Best Match of the night:
I wanted to give it to the main event, but Eva Marie dragged it down, in my book. But on the other hand? American Alpha versus Blake and Murphy? Good enough in my mind to earn themselves a match of the night nod.
Least-good match of the night:
Yeah, I changed it. Because unless they give as an absolutely abject stinker of a match, I don’t think it’s fair to give a worst of the night award, on a night where we only have 4-5 matches. As compared to RAW, where I couldn’t tell you how many matches we get on average, but week after week there are usually at least 2 or 3 fighting to be worst.
Of the four? It’s a tough one. Bull and Ciampo likely wins this one here, but not by much.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Jordan
You can’t wrestle
Star of the Night
For tonight, I am surprising myself by saying I am going with American Alpha. This was a tough one to single out a person (or team, in this instance) because there were a couple really good performances, but no one performance that was just that much better than all the rest. Ciampo impressed, for example, and even Girard in the loss was fun to watch. But in the end I really liked what I saw out of Alpha, and to me they have a certain quality to them, a look and feel, that I think could translate to main roster success.
Spot of the Night:
I liked seeing Grand Amplitude. Pretty nifty.
That running European uppercut by Girard was pretty cool too.
Beyond that? Tonight was kind of devoid of signature spots. They can’t all be filled with highlight reel moves, after all. It is just an hour-long show.
Jobber of the Night:
You can barely call him that, but Bull Dempsey is about as close to a jobber as there would be on this show.
Upset of the Night:
Nia Jax and Eva Marie, stealing one from Carmella and champion Bayley. Granted, you have to book everyone to lose from time to time, but surely the champ’s team was favored walking into the CFE Arena, which qualifies their loss as the upset of the night. I mean, hey, there were only four matches tonight. One of them had to fit the description, right?
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Neville going after Finn Balor next week.¬† Didn’t see that one coming.
Botch of the night:
Girard was flipped over the top rope and I believe was supposed to land on the apron and take a kick from Apollo. I don’t think his mis-step and near fall off the apron was in the script.
Commentary of the night:
This guy reminds me of Gillberg. Or Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
Sometimes when you are jacked, you have a hard time getting your shirt off.
LOL Moment of the night:
OK, maybe it’s not nice to laugh at someone getting beaten, but the really choppy “security footage” of Enzo getting attacked by Dash and Dawson did make me chuckle.
And, the Bull-fit gimmick. It’s fun, funny and interesting, especially considering how big that man is. He reminded me a wee bit like John Tenta, better known as Earthquake, in how he looks and moves. In terms of the gimmick? It reminds me of the Funkasaurus. Not necessarily a bad thing, though I don’t know that such a gimmick translates to much long term,main roster success.
We are getting Joe versus Sami, 2 out of 3 falls, in a couple weeks. Finally to figure out which of the two will become the number one contender.
And, it should be pretty cool to see the longest-ever NXT Champion face off against the current champion next week. Honestly, really looking forward to that one.
The show wasn’t bad, but as I wrap up my first month of paying full attention to NXT, this show was perhaps the least good of the four (I really want to avoid saying worst). The card wasn’t bad, but this one felt more like a means to set things up for the future-which is fine, and needed. After all, the next two weeks have two exciting main events.
Also, watching Eva Marie wrestle. OK, I get it, she may be attractive. But she just is not a really good wrestler.Some of her kicks were terrible, and she looked like she was just phoning some of them in. And while I am not going to really complain about how she dresses, it’s hard to take her seriously as a Diva contender when she’s practically mooning the crowd with the outfit. Newsflash, Eva, but WWE Divas can be sexy while wearing a more flattering outfit to the ring (pay no attention to the Bellas…)
Honestly, the announcements surrounding next week and the week after were probably the top two from the evening.
The overall card. What it lacked in a singularly awesome match, it made up for with four really quality matches.
Guys that I figured would be jobbers had good showings too (Girard in the loss, and Ciampo in the surprising win).
After the final bell:
I have to confess. I love tag team wrestling. So, a show that can open AND close with a tag match, and have both of those matches be really good? Makes me a happy camper.
The mid-card was nice too, since outside of Apollo, I personally had not seen any of the competitors in action before. So it kept things fresh, and fresh is good.
Regal has set up things for an exciting next couple weeks. While NXT doesn’t have ‘Mania, if WWE is planning on calling either of Balor or Bayley up to the main roster, it wouldn’t be hard to believe they could be losing their belts in the next month. Which just adds to the excitement.
American Alpha defeats Blake and Murphy
Apollo Crews defeats Christopher Girard
Tommaso Ciampa defeats Bull Dempsey
Eva Marie and Nia Jax defeat Bayley and Carmella