Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/23/15: Seven Months In The Making

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 12/23/15)

Seven Months In The Making

– The opening video highlighted NXT TakeOver: London – no belts changing hands on this night, but still an extraordinary effort with shiny spots and an awesome crowd all night long. This edition of NXT would give us more of that eccentric crowd thankfully.

– The NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contender’s Fatal Four-Way match between The Vaudevillains (who appeared to be faces here), The Hype Bros. (who were booed unsurprisingly), Blake/Murphy and Jason Jordan/Chad Gable (who had an electric reaction) was an exciting opener. Nice intensity between all four teams to a standoff at one point. The way this crowd chanted for Gable, you’d think he was part of the Royal Family. Jordan was also well-received basically going into “Human Suplex Machine” mode and the crowd was hyped for the last-minute Grand Amplitude finisher. The right team goes over.

– Dana Brooke/Emma’s backstage reaction to Emma’s loss to Asuka had Brooke complain, wishing Asuka was right there to see her rage and sure enough, there she was, all smiles. Emma tried to kick her from the chair, but to no avail. Brooke was angry and said she’d get serious now. Guess the program continues.

– Tye Dillinger’s backstage promo talked about Sami Zayn returning and he’d remind everyone he was a perfect 10. Short and sweet.

– The “Drifter” Elias Samson hype video was him speaking the lyrics to what he was singing in earlier videos.

– Baron Corbin’s backstage promo talked about him being the better man after defeating Apollo Crews at TakeOver: London and he named himself the unofficial NXT Championship #1 Contender and was coming for Champion Finn Balor. We like Corbin and all and we’re sure Balor could carry him to a decent effort, but we’re not sure he’s ready to get thrown into the mix for an NXT Championship match yet.

– The Bull Dempsey-Samson match was an empty debut for the “Drifter,” who looked like a hybrid between Pro Wrestling Syndicate’s Bonesaw and Seth Rollins. His persona’s that of a “quiet guy,” but loud in the ring. He took some Dempsey offense before hitting a few maneuvers and winning with an Elbow Drop. We get some of the nods to Randy Savage in his looks and in-ring style, but he needs a newer, more definitive finisher.

– NXT Tag Team Champions Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson talked about Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady putting up a good fight at TakeOver: London but it wasn’t their night and wished them a happy holidays, clanking their Titles together like making “cheers.”

– The Dillinger-Zayn match centered around Zayn’s big return to an insane reaction and gave us some good action. Obviously, we wondered if ring rust had gotten the best of Zayn, but he settled in nicely towards the end. Dillinger held his own, despite not being a guy you’d want to see in a 10-plus minute match, but he served his purpose well. Now that Zayn has won, where does his character go? Will he get a Royal Rumble spot on the main roster? Will he feud with Samoa Joe? Zayn’s post-match promo proclaimed his excitement to be back, a moment seven months in the making. He talked about the real scenario of dreams coming true (winning the NXT Championship, challenging John Cena for the WWE United States Championship on Raw) turning into nightmares (losing the belt to Owens two months later, injuring his shoulder in the match against Cena) but brought the promo home by saying 2016 would continue great things for NXT and its future. Zayn is arguably the heart of NXT and it couldn’t be a better time to have him in the mix. Now, we just await Hideo Itami…






Quick Results

  • NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contender’s Fatal Four-Way Tag Match – Jason Jordan/Chad Gable def. The Vaudevillains, Blake/Murphy (w/Alexa Bliss) and The Hype Bros. via pinfall
  • “The Drifter” Elias Samson def. Bull Dempsey via pinfall
  • Sami Zayn def. Tye Dillinger 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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