Welcome to whoever actually comes across this to my blog and my new review on the latest NXT episode which airs on Australia on Thursday afternoons. I’m going to start doing regular reviews so check back here after most shows (Raw, Smackdown, Impact and NXT) for all the results and my thoughts on what went down. Let’s get underway!!
Contract Signing for NXT Championship match
The show kicks of with Hall of Famer Jim Ross who is always good to see and it is still a shame that he is not a full-time commentator. Bo Dallas is out first followed by the champ, Big E Langston. I’m not sold on Bo Dallas as a performer. He looks goofy and he just doesn’t have very good mic skills. On the other hand, Big E talks with intensity, conviction and he is entertaining.
The contract signing itself was pretty tame as Bo talked about how he was jealous of the life Big E has and next week he was going on to bigger and better things. Big E then made fun of Bo Dallas calling him a geek and a mommas boy. Pretty week start to the show.
Interview with Corey Graves:
Corey Graves talks about how he is going to take down the Wyatt Family and win the tag team titles even if his partner, Kassius Ohno, has to stand on the apron.
I think Corey Graves will be a star sooner rather than later. He has the tattoos of CM Punk and the intensity of Daniel Bryan. Look out for him to be on the main roster by at least Wrestlemania next year.
Promo airs for Paige:
Wow Paige is different to any other diva that WWE has at the moment and I think that works in her favour. The scary part is that she is only 20-years-old so I think she is a definite future Divas Champion.
NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying match: Tamina Snuka vs Paige:
Fairly typical match with Tamina Snuka dominating and Paige winning with a roll-up after countering the superfly splash. The ‘Diva of Tomorrow’ moves forward in the tournament.
Kassius Ohno interview:
Kassius has a pretty similar interview to Corey Graves and I like everything about Ohno. I know he has travelled around the world on the Indy scenes, including featuring a cameo on Border Security in Australia (check that out here if you get a chance), but I like the character he has in NXT and despite his age may have a good run on the main roster, possibly even feuding with his old tag team partner Antonio Cesaro.
Leo Kruger Promo Package:
His South African accent is really off putting and he is certainly a weird character. I find it very strange that they have promo packages for superstars who have been on NXT for months and were even some of the top stars. I feel like they should be promoting the new stars coming through and who they actually are. That way, the fans can get behind them or at least boo them for a reason.
Mason Ryan vs Colin Cassidy:
Mason Ryan is a beast and it looks like he has improved since disappearing after being in the New Nexus. His build seems to have changed as well. He looks huge but more defined. This was basically a squash match and he wins with a torture rack into a neckbreaker.
Sami Zayn interview:
Ole! The former El-Generico talks about how he beat Curt Hawkins and Cesaro in the one night. Cesaro interrupts and they get into an argument which leads to an altercation between the two after Zayn comments on Antonio’s man-purse. (It’s a satchel Sami, Indiana Jones wears one!!!)
Alex Riley vs Conor O’Brian:
Wow how far has Alex Riley fallen?! Two years ago he was accompanying The Miz at Wrestlemania and now he is on a random episode of NXT. On a side note, I really enjoy Brad Maddox as a commentator he is highly entertaining. Anyway, O’Brian wins with a very unique submission move and then a random elf looking man appears on the ramp to yell with Conor O’Brian.
NXT Tag Team Championship match: Wyatt Family (c) vs Ohno & Graves
Harper and Rowan are genuinely scary looking dudes. They are big and have impressive beards. Also, for a team that doesn’t like each other, Ohno and Graves have matching outfits which I thought was funny. The Wyatt family win an entertaining match after the attack from behind by Bray Wyatt on Kassius Ohno.
The main event saved it slightly because this week there was not a lot of wrestling and lots of interviews and promo packages. I’m looking forward to Big E vs Bo Dallas next week. Check back in the next couple of days and I’ll have my Smackdown review.