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#1 Posted on 2.1.15 0836.12
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Well, well well, what a surprise! It turns out that our New Year's Day episode is an actual episode! The show gets right down to business, and so too shall we.

Our first match is the Lucha Dragons vs. Ty Dillinger and Jason Jordan. The announcers spend quite a bit of time talking up Dillinger and Jordan, and I agree. They're both actually really good, and deserve more of a shot than they've gotten so far. They do get in some decent offense in this match, including a massive fallaway slam on Kalisto, and unless my ears deceive me, the crowd starts chanting for Ty Dillinger. Despite all this, the match is basically just a squash for the champs, and their rally starts when Sin Cara gets the hot tag and immediately botches the shit out of a springboard spot that the TV edit does nothing to disguise. He hits a Sunset Bomb (the announcers' words, but I'm pretty sure that it was actually a Victory Roll Bomb), and that's the ball game.
Match Rating: Woof, That Botch
Afterwards, the Vaudvillains run out during the Lucha Dragons' victory celebration and jump them. The hit the Whirling Dervish on Kalisto and leave the champs laying, setting the stage for their title rematch next week.

Next is a backstage vignette between CJ Parker and Bull Dempsey. Parker's got yet another match with Baron Corbin tonight, and Bull's trying to convince Parker to just go out and hurt him as much as possible. Parker, on the other hand, would actually like to win the match. I kind of like this, because it means that wins and losses are important to the wrestlers, as they should be. Anyhoo, Bull fails to get any traction on this, leaving Parker to think about the "Greater Good" as he walks away. Parker looks...pensive? Sure, let's go with pensive.

We get an add with Sasha Banks letting us know that NXT is moving to Wednesdays at 8pm in two weeks, when Smackdown moves to Thursdays. There's another one with Tyler Breeze later on. Personally, I like the Tyler one better, but the important thing is to adjust your viewing schedules accordingly.

Carmella's got a match up next, and she's accompanied by Enzo and Cass, as always. They do their whole spiel, and announce her opponent - the triumphant re-return of Old Blue Pants! Crowd is once again wild for this. Renee Young gets the line of the night here, quoting Blue Pants - "If Magneto won't take responsibility for his actions, then I will!" Anyoo, Carmella is wrestling like a heel here, which turns out to be an important plot point. Enzo gets up on the apron with advice, but it turns into a distraction for Carmella, and Bluey rolls her up for the victory.
Match Rating: Blue Pants Wins! Blue Pants Wins!
Afterwards, Carmella is justifiably pissed at Enzo, and tees off on him while he tries to apologize. Cass breaks it up, and I'm curious to see if this is going to lead to a heel turn and a split.

Parker and Corbin have their "match" now, and it goes as expected - End of Days in about half a minute.
Match Rating: Okay, For Real, What Was The Point of Parker's Earlier Segment?
Bull watches the whole thing from ringside, and after he gets the win, Corbin decides he's tired of waiting. He calls Bull out, and the two finally come to blows! You know what? The match probably won't be great, but they've successfully gotten me to invest in it, and now I want to see them fight.

GM William Regal's got an announcement for us: Sami Zayn returns next week. Hooray! But he's interrupted by Curtis Axle. Boo! Axle still wants a piece of NXT, and reminds us of all his accomplishments in WWE, like beating Cena and HHH, and this is literally the worst thing he could do. I'd almost forgotten those moments, and how badly they'd permanently damaged his career. Regal clearly feels bad for Axle upon being reminded of all this, and decides to throw him a bone by giving him a match with Hideo Itami next week.

Charlotte is announced for an interview. She's supposed to tell us what's in store for her now that's she's beaten all challengers, but she's quickly interrupted by Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch. Does Sasha want another rematch? Nah, they're just out here to wail on Charlotte. But they should have moved faster, as Natalya runs out to run them off. The announcers suggest a tag match, and that's something that I can easily get behind.

We've got a quick pretaped bit where Renee Young is interviewing Kevin Owens. Renee suggests that Owens stole Sami Zayn's moment at (R)Evolution. Owens is so offended by this assertion that he walks out on the interview. Dang Renee, why you gotta be so aggressive in your interview style?

Our main event for the evening is the final match between Itami/Balor and the Ascension. Of note - Balor comes out sans paint, which I think is a good thing. You really want to save that for big matches and special events. Despite his lack of paint, the early part of this match is all Balor wailing on Victor, until Victor is finally able to nail an European uppercut on the apron that sends Balor all the way to the floor. That puts the Ascension firmly on offense for the bulk of this match, doing all their regular hard-hitting offense. Balor turns things around with a pele kick, bringing in Itami who promptly hits an incredibly swank tornado DDT that guillotines Victor on the top rope. After a little bit more back and forth, Itami nails a buzzsaw spin kick and sends the Ascension out on their backs.
Match Rating: Not as Good as (R)Evolution, But Then Again, What Is?

This was a strong start to the new year, and next week is even more promising, featuring the tag title rematch, Axle vs. Itami, and the return of the champ. That's a lot to look forward to; see you all then.
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#2 Posted on 2.1.15 0954.28
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I was highly amused by the fact that the actual theme music for Blue Pants(Leva Bates) is Big Cass' acapella Price Is Right theme.
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#3 Posted on 2.1.15 0959.53
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    Originally posted by PowerPB13
    I was highly amused by the fact that the actual theme music for Blue Pants(Leva Bates) is Big Cass' acapella Price Is Right theme.

Yeah when that started playing after she won you could see Cass wasn't doing it on the mic so they must have recorded it haha.
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#4 Posted on 2.1.15 1032.05
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    Originally posted by Tenken347
    Our main event for the evening is the final match between Itami/Balor and the Ascension. Of note - Balor comes out sans paint, which I think is a good thing. You really want to save that for big matches and special events.

I agree completely with this point. Yet his entrance without the paint is still on another level than most everyone else in NXT already. Riley mentioned earlier in the show Corbin having "Presence", in this case, his presence bucket runneth over.

Enjoying the continued tease of the GTS by Hideo. If and when he finally uses the move, you can't help but feel it'll blow the roof right off of Full Sail.

There seemed to be a few awkward moments that they didn't edit out. The Sin Cara botch, and then a couple of missteps with Charlotte's promo.

Excited for the move to Wednesdays. Mostly due to the fact there's been than one occasion where I've sat down on Wednesday night ready to watch NXT only to realize I'm a day early.
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#5 Posted on 2.1.15 1105.36
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Charlotte's kind of weird since she's really been acting pretty the much the same as a heel as when she was a face except that she sticks up for her opponents that she grows to respect (except Sasha I guess).

I think she may have been a bit put off though because it looked like she almost plowed Devin over when she was doing her back-cartwheel entrance thing.
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#6 Posted on 2.1.15 2057.11
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I demand a Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake vs Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger match. If NXT really knows what they're doing, which all signs suggest it does, they'll have it main event the pre-Wrestlemania live event.

My favorite moment was as the Vaudevillians were heading back up the ramp. Simon Gotch turned to jaw at the crowd and you could tell he was fighting to hide a smile after seeing the guy holding the cardboard 1000 barbell.

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