Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/2/16: Bruised And Scarred

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 11/2/16)

Bruised And Scarred 

– To our delight (on the surface), this episode completely revolved around the Quarterfinal Round of the Second Annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament. For a nice touch, three of these four matches came from a live San Jose event for a unique experience. The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Quarterfinal match between Austin Aries/Roderick Strong and TM61 took a sucky situation with Aries’ broken eye bone injury (as he revealed in a promo where he took off sunglasses to reveal it while in street clothes and managed to get heat on himself as he unconvincingly tried to get over how bad he wanted to compete) and with NXT General Manager William Regal’s help, turned it into a Strong-Shane Thorne match to determine which team would advance. There was a good dynamic between the two, as Strong used speed and strength to dominate early on. Sick spot where he dropped Thorne in the corner from the top rope, a la WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte and Sasha Banks at SummerSlam. Back and forth stuff, as Thorne hit a double foot stomp in the corner like Alberto Del Rio, which spawned “Si!” chants. Strong laid into Thorne with a swift array of maneuvers, but it only led to a near-fall. Strong also kicked out of the Falcon Arrow. The finish was well-done, as we saw Aries’ attempt to distract the Referee fail to get Strong the win, as Strong got rolled up in a quick pin shortly after to eliminate him/Aries from the tourney. This decision made sense, since we got to see Strong do his thing in the ring (will always be the best thing to do with him, still haven’t even gotten a promo yet) and TM61 has more to gain out of the Dusty Classic than Aries/Strong at this point.

– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Quarterfinal match between #DIY and NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival was set up more as a segment, but it slightly disappointed us. This was basically Revival forfeiting because of a “serious knee injury” attained by Scott Dawson, who cut a promo on the whole thing. It was good how commentary played up how uncharacteristic it was for Revival to back out of a fight, yet sold fear of possible vulnerability and made it clear they didn’t want their Tag Title reign jeopardized by #DIY again. With a bye into the next round, it’d be cool to see what was next for #DIY. We can’t help but wonder a rematch between those two teams will happen, perhaps sooner than we think.

– Cedric Alexander’s backstage promo helped advance his feud with Andrade “Cien” Almas, as he thanked him for “showing him the light” as he realized that happiness just to be in NXT was no longer enough. He now had a purpose. These two will tear the house down, probably at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.

– A hype video aired for “The Return.” Curious who it could be. Maybe Finn Balor?

– The backstage promo from #DIY recorded their reaction to Revival’s forfeit and they weren’t surprised, as they expressed that their goal was to first win the Dusty Classic and then take the NXT Tag Team Championships after. Oh, it’s so close.

– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Quarterfinal match between Rich Swann/No Way Jose and The Authors Of Pain was a justifiable glorified squash on paper, but allowed AOP to hang with more… believable competition. A big reaction for Jose/Swann from the San Jose faithful and we got some hope spots from the faces, particularly when Jose leaped off the top rope onto AOP below to bring them off their feet for the first time ever. Even Paul Ellering got physically involved for the first time. A nice near-fall for the faces as Jose hit a TKO, but after that, it was clear their steam had run out. The Last Chapter wiped out Jose and AOP advanced. We figured that was coming.

– The Mickie James hype video did a good job as it showed us clips of her past matches with Trish Stratus and Lita to name some people. Since she’ll be the next challenger for NXT Women’s Champion Asuka at Toronto, it made all the sense in the world to reintroduce us to her and showcase her credibility to the masses.

– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Quarterfinal match between TJ Perkins/Kota Ibushi and Alexander Wolfe/Sawyer Fulton also followed the direction of the previous match – athletic, charismatic babyfaces against unhinged powerhouse heels. It also helped that it could’ve gone either way on paper. To add to Sanity’s “chaotic” behavior, Wolfe bit on the tag rope while on the apron, as Nikki Cross/Eric Young made their presence known from outside. The heels extensively worked over TJP’s back, which eventually transitioned into a hot tag to Ibushi. He hit the Golden Star Powerbomb on Wolfe, but Cross/Young distracted the Referee to cost him the pinfall. At that point, the result was clear when Fulton/Wolfe hit their double-team finisher to get the pin and move on in the tourney. TJP/Ibushi were a fun duo for a little run there, but again, with another new heel team to get over, the tourney provides the perfect platform to do so.






Quick Results

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament – Quarterfinal – Winner’s Team Advances – Shane Thorne (w/Nick Miller) def. Roderick Strong (w/Austin Aries ) via pinfall to advance 
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament  – Quarterfinal – #DIY def. The Revival via forfeit to advance 
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament – The Authors Of Pain (w/Paul Ellering) def. No Way Jose/Rich Swann via pinfall to advance 
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament – Alexander Wolfe/Sawyer Fulton (w/Eric Young, Nikki Cross) def. TJ Perkins/Kota Ibushi via pinfall to advance 

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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