Best Match of the night:
Zayn versus Joe, and it was not even close.
Even with the ending (or maybe, because of it?), this match was excellent. Power and size versus speed and agility, I suppose you could say. It was certainly an interesting match, given the way these two were different. Plenty of reversals, plenty of impressive moves, and a hot crowd. All adds up to match of the night.
Worst match of the night:
Seriously, for the sake of the shorter NXT show, this may have to become “match I liked least” or something along those lines. When you only have an hour, and in this week’s show only four matches, one of them would have to be the worst of the night. But, worst of this night would still likely not even come close to worst on RAW.
That said, tonight I give it to Asuka versus Deonna. I think part of this is due to how the past couple NXT shows have had much stronger women’s matches, so this one had a tough act to follow. And, it was the only women’s match this evening. Asuka is, of course, a very special talent, but not enough to keep this match from being 4th best tonight.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
How you doin’
lets go Gable
Let’s go Riley/Riley sucks
Joe’s gonna kill you
Star of the Night
I give this to Zayn and Joe. Probably more impressed with Zayn, but the match was very good and they earned this.
Spot of the Night:
I still love seeing the Blue Thunder Bomb. Not super spectacular in and of itself, but at the same time, having Zayn get Joe up and performing that move on him? Pretty impressive.
I could say I liked the Helluva kick out of the escape from the Muscle Buster. Except that when we get to the replay? Sami looks to have whiffed, or Joe moved. Maybe whiff is too strong. Looks like it was a glancing blow on Joe’s left chest area. But Joe sold it well.
Jobber of the Night:
Deonna. Sorry, but as with worst match, there’s a smaller pool to draw from, and someone has to “win” this.
Upset of the Night:
This one goes to Tye Dillinger over Alex Riley. Riley was dominating most of the match, and Dillinger stole it from him at the end.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
The ending of the number one contender match. 2nd match of that sort that ends in controversy, and while I am sure the endings have probably been done elsewhere before, I can’t think of any from personal memory, and both were done well so it’s not like “oh God they are doing it again”. And honestly, even knowing the ending ahead of time, when Zayn pinned Joe, you really didn’t notice, right away, that Joe also had a hand over Zayn’s arm, and Zayn’s shoulders were also down. I mean, replay was obvious, but they executed it well.
Botch of the night:
This might be my minor nitpick of the night, but with Enzo and Big Cass and their finisher, the Rocket Launcher. They need to change it up somehow, because the last few times I’ve seen it, Cass barely appears to touch Enzo as he leaps off the top rope. That’s not good. Given the size/strength combo, if they intend to stick to a top rope maneuver, I’d hope they went with something to really showcase the power.
The Helluva kick was kind of a whiff too, but I called that out in “spot of the night”.
Commentary of the night:
All of UCF mis-spelling a word, I hope they got refunds on their tuitions.
Where has Alex Riley been? He looks like he’s been hanging out with Leonardo DiCaprio getting attacked by bears.
LOL Moment of the night:
Honestly, wasn’t really one this evening. Maybe Emma, trying to be taken seriously, declaring she runs NXT. This is the downside of the gimmick she had while on the main roster-a goofy, aloof babyface, and now back in NXT, she’s not goofy, she’s not a dancing fool and she’s not a face. It’s hard to not see her as that, though. So, it makes me laugh.
Controversy breeds controversy, doesn’t it? So, last time NXT was running a number one contenders match, their were 3 men involved, and 2 of them got the 3rd locked in submission moves at the same time. He (Corbin) tapped out, but to whom? The only thing for sure was that Corbin lost, which lead William Regal to hold yet another number one contenders match, this one just between Zayn and Joe. And yet again, this one ends in controversy, as the winning pin was counted-but both men had shoulders down. So, it’s a draw, and Regal (and NXT) still lack a number one contender.
As is becoming standard, my beef is length of show. A two hour one, or even just 90 minutes, would be acceptable too, WWE.
Only one women’s match tonight.
No Bayley, and barely any Finn.
But seriously, those are gripes for the sake of griping. I admit that.
Every match was really good. Yes, even “worst of the night” winner Asuka/Deonna was solid. Zayn and Joe were top notch, and you can easily imagine how those two could work on the main roster-something we may get to see sooner than later.
After the final bell:
This one is more of a random musing, but for now, I had no other place to put it. It appeared like Enzo was wearing a pair of women’s yoga pants to the ring, and it looks like American Alpha aim to channel their inner Steiner (pre-‘Roids, for the most part).
And I ask again…what is up with Asuka’s ring attire? Bad enough it looks like some combo of Macho Man meets Zubaz, but the garters/underwear thing? Mind you, she could kick my tail, so I am officially…”asking for a friend”.
American Alpha and Enzo/Big Cass defeat Dash and Dawson and Blake and Murphy in an 8 man tag match.
Asuka over Deonna Purrazzo
Tye Dillinger over Alex Riley
Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe-ends in a draw.