Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 9/16/15: Birth Of The Iron Woman

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 9/16/15)

Birth Of The Iron Woman

– The Tyler Breeze-Adam Rose-Bull Dempsey segment was originally set up as a Breeze-Rose match, having the  backstory of Breeze beating down Dempsey after a miscommunication led to their loss to Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament. Rose came out debuting a new “party pooper” gimmick, looking like a disgruntled English hipster with glasses and a vest. It was okay for what it was, perhaps a step above where he was before gimmick-wise. Hey, they’re trying. The Dempsey-Breeze promo exchange was entertaining in furthering their rivalry, with Dempsey looking to get revenge, while Breeze didn’t see him in his league. It kind of tells itself as a story. At the same time, Rose didn’t exactly get lost in the shuffle, wanting to exact his own revenge on both guys for the past and slapped Dempsey pretty hard. Even though he ended up being taken down, he still gained something here. Breeze narrowly escaping trouble was the prefect way to book it, keeping the physicality to a minimum and likely leading to a match next week, from what we saw there. Good segment that actually made everybody looking okay out of it, perhaps even more relevant.

– Backstage, Breeze shot a selfie-style promo, shushing the interviewer, accepting Dempsey’s challenge for next week. All Breeze right there.

– The Tye Dillinger-Danny Burch match was an enhancement bout for the former, where the “Perfect 10” gimmick remained incredibly over amongst the crowd. Commentary did a good job of putting over his in-ting abilities – particularly Corey Graves, who has found a niche as the go-to color commentator for NXT. Some of the stuff he comes up with is downright hilarious. The match itself was incredibly basic, where Dillinger’s character overrode his skill set, though his one-knee Codebreaker variation finisher looked good. Not sure if Dillinger is heel or face here, but it’s a foregone conclusion that the new gimmick is sticking.

– The Baron Corbin/Rhyno backstage promo had them sound unintimidated by Gargano/Ciampa breaking a bracket and they couldn’t wait to unleash harm. Why would they be fazed anyway?

– A very intense Asuka hype video aired, as she stood up on a ring apron in the dark, taking off a Guy Fawkes-esque mask to reveal her face. She came off as someone who’d demand respect. Can’t wait to see what the former KANNA can do in WWE.

a Guy Fawkes mask while on the apron. Will be great to see what the former KANA can do in WWE.

– The Apollo Crews-Solomon Crowe match appeared to be a bout of mutual respect, indicated by their brief handshake. Commentary also put over both guys being an integral part of the independent circuit in recent years. Crews showcased his usual explosive agility and amazing strength, while Crowe took opportunities to bide himself time and played the smarter man, where he actually wrapped Crews in the ring apron at one point to counter a Crews baseball slide. Crowe showed off more of a mean streak here, and it could be interesting to see if a heel turn happens down the road. His look is a better fit for a heel anyways. It was more of an even match, until Crews ran away with it, having his best Full Sail showing to date. Sometimes, NXT becomes squash city, so it was good to see the formula somewhat broken.

– The Gargano/Ciampa backstage promo saw Gargano say he wasn’t given a chance throughout his career but he would make the best of being in NXT, while Ciampa claimed they earned their keep and looked to move to the finals. They’re both good talkers together, but Gargano outshined Ciampa.

– The Emma/Dana Brooke backstage promo saw Emma mention the Champ was back and that new people were coming, while Brooke looked to show the newbies who was in charge and that playtime was over. Brooke actually took the head-patting to a new level. The Emma/Brooke duo makes sense with the newcomers, but while the duo helps Emma get over, it may damage Brooke, who seems to do better on her own in terms of character development.

– Dug the sports show-like review segment that gave a glimpse into the current tournament standings, with footage of other teams winning their respective tourney matches on various NXT live events, some examples being The Hype Bros. beating Alexander Wolfe/Noah Kekoa and NXT Tag Team Champions The Vaudevillains overcoming Alexa Bliss again to beat Blake and Murphy in their respective round one bouts. We also got the announcement that the final four teams would all compete in the semifinals and finals on the October 7 NXT TakeOver: Respect event, along with the round two match of Vaudevillains against Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder when NXT hits Texas.

– The Second Round match of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament between Rhyno/Corbin and Gargano/Ciampa was already looked at as a “fierce battle,” before and it was living up to it as Gargano/Ciampa brought their athleticism and cunning teamwork against the two muscle-bound powerhouses. It was an entertaining clash for sure. The finish was actually well-done as it almost appeared Gargano/Ciampa would get another upset victory when they took advantage of a missed Gore, but it all went the way of End Of Days, which put a sudden end to things. That one toyed with us for sure. Good match. Gargano-Corbin had good chemistry. Either way, we expected Rhyno/Corbin to be a force in this thing, probably getting to the final four. We can probably expect Samoa Joe/NXT Champion Finn Balor there as well, maybe even Jason Jordan/Chad Gable.

– The Vaudevillains backstage promo touched up on their upcoming match against Dash/Dawson in Texas and how they looked forward to it. Bliss and the former Champs butted in as she announced that the rematch clause would be invoked next week. Should be a good.

– The same Nia Jax hype video aired. Gotta keep her current.

– The Bayley-Sarah Dobson match seemed out of place in a moment that revolved around the “Full Sail Homecoming” of NXT Women’s Champion Bayley, as she came back with gold, fresh off the biggest victory of her career and arguably the best women’s match this year against Sasha Banks. With Banks’ arrival to the arena shown before, we could probably predict she’d make her way out at some point. Bayley’s celebration definitely didn’t disappoint, as she did everything from giving out hugs to the whole crowd to bringing Izzy (her biggest fan) into the ring to pose with her. Despite Dobson showcasing a more unorthodox, “crazy” style, the match was pretty much a squash, which was okay for what it was. The real money for this segment came once Banks came out and interrupted Bayley’s promo. Their promo exchange was quite memorable – Banks established that she gained a lot of respect for Bayley as a competitor on Takeover: Brooklyn, pushing her to the best women’s match ever, referencing the high praise to get the crowd to cheer loud. At the same time, she brought her fierce side, saying she came there to be the best, not put on good matches and even though Bayley was good for one night, she wasn’t better than her. Bayley’s response was also fitting – emphasizing that she was ready for a rematch. Banks indicated that she had a point to prove and wanted to beat Bayley again and again, not just once. The crowd was already chanting “Iron Woman,” so all we needed to do was make it official. Oh, here comes General Manager William Regal. How convenient. He announced that the October 7 TakeOver: Respect show would have a 30-minute “Iron Woman” match for the NXT Women’s Championship between Banks and Bayley be the main event. Obviously, huge news that only confirms the NXT ladies are a big draw right now. The crowd’s excitement and the handshake between the two competitors indicating a mutual respect for competition with underlying conflicts sealed the deal on a productive show that excelled on hype for next week and TakeOver: Respect on October 7.






Quick Results

  • Tye Dillinger def. Danny Burch via pinfall
  • Apollo Crews def. Solomon Crowe via pinfall
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament – Round 2 – Rhyno/Baron Corbin def. Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa via pinfall to advance
  • Bayley def. Sarah Dobson 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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