WWE NXT for November 30, 2016
Watch: WWE Network
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, Ontario
Dammit. I’m usually the one able to ‘late slip’ people in our staff chat, albeit for a late Twitter link share, or a carried-over opinion, etc. But now I’m on the big fat L side of the stick as this review is nearly two days late. Yeah, it’s weekly NXT TV, but we here at WWW try to pride ourselves at getting content out as fast as possible. I am a failure. It will be written on my tombstone that I failed to publish the WWE NXT review for 11/30/16 in a fast manner. But I’m fine with it. Going into the episode I know of lots of bright spots that I will be able to rave over, even seeing them as premise on paper has me fired up. No more excuse blabbering. It’s time to get to everyone’s (Paul and TH’s) favorite weekly TV show as we approach the year’s end.
Asuka def. Nicole Matthews
Mickie James and Nicole Matthews locked up for the first time ever in SHIMMER in November. Both are sequential WWE TV opponents for Asuka. Ask questions. If I hadn’t found out when it was taped, I’d have shit myself the moment Nicole Matthews popped up (with no introduction or entrance) on screen. She’s the definition of a hard working wrestler, having made her name, with the gender issue being fought through in many facets. She’s broken down gender barriers in British Columbia, having held the ECCW Title two times. She’s also a legend among the parts, getting some of the biggest reactions every show, much like the Bollywood Boyz who are now former wrestlers in my region. These talents appeared back to back on nightly WWE TV which was insane for me as a hometown boy to see. None the less, to the match. Matthews had to keep on defense nearly the entire time, only having got a few bits of offense in naturally. She clipped Asuka a few times, but it was painfully obvious this would be another squash. Matthews ended up escaping arm-bar variations only to fall victim to the Asuka Lock. It was short, compact, and a great highlight for both women.
Asuka’s promo was about as quick as her matches, with her repeating the theme that she’s ran through everyone in the division. Who’s next? Obviously down the line, Ember Moon, but for now, it seems to keep being obscure opponents and jobbers, something I’m totally okay with.
Samoa Joe was in the middle of hyping up his future destruction of Shinsuke Nakamura at the 12/3 Osaka title match, when Tye Dillinger appeared out of nowhere. The two traded back and forth in a very well done heated manner. Joe didn’t want to embarrass Dillinger (for a second time in his country). Dillinger’s response was 1/10 things he could show Joe. A huge slap to the face. Joe got heated, going from 0-100 real quick brilliantly. The main event was set.
Eric Young (w/SAnitY) def. No Way Jose
This was a banger of a TV match, having had a natural (and then some) formula. It felt like an ode to a retro match in the sense of a dastardly heel bumping huge along with the babyface who was excellent in his role, also playing a part in big spots. These two killed each other aplenty: Young tumbling over the ropes nearly landing on his neck, Young locking in a hanging choke from the top rope, Jose hitting a clothesline in which Young bumped on his neck for, etc. This all made for a very enjoyable match that over-delivered in every sense of the word. The finish was neat as Jose hit the fastball punch on Wolfe which led to Young also getting one. Nikki Storm distracted the referee though, as Young hit a deadly neckbreaker for the win. Post-match, Nikki Storm came back into the ring to hit her top rope dropkick. “You’ve taken some damage, but then there’s me you have to deal with” is the way they’re booking her right now–and it’s glorious.
Speaking of glorious, the man that was beaten by Roode in Toronto, appeared on screen having been intercepted on his way to the ring. In an odd allusion to possibly moving on up, Dillinger explained that maybe he doesn’t belong in NXT after all, that is, if he can’t beat Joe. But he’s going to show he’s the Perfect 10 and beat Joe. He believes he belongs.
Samoa Joe def. Tye Dillinger
In a pleasant move, this match was given a lot of time to work with. It almost felt too good to be true on all fronts. Like a go-away match for Dillinger. But that’s the angle they’ve played up, with him giving a “last hoorah” type of speech about having to end Joe or not be good enough for NXT. Then he struggled the entire match, but in that aces endearing type of Perfect 10 way I’ve grown accustomed to for months now. Joe brought the banter on top of such, even at one point faking the Perfect 10 taunt out to instead throw the thumbs down. The match gave us tons of good action, with Tye actually selling his leg, instead of going the Shinsuke World Tag League route. It flowed extremely well with long drawn out Joe offense, going through all the escalating paces, only for Dillinger to come back at times, whether it’s a callback in a slap exchange, or a counter to the suplex combo with a drop-out roll-up, or a superkick. These were all very good moments. However, like a lot of the match, the banter/wrestle master Joe package was too much to handle for Mr. Canadian Choke Artist. It pains me to say that, as Dillinger after minutes of fighting for his importance within the brand, passed out in the Coquina Clutch. The match was over, Joe was primed for Osaka, and uncertainty set in whether or not Dillinger should/will remain with the “territory” he’s always been too familiar with. The step down, that, through NXT/HHH, has taken a step up to a third brand. Something he’s also floundered in, WWECW.
Evidenced recently, I have to say it as a fellow Canadian. Canadians aren’t good enough I guess (in wrestling).
WWE NXT FOR 11/30/16
Good` - 7.5/10
This was a good breezy use of 45 minutes of TV. This was taped before SmackDown Live and the crowd was more than good to go. Now only if 205 Live can start doing this. We got three matches all hoots in their own right, with development of seemingly every character that popped up on screen. This was a super fun show that never over-stayed its welcome in any sense, while leaving room for more important dates in the calendar to take us into 2017 as the business gets even weirder. Hence ECCW on WWE TV, and all.