Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 9/30/15: A Muscle-Busting Coup De Grace

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 9/30/15)

A Muscle-Busting Coup De Grace 

– Things started with a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic update since we were a week away from TakeOver: Respect, where the semifinals and finals would take place. We saw Round 2 highlights where Jason Jordan/Chad Gable beat The Hype Bros. at a live event to meet Baron Corbin/Rhyno in the finals, where Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder will also be waiting. Good preview to get us to this hot opener match on paper.

– The Round 2 match between Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady and NXT Champion Finn Balor/Samoa Joe started with a “classic” Team SAWFT hype promo to put over paying tribute to Dusty while Balor had a new twist on his non-demon entrance, putting emphasis on “Balor Club” on the big screen while he donned a black leather jacket. Cool look that didn’t take anything away. If anything, he looked more confident than ever. The match was good while it lasted, with both teams hitting big impact moves to look evenly matched, though we thought it’d get more time than that. Balor/Joe winning was expected, but it could’ve gone to Enzo/Cass too. The Muscle Buster/Coup de Grace finisher was brutal for anybody. This sets up a Dawson/Wilder-Joe/Balor match at TakeOver. Odds-on favorites are likely Balor/Joe.

– More from Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa in these tapings? Hmmm… Interesting. The backstage segment with Gargano, Ciampa and Tyler Breeze essentially set the table for the night’s matches and allowed Gargano/Ciampa to be looked at as singles guys for a change. Breeze did a good job of expressing his dislike of Gargano based upon his friendship with Apollo Crews, who he’d face at TakeOver, and set up a later match with Ciampa. After all, he blamed them for costing them a tourney victory, so it all made sense.

– The Asuka hype video saw highlights from last week’s segment mixed with colorful footage from her past, ending on the “I’m going to kill you” look she gave before headed backstage last week. Pretty much summed her up.

– The Gargano-Crews match probably made the internet break on paper. In reality, this was likely to be a squash affair for Crews being built up for Breeze. At the same time, there was an underlying respect between the two since they toured the world together as friends. This was pleasantly more evenly-matched, with some nice exchanges of kicks and technical maneuvers. Gargano is shining in his NXT role thus far, making Crews look great in the meantime, whose athleticism speaks for itself.

– The backstage segment with General Manager William Regal/Dana Brooke/Emma was effective in setting up the Asuka-Brooke match for TakeOver in that Brooke went from acting confident in upstaging the “hy-hena” to a stone-cold fearful expression when Regal showed her footage via a laptop of Asuka training. Better yet, we got to see the footage ourselves later on and safe to say, Asuka + punching bag = ouch for anybody. That kick was quite fierce.

– Another Nia Jax hype video aired, saying the same thing. Teeth, eyes, fists, flashing lights. You know the drill. Coming soon.

– The Brooke/Emma-Billie Kay/Peyton Royce match was an obvious heel squash to look good for the Asuka match. While it wasn’t complete domination, the heels controlled most of the time. The rookie faces looked okay with the hot tag buildup, even though the momentum got lost with that top rope crossbody botch. Not surprised to see dirty tactics used to lead to Brooke hitting her finisher to get the win.

– The backstage segment with Jordan/Gable/Dash/Dawson hyped up their encounter at TakeOver, as we saw Gable and “JJ” act offended at the idea of overcoming odds against Corbin/Rhyno, putting themselves over as former olympians. Dash/Dawson basically walked up and made Gable/Jordan think twice about dismissing them just a minute prior, also tearing down the team in front of them verbally. Made sense to have them bicker though the chance to see them actually face off in the tourney seem slim given their opponents.

– The Ciampa-Breeze match was probably designed to be what the Gargano-Crews match was earlier – a buildup to TakeOver. The in-ring chemistry was slick in the beginning with amateur-style maneuvers and it was cool to see Ciampa do some of his own unique, hard-hitting offense without being attached to Gargano per se. The near-falls here were more believable for Ciampa down the stretch. Liked the idea of Breeze using the Impaler finisher to win, as it creates an aura of mystery and adds to his arsenal.

– The Corbin/Rhyno backstage promo saw them positioned as unstoppable forces and already considered themselves winners. Short and sweet.

– The hype video package for the Sasha Banks-Bayley 30-minute “Iron Woman” match was superb as we saw a sports-like look at their excellent TakeOver: Brooklyn match, which with the great in-ring storytelling, made it an easy job. We had soundbites galore from before and after the match and just how it impacted everyone involved, followed by the swift aftermath. In fact, you could still feel the energy captured in that finishing sequence from the crowd. We also seen footage of Bayley training and getting ready. Frankly, this was a perfect way to set it all up and we wonder sometimes just why this approach isn’t taken for main roster Title matches.






Quick Results

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament – Round 2 – Finn Balor/Samoa Joe def. Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady (w/Carmella) via pinfall to advance
  • Apollo Crews def. Johnny Gargano via pinfall
  • Dana Brooke/Emma def. Billie Kay/Peyton Royce via pinfall
  • Tyler Breeze def. Tommaso Ciampa 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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