Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/24/16: New Personas

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 2/24/16)

New Personas 

– American Alpha continue their “onward and upwards” push, this time outlasting the former NXT Tag Team Champions in Blake/Murphy after 10 minutes. AA were their usual dose of suplex and amateur-esque finesse, while Blake/Murphy provided decent foils. The main story (like with most AA matches) was Chad Gable selling hard for the hot tag, having it pulled away from him numerous times before finally getting it, and then Jason Jordan takes over the final minutes, culminating in Grand Amplitude.

– We got some huge news from General Manager William Regal based off last week’s unclear ending that both Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe would battle in a best-two-out-of-three falls match in two weeks to decide the official #1 Contender for the NXT Championship, as well as the reveal of the newest NXT signee next week… Austin Aries or Shinsuke Nakamura? Likely Aries based on the taping schedule.

– Oh god, it’s Elias Samson. He sure sings a lot for a silent guy. The grainy, black-and-white nature of the hype video was consistent with the last, yet added some new footage of him dominating in the ring, ending with a shot of him angry, with guitar in hand.

– The last time we saw Apollo Crews, he claimed that he’d be a “new” person, so we guess this week was the arrival of the new Crews, though he acted a lot like the old Crews. On the other hand, we seen the debut of Christopher Girard (formerly known as Biff Busick) and he made a decent first impression, coming fast and aggressively at Crews, though the announce team’s comparisons of Girard to Lord Of The Ring’s Gollum and Gillberg were alarmingly accurate. Based off it being a squash, it lasted longer than it should’ve, but Crews was decisive in victory. We like a guy like Crews and he has the tools to succeed, but there’s something about his character that’s missing. He showed a bit more aggression here, but that won’t nearly be enough to salvage it.

– The backstage promo from NXT Women’s Champion Bayley/Carmella hyped the main event tag against Nia Jax/Eva Marie, with both of them seeking retribution, especially Carmella, who was humiliated by the heel duo on the biggest night of her life. Basically, Baymella was all business. Bayley also addressed Asuka coming for her Title with some logical fearfulness, not commenting further.

– In a different way to show a heel ambush, we saw the NXT Tag Team Champions Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson beat down Enzo Amore in front of the WWE Performance Center, with Colin Cassady quickly coming to his aid. The attack was shown via security footage from the Performance Center. We applaud the creativity.

– It;s a relief to know we won’t have to sit through much BullFit shenanigans past these coming weeks, but damn, there was no saving it here. The good thing was that Bull Dempsey was the subject of a beating by one Tommaso Ciampa, who showed more heelish tendencies mixed with his general quick speed and predator-like targeting of Dempsey’s shoulder and lower back. He also mocked Dempsey’s jumping jacks at various points and closed the door with his vicious armbar submission. At least Ciampa got to show off some here and perhaps that mean streak will start things for him.

– Joe’s backstage promo reacting to Regal’s announcement saw him in his usual overconfidence, saying that he was the sole reason NXT was the hottest brand ever since he arrived and felt biased against, needing “to jump through many ridiculous hoops” to get what he wanted, but now Zayn would suffer twice. Great stuff.

– Zayn’s backstage promo saw a more contemporary reaction to the news, putting over his own experience in best-two-out-of-three falls matches and his underdog fight as the keys to what’d make him the first two-time NXT Champion. Nice.

– The tag team main event of Eva/Jax and Bayley/Carmella was disappointing, but considering who was in this and that Bayley didn’t get much ring time, this was expected. Jax/Eva continue to only exploit each other’s weaknesses and don’t have the longevity factor to pull off a main event. The crowd doesn’t boo Eva because she’s a heel and has heat, it’s because she genuinely sucks in the ring. Look at her selling (or lack of) in this match if you need evidence. Sometimes we wonder why she’s involved in NXT to begin with. Ugh. Even worse, there was no escape from the heels winning, as Eva scored the pinfall over Carmella. We thought maybe there’d be a little dissension with the faces, but they avoided that tired scenario entirely. Would’ve been a bit more interesting than this though.

– We topped the show off with a huge announcement during the backstage segment with NXT Champion Finn Balor and Regal, as he announced that since Balor was making history approaching the longest reigning NXT Champion, he’d fight the guy who currently had the record, the one and only Neville. That match will already rule and the next two weeks are already loaded. This week’s show didn’t blow us away, but kept things moving.






Quick Results

  • American Alpha def. Blake/Murphy (w/Alexa Bliss) via pinfall
  • Apollo Crews def. Christopher Girard via pinfall
  • Tommaso Ciampa def. Bull Dempsey via submission
  • Eva Marie/Nia Jax def. Carmella/Bayley 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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