Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 9/28/16: The Glorious 10 Is Born

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 9/28/16)

The Glorious 10 Is Born 

– It’s an incredible thing that the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament was already back in its second edition. We began with a promo from NXT General Manager William Regal in an empty arena as he broke down the news that 16 teams would face off in single elimination rounds and it’d all start next week. Such a great way to enhance the TV episodes and is a smart move all around.

– The rise of “The Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger continued as he made easy work of Angelo Dawkins, though the latter continue to sizzle up his personality, but is dead in the water as far as his card status. The commentary team called it a “renewed confidence” for Dillinger and it made sense. Had some comedic moments as they traded “mixing the bowl” gestures, but it wasn’t long before Dillinger hit the Tye Breaker to end it. We also liked that Commentator Corey Graves remained critical of Dillinger, as he refused to call him a 10. The post-match promo by Bobby Roode saw him pitch the idea of the two as a team in the Dusty Classic, which the crowd undoubtedly loved. It’s a smart way to get both guys over fast. They were already halfway there. Of course, who’s to say this wasn’t Roode suckering Dillinger in for an evil scheme? We’ll keep our guards down. Interesting to note how Roode brought up to Dillinger his close relationship to Dusty. The Glorious 10 was then born when Dillinger accepted. Big pop.

– Hideo Itami remained entangled with a feud with Austin Aries over the deep subject of human cowardice. Itami spoke about his match with Lince Dorado that’d main event the show. He teased the idea of putting Aries to sleep later and called him a coward again.

– After Samoa Joe threatened Regal last week to give in to his demands to face NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura despite the extensive injuries that sidelined the Champ for weeks or hand him the Title, we saw the consequences of what happens when Joe invades NXT. What looked to be a squash bout for the NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival and the debuting Ealy Twins turned into an angle for Joe to demolish the newcomers (Revival retreated up the ramp) before we saw Joe deliver Senton soup to the poor souls. He blamed it on Regal for not making a decision soon enough and teased until he would, the whole roster was on notice. It certainly took us by surprise. Joe has been awesome in his NXT run. A true threatening bad-ass.

– Dan Matha looks like a Ryback copycat, but that remains to be seen. His debut was hyped for next week. Oh joy.

– With the NXT Women’s Division nearly dead, we saw some hope in the form of Mandy Rose and Ember Moon. The two clashed in the ring, as we knew already this would be a designed buffer to keep the mysterious Moon undefeated as she unleashed more of her aerial-friendly repertoire. At the same time, Rose shined with some stiff spots like the forearm that knocked Moon to the canvas. She also hit a tilt-a-whirl head scissors takedown for a good near-fall. It didn’t take long before Moon recovered enough to set Rose up for her corkscrew stunner finisher from the top rope. Can they give it a name already? We’d suggest The Eclipse. It just fits.

– The backstage promo from Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa talked about their long-term goals that started with winning the Dusty Classic (they also reminded us that they got their NXT start in the Tourney last year), beating The Revival and getting the Tag Titles. They looked confident and it was nice to see Ciampa carry most of the promo load there.

– Another Sanity hype video aired. Still no further information on the group.

– The Authors Of Pain continued their rampage in entertaining fashion against Jonathan Cruz/Mr. 450. Most jobber names ever. Anyways, a cool highlight was Cruz getting picked up, hoisted in the air and dropped all the way to the floor below. That pretty much transitioned into their double-team finisher and it was all she wrote for the rookies. Paul Ellering cut his first lengthy promo, but didn’t deliver anything of particular substance, just promised “a plethora of pain.” Not for nothing, the commentary team didn’t explain why Ellering was such a bad dude. They said he was scary, but we’re left to wonder what he brings to wrestling these days.

– The backstage segment with Regal, Blake and Murphy set up some more Dusty Classic stuff, as we were surprised to see the Aussie duo back together again, but that quickly vanished once they bickered enough times for Regal to send them away. We also learned that Regal didn’t have an update on Nakamura at this time. Let the Joe attacks continue. He might even rampage during a Dusty Classic match. Oh, the heat that’d generate.

– It was nice to see Liv Morgan get built up to a degree, until we saw her call out NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, which meant an instant squash. It was time for the match – Morgan shoved the Champ, but that was about all her offense before “The Empress Of Tomorrow” unleashed a fury and made Morgan tap out to an armbar submission in record time. Her post-match promo that claimed nobody was ready for her was a haunting truth. The fans chanted for Moon, but we know that’s something they’ll save down the road.

– The Itami-Dorado main event was good for an NXT episode, but wasn’t anything special sadly enough. Dorado at least got the gift of double exposure since he was also on Raw two nights before, but he didn’t show off much besides that fancy moonsault from the top rope. This was more about Itami remaining undefeated since his return. Dorado missed a shooting star press, which set up Itami’s finishing sequence that ended with the Go To Sleep. The post-match angle with the Aries sneak attack/retreat was solid since we saw the heel get the better of the exchange this time. We think they’ll go back and forth for some weeks now.






Quick Results

  • Tye Dillinger def. Angelo Dawkins via pinfall 
  • Ember Moon def. Mandy Rose via pinfall 
  • The Authors Of Pain (w/Paul Ellering) def. Jonathan Cruz/Mr. 450 via pinfall 
  • Asuka def. Liv Morgan via submission 
  • Hideo Itami def. Lince Dorado 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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