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NXT Review: The Tag Team Revival

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WWE NXT

Watch: WWE Network

Air Date: July 6, 2016

Full Sail University/Full Sail Arena – Winter Park, Florida


Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss

On paper, this match has potential. Bliss has been improving rapidly as of late and Bayley remains one of the finest competitors in NXT. Another solid showing for Bliss, who ultimately was unable to put the perennial underdog away and eventually fell victim to a Bayley-to-Belly. The one major criticism I have of this match is that a few of the near-falls lacked an air of urgency. But, that’s just one knock on an otherwise solid opener. After the match, Bayley cuts a promo. Bayley says that it’s been a long road back to regaining the NXT Women’s Championship, but she bounced back just to get knocked down again by Nia Jax. Bayley then adds that she had to sit back and watch Jax take her opportunity at TakeOver. This brings out Jax, who Bayley challenges to one more match. Jax agrees to a match before heading backstage.

Next, we get a video package highlighting the team of TM61, Shane Thorne and Nick Miller.

Backstage, Cathy Kelley interviews The Revival about their title match against American Alpha later tonight. Dawson and Wilder say that there will be no more doubt from fans when they walk out tonight, still the NXT Tag Team Champions. Dawson then goes on to say that, tonight, The Revival will talk heavy, hit hard and prove that their the best tag team on the planet.

Blake & Murphy vs. The Hype Bros

Blake & Murphy have had their issues since breaking up with Alexa Bliss, but they’ve decided to team up one more time. The match ends in a no-contest when Rhyno makes his NXT return by delivering a Gore to three-fourths of the competitors. This was unexpected, but I’ve always liked Rhyno, so we’ll see where it goes.

Next, we get a preview of the upcoming match between Finn Bálor and Shinsuke Nakamura, which takes place next week. Several NXT and WWE superstars are interviewed about the match, including Neville and American Alpha.

Afterwards, Andrea D’Marco interviews American Alpha about their strategy in tonight’s NXT Tag Team Title match. Gable and Jordan say that they played The Revival’s game last time and that the longer a match goes, the better they get.

It’s announced that next week, Samoa Joe will return to NXT for the first time since TakeOver: The End last month.

Outside of Full Sail, a member of the NXT staff tries to get a word with Rhyno. Rhyno refuses to comment and merely walks away from the interviewer.

The Revival (c) vs. American AlphaHighly Recommended

This is a two-out-of-three falls match for the NXT Tag Team Championship. When NXT General Manager William Regal announced this match last week, I was ecstatic. American Alpha and The Revival have a special kind of in-ring chemistry that makes all of their encounters magical and this one should be no different. American Alpha picks up the first fall when Jordan submits Wilder with an Ankle Lock. Shortly thereafter, The Revival pick up their first fall of the match when Dawson submits Jordan with a leg lock. Eventually, The Revival retains after laying out Gable with a Shatter Machine on the apron.

Another fun show, capped off by a spectacular main event. If pressed for time, watch the Tag Title match and skip the rest.

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