Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 9/9/15: The Dusty Wars Continue

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 9/9/15)

The Dusty Wars Continue 

– Certainly didn’t expect Carmella to open the show, and the crowd also seemed to be caught off-guard. Her theme music is still a clear ripoff of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” She served as an opponent for the debuting Peyton Royce, who had an elegant look yet flashed off some flashy skills, as commentary put over the fact that she was an Australian newcomer at the Performance Center. This was actually a decent match, believe it or not, Carmella had one of her better performances, aside from the cutesy moonwalking. Royce more than held her own down. Can’t help but feel this got more time than necessary, but that submission finisher made up for it. Carmella actually looked like a threat here.

– The NXT Champion Finn Balor/Samoa Joe backstage segment hyped the main event Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1 match with The Lucha Dragons as they continued to get along. Balor put over both the Dragons and wanting to impress the late Dusty Rhodes. Makes sense, right?

– It was shown in a video package that Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady beat Angelo Dawkins/Sawyer Fulton at a recent live event in Round 1 Tourney action and Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder also beat Tucker Knight/Elias Samson. Like the idea that these matches are also happening at live events, since it helps sell the overall NXT brand and keep the unpredictability factor in there.

– The same Nia Jax hype video aired. So Greatness is her destiny, huh?

– The Dusty Tag Team Classic Round 1 match between Tyler Breeze/Bull Dempsey and Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa already had intrigue on both ends – the “strange bedfellows” taking on the hot Indy prospects. Some of those conflicts were established with Dempsey mocking Breeze laying across the top rope and there was a general pop for Gargano/Ciampa. Ciampa’s slap to Breeze was like, damn. The Breeze/Bull team had an odd yet interesting chemistry, as Breeze tagged in Bull whenever he got in trouble and Bull came off as a monster of sorts, at the same time letting Gargano/Ciampa do their thing with some hard kicks throughout. What could’ve been built around the unlikely duo finding a way to win turned into the upstarts getting the best of them with an upset, as the finish was a miscue with Bull inadvertently knocking Breeze off the apron. This was just planting the seeds for a Bull-Breeze feud, hinting by the post-match assault by Breeze. We’re pretty surprised, since this calls for a second appearance by Gargano/Ciampa, but they look to be the next victims for Rhyno/Baron Corbin. How killer would a Gargano/Ciampa-Jason Jordan/Chad Gable match be? If only we can somehow get there. Sigh.

– The Lucha Dragons’ backstage promo touched up on competing for the memory of their “El Jefe,” as Kalisto translated what Sin Cara said, in quite convincing fashion. Why wouldn’t they let him talk more? Just imagine the impact they could have on the main roster if that was the case.

– The Dana Brooke backstage promo touched up on an issue she had watching Bayley become new NXT Women’s Champion and put over the fact that she turned down an Arnold Classic Invitation to compete in NXT. That might’ve been her best promo to date. She’s definitely got the talking part down, though she still comes off as the annoying lady at the local hair salon. Perhaps that’s on purpose?

– A Tye Dillinger hype video? Why not. We’ll give that one a perfect 10, of course.

– The Billie Kay-Dana Brooke match was another effort to build Brooke up for Bayley, as we can assume. Brooke was actually acknowledging fan chants for her and we wonder if there’s a subtle effort to turn her face down the road. Anyways, Brooke gets better with every match and she actually impressed here.

– The Apollo Crews backstage promo put over his last two matches as the sound of “The Apollo Nation” and it’d take over NXT. Pretty vague, but also straight-forward for his character.

– Cool to see WWE capitalize on Bayley’s popularity by showing her meeting her biggest fan Izzy. It puts over both her power as a Champion and just how she affects her fans in a positive way.

– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic Round 1 main event match between Samoa Joe/Balor and The Lucha Dragons came from Providence, Rhode Island with Tom Phillips and Jimmy Uso on commentary, obviously before a Smackdown taping some time ago, but it was cool to see this go down in a big arena since it helped make the match feel bigger in a way. The action here was fairly entertaining as you’d expect and the crowd was hot the whole time, while Uso and Phillips actually sounded like they were having fun and not being forced to convey that feeling. Balor/Joe more or less dominated here and that was the true story of things, while The Lucha Dragons held their own with moments of offense, we knew they served no chance here. Balor/Joe are likely being groomed for the finals where they’ll come up short, giving birth to the next Title feud. We’re certainly all for that.






Quick Results

  • Carmella def. Peyton Royce via submission
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic – Round 1 – Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa def. Tyler Breeze/Bull Dempsey via pinfall to advance 
  • Dana Brooke def. Billie Kay via pinfall
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic – Round 1 – Samoa Joe/Finn Balor def. The Lucha Dragons 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.

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