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NXT In A Nutshell: Joe On The Warpath

OK gang, it’s time to wrap up Humpday with another NXT Nutshell. Tonight we get a big singles clash of Samoa Joe versus Apollo Crews,and we also get Enzo and Cass facing off against American Alpha.

Best Match of the night:

There was the opening match, and the main event, and then everything else. For me? I was partial to the tag team opener, but I don’t think either one would be a bad choice. So, in the interest of being fair, let’s say that the matches pitting American Alpha against Enzo and Cass, and the main event of Joe versus Apollo Crews, can share the honors tonight.

Worst match of the night:

With only four matches, two of which were really good, the pickings are slim. I don’t think No Way Jose had a superb match, but it was solid and entertaining. Which leaves me with Nia Jax and Deonna Purazzo. This one was a squash in the traditional sense, and with that said, this one gets our worst match of the night award (but it was not horrifically bad).

Crowd Chants of the Night:


How you doin’

This is awesome (before anyone had wrestled!)


This is wrestling

No way Jose

Nia’s gonna kill you

Joe’s gonna kill you

Star of the Night

I am giving the nod to American Alpha. Unless I missed one, I believe this was their first televised defense, against a really good team that just happens to now be one win away from becoming #1 contenders for the WWE tag team championships. It’s hard not to like these guys, as they work well together. The only gripe I would have? I’d love to see a more exciting and devastating looking move as the finisher.

Spot of the Night:

Nothing really. Tonight had good matches, but no moves stood out to me. If you felt there was one single move that really popped for you let me know.

There weren’t huge moves, but a couple exchanges that I really dug. Enzo and Gable exchanging forearms and headbutts in the corner was one. Cass blocking a corner splash to save Enzo was the other.

Jobber of the Night:

Alexander Wolfe. He got to last a little bit, but there was no way he was losing to the debuting Jose tonight.

Or, Deonna Purazzo. Because that right there was an absolute squash.

Upset of the Night:

None to speak of.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Also, none to speak of. Not a single one. It happens. Tonight was by the numbers.

Botch of the night:

No real big botches, though it did look like a couple spots between Jose and Wolfe were less than well done.

Commentary of the night:

As tough as Enzo Amore is, you are not gonna out-wrestle Chad Gable

No way Jose looks like one of those shady guys outside of the resorts. The ones that know where the real parties are.

LOL Moment of the night:

Nothing overly comical or humorous tonight. They can’t all be packed with comedy.

Noteworthy Moment:

After a few weeks of teasers, we get the in-ring debut of No Way Jose.

Next week we get Nakamura against Elias Samson, and Asuka against Eva Marie. Should be two decent matches, and WWE is really trying to get Eva Marie some credibility, as they had Bayley saying not to sleep on her. Guess it can’t hurt?

Finn Balor is now the longest reigning NXT Champion, as was announced on tonight’s show. Congrats.

Overall lowlights:

I think it’s about time to get back to matches taped at Full Sail. Nothing wrong with the Dallas crowds (they win points for a “this is wrestling” chant). This is more because it’s hard to listen to the announcers-good as they are-act like this stuff didn’t happen during WM32 weekend.

Overall highlights:

Two really, really good matches. And the Dallas crowd was still entertaining and energetic, so that’s a plus.

Also had a couple decent backstage segments-I was especially fond of William Regal sitting himself down next to Elias Samson as he played his guitar-badly-to tell the drifter than next week he faces Shinsuke Nakamura. To which Samson played a less than happy chord.

After the final bell:

Nights like this, I wish we had a little more action. It’s the downside of getting only an hour per week. Upside is, there’s no overexposure. I wouldn’t mind getting a 90 minute show, if it meant giving us another match or two, however.

Sounds like we might be getting an Asuka/Nia Jax program, if I heard things right on the show. And that Joe is very much still coming for Finn Balor’s NXT title. Given that they made a point to mention that Finn has now become the longest reigning NXT champion, that belt can be dropped at any time (presuming that one reason he kept it was to break the record).

And, if that was Enzo and Cass’s last match in NXT, while it sucks to go out on a loss, they still put together a really strong match with another great, fresh team whom we should be seeing great things from. On the main roster. Sooner than later.

And, what’s good is that we also have a couple really good matches to look forward to for next week-which is always a good thing.


American Alpha defeats Enzo and Cass

No Way Jose strikes out Alexander Wolfe

Nia Jax squashes Deonna Purazzo

Samoa Joe submits Apollo Crews.

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