Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 8/17/16: Brooklyn Bound
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– With NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II just within reach on the calendar, it was one show left and it promised a face-to-face encounter between NXT Champion Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. How could you not get excited about that? On the surface though, we could tell it’d be one of those “special” episodes that served as a preview show to an extent.
– The Hideo Itami-Mustafa Ali match continued the trend of Itami’s return momentum, at the expense of the impressive former Cruiserweight Classic contender. Decent action on the side of Ali, who smack-talked Itami as “old news” and came off well enough, but you had to know this was all about Itami. Eventually, he finished him Ali with the running knees. Itami hasn’t seen an appearance on the TakeOver card and we wouldn’t expect that to change, but still a logical choice to showcase him here.
– The Bobby Roode hype video did its job in getting over his current “glorious” persona as that of someone set to bring NXT to the next global level with his designer suits and expensive taste. Of course, this was all to hype Roode’s match with Andrade “Cien” Almas at TakeOver, but it was well-covered. Roode looked every bit like the experienced veteran we know him to be. Yes, TNA does count as experience. On the plus side, his “glorious” theme song played out the clip.
– The backstage segment in General Manager William Regal’s office with him and Billie Kay set up her appearance on TakeOver, as we learned that she’d take on the debuting Ember Moon then. It all came from Kay as she bragged about her recent victories and SmackDown appearance as a reason to put her on TakeOver. Not sure what to make of it just yet, but perhaps it was to build her up to lose to Moon.
– Call it a treacherous task to debut three ladies in the same match, but they got it done with the Six-Woman Tag between Liv Morgan/Carmella/Nikki Glenncross and Alexa Bliss/Daria Berenato/Mandy Rose. We already knew Morgan/Carmella as the two charismatic Jersey blondes on the face side and Bliss on the heel’s, but this was about the new ladies. Glenncross probably put in the most memorable performance, as she was hyper throughout and wanted a good fight. She was hailed on commentary as an international talent (“Best In The Galaxy” to be exact) and it worked out for her. She almost reminds us of an early Becky Lynch in terms of appearance and in-ring habits. Still a long way to go for her, but this was a good introductory period. Berenato drew comparisons to Tamina with her braids and fierce stature, but she also looked decent in the contest. You could say she was a little rest-hold happy, but she’ll be great down the road. Rose had “Total Divas” and “Tough Enough” fame to latch onto and despite Corey Graves gushing over her every move, we still weren’t all too impressed. Put her in the Eva Marie folder? Possibly. The action was pleasant throughout as the vets carried the match to a nice end, as Carmella ended it with her Code Of Silence submission on Rose.
– We saw a preview of the final segment with Regal and Joe in the same room, as he made it known he had security there to keep it from being a “free-for-all.” Nice establishment.
– Another Moon hype video aired, nothing different from the others. Still sounds like some Soul Calibur ish.
– The sit-down interview segment with Byron Saxton, Joe and Nakamura left things off on a good note. On one hand, we didn’t discover anything new as far as the storyline of the feud and their tensions only boiled over again to near-physicality, but that was expected. The highlight was probably Joe’s heel logic-laden rant about how he had to jump through countless hoops to get a shot at the NXT Championship when Nakamura was just “handed one for beating a guy I beat twice.” He implied that Regal didn’t want him as Champion and even brought up that Regal consulted NXT Women’s Champion Asuka before he made the match with her and Bayley, but didn’t do the same with him. You could feel the rage and it made sense. All you can ask.
- Hideo Itami def. Mustafa Ali via pinfall
- Six-Woman Tag – Carmella/Nikki Glenncross/Liv Morgan def. Alexa Bliss/Mandy Rose/Daria Berenato via submission
Posted on September 27, 2016, in NXT, WWE and tagged Alexa Bliss, Billie Kay, Bobby Roode, Byron Saxton, Carmella, Corey Graves, Daria Berenato, Ember Moon, Hideo Itami, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Mustafa Ali, Nikki Glenncross, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, TakeOver: Brooklyn II, Tom Phillips, William Regal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.