Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/27/15: Solomon Eats Crowe

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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




(Aired 5/27/15)

Solomon Eats Crowe 

– WWE’s utterly slick video production made TakeOver: Unstoppable look like even more of a spectacle than it was; showcasing the athleticism, excitement and unpredictability. Loved the slow-motion capture here.

– Who is a better heel act right now than Kevin Owens? Not only is he on top of the NXT roster, his transition to the main roster is also benefitting from his Title reign, rubbing heads with WWE United States Champion John Cena in the process. Starting things off with Sami Zayn’s theme music had fans up on their feet expecting a response promo of sorts only to see Owens slowly walk out donning Cena’s “The Champ Is Here” shirt, which was brilliant. Owens is great at getting heat not only with his words, but also with his actions. Give him credit, even with his background, he still knew how to piss the “smart” fans off, deflecting their cheers by bringing up Zayn’s popularity. The exchange with General Manager William Regal was a solid follow-up of last week when Regal was headbutted. Love that it’s basically implied by everyone that Owens took out Hideo Itami in the parking lot. Solomon Crowe coming out felt incredibly random, but he brought the necessary fortitude required to confront Owens in a believable manner in probably his most memorable promo to date. It’s like you knew Owens was going to annihilate Crowe, but you applauded Crowe’s toughness. Regal making the match was the icing on the cake and Owens kept his confidence high as he left the ring.

– Itami’s backstage promo captured the emotionality of his untimely injury and his determination to be stronger than ever upon his return. It’s a stop to his momentum, but we know they’ll pick right up where they left off with him when he comes back.

– The backstage segment with Zack Ryder (strange to see him on NXT, but his second straight WWE TV appearance in a week? Crazy) and Mojo Rawley was what it was. Rawley came off as extremely energetic and slightly annoying. Was this a one-off appearance or will it lead to something more?

– In the realm of NXT divas, Emma deserves a lot of credit for turning things around to become a relevant heel. Like her new entrance music that captures her transformation perfectly, plus having Dana Brooke at her side only helps both get over. As far as the Emma-Bayley match, it was good while it lasted, ultimately nothing spectacular, but Bayley showed brave fire and Emma’s aggressiveness led her to a submission victory. Charlotte making the save made sense, but it was even better to have Brooke/Emma stand tall at the end of it all this week.

– Judging by their backstage segment, guess we’re primed for another Rhyno-Baron Corbin match, huh? Still can’t see Corbin losing, but at least Rhyno looks tough for wanting another crack at the lone wolf.

– These Becky Lynch video segments continue to do her big favors in terms of establishing character, this time fitting in footage from her great battle with Sasha Banks, which only won more people over. Lynch has the ability to become almost the Sami Zayn of the NXT divas.

– The Mike Rawlis/Elias Sampson-Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy match was all about the image of Alexa Bliss with the Champs, as this was a squash for them. Bliss doing the Sparkle Splash was a nice touch. Their backstage promo had Bliss compare Carmella to a garbage dump and was effective.

– The Tye Dillinger-Finn Balor match was pretty basic squash material. Despite Dillinger’s increased emphasis on aggression, this was all about making the number one contender look good and carry more momentum.

– A Chad Gable/Jason Jordan tag team could be something fun down the road, if that’s the route they’re going with things. Jordan shows good charisma in his delivery, but he’s still green in the ring. Baby steps are baby steps though.

– The Owens-Crowe match was more or less what we expected to see, with Crowe fighting back as much as he could, but couldn’t overcome things. Samoa Joe coming out before Owens could hit the Powerbomb on the apron came off like a repeat of last week without the shock value, but they’re doing good job on holding off on the two coming to blows. Owens pretty much owned the beginning and ending of this show and that’s a good thing for everybody.





Quick Results

– Emma (w/Dana Brooke) def. Bayley via submission 

– Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy (w/Alexa Bliss) def. Mike Rawlis/Elias Sampson via pinfall

– Finn Balor def. Tye Dillinger via pinfall

– Kevin Owens def. Solomon Crowe 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.

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