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The SAWFT Factor

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Anthony Zevoteck

 

 

Anybody who religiously watches NXT should know the names Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady by heart.

Regarded by many as the brand’s most recognizable team, “Enzo and Big Cass” have both amazed and amused with a collection of excellent tag team skills, in-ring work and some of the most entertaining promos we’ve ever seen, spewing catchphrases like a modern-day New Age Outlaws.

With catchy, New Yorker-esque charismatic lines like “Bada boom, realest guys in the room!” and “You can’t teach that,” it didn’t take long for them to gain a massive fan following and since then, they’d been propelled to the NXT Tag Team Division’s frontline, involved in major storylines last year with a few Title shots thrown their way.

Despite that, they’ve yet to capture the brand’s most coveted tag prize and that’s surprising to NXT fans, who’ve been patiently waiting for Team SAWFT to get their Championship time.

Recent NXT TV tells us the signs are pointing to Enzo/Cass challenging current Champions Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder in the near future, maybe during NXT: TakeOver: Dallas during WrestleMania weekend.

They’re due their run and NXT Creative needs to make this happen before a main roster call-up.

However, if they lose this next Title shot, what’s next for them?

Surely, many fans want to see them compete on the main roster amongst the likes of WWE World Tag Team Champions, The New Day, Lucha Dragons and The Usos, but we wonder if that’s the best course of action right now.

The main roster comes with perks like national TV exposure and more money, but with NXT regarded as wrestling’s hottest brand, they can afford to stay behind and help build NXT’s “boom period.” What this also does is help them further establish teams that’ll eventually take their place.

Since they’ve yet to win gold on NXT, why call them up? Until they get the chance to carry the NXT Tag Division on their backs, it’s not time. They have a swarm of fan support, but seemingly not that of the folks behind the scenes enough to give them the belts.

The NXT Tag Division has suddenly been revived with believable newcomers like Dash/Dawson, The Vaudevillains, Blake/Murphy and American Alpha, making it much an even playing field. You’re telling us you wouldn’t want to see an American Alpha-Team SAWFT feud?

Don’t get it wrong, Enzo/Cass should see the main roster this year, just not now.

Since last year’s post-SummerSlam Raw had a good share of surprises, why not do a similar angle where the current Tag Champs (maybe New Day at this rate) brag about their latest victory, only for Enzo/Cass to step out and give the promo of their life? Since the show’s slated to be in Brooklyn, NY once again and based off the reaction they had last time in BK, it sets up a moment that’ll be sure to cement their careers for the better.

Perhaps they’re holding off on the call-up until Enzo/Cass’ manager, Carmella (Cassady’s real-life girlfriend) has a chance to get a push of her own, currently happening since she’s #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship. It’d be wise to allow her to continue blossoming into a serious in-ring threat, this way once Team SAWFT gets called up, they can brandish a Tag Title reign and be more “over.”

Every dog gets their day and we’re almost sure these Tristate dogs will get theirs, but for now, let’s enjoy NXT while it’s still SAWFT, eh?

Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/27/16: Remnants Of An Unclear Future

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 1/27/16)

Remnants Of An Unclear Future

– American Alpha (Jason Jordan/Chad Gable) continue to kill it right now and can easily be regarded as the NXT Tag Team Division’s hottest commodity. Their “onwards and upwards” push continued this week when they took on the former Tag Champs, Blake/Murphy in an opening contest that revolved around the quick-paced, excitable offense of AA, meshed with occasional dastardly doings by the heels to get ahead. The storyline reason for the match was AA eager to continue to prove themselves by showing that even though they weren’t in the category for “Best Tag Team Of 2015,” they could still beat one of those teams were nominated. Between Gable’s amateur background and innovative, flexible offense and Jordan’s suplex prowess, the sky’s the limit. We particularly liked how the hot tag quickly transitioned into their Grand Amplitude finisher.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/20/16: Set To Battle

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 1/20/16)

Set To Battle 

– This wasn’t a newsworthy edition of NXT by any means, but this was cleverly booked “placeholder” TV. The idea was to set things up for future storylines – Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn will battle next week for the #1 Contender spot for the NXT Championship, a claim all three want as their own. Much of this episode was dedicated to showcasing the three men each doing what they do best – wrestling. On the other side of the coin, we saw Carmella get further established and Apollo Crews pick up some unfinished business.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/23/15: Seven Months In The Making

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 12/23/15)

Seven Months In The Making

– The opening video highlighted NXT TakeOver: London – no belts changing hands on this night, but still an extraordinary effort with shiny spots and an awesome crowd all night long. This edition of NXT would give us more of that eccentric crowd thankfully.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/9/15: Full Sailing To London

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 12/9/15)

Full Sailing To London

– Ah, NXT: the one WWE show you can watch lately without getting your intelligence insulted. Feels refreshing. With this the go-home show for NXT TakeOver: London, it was clear the agenda was to give some finishing touches to that card and there was evidence of that from top to bottom. The first match pitted Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady against Corey Hollis/John Skyler, with the usual fun-loving faces in a mood for absolute retribution. They skipped their SAWFT routine and went straight to business, with an amped up demeanor. Cassady’s facial expressions were perfect and Amore even impressed with his hard strikes, ending the bout with their classic Rocket Launcher finisher. The post-match promo was the real money, as they made it clear that the NXT Tag Team Champions Dash Wilder/Scott Dawson tried to end their careers and they had waited too long for their shot to miss it. The lesson – don’t mess with Enzo’s family. Cassady brought perfect rage at the end, as his face was practically about to explode with it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/18/15: A Lesson In Respect

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 11/18/15)

A Lesson In Respect 

– The Carmella-Nia Jax match was about Jax having her most tested opponent to date and seeing how she’d fare out. Carmella had the crowd’s support and mounted some offense, but the end result was the same. Didn’t do much to convince us that Jax has more depth than what we’ve already seen.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/11/15: Choices And Actions

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 11/11/15)

Choices And Actions

– Coming off the heels of Samoa Joe’s turn (see what we did there?) on NXT Champion Finn Balor last week after Baron Corbin interrupted an NXT Championship match between Balor and Apollo Crews to attack Crews, we had plenty of questions and the ultimate one would be answered: Why, Joe, Why?

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/28/15: Ready, Willing And Gable

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 10/28/15)

Ready, Willing And Gable 

– The Emma-Shazza match was obviously an enhancement contest to build up “Evil Emma” for when she gets her turn at facing the Japanese wrestling powerhouse Asuka, who already barreled through her best friend Dana Brooke at NXT TakeOver: Respect. Loved how Emma was uber-aggresive throughout, looking as vicious as you’d expect. Shazza definitely made an impression with her ring work, which was decent at best, but what on earth kind of ring name is Shazza? Sounds more like an onompaoepia than a convincing name. Her ring attire also screamed “medieval times.” For you gamers, think of Cassandra from the Soul Calibur fighting series. The submission finish was as polished as could be, as Shazza gave some bloodcurdling screams when she was caught in the Emma Lock to end it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/21/15: Sorry About Your Damn Luck

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 10/21/15)

Sorry About Your Damn Luck

– The opening video highlighted last week’s NXT Championship Number-One Contender Battle Royale where Apollo Crews emerged victorious, also showing us how Baron Corbin eliminated his former Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament partner Rhyno, and when Tyler Breeze eliminated the guy who eliminated him, Samoa Joe. As we saw on this episode, Crews, Corbin, Rhyno, Joe and Breeze played crucial roles.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 10/14/15: Here To Be A Champion

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 10/14/15)

Here To Be A Champion

– The opening video was your classic “slow-mo highlight reel” of NXT TakeOver: Respect, showcasing NXT Champion Finn Balor/Samoa Joe winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament and the impeccable 30-minute Iron Man match between Sasha Banks and NXT Women’s Champion Bayley. If you haven’t seen this show yet, do yourself a favor: watch it.

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