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Tenken347
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#1 Posted on 9.7.15 0909.22
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We start off this week with a package looking back at Beast in the East. Well, everything except the title match between Owens and Balor, which will be replayed in its entirety on the show tonight. That will save me a little time tonight.

After the show open, we go right to the women's tag match that we were promised last week. (Ugh)Dana Brooke and Emma are out first, followed by Sasha Banks and, right now, nobody. I want to point out that as Sasha is making her way to the ring, Byron Saxton miscalls the Women's title as the Diva's title, and it makes me very, very mad at Byron Saxton. You'd better have learned the difference by now, pal. Dana gets on the mic to get across the point that Sasha has no friends, and therefore no partner, but the point she really gets across is that she is awful, just awful on the mic. They are probably much better off letting Emma talk for her for a while, still. Sasha takes the mic, and she says she'll take both of them on by herself, because she's super, super rad. The crowd chants for Blue Pants, but they, like a couple folks from last week, are bound to be disappointed. Well, not that disappointed, because it's Charlotte who comes out. She says she'll do it if Sasha agrees to "owe [her] one." Sasha agrees, and that's going to be the match.

To absolutely no one's surprise, the former BFFs start out strong, and after a cool double team spot in their corner, Sasha and Charolotte even bust out the old BFFs finger-snap taunt. That leads into an early attempt at the Charlotte's Web, a move that the commentary team has stopped calling by name, which makes me sad. Emma's had enough of getting roughed up, though, so she lures Charlotte outside and back through the ropes, where Dana is able to get the jump on her. Emma follows this up with a nasty right hand, and Charlotte is officially in peril. Dana comes in with a genuinely good-looking fireman's carry slam, and a somewhat improved leg submission hold. She's tightening up in the ring, but she's still a travesty on the mic. Charlotte wriggles loose and makes the hot tag to Sasha, who lays waste to Dana with a pair of running double knees in the corner. She dumps Emma outside, and when Dana tries another fireman's carry slam, Sasha reverses it into the Bank Statement. Charlotte cuts off Emma with a Figure 4, and it's a double tap-out for the win.
Match Rating: These Two Should Just Win All Of The Matches, Always.
Afterwards, Charlotte says what we all expected. For her services tonight, she wants a title match next week. Sasha agrees, and we have a main event scheduled for next week.

We catch up to Bayley backstage at one of the house shows, and she lets us know that the reason we haven't seen her lately is that Emma broke her hand a while back. Maybe the ladies should slow down just a hair? The injuries are kind of piling up right now. Anyhoo, Bayley says the title is her priority for her, but that first Emma is going to get more than just a hug when she comes back.

They replay the Finn Balor video package that was put together for Beast in the East, then we get the full BitE title match between Owens and Balor. Everybody already talked about that match over in the BitE thread, so instead of a full recap, I'll just put this here:

    Originally posted by Me, from last week
    Finn Balor is what it looks like when you do absolutely everything right from the moment you bring a guy into your company

Match Rating: Ladies And Gentlemen, Your New NXT Champion, Finn Balor.

Well, it's nice to know that, even with my truly abysmal PPV prediction record, I still know something about pro wrestling.

We see that a cameraman caught up with Kevin Owens after the match to get his comments. That doesn't seem real smart, camera guy. KO proves me right by, I believe, killing and eating him.

Devin Taylor is backstage chatting with Chad Gable. Chad's not sure why Jason Jordan doesn't want to be a winner and hang out with a super rad dude who is also cool and handsome like Chad Gable. Jason Jordan shows up, and I guess that he realizes that if he's been unable to find success with either of the former Legionnaires, there must be something wrong with him. Anyhoo, Jordan finally relents and agrees to team up with Gable next week.

Solomon Crowe has a quick promo to let us know he's back, and that goes right into his match with Marcus Louis. I love Marcus Louis and his monster-man routine; I could watch it all day. The match starts off with Crowe punching the shit out of Louis, and Louis no-selling the first few shots. The third knocks him down, however, which lets Crowe lay in a cool-looking modified abdominal stretch. Once Louis gets loose and goes on offense, it's standard big monster power stuff, and his own modified abdominal stretch that includes a rib claw that probably hurts more than it looks like it does. Crowe mounts a comeback on a rope-run reversal, nailing a cutter that sets up a couple kicks and finally his stretch muffler, which has been named the Crowebar. That'll do it.
Match Rating: Not Bad; Possibly Solomon Crowe's Best Match So Far.

The Vaudvillains are backstage, preparing to do as men do and defeat Enzo and Cass to become the #1 contenders for the tag team titles.

A different camera guy caught up with Finn Balor after BitE, where he was being congratulated by Neville and Cesaro, and also John Cena. Poor John probably had to concede to not wrestling Balor this summer; one box left unchecked on his summer fantasy wrestling camp to-do list. Maybe next year John. Anyhoo, Balor actually does have a few words for the camera guy, saying that his dream has come true in Tokyo. Awww.

We're getting an injury update on Sami Zayn next week. C'mon Sami, we need that third match with Owens.

Main event time. Vaudvillains versus Enzo and Cass for the #1 contendership. First, let me just say that Enzo's pants are absolutely amazing. They can't be described, they must be seen. Also, shout-out to the Dusty polka-dots Enzo has shaved in his head. They showed up a couple weeks ago and I didn't say anything, but I'd like to acknowledge them here. Anyhoo, Enzo and Cass do a quick spiel on the mic, as is their custom, and Cass encourages the Vaudvillains to get their dukes up. Them's the definitive fighting words, Cass. We start with some switches and reversals - I know, right? - and then the Vaudvillains get dumped outside so that Cass has time to call out SAWFT and send us to break. When we come back, Enzo's got Aiden English on the ropes. Cass bodyslams Enzo onto him, and they give him a good general working over. English manages to make a tag to Gotch, and this gives us our actual face-in-peril spot, although Enzo and Cass barely edge out the Vaudvillains in terms of crowd support. Gotch is working a neat-looking modified half-nelson(?) arm submission, while English goes for a more traditional chickenwing-style hold on the same arm. They also do a nifty elbow drop/big boot combo, but eventually the hot tag is made and Cass starts murdering both of the Vaudvillains. I feel like maybe Cass would do better in the tag division all by himself. Cass goes for the SAWFT elbow drop on English, but Gotch makes the save. This basically just earns him a Rocket Launcher, but Gotch is actually able to roll out and tie up Cass. This means that when Enzo comes off the turnbuckle, it's not onto a prone Simon Gotch, but into the waiting arms of a standing Aiden English. English rolls through and pins Enzo for the victory.
Match Rating: I Want To Live In A World Where The Champs Are Balor, Banks, And The Vaudvillains.

Good show, even with the replay of the title match. And next week's women's match should be spectacular, as always. See you then.
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#2 Posted on 9.7.15 1006.23
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All the little BFF touches in that tag match were fantastic. This is one of the best things about NXT that is completely lost when you make the jump to Raw - characters remember that they have history, and don't just reset every time they change their affiliation from heel to face or vice versa. How does Dana Brooke fuck up a TAG? A tag's not even a real move! And she did it twice, I think. Also, Dana Brooke reminds me of Emilia Clarke and that just makes me hate her more. Go away! The crowd's chat of "Like a boss" after Sasha told both her opponents off and was about to take on them handicapped was very appropriate. Sasha also has one of the top three entrance themes in all of the WWE. Basically, Sasha is awesome and if she's on my screen doing Sasha Things, I am a happy man.

Get hyped, men, next week will be headlined by Sasha and Charlotte.

    Originally posted by Tenken
    Devin Taylor is backstage chatting with Chad Gable. Chad's not sure why Jason Jordan doesn't want to be a winner and hang out with a super rad dude who is also cool and handsome like Chad Gable. Jason Jordan shows up, and I guess that he realizes that if he's been unable to find success with either of the former Legionnaires, there must be something wrong with him. Anyhoo, Jordan finally relents and agrees to team up with Gable next week.

I'm just a tad disappointed that you didn't work in "Ready, Willing, and Gable" in there.

Solomon Crowe's Stretch Muffler is better than his earlier finishers, I suppose, but that's the only good thing I can say about him. For all the hype about Sami Callahan, he has made absolutely zero connection with the crowd at Full Sail, and the creative forces behind MXT don't seem to care all that much. Going out and doing the same thing week in and week out in the hopes that maybe it'll work this time around isn't helping anyone I feel. After the KO match, there was a good opportunity to hit the reset button on Crowe, but they've lost it.

The crowd was surprisingly quiet for the #1 contender's match, even if it was a crisp and well-worked little bout. I wish the Vaudevillains had remained heels though. I think the crowd can't quite make out whether to cheer or boo them. It's the classic WWE dilemma though - what happens when you turn cool heels into faces? Why do they suddenly seem to lose their coolness?
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#3 Posted on 9.7.15 1236.58
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    Originally posted by Tenken347
    We see that a cameraman caught up with Kevin Owens after the match to get his comments. That doesn't seem real smart, camera guy. KO proves me right by, I believe, killing and eating him.
That slow look up killed me. Kevin Owens is the best heel ever and the worst human being. I love him and can't get enough.

    Originally posted by Tenken347
    I love Marcus Louis and his monster-man routine; I could watch it all day.
That was fantastic. Loved the fingerwalking on the ring rope. The claw! My father in law is gonna love watching that; he's a huge fan of old-school rasslin. I did have to chuckle at how this looked like a match between Kane's little brother and Raven's little brother.

As for Solomon, this was the reboot. Less hacker, more punk. If he can continue to bring it in the ring, I think the crowd will get into it.
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#4 Posted on 9.7.15 1506.52
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I dunno, Dana Brook is still kinda growing on me. Like a cancerous lump perhaps, but still. But she does basically embody all that is Miss Piggy.
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#5 Posted on 9.7.15 1550.57
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    Originally posted by used2bcool
    Basically, Sasha is awesome and if she's on my screen doing Sasha Things, I am a happy man.


Apologies to Charlotte, but Sasha's the real female Ric Flair. The brash upstart who you're supposed to boo, but you can't because she's just too good. For the record, Charlotte's actually the Ricky Steamboat to her, representing family and tradition.

    Originally posted by Tenken
    Devin Taylor is backstage chatting with Chad Gable. Chad's not sure why Jason Jordan doesn't want to be a winner and hang out with a super rad dude who is also cool and handsome like Chad Gable. Jason Jordan shows up, and I guess that he realizes that if he's been unable to find success with either of the former Legionnaires, there must be something wrong with him. Anyhoo, Jordan finally relents and agrees to team up with Gable next week.

I'm just a tad disappointed that you didn't work in "Ready, Willing, and Gable" in there.


You're right - I really let everyone down there.

    Originally posted by whatever
      Originally posted by Tenken347
      I love Marcus Louis and his monster-man routine; I could watch it all day.
    That was fantastic. Loved the fingerwalking on the ring rope. The claw! My father in law is gonna love watching that; he's a huge fan of old-school rasslin. I did have to chuckle at how this looked like a match between Kane's little brother and Raven's little brother.


I actually think they should just have Kane walk into, like a volcano or something, and have Marcus Louis walk out and we all pretend its the same guy and he's Kane now.
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#6 Posted on 9.7.15 1605.25
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I enjoyed the womens' action this week, and I'm looking forward to next week. Sasha is just the best, right? It'll be fun. I can't wait until Bayley's back. There's something special about her, and she can rock the demographic WWE wants when she hits the main roster.

Can we get the combo of Cole and Corey Graves on Raw? Graves is a good heel color commentator.

Glad to see the Vaudevillains get their title shot, though kind of surprised it comes at the expense of Enzo & Cass. Enzo & Cass are kind of bulletproof right now though, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them appear to help out the main roster tag division by Survivor Series time.
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#7 Posted on 9.7.15 2047.39
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Aaaaahhh, Solomon Crowe. I really want to like you. Please give me a reason to like you.

Maybe I just need to give it a few more weeks, but I just can't get behind Marcus Louis' crazy monster schtick. He looks like a guy pretending to be a monster heel rather than an actual monster heel.

    Originally posted by used2bcool
    Also, Dana Brooke reminds me of Emilia Clarke...


THANK YOU. I've been trying to figure out for weeks who she reminded me of and you nailed it.

Wait, wasn't there supposed to be a Samoa Joe match? I guess that's next week then. I suppose when they tape several shows back to back, there's some bleed over for which match belongs to which episode. I'll live.

EDIT: Okay, so after doing a quick Google on Marcus Louis, it turns out he used to work in a psychiatric facility before wrestling so I'll withhold some judgement, but it's still going to be difficult to buy a guy who's 6'2 and 245 lbs as a monster.

(edited by Spank E on 10.7.15 0252)
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#8 Posted on 10.7.15 0633.49
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    Originally posted by whatever
    As for Solomon, this was the reboot. Less hacker, more punk. If he can continue to bring it in the ring, I think the crowd will get into it.


I can't get over how ugly his ring gear is. It looks like something Taz took a pass on back in 1996. Also is "the little monster of NXT" supposed to be Social Distortion reference? Do kids today know Social Distortion? True story: when my hair was blue a waiter at a restaurant sang Mommy's Little Monster to me and it was the best day of my life.

Sasha and Charlotte can feel free to wrestle each other all the time forever. I was pleasantly surprised Sasha's partner wasn't Eva Marie.

VAUDVILLIANS! I really hope this means the return of their amazing silent films. Those things are gold.
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#9 Posted on 10.7.15 1235.26
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Marcus Louis should be brought up to Raw as the son of Kane and Katie Vick.

Solomon Crowe is just the worst. I can't wait to start the CROWE: BARRED thread when he inevitably gets canned.

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