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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 8/3/16: The Wait Is Finally Over

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 8/3/16)

The Wait Is Finally Over

– At the time Hideo Itami got injured, he was arguably in the running for an NXT Championship reign. A year and a half later, he was back from the shoulder injury and possessed a fury of self-justice and redemption. The opener between Itami and Sean Maluta was all about Itami’s return while at the same time let Maluta soak in the NXT spotlight, since he came over from the Cruiserweight Classic. Also liked that the camera panned to Zack Sabre Jr., Tony Nese and Drew Gulak in the crowd to hype the CWC, as they were each First Round victors. Maluta wasn’t a complete afterthought, as she showed off some fierce kicks, but the purpose was obvious from the get-go and Itami didn’t miss a beat. Commentary smartly brought up that his career pre-injury had mirrored Finn Balor’s and was on route to Championship contention before he was sidelined possibly by Kevin Owens. Itami’s signature running knee finisher ended it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 7/27/16: Flipping The Switch

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 7/27/16)

Flipping The Switch 

– The Shinsuke Nakamura-Wesley Blake match was an easy way to keep the undefeated Nakamura just that while we also saw a quarrel between Blake and Buddy Murphy, who were convinced that one could upstage the other. Blake challenged Nakamura, while Murphy claimed he could beat “a favorite to win the CWC.” As for Blake, his new theme music was eh and commentary mentioned a “new look,” but he still looked the same to us. Anyways, this was reminiscent of Nakamura’s squash over Murphy and didn’t give us anything new, but Nakamura’s always a treat to watch. The follow-up was also fun since we saw NXT General Manager William Regal come out and formally announce that Nakamura would face NXT Champion Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II. Oh, snap.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 7/6/16: Flips And Fists

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 7/6/16)

Flips And Fists 

– Whenever NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival and American Alpha meet, magic happens. Plain and simple. They bring something new to the tag team wrestling table, with inventive spots to showcase their contrasts in styles. Revival are known to be old-school rule-bending heels with more emphasis on their strikes while AA pride themselves on being premier athletes with a repertoire of suplexes and submissions. Give these two teams 20 minutes and they’ll give you the world. AA eventually got to hold the gold, but quickly lost it at TakeOver: The End, which made Revival the first two-time Tag Champs. We knew a rematch would come for the former Champs and they made it even better as it was announced to be a 2 Out Of 3 Falls match. That was set to happen on this episode, as evidenced by the opening video. Safe to say expectations were mightily high.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/15/16: The Challenge

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 6/15/16)

The Challenge 

– Just like NXT does on the show that follows every TakeOver, they did the fancy “slow-motion highlight” video package to start the show as they glossed over everything “The End” would be renowned for – Andrade “Cien” Almas’ debut as he defeated Tye Dillinger, the shocking turnabout of events as American Alpha lost the NXT Tag Team Championships in their first defense in a thriller to The Revival for them to become the first-ever two-time Tag Champs, a burly team led by Paul Ellering laid out AA in their first appearance, Shinsuke Nakamura outlasted Austin Aries in the night’s best match (a battle for global supremacy, if you will), NXT Women’s Champion Asuka put down Nia Jax and lastly, NXT Champion Samoa Joe decisively defeated Finn Balor in an intense steel cage match. Yup, t’was a night that signaled anything but “The End.”

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/25/16: Infinite Path To Victory

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 5/25/16)

Infinite Path To Victory 

– Even though they followed the epic saga that was Shinsuke Nakamura’s NXT debut match against Sami Zayn at TakeOver: Dallas, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka and Bayley kept the drained-out crowd mildly engaged, as Bayley had her toughest Title defense yet at the time, but eventually passed out in the Asuka Lock to lose her belt. Surely a surprise, we couldn’t imagine a Bayley loss to anybody else. We were even more stoked for the idea of a rematch, slated for TakeOver: The End, but the good news would end there, as evidenced from the opening segment where General Manager William Regal announced that Bayley wouldn’t be cleared to compete at TakeOver and thus, had to wait for her contractually obligated rematch (it’d be nice to see them acknowledge that on the main roster) so instead, we’d have a triple-threat #1 contender’s match with Nia Jax, Carmella and Alexa Bliss to determine who’d fight Asuka at TakeOver: The End. This had potential given the right winner. Not Jax, please not Jax. No, no.

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