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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - NXT #287 7/15/15
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#1 Posted on 16.7.15 0916.57
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Okay, I'm going to level with you guys: There is not a lot going on on tonight's show. What there is is pretty spectacular, though, so let's just get right into it.

We're starting with a quick recap to set up tonight's main event of Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte. They've done a couple of these packages now, and I've decided I like them. They're helpful if tonight just happens to be your first show, and they're not intrusive. From this, we go to the show open, where Kevin Owens is still the last guy before the package ends. Finn Balor is the champion, FIX THE OPENING. Sorry, I take show openings seriously. They are serious business.

We open the show proper with the debut of the team of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable. They've got a couple of jobbers lined up, so there's no real tension in this one. Gable shows off his amateur style, and he's got some good speed behind it. Eventually he gets powered into the wrong corner for the very briefest of face-in-peril spots, until he makes the hot tag to Jordan, and they wrap this up with a very cool suplex finisher: Jordan back suplexes the guy up, but instead of slamming him, he tosses the guy to Gable, who finishes the suplex with a bridge. It's neat.
Match Rating: Ready, Willing, And Gable (And Jordan).

We now take you back to Monday, to see the once great NXT women's division get absolutely gutted when Sasha, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch all showed up on RAW. I mentioned that I had some reservations about this in the RAW thread, but really the biggest concern is what this does to NXT. We knew Charlotte was all but gone, and I think we all expected to lose Sasha in a few months, but losing Becky as well is going to be really hard.

Anyhoo, Samoa Joe is out to mash up Some Jobber. It looks like his music is here to stay - if that's the case, I feel like he should start wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Maybe some sunglasses. That'd at least make him thematically appropriate with the music. Oh, the match? Yeah, Joe kills this poor bastard. Corner chokeslam, muscle buster, Kokina Clutch, the end.
Match Rating: The Fillerest.

We have a new Baron Corbin package. He's getting a tattoo and talking about all the accolades he's earned. Four college football conference championships, a judo championship, heck, he even played NFL PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL for the Cardinals. Yaaaaawwwwwwnnnnn. This is so boring, and it makes Corbin seem so much less interesting and dangerous than he did before. This is backwards momentum for NXT's big project guy. If you're going to do stuff like this, you might as well just skip some steps and fire him now.

Oh no, Eva Marie is out. She's got a mic, and she wants us to know how excited she is. Her delivery is totally believable; I totally believe her. She says she's excited about the main event tonight, and she's excited to have her first match next week. That ought to be fun; I totally believe it will be fun.

You know, she's still better on the mic than Dana Brooke. Anyhoo, now Blake and Murphy are out to kill some jobbers, too. There is really nothing to see here, either, although I'd like to acknowledge Murphy's very nice headlock. They do a very good job with fundamentals down in Winter Park. Blake cuts off a hot tag, Blake and Murphy hit their brainbuster/frogsplash combo, and that'll do it.
Match Rating: So Much Filler.
After, Alexa Bliss points out that they didn't touch one of the jobbers. She tells the boys to get him, and then they cheerleader lift Alexa into the Sparkle Splash. It looks amazing. I hope they do that more often.

We see Sasha Banks getting warmed up backstage, and then it's out to the ring, where Sami Zayn has an injury update for us. He says he misses us (awww), that 2014 was the best year of his career, and that 2015 was the worst. He says he doesn't think he'll be back before 2016, although that sounds like misdirection to me, because it'd mean that Hideo Itami's shoulder would heal up before his. Sami's still got his sights set on Kevin Owens, and if they could finagle a US title match out of this, that would be pretty rad.

We get one final recap of the events from last week that lead into tonight's main event, and a shot of Charlotte warming up. After that, we get a very poorly shot report from comicon, where the rematch between Owens and Balor was announced for Takeover on August 22.

Finally, it's time for the women's title match. It's a slow start, even by NXT main-event style standards. There's a lot of feeling out and jockeying for position. Eventually, Charlotte hits a headscissors takeover and rolls through into the Charlotte's Web - that'll get things moving. She slaps on the figure 4 headlock, and snaps a couple takeovers with that, but that's only enough to keep Sasha down for a bit. Sasha comes back with a big elbow, followed by a knee lift. That's enough for her to set Charlotte up in the corner for the double knee drop. It doesn't look any more fun to take this time around. Sasha lays in a boot choke in the corner, and Charlotte responds with a good old Flair flop. Love the classics. Charlotte tries to rally with a jawbreaker, but Sasha reverses it into a backstabber/straightjacket choke combo. I guess she figured it was too early to go for the Bank Statement. When she can't get a tapout, Sasha applies the figure 4 headlock, and lays in a couple face-slams with it. Charlotte uses her superior strength to hoist up Sasha for a devastating powerbomb counter. Seriously, Sasha bounces like half a foot off the mat when she hits. Both women are starting to feel the match now, and they start trading forearm shots back and forth. Charlotte gets the upper hand, and hits a neckbreaker (so pretty) followed by a spear (so pretty). She legit has the best spear I've ever seen. Roman Reigns should be watching this. Sasha survives this and goes for a backslide. They jockey around a bit, but Sasha winds up with the advantage, and hits a straightjacket takedown. Sasha's feeling it now, and starts taunting Charlotte. This turns out to be a bad move, however, as Charlotte gets fired up and starts laying in some very nice chops. Sasha goes down, and it's time for the figure 4 - wait, no! Sasha counters with a rollup, and when Charlotte kicks out, she goes for another one! That doesn't work either, and so Sasha decides to go for the figure 4 herself. Charlotte counters, rolls through, and is finally able to lock in the figure 4 for real. It is also at this point that Charlotte's weave comes loose, so she just starts slapping Sasha with a handful of her own hair. The women roll towards the ropes, and Charlotte decides to drop herself of the apron so that she can apply more leverage to the figure 4. Eventually, the ref forces the break. Charlotte comes back into the ring and tries a rollup for two, then goes for a body slam. Sasha is able to wriggle free, though, and nails the Bank Statement. She clamps the crossface on tight, and though Charlotte tries to fight out of it, she can't hold on. Charlotte taps, and Sasha Banks retains the championship.
Match Rating: Alright, I Guess, If You're Into Fucking Amazing Women's Wrestling.
After the match, the ref hands the belt to Sasha, and we can see that Sasha is crying. Then the camera cuts to Charlotte, and Charlotte is in tears. This is the point where I realize: We just saw Charlotte's last match in NXT, and probably the last blow-out match these two are going to be able to have with each other. Sasha will still be around until she drops the title (I'm hopeful that won't be until December, but it might be as soon as next month), but Charlotte just graduated.

So much filler at the top of the show, but the ending was a powerful, emotional end to one of the best rivalries I've seen in a very, very long time. Let's all take a week to cool down, and we'll see what they can put together for next week's show.
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#2 Posted on 16.7.15 1129.14
Reposted on: 16.7.22 1129.51
Good to see Sashas #Snatched tour continuing :D
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