Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 4/13/16: The Perfect 10 Meets An 11

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 4/13/16)

The Perfect 10 Meets An 11

– General Manager William Regal’s promo set the tone for the show, as he announced key moments like Tommaso Ciampa/Johnny Gargano vs. The Vaudevillains, an appearance from Bayley and of course, the NXT TV debut of Shinsuke Nakamura. Should be an entertaining hour.

– Coming off a win against Baron Corbin at TakeOver: Dallas, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” aka Austin Aries was in “showcase mode” against “The Curse Of Greatness” aka Angelo Dawkins. Yeah, that’ll catch on quick with Dawkins’ airbrushed t-shirt and double headbands. The charisma effort was there, but maybe this was the start of something new with him. He’s been in NXT for the longest time. Usually, you go from loser to victor after a while, but nothing new from Dawkins besides the new accessories and nickname. Aries showed off his athleticism and mixed it with his semi-narcisstic confidence for a victorious combination.

– After losing his second chance at Finn Balor’s NXT Championship, Samoa Joe remains driven to somehow uncrown him. His backstage promo established that nothing was “next” for him and that he’d eventually accomplish his goal, giving fair warning to one Apollo crews, as the two would battle the following week. Good intensity as per the usual Joe promo.

– Hispanic Fandango debuts the following week? Oh gosh.

– We’ve covered Tessa Blanchard on previous posts for a different company… (cough, Pro Wrestling Syndicate, cough) but it was cool to see her make it to NXT. Given her namesake, it seemed like a no-brainer eventually and commentary wasted no time saying her last name to the audience, but unfortunately, this Blanchard wasn’t set for victory, but rather as enhancement talent for one Alexa Bliss sans Blake/Murphy. Bliss has some fire and although Blanchard got in her face a few times, it wasn’t enough to overcome that dastardly Bliss in what we could assume was a bout to build her up as a possible contender for NXT Women’s Champion Asuka. Also liked the little things like Bliss demanding her hand get raised three times after her victory.

– If they were setting the stage for a Balor-Nakamura Title feud, they wasted no time teasing our pallets with it from Balor’s backstage promo. He prided himself as a fighting Champion ready for any challenge, also building up Nakamura as someone “here for one thing.”

– The Gargano/Ciampa-Vaudevillains match was certainly unique on paper, but it never truly kicked into second gear beyond the purpose of throwing Gargano/Ciampa out there as possible contenders for new NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha down the road. Ciampa’s match-ending armbar looked particularly vicious. Meanwhile, we assumed that The Vaudevillains would go on to some moderate success in the WWE World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament.

– Undoubtedly, the highlight of the show was Dillinger’s hilarious backstage promo, as he sounded delusional enough to make you believe he actually had a chance against Nakamura. He shows bits of brilliance and he certainly was on here. Also liked the finishing touch of him giving the interviewer a “Three” card.

– After winning the 2016 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale, Corbin appears to be onto bigger and better things, but that didn’t come without a pit stop at NXT to take out more competition, this time in the way of big man Tucker Knight. Ironically, it helped gear him up for Raw and SmackDown without actually appearing on those shows so far during the week. It also effectively helped him shake off the loss to Aries at TakeOver.

– It appears before Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady get full-time main roster treatment, they’ll have one last NXT battle in the form of American Alpha. Their interaction in the arena where AA won the Tag Titles was good for what it was, as it appears to be four guys in competitive nature see who wins when they finally face off. We so approve.

– The Bayley-Liv Morgan match worked in terms of showing Bayley bouncing back from losing against Asuka, while still keeping her huggable charm. She was the most over person on the show by far to this point. Morgan was still green, but Bayley did right by her and it served its purpose well. Her post-match promo was also well-done, showing that she lost to the better woman that night, but didn’t want sorrow, because she’d be a Champion again. Good stuff.

– The main event with Nakamura and Dillinger was good, but beyond the light-hearted comedy and crowd chants, nothing much to remember. Nakamura’s entrance and music looks epic by usual standards and it’s hard not to buy into his charming charisma to say the least. Dillinger also surpassingly hung in there with him until towards the end when he was annihilated with an array of strikes and blasts. Kinshasa was all Nakamura needed and the “11” (as chanted by the crowd) reigned supreme. Solid TV debut for Nakamura, as he ascends towards what we assume will be the NXT Championship before long. What else would you do with him?






Quick Results

  • Austin Aries def. Angelo Dawkins via pinfall
  • Alexa Bliss def. Tessa Blanchard via pinfall
  • Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa def. The Vaudevillains via submission
  • Baron Corbin def. Tucker Knight via pinfall
  • Bayley def. Liv Morgan via pinfall
  • Shinsuke Nakamura 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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