys’ work before NXT, how could you not dig it? Great way to end the show. It’s amazing how great television can be when it’s simple and to the point. No overbooking can do wonders.





Quick Results

– Carmella (w/Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady) def. Emma via submission

– NXT World Title #1 Contender’s Tournament Semifinals – Adrian Neville def. Baron Corbin via pinfall to advance

– Bayley def. Becky Lynch via pinfall

– NXT World Title #1 Contender’s Tournament Semifinals – Finn Balor def. Hideo Itami via pinfall  to advance

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

Posted on February 5, 2015, in NXT, WWE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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