Best Match of the night:
Sami Zayn versus Samoa Joe. This one is kind of a trick question though, isn’t it? I mean, there was only one match on the hour-long show tonight, but even if there had been others, they would have been hard pressed to top this one. Like, really hard. This was one of the better 2 out of 3 falls matches that has been pulled off of late.
Worst match of the night:
Trick question tonight, as with only one match-and a good one-there was no match worth the ridicule of worst match.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Sami/Sami sucks
This is awesome
Star of the Night
I have to give this to both Zayn and Joe. Which isn’t hard, since they were the only ones working tonight. I don’t even know how long the match ran in actual minutes, but when you figure it lasted the vast majority of an hour-long show, this was a great showcase for both men. Considering Zayn is pretty much on the main roster now, and Joe looks destined to be the next NXT Champion, this one was a really good night for both men.
Spot of the Night:
Zayn, nailing the Sunset Flip Powebomb off the top rope. Didn’t get him a pinfall, but looked sweet.
That and leaping through the 1st and 2nd turnbuckles to nail a tornado DDT on Joe, on the outside.
Jobber of the Night:
Everyone else on the roster, for sitting this one out. I know, it’s a reach, but seriously, when WWE gives me a total of one match, there’s not a lot to work with.
Upset of the Night:
Totally not applicable tonight.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Nothing really of note here either. I could lump the Aries/Corbin announcement into this category, but it wasn’t a huge holy sh** moment.
Botch of the night:
Maybe it’s not a botch, but it didn’t look right: after the first fall, with Joe on the outside, Zayn leaps over the top rope to the outside, and nails Joe. Except that Joe basically had Sami roll off his shoulder, and Samoa Joe barely doubled over. Something tells me he should have been selling that a bit more.
Commentary of the night:
He just about kicked Zayn’s beard into the third row.
LOL Moment of the night:
Totally not happening tonight. There just was not an LOL moment on the show, and that is totally fine.
To open the show, Regal announced that Corbin was not being suspended at the request of Austin Aries. Instead, Aries was facing Corbin at NXT Takeover: Dallas.
Also noteworthy, was a Who’s Who in the audience-Larry Zybysko, Hideo Itami, Michael Hayes, Mauro from Smackdown. Pretty cool to see them taking in a show. Well, not Itami…dude works there. But still.
But, most notable? For the hour long show, NXT gave us one match. One very good, very well executed, best two out of three falls match, to finally decide the number one contender for the NXT championship. Now, I am pretty sure I’ve seen an hour long wrestling show with all of one match (I am pretty sure the old ECW, pre-WWE, did this a time or two too). But this one was refreshing. As much as I was looking forward to seeing American Alpha, or Enzo and Cass, or Bayley…I give WWE and NXT props for going out and putting together an hour-long NXT show with all of one match on it. It worked. Not everyone can do it, and it can’t happen too often, but this one left me impressed. I thought it was well paced, told a great story, and just worked so well. The only downside, is that it was not for the championship, but “only” the right to fight for one.
This is a night where the lowlight would be that there is only one hour a week for NXT. Because, tonight, it was a bummer that we only got to see one excellent match. But there are worse things in life, I suppose.
Sami Zayn. Samoa Joe. All show long. But I think we’ve mentioned that a time or two.
After the final bell:
Folks, I tell ya, there’s only so much you can say about a strong match, but it had to be said. My one regret for the evening is that we didn’t get more matches, but this one should get consideration when match of the year gets discussed.
Samoa Joe defeats Sami Zayn, 2 falls to 1, and becomes the new #1 Contender to the NXT Championship.