NXT – April 29, 2015

Date: April 29, 2015
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Corey
Graves, Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We’re at the start of
the new taping cycle this week, meaning it’s time to get ready for
the build to the next Takeover special. Sami Zayn made his big
return last week to go after NXT Champion Kevin Owens, which almost
has to be the next big main event. Other than that, most of the card
is pretty clear at this point. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of
the end of last week’s show with Kevin Owens beating Alex Riley
again, only to have Sami Zayn return and start a pull apart brawl
with Owens.
Here’s Kevin Owens for
a chat to get things going. He talks about having everything in hand
last week and giving Alex Riley what he deserved, but then Sami Zayn
had to play hero again. Owens wants Sami out here right now but gets
Commissioner William Regal again. The fans start chanting for one
more match but Regal says Owens won’t be using this place for his own
That’s not good enough
for Owens who still wants Sami right now. Cue Zayn to fire the fans
up even more but Regal stops him on the steps and says this isn’t
happening. Regal looks at both of them and says this is the easiest
thing he’s had to do in weeks. Obviously these two want to fight
each other, so let’s do it on May 20 at Takeover. Owens chuckles but
says it’s a non-title match because Zayn hasn’t earned a shot in the
last month. Sami thinks Owens needs this match. It has nothing to
do with last week, but over the last twelve years, Owens hasn’t done
a thing without having Sami’s name right next to it.
Even now as NXT
Champion, the fans are only talking about what Owens did to him. You
could say that Kevin Owens has been living in Sami Zayn’s shadow.
That one gets to Owens and the fans tells him he got told. Sami
fights for a prize, and Owens is no prize. That’s enough for Kevin
to put the title on the line and the fans strike up their OLEs.
Notice how they got to this point in a totally logical way without
using the phrase “contractually obligated rematch” and in less
than ten minutes on screen. It can be done and all it takes is a
single promo.
Enzo, Cass and Carmella
are jabbering about the jewelry Blake and Murphy gave her but she
says she can handle herself. The guys leave and Blake and Murphy
come up and insult Enzo and Cass, which isn’t cool with Carmella.
They step back so Alexa Bliss comes up, only to get shoved away.
Blake and Murphy come up to Bliss but she doesn’t seem interested in
hearing from them. This was kind of an odd segment and I’m not
entirely sure what they were shooting for.
Sami signs his contract
when Alex Riley comes up and asks for one more match with Owens.
Regal snaps about giving Riley so many opportunities but Sami says
don’t let Owens get to you. Riley doesn’t want to hear that from
Sami so Zayn offers to fight Alex for a warmup.
Enzo Amore/Colin
Cassady vs. Blake/Murphy
Non-title. Before the
match, Enzo calls the champs Frosted Flake Wesley Blake and the Sugar
Cube Dude. You know there’s just one word to describe them. Blake
and Enzo get things going but the champs quickly get Amore into the
corner for some stomping. A clothesline gets two for Blake as the
fans chant LET’S GO ZO.
Enzo breaks free with a
jawbreaker and it’s a double tag to bring in Murphy and Cass. The
big man cleans house and hits a splash in the corner before Enzo
misses a high cross body. That’s so appropriate for him for some
reason. Carmella distracts Blake and it’s a big boot to the face,
followed by a Rocket Launcher for the pin on Blake at 3:18.
Rating: D+.
I’m not wild on having champions lose as you could pretty much do the
same match with any combination here. The interesting part here is
Carmella, who I’m hoping joins the champs but gets dumped by them
too, leaving her all alone since no one likes her in the first place.
Lynch talks about traveling the world to become the best in the
world. She’s here to become the best in the NXT women’s division and
won’t just be another face in the crowd.
can’t find her gear and is freaking out. Emma is show with Bayley’s
headbands and shirt.
on Baron Corbin, talking about wanting to crush the dreams of
everyone in NXT. Rules don’t apply to him and that’s not his
problem. This is yet
another example of character development and telling us more about a
character in twenty seconds than we’ve known about him in four
vs. Dana Brooke
looks a bit off without her stuff but of course she has a huge smile
on her face. Bayley grabs a
headlock to start but Dana throws her down and flexes. The fans want
Blue Pants but get Bayley
taking Dana to the mat and rolling around on her back. Dana goes
nuts and slams Bayley’s head into the mat a few times before
doing her headstand foot choke. Wasteland
gets two for Dana and we hit a half crab with a knee in Bayley’s
back. Bayley gets up and
gets all aggressive with elbows in the corner but cue Emma in a
Bayley shirt to Bayley’s music and full entrance, allowing Dana to
hit a Whiplash for the pin at 4:16.
Rating: D+.
So yeah, Dana isn’t quite there yet but this was a match designed to
advance Emma vs. Bayley instead of Dana’s push. Right now Dana just
needs ring time and she’s got the core base figured out. Emma
stealing Bayley’s stuff, which is almost Bayley’s identity, is an
interesting idea and could work out well for a short feud. If
nothing else it means I get to hear more of Bayley’s infectious theme
announces a triple threat for Takeover for the #1 contendership
between Finn Balor, Tyler Breeze and Hideo Itami.
Itami vs. Adam Rose
looks so insulted
by the Rosebuds and Adam’s entrance. This
is billed as fallout from the Andre battle royal. Rose
rolls around to start and eats a chop, followed
by a running kick to the face for two. A
quick trip lets Rose have a breather and he drops a fist for two.
Rose’s chinlock doesn’t go
anywhere so Hideo hits his array of kicks, capped off by the Shotgun
Kick for the pin at 2:52. Just
a step above a squash.
Lynch vs. Sarah Dawson
is a pretty generic looking girl but
she gets half of a dueling chant. A
quick rollup gets two for Sarah but Becky takes her into the corner
for a good stomping. Lynch
drives her down into a Fujiwara armbar before sitting up to crank
even harder, drawing the submission at 2:12.
has heard what Baron Corbin is all about but Rhyno isn’t the past.
Methinks we have our power match for Takeover.
Riley vs. Sami Zayn
is in on commentary. Feeling
out process to start as Owens asks if Riley being let out of a cage
means he can’t take a shower. Riley
cranks on an armbar and gets two off a dropkick. We’re
in a chinlock less than three minutes in until Sami fights up, only
to get caught in a TKO for two. Riley
misses a charge and falls to the floor, setting up the big flip dive.
That’s enough for Owens as
he gets up and decks Sami for the DQ at 4:40.
Rating: C-.
This didn’t have time to go anywhere but they were trying to set up a
match instead of doing anything interesting here. Owens going nuts
and attacking everyone in sight is a good idea as it’s in his nature
to be insane. Riley still looks decent in the ring but it might have
gotten ugly had he tried to hang in there with Sami.
powerbombs Riley on the apron and smiles to end the show.
Overall Rating: C+.
Yes, I’m aware that’s higher than all of the matches and you should be
aware by now that there’s a lot more to a wrestling show than just
the wrestling. Owens vs. Sami is going to blow the roof off the
place and the triple threat and Women’s Title matches should both be
great. It’s not a great show, but the energy is back after going
missing for the last month or so. That’s what NXT thrives on and
it’s still working here.
Enzo Amore/Colin
Cassady vs. Blake/Murphy – Rocket Launcher to Blake
Dana Brooke b. Bayley –
Hideo Itami b. Adam
Rose – Shotgun Kick
Becky Lynch b. Sarah
Dawson – Armbar
Sami Zayn b. Alex Riley
via DQ when Kevin Owens interfered
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