Date: October 28, 2015
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves
Things are still picking up around here and we have what should be a good featured match tonight with Samoa Joe vs. Tyler Breeze. Tyler eliminated Joe from the battle royal a few weeks back and has been laughing at Joe for costing him a shot at the title. Other than that we also get part two of Apollo Crews’ sitdown interview which should set up a good title match against NXT Champion Finn Balor next week.
Emma vs. Shazza
Two Australians here. Fans: “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OY OY OY!” They stare at each other to start until Emma dropkicks her down against the ropes and stomps away. Dana: “BREAK HER!” After Emma has to kick out of a quick rollup we hit the neck crank on Shazza. Back up and Emma charges into some boots in the corner but Emma comes right back with the Emma Lock for the submission at 4:21.
Rating: D+. This was your traditional “here’s a new Diva now watch her get squashed” match and that’s fine all around. It’s a formula that works perfectly well in NXT so why mess with the plan? Building Emma back up before she gets squashed by Asuka is a fine move as it extends the feud for a few more weeks. That’s an area where NXT shines and it’s a shame so few companies can pull it off.
We look back at James Storm’s debut last week.
Storm quotes his old TNA to sum up his character and says he loved to hear the fans tell him he deserves to be here. If anyone has a problem with that, sorry about their luck.
Video on Finn Balor with fans talking about how cool he is and clips of his time in New Japan.
Tommaso Ciampa/Johnny Gargano vs. Jason Jordan/Chad Gable
The fans are behind Gable again and he starts with Ciampa. They fight over a test of strength with Gable not being able to break it with a monkey flip. The grip continues as they’re on the mat for a string of near falls. Gable finally takes over with an armbar and the fans are eating this guy up. Jordan comes in (Fans: “THIS IS WRESTLING!”) but can’t stop the tag off to Gargano who helps with some double team strikes to the face.
Gargano’s front facelock doesn’t go anywhere so Jordan picks him up and drives Johnny into the corner. It’s back to Gable and the fans are right back at their chanting. Chad’s armbreaker over the rope has Gargano in even more trouble but it’s quickly back to Ciampa who has even worse luck. The fans think this is awesome and are even happier when Gargano slingshots in with a spear for two on Gable as we take a break.
Back with the fans wanting the Gable to be saved but Ciampa puts a knee into Chad’s ribs. Ciampa and Gargano take turns on an abdominal stretch with Gargano adding a running dropkick to the back of the head. Gable finally comes back with a judo throw and makes the tag to Jordan for some dropkicks.
There go the straps (I didn’t know we were in Memphis) and it’s time for a bunch of suplexes (I didn’t know Memphis was next to Pittsburgh). Everything breaks down and Gargano slingshots in with a DDT for two on Jordan. Jason slips out of a double suplex and brings in Chad for the Grand Amplitude for the pin on Ciampa at 14:53.
Rating: B. The length surprised me here but they barely stopped the whole time out there. I’m really glad they just turned Gable and Jordan face because the fans were going to cheer for someone like Chad no matter what he did. Really fun and long match here with a ton of energy that you don’t usually see on TV.
Bayley loves the fact that she’s the Women’s Champion and has no idea why Alexa Bliss has so many problems with her.
Eva Marie is in front of the Moulin Rouge. She’s coming back very soon though. Sweet goodness they’re embracing this one full boar.
Nia Jax vs. Kay Lee Ray
Nia throws her into the corner to start, rag dolls her a bit and puts her in a Canadian backbreaker. That’s actually not the submission though and Ray rolls Jax up for two. Kay tries a springboard though and gets caught in a spinebuster. A big legdrop (with an even bigger smile) give Jax the pin at 2:38. That smile runs in the family.
Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady vs. Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder
Dawson and Wilder jump them during the entrance and crush Cassady’s leg against the video board. I knew those things were going to get someone hurt someday. They work over the leg as Enzo is down and that’s how Cass will be written off TV for a legitimate leg injury. No match.
Alexa Bliss challenges Bayley to find a team for a six person tag at some point in the future.
It’s time for part two of the Apollo Crews video. He can’t believe he’s here and that he wrestled in front of 16,000 people in Brooklyn on his birthday. Crews’ sister can’t believe he’s been this successful because she sees him as her little brother. The battle royal was another way for him to prove that he can hang with anyone in NXT and now he wants his chance at his friend’s NXT Title.
Samoa Joe vs. Tyler Breeze
Breeze bails to the floor to start and the threat of a stomping keeps him on the floor. Back in and Tyler gets in a few shots to the back and poses on the ropes. That’s enough for Joe and he hammers away in the corner to send Tyler back outside. A suicide dive crushes Breeze and takes us to a break. Back with Joe hammering away with the usual including the corner enziguri.
Tyler grabs a quick backstabber for one and a dropkick gets two. A chinlock doesn’t get Breeze anywhere as Joe fights up with his variety of strikes and the backsplash for two. The Rock Bottom out of the corner sets up the Muscle Buster but Tyler escapes into a rollup for two more. Breeze nails a quick Supermodel Kick for two and both guys are down. It’s time to slug it out with Breeze trying an O’Connor Roll, only to get flipped into the Koquina Clutch (Normally I would ask if he had ever watched a TNA match but that’s a very stupid question.) for the tap out at 12:08.
Rating: B-. As usual Breeze is good for a solid performance against anyone he gets in the ring with and is still an awesome gatekeeper to get into the NXT main event. This wasn’t a classic or anything but for a quick match to further establish Joe as a player in NXT, this did everything it needed to.
Finn Balor is ready for Apollo Crews, who has beaten everyone he’s fought. He hasn’t fought Finn Balor though, and Crews isn’t becoming champion next week.
Overall Rating: B. Another week and another efficient use of NXT’s time. They did everything they needed to do this week and set up the non-Takeover big show next week with Crews getting his title shot. It’s probably too early for him to have a major shot at Balor but it’s still cool to see the champ in action. Good show here, as is definitely the standard for this promotion.
Emma b. Shazza – Emma Lock
Jason Jordan/Chad Gable b. Tommaso Ciampa/Johnny Gargano – Grand Amplitude to Ciampa
Nix Jax b. Kay Lee Ray – Legdrop
Samoa Joe b. Tyler Breeze – Koquina Clutch
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