Welcome to another review of the home of the young talent… NXT! This aired last night in Australia so I’m going to give you the results and a few thoughts on the superstars and matches for this weeks episode. So, lets get underway!!
Semi-final NXT Divas Championship match: Summer Rae vs Emma
Emma wins this match with a massive upset and Summer Rae attacks from behind before Paige makes the save. Both Divas had some offence in this match with Emma using a unique offence while Summer Rae uses her long legs to her advantage. I must admit I have a soft spot for Emma because she is from Australia, where I’m also from. However, it seems that I’m not the only fan of her as the fans definitely seem to get into her dancing and the bubbles. I could see her with that gimmick on the main roster eventually because it gets the younger audience involved.
Bayley talks to Dusty Rhodes and she is a strange character. I really don’t get it at all. However, it does lead to the introduction of the Nature Boy and his daughter Charlotte. Looks like Charlotte vs Bayley next week.
Sami Zayn vs Leo Kruger:
The crowd chant ‘Ole’ during the match to pay homage to Zayn’s indie character ‘El Generico’ which was a nice touch. Everyone knows how good Sami Zayn is but the two styles really worked in this match. Zayn used his speed and Kruger used his power including a brutal spinebuster that even Arn Anderson would be proud of! The finish to the match was exciting with a lot of false finishes but in the end Leo Kruger got the win with an arm lock. Impressive effort from both superstars here!!
Adrian Neville, Corey Graves and William Regal has to be one of the most unique teams I’ve ever seen. A high flyer, a technician and a brawler all in the one team. It is unique but also could work. Their interview was entertaining but sent a message to the Wyatt Family very effectively.
Mason Ryan vs Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy:
Mason Ryan beat both guys in single competition last week and now he faces them in a handicap match. Enzo Amore is another unique persona in NXT. He is different and that is good to see. Cassidy doesn’t get a chance on the mic but he is an impressive figure. Amore and Cassidy get the win after a leg chop by Amore leads to Cassidy falling on Ryan and getting the 3 count.
Dusty Rhodes announces Number 1 contender match Cesaro vs Kruger vs Zayn. That match is going to be amazing!!!
The Wyatt Family vs William Regal, Corey Graves and Adrian Neville
After the Wyatt Family debuted on Raw this week it is interesting to see them on NXT considering this was filmed weeks ago. I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop on Raw in the coming months. It is always good to see William Regal in a wrestling ring because he is so underrated. He is able to work the crowd and comes from a time when superstars were able to be effective both as a heel and face, unlike some current superstars (Alberto del Rio I’m looking at you!)
The match ebbs and flows with Adrian Neville being used as the dummy for punishment, a role he does very well. He makes the hot tag to William Regal and brings the crowd back into the match. Adrian Neville uses some high flying to take out Rowan before Wyatt uses his finisher to take out Regal and win the match for his team.
So there you have it folks. Another great NXT which had a heavy focus on wrestling and less about character development which was a change from past episodes. I’m looking forward to the triple threat match next week and to see how Ric Flair’s daughter goes in the ring!