Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 8/26/15: Brooklyn Made

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 8/26/15)

Brooklyn Made

– The opening video chronicled arguably the most successful night of SummerSlam weekend – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. In that awesome, slow-mo style, we saw all the newsworthy happenings, ranging from Apollo Crews’ in-ring debut, Triple H’s introduction, the amazing Sasha Banks-Bayley match, Samoa Joe-Baron Corbin and so on and so forth. Still a little ironic that this show takes place after TakeOver while it was taped before the show in actuality.

– Insane reaction for Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady, which was something we always wanted to see in Brooklyn. Anyways, they teamed up with The Hype Bros. against Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson/Chad Gable/Jason Jordan. Gable and Jordan were dressed like American gladiators, which was pretty amusing. Things started out quite entertaining as the crowd loved anything Enzo did. Liked the spot where Cassady threw him over the top rope to the outside on their opponents. Very solid build-up to the hot tag to Cass, who cleaned house. Great match with high energy, finishing off with Enzo getting the pin.

– General Manager William Regal’s backstage promo hyped the NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic starting next week, and Neville approached him, wanting a spot to pay tribute. Well, that already sounds promising.

– NXT Champion Finn Balor’s backstage promo talked about what he went through to retain his Title, saying he proved that Tokyo wasn’t a fluke, that he deserved the Title. Basic promo, but much necessary since he’s the Champion after all.

– The Emma video package was solid in getting over her attitude change to a darker aggressive character.

– The Charlotte/Becky Lynch backstage promo touched up on the Emma/Dana Brooke duo. Lynch made bad jokes, Charlotte was all business, you know the drill.

– We’re already cringing just hearing about the Carmella-Eva Marie match. Let’s bear ourselves for this one, folks. At least Carmella had a decent reaction upon coming out with a pre-match intro promo. Yeah. This one wasn’t pretty. Eva wasn’t terrible the first few minutes, but what on earth was that selling for the rest hold with the two of them screaming? As for Carmella, she actually improved a bit since last time. Eva almost botched the Sliced Bread Number Two finisher. Glad that was over quickly for both ladies’ sakes. Eva had loads of “go-away” heat.

– Tyler Breeze’s selfie promo talked about him still “looking pretty” after the match. He also spoke about an idea to bring to Regal to put him on the map again. Liking it…

– The Dana Brooke/Emma backstage promo also hyped the Divas four-way saying they would prove they were the best. At least Dana can talk.

– NXT Women’s Champion Bayley’s backstage promo touched up on the emotion of how she won the belt and also mentioned the “Four Horsewomen” and how they all wanted the same thing. Her mom and rest of family came on the set and expressed their happiness. Seemed pretty genuine.

– Regal getting approached by Baron Corbin about wanting to be in the tourney made sense. It led to the announcement that him and Rhyno would team against The Ascension in the opening match. Wonder who’ll win that one…

– The Bull Dempsey “BullFit” hype video had us wait for his debut. Slowly.

– Kevin Owens’ backstage promo after the ladder match had him say he’d break Cesaro the next night and didn’t address his future in NXT when asked. Typical Owens fashion.

– Elias Samson now has a “drifter” gimmick? Interesting. Looks like he’s the first victim of the “new and improved” Bull Dempsey, who luckily came from Brooklyn. His newer, more aggressive style was a welcome change, and he actually got a decent reaction out of it all. Liked the finisher too. Will it lead to anything tangible down the road? Time will tell.

– Samoa Joe’s backstage promo talked about the fans’ energy building the brand of NXT and how it helped him beat Corbin. He said it wasn’t a game, but he was here to make a statement with his fists. Good promo with an intensified purpose.

– The same Nia Jax hype video aired with the news that she’d come soon. We’ll be waiting for that.

– Crews’ backstage promo touched up on his debut and birth of the “Apollo Nation.” We see what he did there. He comes off like a big star, so that also helps.

– The Blake/Murphy/Alexa Bliss backstage promo had them take offense to the term “loss.” Bliss called out Blue Pants for costing them all the Tag Team Titles and formally challenged her next week. Yay.

– The four-way Divas match between Charlotte, Lynch, Emma and Brooke was okay for what it was, suffering from a plodding pace but started to get interesting once Brooke and Emma stared each other down, Brooke attacking Emma in the spirit of competition. The action was winding down pretty well but the finish felt quite abrupt with Emma getting the win. At the end of it all, Paige and Lynch delivered some submission Justice. Ultimately nothing special.






Quick Results

  • Eight-Man Tag – Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady/The Hype Bros. def. Chad Gable/Jason Jordan/Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder via pinfall
  • Eva Marie def. Carmella via pinfall
  • Bull Dempsey def. Elias Samson via pinfall
  • Four-Way Match – Emma def. Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Dana Brooke 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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