Best Match of the night:
By default? Crews/Samson. It was the only match on the show that was new to the TV crowd. So it gets the nod, though I was tempted to let Nakamura/Zayn (which was only brief highlights) win this again, because that match was just that good.
Worst match of the night:
I could be cruel and say that Crews and Samson was both the best AND worst, since it was the only one, but I won’t do that. So this one, for tonight, gets an N/A.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
We want wrestling
Star of the Night
Apollo Crews. The more I see him, the more I like him.
Spot of the Night:
I liked the double mule kick type move that Samson hit on Apollo, escaping from a move in the corner.
Crews, when being whipped into the apron on the outside, instead leapt onto it and delivered a moonsault on Samson on the outside. Just impressive, especially given his size.
Jobber of the Night:
Cathy Kelley? There really isn’t a jobber possible when there’s only one televised match…
Upset of the Night:
Me, because there was only one match. This is, of course, the downside of doing bulk tapings where weeks are shot at the same time, and then you do a big live show and you don’t have much to use. It happens, but it sucks for us fans of the Wednesday show.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
This, I admit, is a reach, but NXT adding the studio element to it, just because it almost instantly pulled me back to my childhood, watching Superstars on a Saturday morning on an old tube TV set with rabbit ears and no remote control. Yes kids, you had to get up to change the channel, and you only had a few choices. Ah….memories…
Botch of the night:
Or, nearly one, anyways. When Apollo hit the toss powerbomb, either Crews did it a bit off, or Samson messed something up, because on the way down it looked like Samson might be landing on his arm, awkwardly, first.
Commentary of the night:
I didn’t win, I merely just survived Samoa Joe — From Finn Balor, following their TakeOver match
Elias Samson achieved the impossible. He somehow made the entire state of Texas hate country music.
Maybe Crews will stretch that arm a bit more and take away his ability to play the guitar.
LOL Moment of the night:
Samson’s singing. If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. So I choose to laugh.
A bit of a new look tonight, as they have Cathy Kelley adding a studio element to things, broadcasting from Stamford. Looks like a massive studio for one person (that, or she’s standing in front of a green screen to make it look huge). Looks a bit too sparse for my taste. I do think going to this format makes me reminisce, to the old Saturday Superstars shows, where we’d get the “live action” and it would be mixed in with cuts in a studio behind the big desk and such. So, I am willing to see how that goes.
Also, as to be expected, much time was spent looking back at TakeOver. Here’s what we basically got on WM32, but didn’t during TakeOver-the backstage, post-match interviews and such. But, that’s also one reason why TakeOver was short and sweet, and the official (WWE Network replay) length for WM32 clocks in at a bloated 4 hours, 51 minutes.
Though, it took us 25 minutes to get to our first wrestling match on tonight’s show. The TakeOver follow up was nice, but in an hour-long show, I want more wrestling less chat.
And, it wasn’t just our first match. It was our only match.
Honestly, this one is all too easy. It’s an hour long, and we only had one match. A bunch of post-match interviews and reaction, and some highlights of TakeOver matches-which is fine and dandy-but just one new match. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d say let’s find a way to have at least 2 or 3 matches, with the interviews sprinkled in.
As much as I will moan about the dearth of actual new wrestling matches tonight? The interviews were nice. I don’t know why, whether it was that they felt more raw and real, or what, but these post-match ones felt just so much more authentic than what we get on most major WWE programming. Plus, I thought it was pretty cool to hear the crowd in the background as the wrestlers were being interviewed. That crowd was crazy hot and loud.
After the final bell:
As much as I was bummed to only get one match, at no point was I inspired to shut it off (and no, not just because I get paid to do this). The interviews all had a nice quality to them.
The Cathy Kelley/in-studio bits? I think I like them, but I want to see how she factors into an hour-long show where NXT has 3-4 matches or more. I presume we saw more of her tonight than we would on a regular basis, because of how little there was in the way of new footage. But I think I am intrigued.
Apollo Crews defeats Elias Samson