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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 7/15/15: Ladies Show How It’s Done

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 7/15/15)

Ladies Show How It’s Done 

– For what it’s worth, this episode of NXT had its share of new blood, old faces and a sense that a “new era” was indeed upon us. We had a little bit of everything here and maybe it’s an awesome thing that the NXT Divas can main event a show and it doesn’t feel like “big news” but rather the norm. The rematch between NXT Divas Champion Sasha Banks and Charlotte had a big amount of hype the week before when the challenger agreed to team up with the Champion to fight Emma/Dana Brooke for the favor of a Title match. The other half of the hype came in the fact that everybody pretty knew this would be quality from the bouts we’ve seen before and the timing couldn’t be better what with the Divas segment from Raw. Not to mention with the main roster transition, this was probably the last time we’d see a one-on-one match between these two on NXT.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/17/15: Summer Brawlin’

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(Aired 6/17/15)

Summer Brawlin’

– That Dusty Rhodes tribute video seems to get better and better every time it’s shown.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/3/15: Too SAWFT For The BAMF

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 6/3/15)

Too SAWFT For The BAMF

– Rightfully so, the opening video highlighted NXT Champion Kevin Owens’ stellar match with United States Champion John Cena at Elimination Chamber. Disappointingly so, besides the mention of Owens’ NXT Championship open challenge on Smackdown, he was nowhere found on the show he currently represents. Hell, even a backstage promo would suffice.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/27/15: Solomon Eats Crowe

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(Aired 5/27/15)

Solomon Eats Crowe 

– WWE’s utterly slick video production made TakeOver: Unstoppable look like even more of a spectacle than it was; showcasing the athleticism, excitement and unpredictability. Loved the slow-motion capture here.

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NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable Reaction

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Courtesy of WWE

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

So, this is just the week that keeps on giving and giving, huh?

The internet has practically broken itself three times in the span of four days.

First, The Shield reunited for a good 45 seconds with a Triple Powerbomb at WWE Payback. Then, NXT Champion Kevin Owens came out on Raw and dropped John Cena on his head after a memorable promo exchange.

Now, Samoa Joe makes his NXT debut in a standoff with Owens at the conclusion of TakeOver: Unstoppable, a show that was already delivering on all fronts with yet another excellent effort.

With Joe recently taking independent bookings, the sight of him in NXT also fell on the rumor mill, but seeing it for ourselves was almost like the heyday of WCW’s rise in the 90’s when main eventers jumped ship.

Coinciding on a day where TNA reportedly was cancelled by Destination America (still not officially confirmed), it only made sense one of its former top stars (and original Beat Down Clan member as recent as March) came to “the place to be.”

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/13/15: Over The Shoulder

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(Aired 5/13/15)

Over The Shoulder

– The opening video did a good job of making Sami Zayn’s main roster debut come across as a big, breakthrough moment for the former NXT World Heavyweight Champion in his hometown, taking John Cena to the limit in the United States Championship Open Challenge. Smartly emphasized here was his will to fight through the sudden shoulder injury and made his health status a hook for the episode.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/6/15: Stamp Of Approval

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(Aired 5/6/15)

Stamp Of Approval 

– Good to see Emma trolling the crowd this time around, donning Bayley’s t-shirt and headband. The match between her and Charlotte was good for what it was. A lot of attention was focused on Emma’s newer aggressive style – more rough and gritty. Of course, that was all kind of done away as Charlotte finished her off with a Natural Selection, albeit on one leg. Bayley coming out to turn a hug for Emma into a Bayley-To-Belly was a nice change of pace, though it came off a bit heelish, but the crowd was fully behind her, so it was good.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 4/29/15: Kevin Owens Is Not Impressed

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(Aired 4/29/15)

Kevin Owens Is Not Impressed

– The opening video looked back at last week’s Kevin Owens-Alex Riley rematch, as Owens owned Riley yet again, doing everything except the Apron Powerbomb as Sami Zayn saved Riley, as the two rivals brawled, going back to interview sound bites from the two guys. This made Zayn-Owens feel like the big deal it is.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 4/1/15: (Selfie) Stick It Out

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(Aired 4/1/15)

(Selfie) Stick It Out

– What perfect timing to bring Sami Zayn back into the mix – “fresh” in mind and eager to get back to competition. The former NXT World Heavyweight Champion addressed in his promo exactly what he needed to and vowed to get back from Kevin Owens what once was his. The crowd was firmly behind him, so the time off hasn’t affected his “overness.” The question is when will the rematch clause take place? Next TakeOver event?

– Rhyno – after a few weeks off the show – also re-emerged with a huge presence on this episode. He squashed a jobber and made a necessary claim to call out the rest of the NXT roster – Finn Balor, Zayn and Owens particularly – promising to become the next NXT World Heavyweight Champion. Two segments in and Owens has some more competition lined up, huh?

– Yet another Dana Brooke vignette that had her talking about her “perfect figure.” Cocky bodybuilder gimmick, for sure. Let’s see what she’s got.

– Showing highlights of the Owens-Balor NXT World Title match last week was a good way to set up Owens’ postmatch comments, which had him panting through deep breaths that he was better than everyone and the Title was still his and nobody else’s. Par for the course of what we’ve seen from him, but it works so well for him.

– The Bayley-Emma match had a decent backstory to it, but if we’re going to take Emma seriously as a heel, why is she still doing the ridiculous dancing? And what the hell is commentary saying she’s “making fun of herself” to progress her character? What the hell does that even mean? The “Bayley’s gonna hug you” chant was funny from the crowd. It’s just a little confusing though. Does Emma hate Bayley or is she rooting for her? It’s like she’s two different people. She should just stick with her newfound cocky heel side. Bayley getting the surprise pin was a decent finish, but where does this lead? The postmatch interaction needed an attack by Emma, but it never happened and left viewers likely disappointed.

– The Becky Lynch backstage promo was her complaining about not getting a title shot, which was all well and good, as it helped established that she was all on her own now. Her “N-Becks-T” comment was an okay, though corny way to put it.

– The Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy-Lucha Dragons match was good in the way the two teams’ styles meshed together well, and Lucha Dragons sort of had an out with losing by dirty tactics from the Tag gold-sporting heels, but did we need to see the team that just had a successful Raw debut lose here on NXT? It was tricky here, being that Blake/Murphy are on a push too, but with their conflicts with Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady, why not have them interfere and cause them to lose the match? Would’ve been a better outcome, quite frankly.

– Perhaps a possible number one contender’s match between Rhyno and Zayn is certain down the road, telling by their backstage interaction. Rhyno in NXT is no pushover and needs to be presented that way.

– The Solomon Crowe hype video was short, to-the-point and the broadcast team actually acknowledged it. Who knew?

– The Tye Dillinger-Jason Jordan match was a squash in Jordan’s favor, who emphasized his amateur background with some tough takedowns, but it’s hard to see any depth to Jordan’s character at the moment. He came off as a cocky heel from his yelling, but he didn’t play the crowd too much. Dillinger mounted some offense, but this was mostly Jordan. A step in the right direction for him if anything.

– The hype video for the Hideo Itami-Tyler Breeze feud was quite solid in explaining their progress and showcasing their athletic affairs and ambush-style beatdowns.

– The 2-out-of-3 falls match between Itami and Breeze had a decent quick first fall with Itami getting the nod, and Breeze’s second fall victory had him outsmart Itami by playing possum. Can’t help but feel this match was being rushed in a sense. The third and final fall was the usual sleek exchange of near-falls, kicks and flips that we’re used to from the two. Very good action that appeared to set up a win by Itami perhaps using the TKO, but Breeze went over here and that shows a good sign for the New Age Narcissist with a main roster call-up supposedly in Itami’s future. Breeze could use this rub to move on to bigger opponents. We know he’s got the look and the gimmick – let’s see him take it up a notch with someone else.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Rhyno def. Unnamed Jobber via pinfall

– Bayley def. Emma via pinfall

– Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy def. The Lucha Dragons via pinfall

– Jason Jordan def. Tye Dillinger via pinfall

– Two-Out-Of-Three Falls – Tyler Breeze def. Hideo Itami two falls to one 

Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 3/25/15: Battle Without A Demon

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(Aired 3/25/15)

Battle Without A Demon

– The opening video solidly put over the success of NXT’s first-ever road trip to Ohio, with highlights from all the matches and happenings, setting up what we’d see here on this show.

– The NXT Divas Championship match between Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks was a fair follow-up to last week’s match. It’s hard to get behind somebody like Bliss. While she has the look of a wrestler and the blue/blonde hair color combo is unique, her skills are still muddy and need improvement, as the difference between her and Banks in the ring is almost scary. Bliss did pull off a cool flip powerbomb spot for a decent near fall and we’ll give her an honorable mention for that, but we knew going in that Banks was likely going to win this. The story was getting Bliss to the Championship match and now that she lost decisively, who’s next for Banks? Nobody else has really risen up to a Championship shot recently.

– There was excellent hype for the Kevin Owens-Finn Balor NXT World Heavyweight Championship match. Having Owens and Balor cut backstage promos on each other followed by hype videos for each guy throughout the show was smart. It showed the stark difference between the two men: Balor was hungry for a chance and sought to solidify his rise in NXT, even claiming he didn’t need to dress like a demon to do so, while Owens was confident in that he’d destroy Balor like everyone else he had barreled through, as nobody would get in the way of him, his championship or his family. Brilliant, simple storytelling time and time again, which makes NXT a wrestling highlight of the week.

– The Bayley-Emma backstage segment did one simple thing: it made further enemies out of Bayley and Emma, with the story of Emma trying to guide Bayley to her more aggressive side. As for who they’ll push out of this remains to be seen, but we might guess it could be Bayley, as she’ll likely pull off her “aggressive” side on Emma to get to a shot at Banks in the near future.

– We already know next week’s show looks decent with a two-out-of-three-falls match between Tyler Breeze and Hideo Itami, as their backstage segment set up. Itami didn’t exactly deliver his lines with passion, but it was understandable and he made the best of it. Breeze on the other hand – holds enough charisma to fill for both himself and Itami.

– Dana Brooke continues to look like an interesting character. The question is when will she debut and what kind of role will she play? She sort of comes off as an overconfident bodybuilder.

– So it seems that Carmella may soon dump her SAWFT-mates in Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady to get with Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy. It could make for an interesting switch and the Amore/Cassady team wouldn’t lose any of their popularity, so why not go for it? Having Blake/Murphy do something like buy Carmella jewelry was a good place to start.

– The NXT World Title match between Balor and Owens was an excellent bout, with the continued story of Owens being obsessed with the Championship and doing anything to keep it. It was the equivalent of Balor taking on a freight train and he still put up his best fight, with it coming pretty close to a win on his end, but it was only a matter of time until Owens’ powerbomb ended it all. Owens targeting Balor’s knee was excellent technical work and while he broke him down, he didn’t do enough where he could be sidelined, but nevertheless, Owens has been built up extremely well in this time and you have to wonder just who’ll take him down.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– NXT Divas Championship – Sasha Banks (Champion) def. Alexa Bliss via submission to retain

– NXT World Heavyweight Championship – Kevin Owens (Champion) def. Finn Balor to retain