Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 4/22/15: Still Just A Rat In A Cage

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 4/22/15)

Still Just A Rat In A Cage

– The Finn Balor-Tye Dillinger match was pretty much a squash in favor of Balor. Nothing groundbreaking. Had us wondering what was next for Balor. That’s where Tyler Breeze came in. His promo actually had some purpose and was bold, even for him. This is a good match just waiting to happen. Next week?

– Dana Brooke’s promo was pretty good – she came off cocky and that works for her. She’s almost like Angelina Love in a sense. Her in-ring work needs more improvement and we can guess that’s why she’s in NXT, but she definitely has charisma and personality.

– NXT World Heavyweight Champion Kevin Owens’ promo slightly put over Alex Riley and seemed unconcerned about him and wasn’t worried. His lines about feeling a draft in the room and wanting to get a coat were priceless.

– The Triple Threat #1 Contender’s Match for the NXT Divas Championship between Charlotte, Bayley and Becky Lynch was good with some crowd-pleasing action. The double team move by Charlotte/Bayley was great, as Charlotte really sold the moment. Bayley seemed to be the favorite here, but the finish was very creative with Lynch pinning Bayley with her shoulders down while in the Figure Eight. Lynch will have an interesting match with Banks considering their history, but Bayley might’ve been the better choice. Either way, she could be the bigger story down the road. Also surprising to see Charlotte, thinking a main roster call up should be happening soon and she was still in the Title picture in NXT.

– The CJ Parker-Hideo Itami match was what it sounded like on paper: easy Itami win. Okay, so last week wasn’t Parker’s last match but we know it’s coming soon. If we see this guy on the screen, he’s pretty much losing.

– The Sasha Banks-Lynch backstage segment was a decent fire starter for their match. Their face-to-face interactions always bring a needed amount of fierceness.

– The Rhyno-Unnamed Jobber match did what it had to do, as Rhyno won with the Gore. Third squash match here, folks.

– So Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy’s new strategy is to approach Carmella backstage and sing to her? Right… Not creepy. This continued that little storyline as they backed out of there once Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady showed up and dropped some quirky lines about the Tag Champs’ tenor voices and jewelry taste. Um, okay.

– The Owens-Alex Riley match was a lot like their first match, as Owens decisively owned Riley again. Riley looked tough for having challenged him again and at least he has that. Sami Zayn coming out to make the save for Riley when he almost got apron bombed was good. The top rope senton spot was cool to see. Watching Owens back up and away was a nice change of pace in the feud. Zayn had a moment of outdoing the Champion here and looks to have the momentum headed into the next show. Good stuff here, though the rest of the show kind of lagged.





Quick Results

– Finn Balor def. Tye Dillinger via pinfall

– NXT Divas #1 Contender’s Match – Triple Threat – Becky Lynch def. Charlotte and Bayley via pinfall

– Hideo Itami def. CJ Parker via pinfall

– Rhyno def. Unnamed Jobber via pinfall

– Kevin Owens def. Alex Riley via pinfall

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 April 24, 2015, in NXT, WWE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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