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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - NXT #270 3/25/15
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Tenken347
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#1 Posted on 27.3.15 0852.21
Reposted on: 27.3.22 0852.51
It's the NXT before WrestleMania, and we don't have no time for no nonsense. This is a two match show, and we go straight to the ring for match number one. Sasha Banks is defending her title against Alexa Bliss, due to Bliss getting one up on her last week. Like last week, we start off with trash talk before getting into the actual action, which in this case is Bliss going for a takedown. She's trying to get the flash pin early, which is a sound strategy if you ask me. Last week, PeterStork said that Sasha was his favorite wrestler, and I can only assume that's because of how damn good she is. It's not the wrong choice. Case in point: she counters Bliss's springboard move, and then hits her own corner double knee drop; the best one I've seen her hit yet. It even gives Bliss a nasty case of rope burn on the way down. She's going to remember this match for a while. Bliss gets back on offense, and keeps going for the roll-up. This is unfortunate, as her roll-ups are awful. Seriously, she botches like three of them in this match. I like Alexa Bliss, but I get the feeling I'm going to like her a lot more in about a year. She's surprisingly sloppy at unexpected things, like roll-ups and armdrags. She needs a lot of polish at this point. Anyhoo, Bliss must hear me thinking all that, because she immediately hits her springboard sunset bomb, which is easily the best move in her arsenal. It's just got such nice snap to it. She goes up top, but the Boss is getting real skilled at countering top rope moves. She swings Bliss to the mat and slaps on the Bank Statement in one fluid motion for the win.
Match Rating: Ain't No Stoppin' The Boss

Okay, now hold on. We've got a lot of video packages between now and the main event. The first one is just comments from Kevin Owens. KO don't care if Balor brings the demon or not, he's confident that no one is ever going to take the title off him. I like how booable KO is. He's very good at what he does, but I still want him to lose. So actually, that means he' not good, he's great.

Hype package for KO is next, and there's a similar one for Balor later on in the show. These are effective, but I'm starting to feel like they overdo them.

Backstage, Emma comes to check on Bayley. Emma knows from experience that the NXT crowd is just setting Bayley up for disappointment later on, but Bayley won't hear it. She loves the crowd too much to turn against them. Emma reacts to hearing this the way any sensible, reasonable person would - she slaps Bayley so fucking hard that it sounds like a gunshot went off. Remember back when Sami Zayn slapped Adrian Neville right before their match at (R)Evolution? Like, 10 times harder than that, not even kidding. I'm wincing just thinking about it.

Ouch. Anyhoo, Tyler Breeze is talking about getting back in the world title hunt (bad timing on that bro, you might want to check out what the current champ has been up to), but he gets interrupted by Hideo Itami. Itami wants a rubber match between them to settle things, and he wants it definitive - 2 out of 3 falls. Mark your calendars, that third fall stands a real, real good chance of finally being the GTS. Also, Breeze's reaction to this proposal is absolutely priceless, so while you're checking out Emma's SLAP, you should stick around and catch this too.

Package for Dana Brooke. They want me to notice something about this girl, but I'm not quite sure what.

Balor's backstage, and he doesn't need the demon to beat Owens. That...doesn't seem smart, really. For some reason, guys make really stupid decisions when it comes to fighting Kevin Owens. I'm wondering if KO's real finisher is the ability to cloud men's minds.

We go backstage to Enzo, Cass, and Carmella hanging out. The worst thing about this show being pre-taped is Enzo, whose inability to keep a consistent look means that he always gives the game away. Here, he's sporting his look from before the road shows, so we know exactly when this was taped. They get interrupted by Blake and Murphy, who seem very sincere in wanting to apologize for knocking Carmella off the apron in what will turn out to be the future for them, but which we saw last week. They even spent their championship bonus on a gift. Enzo and Cass are not impressed by this move, but Carmella seems quite taken.

For the record, as with all consistent talking points on this show, I love the fact that the champs make more money, giving the championships inherent value.

Finally, we've reached the main event, which if I haven't been clear throughout this is Balor vs. Owens. Main event feeling out to start. Corey Graves mentions that Owens is going to want to slow this down because a quicker pace favors Balor, but really both guys seem to be working mat style in this one. Owens goes on offense early until Balor cuts him off with a roll-through dropkick, but Owens comes back by shotting Balor's throat across the top rope. It's all forearms and elbows from here out, until Owens takes it outside. He wants to hit the apron powerbomb and put Balor out, but Balor's a little to canny for that, and counters. It's not enough; Owens gets back in the ring and counters a crossbody attempt into what appears to be White Noise (does anyone know what this move is actually called?). He goes right into a particularly nasty senton from that. It looks like it absolutely sucked to be Balor there. At about this point, Graves mentions that Owens is grinding Balor down, and grinding is absolutely the right word. It's a slow, methodical strategy that looks legitimately painful and effective, but it's also really hard to cheer. Like I said earlier, Owens is really good at being booable. Balor eventually manages to toss Owens out of the ring and hit a big dive, but he hurts his own knee in the process. The story from here to the end of the match is that all of Balor's leg-based offense is minimized as a result of this injury. He hits a double stomp to the back of the neck, he hits the pele, nothing. He even gets the slingblade and the inverted lift DDT, and he still can't put Owens away. He goes for his big pushback dropkick, and misses, smacking his knee right into the post in the process. You know what happens now. Owens is relentless on the knee, including a really cool spot where he stands on it, and then drops and elbow on it. Trust me, it's way cooler than it sounds. Balor manages to turn it around a bit, and Owens goes up top. Balor follows him, and this turns out to be a Bad Idea. Owens takes control and delivers a top rope fisherman's buster that, by all rights, should end the match. It doesn't! So Owens hits the corner cannonball. Then he does another one, right into Balor's injured knee! Then he goes for a third one, but his greed is punished when he misses. Balor rallies, hits the pushback dropkick, goes up top, and hits the Coup de Grace! But he hurts his knee again on the move, and he can't make the cover! Owens recovers, hits the pop-up powerbomb, and that's game.
Match Rating: Not Bad, For Round One.

For real, that was a great first chapter. Not the best match, all told (certainly not as good as the Neville match), but really effective in setting up the idea that Owens beat him clean, but that Balor probably could beat him, especially if he were to bring out the demon. Right now, they have two standing stories with Owens, and either guy could conceivably be the one to take the title off him. I always like it when the champ is facing multiple credible challengers.

As an aside, I know that it's been reported that there was supposed to be some kind of mini-tournament in NXT for a spot in the ARMBaR, but it wasn't on this show, so I don't know? If anyone's got info on that, I'd be interested.
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#2 Posted on 27.3.15 0902.30
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    Originally posted by Tenken347
    As an aside, I know that it's been reported that there was supposed to be some kind of mini-tournament in NXT for a spot in the ARMBaR, but it wasn't on this show, so I don't know? If anyone's got info on that, I'd be interested.


They had a mini-tournament live at Axxess last night. In the first round matches, Hideo Itami beat Tyler Breeze, and Finn Balor beat Adrian Neville. That led to the finals matchup between Balor and Itami, and this time Itami won, so Hideo Itami will be in the ARMBaR.
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#3 Posted on 27.3.15 0937.24
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    Originally posted by Chumpstain
    They had a mini-tournament live at Axxess last night. In the first round matches, Hideo Itami beat Tyler Breeze, and Finn Balor beat Adrian Neville. That led to the finals matchup between Balor and Itami, and this time Itami won, so Hideo Itami will be in the ARMBaR.


Is Mania finally the time to bust out the G2S?
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#4 Posted on 27.3.15 1146.58
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Cutting away for THREE "commercial" breaks during the main event was laughable. What are they even thinking?

On a side note my feed was as bad as it's been in a long time. I'm a little worried about Mania.

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#5 Posted on 27.3.15 1220.12
Reposted on: 27.3.22 1221.20
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Is Mania finally the time to bust out the G2S?


Probably not in a battle royal, where it could get lost in the shuffle, but maybe WWE picks out a spot to stick it to Punk. Otherwise, save it for next year.

I've wanted to see KENTA wrestle live since I've heard about him, so I'm glad he won.


I was pretty happy with the way Owens-Balor was handled. I thought the finish was kind of dumb, but it was done like that because you know there'll be a rematch down the line. Owens got his ass beat and Balor can rebound from this loss.

Owens is still a relatively new champion, so I imagine it'll be a while before he drops it. Also, it depends greatly on who gets called up next.
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#6 Posted on 27.3.15 1228.16
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    On a side note my feed was as bad as it's been in a long time. I'm a little worried about Mania.


I saw other complaints online about stream quality during the "live" airing of NXT. My feed was hot garbage during Wrestlemania Today yesterday. I am also worried.
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#7 Posted on 27.3.15 1256.21
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    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      On a side note my feed was as bad as it's been in a long time. I'm a little worried about Mania.


    I saw other complaints online about stream quality during the "live" airing of NXT. My feed was hot garbage during Wrestlemania Today yesterday. I am also worried.


Scott Keith has chronicled network issues for about three weeks as he reviews RAW and Nitro episodes.
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