Wow, what a show. Best show NXT has ever put on, probably, and that's no small statement. Crews v. Samson got cut from the show, and it still went past 12am. WrestleMania's gonna have a damn hard time matching up to this show in any way.
American Alpha beat The Revival in a super fast-paced 20 minute match to win the titles in the opener. This was a great, great match, crazy intense and the crowd was way into it. When they got the pin with the Grand Amplitude, Jordan started crying like a baby, and Gable couldn't even look at him because he was barely keeping it together himself. Great start.
Austin Aries defeated Baron Corbin with a rollup counter to the End of Days. Not much to say here, it was a perfectly fine match with no complaints, but there's not much here that would set your world on fire, I don't think.
In the standout match of the night, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Sami Zayn with the Kinshasa knee to the head. This was a nearly 40-minute match that wound up pushing everything else around the card, and it was totally worth it. These guys gave everything they had (including hardway blood), and it wound up being an amazing arrival for Nakamura and a fitting departure for Zayn.
Asuka defeated Bayley to win the Women's Championship when Bayley passed out in the Crossface Chickenwing. This was a really good, but unfortunately short match at only about 10-12 minutes. The story was Bayley rising to match Asuka's hard-hitting style, and showing her famous heart by refusing to tap out. The rematch for this ought to be incredible.
Finally, Finn Balor retained his NXT Championship by flipping over the Kokina Clutch into a pinning combination. This was a good match, better than their London confrontation, I think, but it was marred by Joe getting busted open in the first few minutes. Joe looked like an absolute horror show, so they had to keep stopping the match to clean him up. The crowd was not cool about that. Despite the wrecked flow, it was still awfully good, but Finn retaining was a bit of a surprise. Not sure where they go from here, but I guess we'll see.
Five matches, all good, some great. Wonderful, wonderful show. If you were a responsible adult and went to bed instead of staying up all night to watch it, shame on you.
I think I'll just forget about WrestleMania now and just watch Nakamura's entrance on loop for the entire weekend. Here it is in 50 FPS: https://streamable.com/50al
Asuka beating Bayley makes sense since the NXT Women's Division is in need of rebuilding and if Bayley just beat Asuka that doesn't leave much for her to do. While Asuka and Bayley fight over the belt, they develop more talent because WWE has it all going on now.
Nakamura/Zayn is my North American MOTY so far. It's crazy that Nakamura, Styles, and it's looking like Kota Ibushi are all potentially working in WWE now.
Originally posted by SKLOKAZOIDNakamura/Zayn is my North American MOTY so far. It's crazy that Nakamura, Styles, and it's looking like Kota Ibushi are all potentially working in WWE now.
Yes, since it was not mentioned in Tenken's review, Kota Ibushi (w/Funaki) and Bobby Roode were both sitting in the audience and showed on screen.
Zayn/Nakamura was definitely the highlight and American Alpha/The Revival was pretty close. Joe/Balor and Bayley/Asuka had a tough act to follow and were pretty good matches although I don't know if I'd go as far as great. (I do admit I was getting a little sleepy during the main event because I'm old and tired, probably need to rewatch it.)
I didn't like Balor's chainsaw entrance because A) His normal entrance is even better and B) What's up with stealing Ambrose's thunder? We know he's going to have a chainsaw in his match against Lesnar.
Originally posted by QuezzyI didn't like Balor's chainsaw entrance because A) His normal entrance is even better and B) What's up with stealing Ambrose's thunder? We know he's going to have a chainsaw in his match against Lesnar.
I also was not in love with the chainsaw. If I've got one negative, it's that there wasn't anything special going on with anyone's entrances. I suspect that WrestleMania is taking up too much time for guys like HHH to be able to set stuff up in NXT. The chainsaw thing felt like Finn saw it on the way to the ring and was like, "Well, maybe I can do something with this?"
This was a fantastic amazing joyous event. The fact that the two title matches were able to deliver after Nakamura-Zayn speaks to how good those actually were as well as how important it is to have different styles. The Revival vs American Alpha was the best WWE branded tag match in years, but my God that Nakamura-Zayn match was a thing of beauty. I cannot wait to see Nakamura vs the WWE/NXT roster. This was about as good a show top to bottom as you are going to find.
What else is there to say about this show? Amazing... and having Apollo's match with Samson drift away to a dark match gave us more time for all the goodness. Corbin yelling at the crowd/his opponent/the ref throughout his whole match added so much to the guy...very KO-esque.
Originally posted by Tenken347I also was not in love with the chainsaw. If I've got one negative, it's that there wasn't anything special going on with anyone's entrances. I suspect that WrestleMania is taking up too much time for guys like HHH to be able to set stuff up in NXT. The chainsaw thing felt like Finn saw it on the way to the ring and was like, "Well, maybe I can do something with this?"
There was only one match that was average by this show's standard (Corbin v. Aries) but the rest of this show man...
I tried my best to stay up and watch but I'm an irresponsible very very tired adult, so as soon as I woke up I watched it. By the time Asuka v. Bayley started I was so exhausted by how hype the show was I felt like I needed another nap.
I really like Baron Corbin now. He's the prototypical Vince "Big Man" type that Vince hasn't even acknowledged yet. Plus you just know with all his on-screen bitterness towards smaller indie guys, he probably really loves working with every one of them. Him yelling at the crowd is boss.
Nakamura and Zayn was too much. The crowd broke out a "Fight forever!" chant which is a first to me. This was one of the stiffest looking WWE shows I've seen in a looong time. There isn't much I can say because the match was that extraordinary except SAMI PLEASE DON'T MOVE TO THE MAIN SHOWS. D'ya see what is happening to Breeze, Neville, The Ascension, Dallas, and The Wyatts? A whole lot of jobbing and half-assed development.
I can't help but feel that the stalling of the match to patch up Joe was more to avoid a possible future lawsuit first and protecting Joe second. I was begging for one of the doctors to yell "Get the fucking z-packs!". Joe looked so terrifying bloody I suddenly wanted to see a Italian horror film. I wanted Joe to win, where does he go now?
Also Finn with the Chainsaw was cool. He timed the revving of it with his music during the throw your hands up parts. How did you guys not get the Texas Chainsaw connection?
Exhausting show for me in the best possible way. I hope Wrestlemania won't be exhausting in the opposite way.
Cole: "Yeah, thanks to Kane. You should buy Kane a Rolex watch for what he did for you."
Rollins: "Oh don't be silly, Kane doesn't wear watches."
Huge pet peeve of mine is that they stop the match to deal with the blood. No blading is fine, but if its hard way let em bleed. It stops the realism of the match. I know they do that in MMA between rounds, but there are no rounds in the WWe. Even a minor nose bleed from Nakamura had to be wiped. Like he's a child. I'm sure Nakamura knows how to wrestle with a bloody nose.
The crowed need 20 after the Nakamura-Zayn to catch its wind back. Thats the problem when you have 4 great matches in a 5 match card. No interviews and short video recaps gives them little time to catch up. Won't have that issue Sunday night.
Is Asuka turning heel? She wrestled heel-ish and was acting it post in the match victory. Its probably just for this match. Bayley is way too over to be the heel in a face vs face match. Whats next? Submission match? Submission Iron Woman match?
I though Texas Chainsaw Massacre as soon as I heard the chain saw. Balor must love horror villains real or fake.
HHH and Dusty built on hell of a promotion. Its like they say, the madder you are the more you put into it. HHH said you like Indy wrestling over me? Well I'll just go a build the best one in the country, no the World. It is rising to the top very fast.
Chalk up another responsible adult here. Watching the show this morning, and I will also echo the love - WOW.
Bayley - Asuka was shorter, but wow was it a good match. Watching Bayley learn and adjust as the match progressed was something to see, and having her provide Asuka's biggest challenge to date did wonders for both of them. I can't wait to watch it again!
Also agree - even zonking out last night I knew that Finn was channeling the *Texas* Chainsaw movies.
"As you may have read in Robert Parker's Wine Newsletter, 'Donaghy Estates tastes like the urine of Satan, after a hefty portion of asparagus.'" Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
I watched on about a half hour delay, or basically live.
LOVED the tag match. Loved both teams. Gable & Jordan's looks as they won meant everything.
Speaking of look's, seeing how much you could tell Sami Zayn was enjoying Nakamura's entrance was telling. Great match.
Sad Bayley lost, but she has much bigger things if they pull the trigger. Pull the trigger, E.
Didn't get into Baron-Aries much.
Enjoyed the main event, the chainsaw ruined the entrance. Part of the hype of his entrance is the music, which was drowned out by the chainsaw.
Great show. Great commentary! Also, at the beginning of the show there was a shot of Tom & Corey doing the intro hype with the crowd and ring behind them. It was retro Superstars and it was perfect. We need more of that.
Nous ne nous pouvons pas sortir. I liked this show a lot. Like a whole lot. So remember that if I seem mostly negative here.
Two roll ups?
Joe kind of needed to win this one but the other two titles had changed hands so I knew he wouldn't.
Speaking of which, AA has won everytime and easy. So has Asuka. Was hoping the Revival would make them work for another match or two to get there. For crafty cheaters Dash/Dawson sure ran out of tricks quickly.
Actually figured that was going to be the finish for the Women's match. Wish the commentary team would have acknowledged that the Asuka Lock is also a choke on one side or at least explicitly stated Bayley passed out from the pain followed by a team of Doctors/trainers looking over her shoulder.
And now praise (which I have less of since you guys covered most of it)
Sissy PG practices can't stop Nakamura from wiping his nose then licking his own blood and smiling like a maniac.
Nakamura ran a semi legitimate BJJ submission chain!
WWE's first Japanese champion since Funaki held the Cruiserweight title in 2005. I think... I just read a bunch of lists and learned that Tajiri is the most decorated Japanese Superstar in history. And Kenzo Suzuki got to be a tag champion.
Asuka turning heel would make sense if they had a deeper female face roster. They don't, so we will luckily get Eva/Asuka or Jax/Asuka. Happy Days. I like the idea of Joe going to the main roster instead of Finn. Joe costing Taker or Brock at Mania would make for a better series of matches or even Joe/AJ teaming up to take out the Authority. Either way, NXT does what WWE can't do, hype an event, follow through and make their fans happy. Right now, they we hope for an event not to be that bad.
Asuka wrestled a bit heelish because she's facing Bayley. And let's face it, she usually isn't a face of heel anyways, she's a force of nature so to speak. Loved the match btw. Bayley rising up to a new challenger, blocking a move then getting hit with a follow-up. Second time, blocking and dodging the follow-up. She's an amazing story teller in the ring. There seemed to be a gasp in th audience when she passed out, like UT-Brock on a smaller scale. Very cool.
Tag match was great, AA-Corbin was fine for the first part of their story. Finn-Joe was solid but a bit of a shocker finish. Also, the stoppage didn't help (though commentary covered it up nicely by pointing out it just pissed off Joe even more) Zayn vs Nakamura was..wow. Everything it needed to be. Great intro for Nakamura and a great farewell match (probably) for Sami. And holy crap did they kick and punch the shit out of eachother. Wow.
And what I love most about NXT is that it's just a wrestling show. No bells & whistles required. We go from promo to match to promo to match. No second wasted.
Originally posted by Spiraling_ShapeIt was a "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" reference.
Ooooooh. I think a leather butcher's apron would have helped me out a lot there.
Originally posted by andy1278Sad Bayley lost, but she has much bigger things if they pull the trigger. Pull the trigger, E.
I honestly don't think that NXT can stand to lose her. She's the anchor for their standout division. You're down to Asuka, Alexa Bliss, and Emma (who I'm pretty sure is on her way back up, and good for her), and that's not enough. I think we're probably about six months away from Bayley going up to RAW, because I think it'll take at least that long to get Santana, Deonna, and the Aussies who will hopefully get new, better names up to speed.
Originally posted by Spiraling_ShapeHere is the most honest, emotional moment you'll see in professional wrestling in 2016, this side of Bayley or Sami:
Trying to watch this on the Network live, it was the anti-IYH: Beware of Dog. The middle three matches were perfect, but the first and last matches were completely unwatchable. Had to go back after the fact.
It didn't ruin my enjoyment at all, but it would've been a hell of a nice bonus to see Gable pull out the Chaos Theory. It looked like they were trying for it at one point but without enough momentum it ended up being just a normal rollup.
Poor Dawson (which one's Dawson?) was just lost after the botch. But everything recovered nicely.
Small sample size and all, but I just don't see Austin Aries' value-add right now.
There isn't quite anything like watching a match that gets two standing ovations before it’s over. Fight forever, indeed.
God bless Corey Graves for tying in the effects of forearm smash fest with Sami trying to block Nakamura’s cross armbreaker. God bless Corey Graves.
The ref stoppages in the main event didn’t reduce my enjoyment at all. I really, really liked this match once I managed to watch it uninterrupted. But wasn’t Joe not being able to get the big win after multiple chances what ruined his TNA tenure?