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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/24/16: New Personas

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 2/24/16)

New Personas 

– American Alpha continue their “onward and upwards” push, this time outlasting the former NXT Tag Team Champions in Blake/Murphy after 10 minutes. AA were their usual dose of suplex and amateur-esque finesse, while Blake/Murphy provided decent foils. The main story (like with most AA matches) was Chad Gable selling hard for the hot tag, having it pulled away from him numerous times before finally getting it, and then Jason Jordan takes over the final minutes, culminating in Grand Amplitude.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 2/3/16: Proving Ground

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 2/3/16)

Proving Ground

– This was one of those “in-between” episodes that focused on particular talent while setting things up for future episodes amid squash matches. The show’s key contest was the non-Title rematch between NXT Champion Finn Balor and Apollo Crews, which looked to continue where the first one left off before getting unceremoniously interrupted by Baron Corbin.

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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 1/20/16: 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 1/13/16: Fabulously Over-The-Top

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 1/13/16)

Fabulously Over-The-Top

– 2015 was the year where NXT officially broke into mainstream as wrestling’s hottest promotion/brand and it has been a “back-to-basics” style of booking mixed with Triple H’s resilient ways of scouting the indies and bringing in popular talent that has done the job. 2015 saw plenty of this and it’s paying off in 2016.

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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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WWE NXT TakeOver: London Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Professional wrestling fans are often vocal and boisterous, but when it comes to professional wrestling fans in the United Kingdom, they simply reach a different level.

The UK faithful have something to do with the loud crowds of WrestleMania and Post-WrestleMania Raws in the last few years and it looks to be a trend for the future.

Taking what has made NXT a brilliant concept (new faces, established stars and exciting storylines) and bringing it to places never imagined before (London, Brooklyn, etc.) has only strengthened it as a brand almost reminiscent of its own wrestling promotion.

In retrospect, TakeOver: London was like an Oreo cookie – chocolatey goodness top and bottom, some vanilla in the middle, but not enough to shake the excellent overall taste.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 12/2/15: Squash Olympics

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 12/2/15)

Squash Olympics

– In the first of many squash matches to build up key players for NXT TakeOver: London, we had Baron Corbin take on “Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger. For this show, we had a change of heart from Dillinger’s commentary fanboy, Corey Graves, who now claimed he doesn’t like him anymore and needs a new barber. Corbin was in usual destruction mode since he was gearing up for Apollo Crews at TakeOver: London, stemming back from getting attacked by Crews the week after he interfered in Crews’ NXT Championship shot. It all makes sense. It wasn’t a total loss for Dillinger, who worked in quick bursts of last-minute offense to salvage something, but the end result was as expected.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 11/25/15: Vintage Cole

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 11/25/15)

Vintage Cole

– The contract signing segment with NXT Champion Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Michael Cole (of all people) provided a fiery beginning to the hour, giving us enough to whet our appetites for NXT TakeOver: London on Dec. 16 for its biggest program, appropriately so. For nostalgic purposes, the image of Cole standing in the Full Sail-bred NXT ring was a meme waiting to happen. His “Can I Have Your Attention Please?” opening line can only be met with one word: vintage. In short, he was put in charge of the night by General Manager William Regal, who had successful surgery. This was his only appearance on the show, so it wasn’t a theme by any means. He also gave the news that Regal initially turned down Eva Marie’s request for a NXT Women’s Championship match against Champion Bayley last week, but WWE Corporate insisted the match was official. Full Sail didn’t hold back and showered boos upon any Eva Marie mention. As for the actual contract signing portion, it was Joe who got the focus, which made sense since he needs to go into this match with momentum galore. Baylor also had the chance to speak his two cents, stirring up banter about “friendships and trust,” waiting to get his hands on Joe when the bell rings at TakeOver: London. Joe reached WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens-esque heat by simply coming down to the ring, signing the contract, not making eye contact with Balor and heading back up the ramp. That would’ve been good by itself, but the ramp attack made it even better, as it proved Joe was setting Balor up for a trap, ending with him laying Balor out cold via a Kojita Clutch. There was no denying that Joe was a badass here and the best part of it all – he needed no words, just action. This is how you book Joe to his fullest potential. Not so sure about the 18 instant replays of Joe signing the contract and leaving, but the desired effect was scored anyway. The announcement of Joe fighting Tommaso Ciampa next week was also a welcome one, since it allows Joe to stay hot.

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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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