Hey, it’s WWE NXT! It’s that show that has a video package for Jushin Thunder Liger. Yes, really.
The show started with Charlotte and Bayley coming down to the ring for the match they set up a couple of weeks ago. Bayley’s number one fan, that little girl in the front row who I imagine is her little sister, got the tassles again.
This is Bayley’s quest, a girl-by-girl march towards the title. She beat Emma, and now she’s fighting Charlotte. Yeah, It’s a re-tread of the Sami Zayn storyline from a year ago but who cares?
So they had a match and it was a good match but not a great match. A good match is fine, though, and the finish was great. Bayley had escaped the Figure Eight leglock and Charlotte had kicked out of the Bayley-to-Belly, and Charlotte went to the second rope to hit Natural Selection. However, Bayley reversed it and hit a second rope Bayley-to-Belly for the win.
After the match, Bayley gave her hairband to that same little girl – who, when she goes up to the main roster, has to go with her – and then acknowledged Charlotte from the ramp. Charlotte gave her a beaming smile. I love this show.
They showed a sit-down interview between Michael Cole and Kevin Owens. This looked like it was taped before Raw or Smackdown or something. Owens complimented Cole on his journalistic skills, which is always good for a laugh. Cole asked Owens about his apology to William Regal, shown on last week’s show, and brought up Regal hoping that Owens gets beat at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.
Owens said he was glad Owens had brought that up, and he was worried that Regal – as the man who runs NXT – might screw him out of the title. So he demanded his title match with Bálor at Takeover be made a ladder match, so there was no chance of a Montreal screwjob.
Cole then asked if Owens thought he could beat the Demon, and Owens paused. He took off his mic’ and handed it to Cole, and then walked out of the ring. What a fantastic dick.
Backstage, Bull Dempsey watched his Bull-Fit video from last week with a sad face. He vowed to do it right this time and went to the gym, where he got pinned under a bench press. To be continued…
Hey, it’s Baron Corbin! He came down to the ring to fight Steve Cutler, who didn’t get an entrance. The crowd started shouting “boring!” before the bell had even rung. Corbin finished Cutler with the End of Days in less than twenty seconds.
Backstage, in William Regal’s office, Bayley bounced in and Regal congratulated her on her win over Charlotte. She asked if she could have a title match and Regal said she deserved it, but so did someone else. So he made a match for next week’s show – Bayley versus Becky Lynch – and the winner fights Sasha Banks at Takeover. Bayley thanked him and bounced out of the office. Bayley is money.
Tyler Breeze came down to the ring for a match with Aaron Sola. No, me either. Sola was already in the ring, because he am jobber. Breeze killed poor Sola, angry that he is given such jobbers to fight when he wants top competition. He won with the Beauty Shot in less than a minute.
After the match, Breeze was ranting in a selfie, Sola lying in the background, when William Regal’s music played. Regal came out and told Breeze he’d searched the whole world for an opponent for him for Takeover, but had finally found one. Jushin Thunder Liger. The crowd chanted “Holy Shit!” and they played a video package on Liger. On a WWE show. In 2015. Baffling.
They showed a sit-down interview between Byron Saxton and Finn Bálor. Bálor did not compliment Saxton on his journalistic skills. Bálor said it had been an emotional first year and he believed NXT’s mission was to redefine professional wrestling. I think that’s DDT, mate. He said it was a huge honour to be champion.
Saxton asked him about Owens hitting Regal and Bálor said he used to be friends with Owens but now Owens has no class and no respect, and is filled with words that aren’t trustworthy. Bálor said if Owens wanted a ladder match he could have one, but was cagey on whether we’d see the Demon…
Hey, it’s Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder! Their Windows 98 Screensaver video brought them out to face the Hype Bros, Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder. Dawson & Wilder beat Enzo & Big Cass last week and so are therefore on a bit of a roll (the Blake & Murphy push).
So it was a surprise that the Hype Bros beat them, with Ryder hitting the Rawley-assisted Rough Ryder for the win. After the match, Dawson & Wilder ambushed the Hype Bros, and hit Rawley with the Shatter Machine, their ouchy finisher. Interesting booking.
Backstage, in William Regal’s office, The Vaudevillains get some sympathy from Regal for the manner of their title loss last week. He gave them a re-match at Takeover and advised them to find a way to curtail Alexa Bliss. I know that this will lead to them finding a woman to help them out, which will be cool, but couldn’t Regal just ban her from ringside?
They showed a Tale Of The Tape on Samoa Joe & Rhyno ahead of their main event, which was cool because it made it feel like a big match. Better than that time they did one on the Steel Steps, anyway.
Backstage, Bull Dempsey was getting pinned by under a bench press. BUT! he found the strength to complete the lift! Yeah, go Bull! He did some other exercises with a bunch of other folks and then approached a huge tyre. He struggled to lift it until those new friends stood and encouraged him and he flipped it over! YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! He stood on the tyre and posed – BULL-FIT!
Man, that was good.
Hey, it’s our main event! It’s Samoa Joe versus Rhyno! With nothing at stake except ranking points!
They traded holds early doors and then did a shoulderblock series, which Joe won. He took Rhyno to the corner and landed some punches, sending Rhyno outside and hitting a topé suicida. Fat man topés RULE. Back in the ring, Rhyno got the heat but Joe came back with an elbow and an enzuigiri. The crowd chanted “Joe is gonna kill you!” but Rhyno hit a spinebuster and they went to a commercial break.
After the break, Rhyno was still on top but Joe came back with punches and an STO, and they both went down. The ref did a double count and they both made it up at seven. Joe hit an Atomic Drop,a big boot, and a senton for a nearfall, and Rhyno hit a weird neckbreaker/Samoan Drop thingy for one of his own.
Joe fought back and locked on a chokehold but Rhyno broke out of it. Rhyno went for the Gore but Joe hit him with a boot and locked on the choke again. Rhyno backed him into the corner to break it and then hit a clothesline for a nearfall. Rhyno went to the second rope and Joe grabbed him and hit the Musclebuster for the win. Good big man match.
After the match, Joe stared into the camera, and that’s your show!
This was a Good Show. Nothing outstanding but it’s so easy to watch and progresses things towards its ultimate destination so nicely. Stay HYPED!