Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/20/16: Set To Battle

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 1/20/16)

Set To Battle 

– This wasn’t a newsworthy edition of NXT by any means, but this was cleverly booked “placeholder” TV. The idea was to set things up for future storylines – Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn will battle next week for the #1 Contender spot for the NXT Championship, a claim all three want as their own. Much of this episode was dedicated to showcasing the three men each doing what they do best – wrestling. On the other side of the coin, we saw Carmella get further established and Apollo Crews pick up some unfinished business.

– The Zayn-Adam Rose match was a Zayn squash on paper, though Rose put in more chemistry than we deemed necessary since nobody doubted the result. However, we can see why they’d do this since Zayn is after all everybody’s favorite underdog and got to show off some of those assets here. On that note, Rose and Zayn do have good chemistry in the ring and this could be something revisited if Zayn does ever come up to the main roster. We did like Zayn pulling out a submission finisher out of nowhere to end it, showing he has an answer for Joe.

– Since he was already staring up a steep cliff, Johnny Gargano had to talk himself up to Joe’s level and that was done in spades. Gargano referred to Joe as a bully that needed to get punched in the face despite his impressive credentials. Go go Johnny Wrestling.

– Chad Gable and Jason Jordan renamed themselves American Alpha and the name fits them. We also like that they were looking for a fight from Blake/Murphy, since they were “Tag Team Of The Year” and they weren’t even in the poll as a nominee, but weren’t bitter about it, only looking to prove it in the ring. Perfect.

– The Apollo Crews-Tye Dillinger match was a pleasant even affair, even if Graves again advocated for Dillinger despite insulting him weeks prior. Dillinger actually came close to beating Crews, only for him to fall victim to the Falling Powerbomb. Crews’ post-match promo talked about finishing up what was started with him and NXT Champion Finn Balor. He wasn’t asking for a Title shot, but a match to earn one. Gives his character purpose and something for Balor to do while his next contender is decided.

– The Blake/Murphy/Alexa Bliss segment saw them as their usual narcissistic selves, only offering insults for American Alpha and Bliss took over showing disappointment in her boys for humiliating her in London, also setting up the tag match later where she’d team with Emma against NXT Women’s Champion Bayley/Carmella.

– Liked the hype video of The Vaudevillains gimmick seemingly falling apart. Subtle hints.

– The Baron Corbin-Rich Swann match gave us the latest Corbin squash while also letting us see Swann in the NXT world. There were some highlight reel moments of Swann letting his athleticism speak for itself, flying all over the place, but Corbin did him in with End Of Days. Obviously, this was to build him for the three-way.

– The Bayley/Carmella backstage promo saw Carmella happy for her Title match and Bayley said tonight was about shutting the bad girls up. NXT Tag Team Champions Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson came up and sarcastically applauded Carmella and likened her to Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady as “all fluff and no stuff.” Good stuff.

– The Emma/Bliss-Bayley/Carmella match was a good bout where the heels worked the advantage early with Bayley nursing an injury but the story was undoubtedly Carmella, who shown much improvement and iced the cake with a fierce looking submission finisher, making Bliss tap out. The faces remain good friends so far, but who knows where it goes.

– Balor’s backstage promo on Corbin’s challenge saw Balor say he’d accept the challenge and talked to Regal already, this way there was no doubt who the best man was. Nice.

– The Samoa Joe-Gargano match was all about Joe manhandling Gargano while the babyface met him every step of the way with some nice spots worked in, but to no avail to the Coquina Clutch. Good ending.






Quick Results

  • Sami Zayn def. Adam Rose via submission
  • Apollo Crews def. Tye Dillinger via pinfall
  • Baron Corbin def. Rich Swann via pinfall
  • Bayley/Carmella def. Alexa Bliss/Emma (w/Dana Brooke) via pinfall
  • Samoa Joe def. Johnny Gargano 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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