Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/17/16: Back To The Drawing Board

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 2/17/16)

Back To The Drawing Board

– The opening video did a cool recap of the big NXT Championship #1 Contender’s match between Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe, with each man having a different reason to want to be NXT Champion. For Joe, it was about the “inevitable” while Zayn was eager to get back what once was his and become the first two-time NXT Champion.

– It says a lot that NXT’s Tag Team Division is deep with talent now, as everything practically came together for a high-octane eight-man tag opener starring the likes of American Alpha/Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady and Blake/Murphy/NXT Tag Team Champions Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. As you’d expect, the crowd was feeling Team SAWFT all the way and American Alpha was immensely over. Liked how things broke down into an all-out brawl at several points in the match early on. The heels’ intensity was on point, as Chad Gable did a lot of selling to build to the eventual hot tag to Jordan, even though the finish would be Amore getting the pinfall on Dawson, which made sense since Enzo/Cass were gunning directly for Dash/Dawson, giving them some momentum and letting AA shine in the spotlight too, who looked good in their new attire. AA-Blake/Murphy was hyped for next week and should be fun.

– Deonna Purrazzo is beginning to develop a personality, as she was out to redeem herself after being known as the only person to lose to Asuka by knockout, deeming it a “learning experience.” This was a cool cue for Dana Brooke/Emma to crash the scene and drop in their two cents that Asuka was lucky when she got the best of them and that they ran NXT. We wonder if Purrazzo will get a chance to show what she can do against either Brooke or Emma down the road. Who knows.

– Asuka continues to completely kill it in the ring, as she squashed Purrazzo in her latest offering, with harsh kicks and strikes. Cringing stuff. Purrazzo slapped Asuka in the face, which made the point that perhaps she had it coming, but we seen this coming from a mile away. Asuka won with the roundhouse kick to keep her momentum hot. Asuka’s almost like a female Daniel Bryan with how she moves around in the ring. It’s awesome.

– Eva Marie and Nia Jax are still an awkward pairing since they aren’t helping one another get over per se, but that said, this backstage promo was a decent way to build them as threats, as Jax justified their recent actions by saying she would’ve won the #1 Contender’s Battle Royale if she was medically cleared and warned Asuka to stay out of their business, which is practically an open invitation these days. That said, Eva/Jax-NXT Women’s Champion Bayley/Carmella was hyped for next week, which also should be a ball.

– Tye Dillinger switches back from heel to face from week to week, this time being a face against Alex Riley, who is basically an angry, old-school Triple H with his look. This had the makings of a Riley squash since he was dominating for most of the bout, until he was suddenly upset by Dillinger. If the story is that they’re building Riley to “rage” and flip out, then this all made sense. Hell, it’s better than Elias Samson at least.

– NXT Champion Finn Balor’s backstage promo didn’t dazzle, but he spoke well for himself and explained his perspective on things, putting both Zayn and Joe over, at the same time saying he was ready no matter who it was he’d face.

– Baron Corbin continues to get in the case of General Manager William Regal, pleading for another chance at the #1 Contender’s Spot, with Regal saying that Corbin definitely lost against Joe/Zayn and the decision was final. We wonder what Corbin meant by saying he believed in “an eye for an eye when it came to stealing.” Is he about to mess up some plans?

– The NXT Championship #1 Contender’s match between Joe and Zayn received a lot of time to tell a good story and we had gotten that, with things starting out slow and each guy feeling the other out, before settling into an intense final few minutes, with a great trade of believable near-falls and teases. Then we got another controversial finish. Yup, can’t get enough of these. On that note, this went over a lot better since it appeared that Zayn had won the match since he fell onto Joe and then a three-count happened. The confusion started once Joe also wasn’t declared the winner and it was revealed that the Referee had declared a draw, with Regal down there once again. What’s that, another cliffhanger? Ugh. This probably ends up being a triple-threat for the NXT Championship at the next TakeOver event. Let’s see how it gets there, but as we seen here, it’s all back to the drawing board.






Quick Results

  • Eight-Man Tag – American Alpha/Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady def. Blake/Murphy (w/Alexa Bliss)/Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson via pinfall
  • Asuka def. Deonna Purrazzo via pinfall
  • Tye Dillinger def. Alex Riley via pinfall
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match – Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe to a draw; No winner decided 

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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