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#1 Posted on 8.10.16 1405.31
Reposted on: 8.10.23 1405.40
Whew, this one's both late and short. This week kind of got away from me. Which is too bad, as this is a pretty great show this week, with a pretty fair amount of stuff going on.

We start off with the Bollywood Boyz taking on the Authors of Pain in the first official match of the Dusty Rhodes Invitational Tag Team Classic. I like the BBoyz, but we don't get to see too much of them here, because this is just a great big squash. The big news is that the AoP finally have a name for their finisher: The Final Chapter.
Match Rating: Corbin > AoP > Ascension.

Next up, Rich Swann takes on Patrick Clark. Clark no longer sports his Freedom Eagle Patriot tights, which is sad. Instead, he appears to be running a gimmick based on Dave Chappelle doing Prince. Mere moments after I write this down in my notes, Tom Phillips explicitly references that sketch, confirming my impressions. Thank you, Tom Phillips. I officially forgive 1/3 of all the lousy calls you've made. Anyhoo, Clark gets in a nice spinebuster, but that's about it. Swann is incredibly over with the NXT crowd, so he turns it around with a nasty spinning hook kick, then a second one, followed by a back handspring into a standing moonsault press for three. I think that's my favorite move that I've seen Swann use as a finisher.
Match Rating: I Can Legit See Swann Wrestling For A WWE World Title Someday.

Next, we recap Liv Morgan's extremely ill-advised attempt at Asuka's title from last week. Afterwards, Aussies Peyton Royce and Billie Kay came by the trainers room to make fun of her with a pretty spot-on impression of her.

That sets up our next match, witch is Royce taking on Danielle Kamela. Kamela ain't bad, but she ain't exactly magic, either. I already like her better than Ayliah, though, if you want some faint praise. Royce busts out a pretty neat Venus Flytrap rope-tangle submission hold, and finishes with a very nice deep snap fisherman's suplex.
Match Rating: Despite My Lack Of Details, I Thought This Match Was Actually Pretty Good For What It Was.

Roode and Dillinger are backstage, discussing their upcoming match with SAnitY next week. Oh, yeah, SAnitY's a tag-team, I guess. Anyhoo, I say discussing, but Roode is primarily quoting his own theme song, while Dillinger is trying to take this a little more seriously. I seriously hope that the plan is not to run these guys against each other. That feels like a self-defeating exercise, to me.

Dan Matha is out, and he is actually more terrible live than he was in his vignettes. Also, he has one of the worst wrestling themes I've heard in years. If I can bust out an almost-forgotten classic, "It sounds like an alligator getting fucked in the ear." Just, kind of a mess here. His opponent is - wait, no, it's Joe! Kill him, Joe! Joe obliges, and Matha is down. Afterwards, Joe wants us all to know that he's going to escalate matters if Regal doesn't accommodate him next week.

NWJ and Swann are backstage. They're competing as a team in the Dusty Classic, and Swann points out that they're a pair of fun guys who had a pretty rough start in life. I've seen flimsier premises for guys teaming up. Anyhoo, they start singing their (individual) theme songs, and dance out of the frame to end the segment.

Our main event is Andrade Almas and Cedric Alexander vs. the Revival, in another DRITTC match. Cards on the table here, everybody: I did not take any notes for this match. Two reasons. One, these guys move entirely too quickly for me to keep up with. Two, I was way more invested in actually watching them wrestle than in transcription. Because this was a great, great match. One of NXT's regular TV classics. Definitely check this one out if you missed the episode. Cedric hits all of his high spots, but eventually the Revival isolate Almas and start picking apart his arm. That's their move. After the hot tag, Alexander makes some headway, but the Revival dump Almas and hit a Shatter Machine for the win.
Match Rating: A Classic.
After the match, Almas and Alexander hug it out. Good, because I like them as a team, and I'd love to see them stick around, maybe eventually run a program against DIY, and never mind, because Almas has already turned on Alexander. He tosses Cedric out of the ring, and then does a fireman's carry lift into a drop across the ring stairs. Almas is up the ramp, and as he goes, he does this amazing bit where he just kind of shrugs, and then does this tremendous smug grin.

I figure this news will make a few people very happy, as La Sombra did a lot of great work as a heel. It also, hopefully, gives them an opportunity to repackage his entrance attire. My vote is for a boxer's robe with the La Sombra mask colors on the hood. I just think it would be cool, is all.

Anyhoo, great show. See everybody next week!
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#2 Posted on 9.10.16 1517.15
Reposted on: 9.10.23 1518.28
    Originally posted by Tenken347


    Dan Matha is out, and he is actually more terrible live than he was in his vignettes. Also, he has one of the worst wrestling themes I've heard in years. If I can bust out an almost-forgotten classic, "It sounds like an alligator getting fucked in the ear." Just, kind of a mess here. His opponent is - wait, no, it's Joe! Kill him, Joe! Joe obliges, and Matha is down. Afterwards, Joe wants us all to know that he's going to escalate matters if Regal doesn't accommodate him next week.




Am I the only person who expects Joe to demolish the debuting Sanity next week?
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#3 Posted on 9.10.16 1608.22
Reposted on: 9.10.23 1610.31
    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel


    Am I the only person who expects Joe to demolish the debuting Sanity next week?


I hope so, because I picked them to lose in my bracket.

I'm glad to see NXT start to get their legs under themselves after really floundering for a while. It seemed like it took until around the Dusty Tournament last year to feel cohesive as well.
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