NXT – June 10, 2015


NXT
Date:
June 10, 2015
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Corey Graves, Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
big story tonight is the in ring debut of Samoa Joe, who debuted a
few weeks back and has had some intense staredowns with NXT Champion
Kevin Owens. It should be interesting to see who Joe’s first victim
is, because it’s fairly clear that he’s coming for Owens and the
title. Right now though, Finn Balor is the #1 contender and will be
facing Owens for the title in Tokyo on July 4. Let’s get to it.

The
opening video is all about Joe debuting in NXT and setting his sights
on the title.
Opening
sequence.
Zack
Ryder/Mojo Rawley vs. Mike Rallis/Elias Samson
Ryder
is WAY over here and the fans even seem happy to see Rawley. Mojo
shoves Rallis down, slams Samson, but then stop, HAMMER TIME. Ryder
comes in and takes some shoulders in the ribs, only to raise his
knees in the corner to stop a charge. The middle rope dropkick sets
up the Broski Boot but Samson offers a distraction to take over.
We
hit the chinlock but a GET HYPED chant brings Ryder to his feet for
the hot tag to Rawley. Mojo cleans house with some very fast paced
offense, including a big running punch and capped off by a middle
rope Hart Attack with the Rough Ryder instead of the clothesline for
the pin on Samson at 3:55.
Rating:
C. I’ve always liked Ryder and
this was a good sign for him. A lot of guys could use a recharge
down in NXT and Ryder is probably at the top of that list. He
clearly still has a following as the fans were all over him. Rawley
was doing exactly what he should have done all along here: cleaned
house and never looked back. One of his biggest problems was getting
beaten up until the last 45 seconds of the match for a big comeback.
Guys like him should hardly ever be on defense and the reaction was a
lot better as a result.
Finn
Balor promo with his voice talking about how everyone has two sides.
Shots of the demon paint keep appearing until “FINN BALOR ARRIVES –
July 4 in Tokyo” comes on screen. Oh that’s going to be amazing.
Dana
Brooke video. She’s the Total Diva.
Emma
vs. Blue Pants
SHE’S
BAAAAACK! Big Cass’ Price Is Right entrance music got one of the
loudest reactions in recent weeks. The fans are smart enough to know
that it’s Blue Pants’ birthday. Emma jumps her to start, making her
the most hated woman in the promotion. A dropkick gets two and we
hit the bow and arrow on Blue Pants. Fans: “BLUE PANTS ROCKS!”
Blue Pants gets some rollups for two but it’s back to the chinlock.
Emma drops an elbow to the back of the head for two more but Blue
Pants comes back with some kicks to the head. Blue Pants gets going
but Emma trips her down and the Emma Lock gets the submission at
4:40.
Rating:
D+. Here’s the key thing about
Blue Pants: she isn’t used that often. They could bring her in more
often for some loud reactions, but they would eventually die down
because Blue Pants is so beloved due to being a special attraction.
If this were the main roster, she would be in five segments a night
and people would get sick of her in two weeks. This common sense
stuff is addictive.
Enzo,
Cass and Carmella say that Blake/Murphy/Bliss wouldn’t last one week
in the Hunger Games and if they grew up where they’re from, it would
be time to go live with Uncle Phil. Six person tag next week.
Tyler
Breeze vs. Bull Dempsey
Dempsey
knees him in the head to start and we’re quickly in a chinlock.
Fans: “BULL IS GORGEOUS/NO HE’S NOT!” Back up and the standing
splash sets up the top rope headbutt but Breeze rolls away before the
jump. Breeze gets him in a chance around the ring and Bull keeps
getting winded. Fans: “CARDIO! CARDIO!” Breeze laps Bull,
throws him inside and gives him a Beauty Shot for the pin at 2:49.
Tyler is basically a face now due to all of his hard work and string
of good matches.
We
look back at Becky Lynch’s standing ovation after losing to Sasha
Banks. Brennan’s nickname for her: The Lass Kicker. As much as I
hate myself for this, I kind of dig that name.
Becky
Lynch vs. Jesse McKay
Becky
has a very high energy entrance now, complete with smoke along the
entrance. The fans are responding to it and it’s easy to sey why.
McKay used to wrestle in Shimmer under the same name. Jesse gets in
a kick to the ribs to start, followed by another to the face. An
armbar has Becky in some trouble but she comes back with a hammerlock
suplex and some legdrops. “BETTER THAN HOGAN!” Let’s not get
crazy here. Something like a torture rack Samoan drop sets up the
armbar (Rich: “The Disgoosted Armbar!” Graves: “The WHAT?”)
for the submission at 4:16.
Rating:
D+. I really wasn’t feeling
this one as Jesse got in way too much offense in what should have
been a Becky showcase match. McKay was good enough in there though
and could be something interesting if she’s allowed to develop like
the rest of the girls down here have done. This was too much like an
old Mojo Rawley match though: awesome entrance, next to no offense
until the very end.
Regal
announces that Owens will be on commentary for Joe’s match but Bull
Dempsey comes in eating a bag of Doritos. He blames his loss on a
lack of sleep. Regal gets serious and tells Dempsey to get his act
together. The boss leaves so Dempsey pulls an open Snickers out of
his singlet. Well they had to do something new with Dempsey so this
works well enough.
Jason
Jordan says he has another partner when Chad Gable comes in, saying
it should be him. “I’m ready, willing and Gable. See what I did
there?” Jason says no but Gable adds his name to Jordan’s locker.
Baron
Corbin vs. Angelo Dawkins
Corbin
throws him around to start and walks him around the ring before a
slam. A bulldog attempt is countered by a huge clothesline and End
of Days gives Baron the pin at 2:29.
Samoa
Joe vs. Scott Dawson
Owens
is on commentary and Joe’s music still sucks. He does however look a
bit more toned. Fans: “PLEASE DON’T DIE!” How nice of them to
be worried about Joe’s safety. They trade armbars to start until Joe
takes it up a notch with a back elbow to the face. Owens: “Wow a
back elbow! I’ve got a mean back elbow.” The release Rock Bottom
out of the corner sets up the Muscle Buster for the pin on Dawson at
3:45.
Rating:
C. Total squash here and it did
exactly what it was supposed to do. Owens is great on commentary as
the guy trying to cut into Joe’s hype and this was a very fun use of
about five minutes. Joe’s physique looked about as good as you can
fairly expect. The guy is never going to look like John Cena and
it’s unfair to expect him to, but he looked fine here.
During
the replays, Kevin offers to get Brennan a Joe shirt from the
merchandise table. Owens goes to leave but Joe calls him to the
ring. Kevin won’t get in because he’s a good man who won’t drop Joe
after his first match. Joe is a rookie here in NXT and one win isn’t
enough for an NXT Title match. Cue
Regal who agrees with Owens. Joe hasn’t earned a title shot, but
he’s earned the right to a non-title fight against Owens next week.
Overall
Rating:
B-. Matches made for
the future, six matches, some amusing promos, two in ring debuts and
a new character for Dempsey. How in the world can they get all that
inside an hour and have almost no filler? This was the efficient NXT
that flies by every week because it’s very well put together. Couple
that with an energetic crowd and you have one heck of a fun show.
Results
Zack
Ryder/Mojo Rawley b. Elias Samson/Mike Rallis – Middle rope Rough
Ryder to Samson
Emma
b. Blue Pants – Emma Lock
Tyler
Breeze b. Bull Dempsey – Beauty Shot
Becky
Lynch b. Jesse McKay – Disgoosted Armbar
Baron
Corbin b. Angelo Dawkins – End of Days
Samoa
Joe b. Scott Dawson – Muscle Buster
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