Showing posts with label NXT Weekly Recaps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NXT Weekly Recaps. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2016

NXT Weekly Recap: June 15, 2016 (Almas vs. Dillinger)

by Landon Wayne

Samoa Joe Title Reign: Day 55

The first week of the New Era of NXT begins…with less fanfare and less actual change than when there was an apparent New Era on the main roster. What will the following months hold, with half the established tag teams and half the established women we’ve had in the past?

Authors of Pain with Paul Ellering defeated an unnamed team in their debut match. Completely one-sided bout that immediately made me tune out. In the first few minutes of a show, this wasn’t good. I see nothing unique about this team, even considering they are trying to rework the Road Warriors, AGAIN. Their finish is a lariat/Russian leg sweep combination. Didn’t get either of their names, or their jobber opponents, or the referee for that matter. Paul is the only name I knew of these 5 men.

Not even worth giving a rating.

Andrade Almas was interviewed backstage about his debut. He had a black version of his entrance gear on, but would be wearing the white version in his match later. Dillinger interrupted, calling him a fluke. Rematch is scheduled for later tonight. I could have sworn that Dillinger was going to be a face after his match a few weeks ago, but as long as he’s on my screen I’m okay.

Paul and the Authors were walking by backstage, and Ellering refused to comment on his new wards. If there’s supposed to be hype I don’t see it.

Carmella defeated Tessa Blanchard. Still waiting for Tessa to impress me. Still waiting to see what everyone sees in Carmella. Carmella used the not Koji Clutch again.


There was a Samoa Joe promo, which bettered my mood. He asked EVERYONE what they would, and will, sacrifice to come after him. Awesome.

Blake and Murphy said they’re going to give it one more chance. And that match is next.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

NXT Weekly Recap: June 1, 2016 (Asuka-Nia Jax Contract Signing)

by Landon Wayne

Samoa Joe Title Reign: Day 41

We’re one week out from Takeover: The End (Yes really), and the go-home show is the last chance to convince us that the event will be awesome. Before I begin, I want to apologize for missing last week, but I can give a very brief synopsis here:

Watch the TM-61 debut match for God’s sake.

The Revival comes out to hype up that they’ll be the first ever 2-time tag champs. For some reason, Ciampa and Gargano came out to confront the Revival, telling them that American Alpha is definitively better, and that the indy darlings are better too. Dash called them undersized, and “good hands”, which Ciampa threw back at the Revival themselves. The exchange continued, until The Revival started to leave, before being called back into a fight. Gargano is so ridiculously over that I can’t really believe it. That, or they just really like chanting Johnny Wrestling.

Shinsuke was interviewed, and said one sentence. Between his disposition, and how awesome his facial features are, he is absolutely stellar in his role.

Austin Aries will be going up against Elias Sampson later tonight.

Tye Dillinger defeated Buddy Murphy in a surprisingly entertaining match. Im glad that they found Murphy’s first name somewhere in storage, probably next to Alexander, Adrian, and Wesley. Dillenger was the face for this match, and really fit well into the role. He’s legitimately as smooth and quick as Gable is, with the only drawback being that Chad’s charisma is through the roof. Murphy was unremarkable, but certainly not bad. Tye eventually won with a Roode Bomb (fireman’s carry kneedrop neckbreaker.)

**1/4 for a good showcase of both men’s ability, Tye’s to wow the crowd, and Murphy’s to get the heat and hold his own.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

NXT Weekly Recap: May 19, 2016 (Nia Jax vs. Bayley)

by Landon Wayne

Samoa Joe Title Reign: Day 27

Before the show even opened properly, there was a hype video for the Bayley/Nia Jax match happening later tonight. I love the videos and the production on the NXT show. Whoever’s got the reins is doing their job really well.

Shinsuke Nakamura and Ausin Aries defeated Blake and Murphy, disappointing me solely because I was really hoping for this to be Bobby Roode as the mystery partner for A Double. I’m not 100% sure, but I think that Shinsuke has come out each week with a different top to the ring. I think this was the official start of Blake and Murphy falling apart as a unit. Hopefully it’ll bring both guys into singles careers where they can develop proper characters that they didn’t have as a team. Even at their hottest, when they stole the titles from the Lucha Dragons at the start of last year. Murphy spent the entire match in the ring, eating almost nothing but offense, before eating Nakamura’s knee.

**, for the express reason it started the Blake and Murphy breakup, hopefully, and planted seeds for a potential Aries/Nakamura feud.

Bayley was interviewed, talking about how she’s gonna beat Nia Jax tonight and continue on to regiain the NXT Women’s championship. Match should be really good later, going off of Takeover: London.

No Way Jose gave another promo about who he is and why he’s here, how he likes smiling and dancing. It was goofy, but it wasn’t bad really. Something about his delivery or his disposition just makes me like him when he’s talking.

Carmella was on screen. She wants the belt. She wrestles next.

Carmella defeated Peyton Royce, in the FOURTH woman’s squash in a row on the NXT program. The only difference is that Peyton got a bit more offense than the others have recently, by grace of being heel and needing the heat. Carmella throws, I’m not exaggerating, the worst punches in the company at this time. Which is a shame because she has athletic moments that show talent in other places. Carmella eventually won with her not Koji Clutch.

3/4* for a really not good match. Filled time, waiting for when the new generation of women finally start getting wins.

Monday, May 16, 2016

NXT Weekly Recap: May 11, 2016 (Finn Balor vs. Elias Sampson)

Samoa Joe's Days as NXT Champion: 20

This week’s episode of NXT saw the return of Finn Balor to the program. Will the former champion break the funk that NXT has had in recent weeks? Or will he be in just another squash match? Will American Alpha come back to Full Sail? Will the streak of 3rd generation women signees jobbing continue? Would I be asking if any of these weren’t true?

The show opened with Finn coming out to a great ovation from the Full Sail crowd. He came out, with his typical video and music, but was overall somber as he walked to the ring. While this is happening, we’re reminded that Nakamua faces Alex Riley tonight. Finn took a mic and talked about his war with Joe, how each match could go either way.

The following are the exact words I wrote down for the next 3 minutes:


Pele Kick

Finn throws Guitar

Great Catch of Guitar

Fuck, they wrestle later.

They showed how social media exploded with Eric Young’s arrival in NXT, and they showed the full video of Eric Young being interviewed that had surfaced the week before his NXT TV debut. Really excited for Eric Young to be here, can’t wait to see what he can do.

American Alpha defeated Corey Hollis and John Skyler, in another example of showing a potential new team showing up to go against an established team. The opposite team got just enough heat so that Jason Jordan could get the hot tag. Part of the way through, Corey Graves called this match "a mugging" and I can only have the delusion that Corey reads my reviews.  Towards the end of the match, the Revival came out on stage to have a stare down. At which point, Jason proceeded to pull his singlet straps back up, to remove them again and go for the finish. They hit Harris with the Grand Amplitude.

**1/4 for, yet again, a basic match used to keep American Alpha fresh in the audience’s mind. Definitely looking forward to the eventual Revival/Alpha rematch.

There was an indescribable Nakamura promo that lasted all of about 10 seconds. I could not begin to describe how awesome this was. I command all of you to find the promo and following match.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Alex Riley in a match made of concentrated awesome. This match consisted of about 20 seconds of Riley offense, then approx. 75% of all of Nakamura’s spots. Kinshasa ended the match within 5 minutes.

1000 Fucking Stars.

Friday, May 6, 2016

NXT Weekly Recap: May 4th, 2016 (Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young)

by Landon Wayne

Last week was an unfortunate delivery for the NXT product, and I had speculated that this was a precursor to a new style of NXT show. Fortunately, I have been proven partially wrong. While there is a definite focus on being a travelling brand and the weekly show being used to promote and encourage going to the live shows, the quality this week was a great improvement over last week’s show.

Samoa Joe came out to talk about his newly won title.  “Ladies and Gentlemen, what stands before you is a man that keeps his word.”  He went on about how he beat Finn and was going to be dominant. For those of you who are curious, Joe will have to make it to February 8th, 2017 to break Finn Balor’s record for the longest NXT title reign. But as Samoa Joe was talking, Eric Young came out to a huge reaction. There had been news on WWE’s Twitter and Facebook about Young’s signing, but this still came off as a great surprise for the old TNA fan in me. Eric gave the basic “I want the title” speech, with Joe brushing him off, and walking out of the ring. We would see these two in the main event later tonight.

Nia Jax defeated Tessa Blanchard in a squash that lasted less than 3 minutes. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because she is the daughter of the WWE Hall of Famer and former Horseman Tully Blanchard. Nothing much to say as Tessa got zero offense and Nia eventually ended the match with a leg drop.

* for a match to show that Nia can kill. And with this next generation of women still getting their stuff together, the women’s division will likely be this way for a long time.

No Way Jose wrestles tonight. Hopefully we see more of what he can do.

Austin Aries defeated Tye Dillenger in what was Aries’ first really good match in NXT so far. AA is finally getting to show that smoothness and natural talent he’s known for, and having Tye as a dance partner certainly helped. Dillenger is a really good talent, but unfortunately his incredibly over gimmick is the result of the Full Sail crowd willing to be into any gimmick put in front of him. This is why I’m critical about No Way Jose, and am constantly weary of anyone brought up from NXT. The highlight of Dillenger’s offense was when he used Hirooki Goto’s Ushigoroshi, which made me smile a bit inside. But Austin Aries eventually won with a 450 splash from the top rope.

**1/2 for a really solid match that was just long enough and got the point across.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

NXT Weekly Recap: April 27, 2016 (Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Elias Sampson)

by Landon Wayne

It’s been a chaotic week; my last finals week is on the horizon, and I didn’t get around to NXT until today. I thought it’d be a great break, and I’d be able to sit back, and relax to my favorite brand in professional wrestling.

Well, I was to be surprised.  The show opened with the commentators recapping Joe’s victory in Lowell, with promises that we’d hear from Joe later tonight.

Asuka defeated Eva Marie

Oh fuck me, this was a sign of things to come tonight. Let’s start with the good, being that Eva Marie is a really good heel. She’s good in the sense that she’s not doing things that people like or trying to be liked out there at all. She spent the majority of this match in rest holds and cutting off Asuka’s offense. Now the bad, she still really can’t do much. She has the basics down, but I still don’t think she understands ring psychology. And I don’t know if she can learn that now if she hasn’t learned it yet.

*1/2 for a boring match. Terrible match that ended with a spin kick. Best part was the tease for Nia Jax vs Asuka.

They showed clips of Joe and Balor from Lowell, and made it out that Finn injured himself on a running dropkick against the guard rails. The pop from Joe’s win was ridiculous, and they showed a collage of tweets showing the finished synced up to play simultaneously that was awesome.

We got a reaction from Joe, where he talked about how he knew he’d survive and that Finn would not. I hope he breaks Finn’s record (which stands at 292 days).

The Revival defeated Matt Lee and Jeff Parker

If you’ve ever seen the Hardy Boys in 1996 when they were being squashed on consecutive RAWs, you know what these jobbers looked like. I wasn’t around for Anderson and Blanchard’s run in the WWF, but if I found a TV from the 90s and saw one of their matches, I think it’d look like this. Literally no offense was given to Parker and Lee. Ended with a Shatter Machine to Lee.

**1/4 for a really fun mugging. Revival cut a promo after stating they wanted the belts back. The sad truth dawned on me that the Main roster’s Tag Division will never be as good as NXTs perpetually is.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

NXT Weekly Recap: April 20th, 2016 (Samoa Joe vs. Apollo Crews)

Welcome to the first of many weekly NXT reviews from our newest writer Landon Wayne!  

Landon is a Buffalo native with three passions in life: Food, professional wrestling and video games. He can be typically found scouring New Japan World for hidden gems, reliving old memories on the WWE Network, or playing old video games on an emulator. The ability to download a pizza still eludes him.

Follow Landon on Twitter @LWayne21

I have a long history with NXT. My first NXT episode was sometime in 2013, before you could find NXT anywhere except dedicated stream sites (not that I use them…). I was at their first show outside of Florida when they went to Columbus in 2015, and then again in 2016. To say I’m a fan of the brand is an understatement. That’s not to say I think all is well and fantastic in the land of the future stars, and I promise to give a fair and unbiased look at the NXT product as it comes out…at least, as unbiased as I can give it.

American Alpha defeated Enzo and Big Cass

The opening match of the hour finds a tag match between the incumbent champions and two of the main roster’s newest stars. With the insertion of these two and the Vaudvillains in the main roster, the tag ranks in NXT have thinned considerably, much as the Women’s roster did last summer. Hopefully both American Alpha and the Revival will remain in Florida for a while to help new teams build up.

The match was interesting in that both teams are faces, and both took turns getting the heat on the other; Jason beating on Enzo, then Cass beating on Gable. This was really about as good as a match between these two could get without a turn or a proper buildup. Jason fired up twice in the process of winning, the champs eventually hitting Enzo with their assisted backdrop.

**3/4 for a solid match with nothing really botched or going wrong.

Backstage, Apollo Crews talked about how he had followed Joe even before he was wrestling, and how he was ready for him. Decent 15-second promo.

No Way Jose hype video played, and apparently he’s wrestling next. I have a bad feeling about this.

No Way Jose defeated Alexander Wolfe

I was not disappointed. Not only is his name ACTUALLY No Way Jose, but it’s a dancing gimmick. I faintly remember this man being in a squash tag match earlier in the year, there’s no way one could forget that hair. I tried my best not to focus on the gimmick, but it found a way to be prevalent throughout the match. Can’t wait to hear Michael Cole call him "So much fun to watch!" He won a short match with some kind of heart punch(?). Not impressed but willing to give it a chance. Definitely want to see more of his opponent though.

*1/2 - debut match, not much more it could’ve been.

Backstage a suit interviewed Austin Aries. Aries talked about Baron Corbin and how he doesn’t need luck, 'cause he has skill. If Corbin or anyone wants to find him, they know where to look. Still really excited for Aries to be here. I expect his rise in notoriety and popularity to be as gradual and as steady as it was in TNA when he first debuted. Wait and watch is what I say.

Elias Sampson is playing "Wonderwall" when William Regal tells him he’ll be facing Shinsuke Nakamura next week. Good.