Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 4/20/16: Killing For Gold

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 4/20/16)

Killing For Gold 

– With some decent hype, we actually looked forward to seeing what NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha could do in the ring against NXT’s most popular team in Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady. The Enzo/Cass pre-match promo did their usual thing (over as always) and didn’t insult their opponents, but rather built them up for the occasion. Some pretty mat work by Chad Gable early on, while Enzo’s left shoulder remained a prominent target. Most of the match’s action was billed on it being “respectful competition” and as it progressed, it got better. We liked how the finish showed Cassady “taking the bullet” for Enzo and driven out of the match, only for Enzo to get caught in Grand Amplitude and left solo. Also liked the little touch of Jason Jordan pulling his straps down to pull them up and back down again to get a better crowd reaction. AA win and their first match as Champions had them on a continued winning streak.

– Apollo Crews’ backstage promo showed a reserved, yet somewhat angry demeanor as he put over his fellow main event opponent in Samoa Joe, but was eager to show what he could do. If only Crews’ main roster character wasn’t so happy and one-dimensional.

– No Way Jose has one of those “Only in NXT” gimmicks but it was essentially an afro-haired Dominican guy dressed in white including a two-step in every squared circle move. His debut against Alexander Wolfe (typical angry foreigner from Germany) saw him get the crowd on his side, which was at least good to see, but his in-ring work wasn’t spectacular by any means. He had some charisma and a catchy theme song as the crowd chanted it as well as “Jose” in the style of “iOle!” but that was about it. He comes off as green and his finisher (essentially a standing Superman Punch) could use some reworking. Not an awful debut, as we’ll give him a few more matches before deciding the character’s longevity.

– Austin Aries’ backstage promo expressed his thoughts on Baron Corbin calling his TakeOver: Dallas victory “lucky,” as Aries didn’t need things like luck when he was in the ring and he sent a message to everyone that he wasn’t a hard man to find. Liked the little line about him being the only man at the “A-Double Level.” He delved further into tweener territory and perhaps a rematch with Corbin is in the cards.

– The backstage segment with Elias Samson and General Manager William Regal was good in terms of hyping next week’s Samson-Shinsuke Nakamura match. The storyline reason was Regal listening to Samson’s guitar songs and realizing he wanted opportunities and thus, gave him one. Samson hitting a flat note on his guitar told you all you needed to know.

– The Nia Jax-Deonna Purrazzo match was flat and uneventful as far as it being another Jax squash. Not sure what Jax’s character direction and this didn’t make us care where she goes. She should be improving, but how could we know with one-minute bouts like that?

– Next week would feature NXT Women’s Champion Asuka taking on Eva Marie, as Bayley shared her thoughts on the bout in a backstage promo, putting Asuka over as a dangerous competitor and not to count Eva out ever. The key line was that wherever the NXT Women’s Championship was, she’d be watching.

– The Joe-Crews main event was good on paper, but not for this environment. This crowd was flat and didn’t help maters. There were points where you could hear complete silence. Scary. Granted, it wasn’t like the action was can’t-miss, but given that these two could go when pushed, we expected better. The story remained that despite losing twice to NXT Champion Finn Balor, Joe still had his eye on the Title at all costs, basically taking everything Crews shelled out and overpowering him with the Coquina Clutch to end it. Given later developments, it made sense, but we were sure they were setting up Balor-Joe III for TV.






Quick Results

  • American Alpha def. Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady via pinfall
  • No Way Jose def. Alexander Wolfe via pinfall
  • Nia Jax def. Deonna Purrazzo via pinfall
  • Samoa Joe def. Apollo Crews via submission 

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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