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NXT Review 3/16/16 – Thanks for the Memories

Quick Results:

  • Hype Bros get the win over Angelo Dawkins & Kenneth Crawford via pinfall after the Hype Ryder.
  • Emma makes Deonna Purrazzo tap out to the Emma Lock for the win.
  • Tommaso Ciampa gets the victory over Jesse Sorensen by making him tap out to the bridging Fujiwara armbar.
  • Asuka & Bayley pick up the win over Eva Marie & Nia Jax via pinfall when Bayley pins Eva Maria after the Bayley to Belly. After the match, Mr. Regal names Asuka the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • American Alpha beat The Vaudevillians via pinfall after American Alpha hits their german suplex finisher. As a result, American Alpha is the number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship.  

They packed a ton of stuff into the show this week.

I’m filling in for brother Al this week on the NXT report, and yes, it may be a day late and possibly, old news, but can you really put a time stamp on the show which happens to have the best wrestling on the planet?

I have to admit that I’m like three weeks behind on NXT at the moment. Part of the issue is they taped so far ahead and we know the final destination. So what’s the point? (Please don’t let Paul know that I said that. All hail.)

Regardless, I am here and so is Sami Zayn. Let’s go!

Show starts with a rather lengthy recap of the near forty five minute long Zayn/Joe match from last week’s TV. As usual, they do a fine job in the video of making it out to be an all time epic match. I’ll refrain from judgement on such things until I’ve actually seen the match myself.

Tom and Corey (probably the best commentary team in the business right now) welcome us to the show, and Tom tells us the show is starting off with the “underdog from the underground”. Cue Sami Zayn, complete with hat and coat, looking like a guy straight from having a coffee with his mate down at the local Starbucks.

“I don’t know if any of you have been in a war with a three hundred pound Samoan. It’s not fun.”

Sami Zayn is here to cut a rather passionate promo about two things: first, he still wants to be the first two time NXT champion. Second, he expect NXT to steal the show in Dallas. William Regal appears and says that Sami Zayn deserves to face the absolute best in the world in Dallas.

“Sami Zayn, I will see you in Dallas.”

And like that, Shinsuke Nakamura makes his first official appearance on WWE TV.

“I wouldn’t consider Nakamura a reward. That’s a death sentence,” says Corey Graves, putting over Nakamura strong. Big fan actually of both Tom and Corey treating Nakamura’s signing as a huge, huge deal.

Next, we do a thing that would only happen in NXT: we go from talk about Shinsuke Nakamura to the Hype Bros. Hype Bros vs Kenneth Crawford & Angelo Dawkins is the first match on tonight’s show.

Hype Bros have actually become accepted by the Full Sail crowd now. That’s a far cry from October, I believe, when they were actually booed when announced as Bayley’s tag team partners in a mixed tag match against BAMF. Mojo Rawley is amazing for a million different reasons, by the way. He takes forever to stand in the corner and yell out HE AIN’T HYPED before hitting a spinning backfist. This was your typical enhancement talent match. Hype Bros get the win over Dawkins & Crawford via pinfall after the Hype Ryder. Great finisher name.

Recap of NXT at the Arnold Classic. The mighty Paul makes an appearance. My eyes grow wide. I see the King of Kings, and I know I’m not worthy. Triple H. The WWE Champion. A man who is hyped and stays hyped. All hail.

Cut to Emma and Dana Brooke bantering in the back as they run into quite the big name, Deonna Purrazzo. Verbal mockery ensues as Dana and Emma are quite amused by Deonna’s multiple failures to beat Asuka. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Emma is up next.

Evil Emma is the best.

Deonna gets very little offense in the match as it was a showcase for Emma. I was impressed with Emma putting Deonna in the tree of woe in the corner, picking her up, and then repeatedly kicking her in the back. That was definitely different. Crowd was definitely behind Emma here and that left poor Tom quite confused. Emma makes Deonna tap out to the Emma Lock for the win. Deonna is going to win one day, and it is going to be great.

Next we cut to highlights of the excellent Revival vs Enzo/Cass tag match from WWE Roadblock. You should go watch that. This sets up another reminder of the main event for tonight: American Alpha vs. The Vaudevillians to determine the #1 Contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship.


Aiden English is very pale.

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jesse Sorensen is up next. My god Jesse is cut. Not “bleeding” cut, but the pecs and the abs and the oil. My god. Sign this man immediately. Anyway, Ciampa takes control early and beats the hell out of Sorensen. I audibly yelled, “OH MY GOD,” three different times during this match. Ciampa is having a hell of a year. Tommaso Ciampa gets the victory by making Jesse Sorensen tap out to the bridging Fujiwara armbar.

Asuka & Bayley vs. Eva Maria & Nia Jax is up next.


Corey Graves literally loses his shit during Eva Marie’s entrance. Tells Tom to shut up.

“…how many times am I going to have to tell you to shut up? What do you not understand about be quiet?”

That was beautiful.

There was utter despair in Corey’s voice when Asuka’s music hits because he knew this would not end well for his beloved Eva Maria. Asuka is a crocodile. Eva Marie is but a deer. Crowd is firmly behind Bayley & Asuka, which is stating the obvious, I know. Tom is openly cheering for Eva with glee heard in his voice. He is the internet wrestling fan. God bless you, Tom Phillips.

“…the internerds…”

Nia Jax eventually tries to make the save for Eva Maria and ends up accidentally giving her a leg drop. Asuka with a cheat shot to Eva Marie while the ref’s back is turned. Asuka & Bayley pick up the win via pinfall when Bayley pins Eva Maria after the Bayley to Belly. Mr. Regal comes out and tells Bayley she sets the standard for women in NXT, but announces that Asuka is the new #1 contender. Asuka vs. Bayley is made official for NXT Takeover: Dallas.

Toss to highlights of Austin Aries’ debut at the UCF tapings being crashed by Baron Corbin. Tom and Corey have an interview with Austin Aries to get his thoughts on Corbin’s attack.

“I’m going to teach you exactly why I’m the greatest man who ever lived.”

Our main event of American Alpha vs. The Vaudevillians is next.


Asuka vs. Emma is announced as the main event of next week’s show.

Gable and Gotch (which is a hilarious set of names to write in order if you don’t have proper context) start things off as Tom and Corey recap The Vaudevillians winning the tag team titles back in Brooklyn. No, they didn’t mention Blue Pants. How very petty of them. Gable & Jordan dump English & Gotch to the floor as we go to break.


WrestleMania 32 is soon.


Back from break and Chad Gable is very much the babyface in peril. Eventually he makes the hot tag to Jordan who, as always, is a house of fire. American Alpha start making the comeback when Gable tags back in and hits quite the impressive Chaos Theory on English. Jordan gives Gotch an overhead belly to belly suplex on the floor. American Alpha proves to be too much for Aiden English as they hit their german suplex finish for the win. Chad Gable & Jason Jordan are the news #1 contenders for the NXT Tag Team titles and will face The Revival in Dallas.

FINAL THOUGHTS: We already knew we were saying goodbye to Sami Zayn soon as he’s already made his official main roster debut. I fear Bayley may not be long for the world of NXT either. NXT TakeOver: Dallas will probably be the NXT swan song for both. Thanks for the memories, I guess.


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