With one week to go before NXT heads over to England for NXT Takeover: London, we’re in Full Sail for the go home show. It’s this week’s NXT recap & review…
1. Enzo & Cass vs. Corey Hollis & John Skylar
We got a very different Enzo & Cass this week. They didn’t come out dancing, they didn’t do their intro, they just walked to the ring with a serious look in their eyes. They are focused on winning the tag titles next week in London. As such, we didn’t get the usual Enzo & Cass match either. Cass started off and decimated his targets, and Enzo tagged in and followed suit. They hit the Rocket Launcher and sent the jobbers packing. After the match, Enzo & Cass cut a promo about Dash & Dawson trying to end Big Cass’ career and how they didn’t take kindly to it. This was such a great promo because it was so different from what we’ve seen from them. They have different emotions going into this match, and they’re showing them. This was a thumbs up segment.
We got a Tye Dillinger promo video. His gimmick would work better if he didn’t lose all the time.
Backstage, Generic Interview Dude #1 was with Emma and Dana Brooke. Dana is much calmer this week, and she made reference to this. Emma says that she started the Diva’s Revolution and she would be the Solution to Askua. They said they would come out to observe Asuka’s match. Dana forced Tom to get lower so she could pat him on the head. That was funny.
2. Askua vs. Deonna Perazzo
Askua came out and was awesome as always. They did some mat-wrestling early on which killed the crowd, but they fired up as Askua started to kick her. She did a hip attack, but fell over in the process. Dana Brooke and Emma came out and distracted Askua. They looked cocky as hell. Askua then turned around and kicked Perazzo in the head hard and knocked her out. The look on Dana Brooke’s face was amazing. She’s so awesome. The ref called for the bell and announced Askua as winner by knockout. This was an awesome finish to the match. Emma and Dana, who were cocky as hell earlier, now skulked away scared. So awesome.
Backstage, The Hype Bros acted like dickheads and cut an annoying promo about taking a shit in clubs. Or something. This was horrible. We then cut to Alexa, Blake and Murphy. Alexa was front and centre and said that she lost her match with Bayley because of Blake & Murphy. They acted upset and surprised by this announcement and tried to fight their corner. She shot them down again, which fired them up to beat up The Hype Bros. Alexa smiled to show her planned worked. This was so much better than The Hype Bros’ promo. She was also dressed like Freddy Krueger.
Elias Sampson played a song on his guitar. This is getting old quick.
3. The Hype Bros. vs. Blake & Murphy
The Hype Bros are THE WORST. They acted like incredible dickheads, and it’s amazing to me that they’re not heels. They’re like a terrible version of Too Cool. Blake & Murphy also had Freddy Krueger-type attire on, including a torn up shirt on Blake like a lady would wear. He really is Billy Gunn 2.0. This was a very basic match with The Hype Bros running wild early, but Ryder was cut off and the heels got the heat. They worked him over, but Ryder then got Blake & Murphy to bump heads to make the hot tag. That was at least creative. Mojo ran wild and they hit The Hype Ryder for the win. Another loss for Blake & Murphy. I hope they’re not planning on splitting this act up.
Backstage, Samoa Joe and Baron Corbin cut a promo on Finn Balor and Apollo Crews. This was pretty good, but Joe was the better of the two.
4. It’s Bayley vs. Peyton Royce
There wasn’t much to this match, and it was actually quite sloppy in places. You really have to feel sorry for Bayley. She’s gone from having some of the best matches of the year to working with Peyton Royce and Eva Marie. Royce is improving, but she’s very slow and stiff. Bayley won with the Bayley-to-Belly. After the match, Nia Jax and Eva Marie came out on the stage. So glad they’re keeping these two together. Eva tried to cut a promo but was drowned out by the boos from the crowd. Jax took the mic from her and says she can speak for herself. This was a mistake. She cut a horribly scripted promo about being the next women’s champion. She should be a silent killer, not a talking giant.
Backstage, Finn Balor was warming up and Apollo Crews came in to give him a pep talk. He says they’ll win tonight, but they have unfinished business and he wants a rematch for the NXT Championship. This was a good segment.
We got a hype video for Sami Zayn and showed highlights of his US Championship match against Cena on Raw where he hurt his shoulder. He’s back for NXT Takeover: London.
5. Apollo Crews & Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin & Samoa Joe
Following the Samoa Joe match from last week, this was pretty hard hitting. There was a great spot early on where Balor went to fight Joe, who cockily tagged out to Corbin. Awesome. The story of the match was that the heels didn’t want to fight their respective oppoentens from the upcoming Takeover. Eventually they worked over Crews to lead to a Balor hot tag. When Balor was in the ring with Joe, it was magical. Joe went for the Muscle Buster, but Balor escaped and hit a sunset flip for a good near fall. The champ then went to hit the Coup de Grace, but Corbin pushed him off the rope into Joe who hit a Death Valley Driver. Crews and Corbin battled through the crowd and into the back and Joe locked in the Cocquina Clutch to make Balor pass out. The perfect finish with the right man going over. Balor sold the submission like no one else, with drool coming out of his mouth like foam. It was a great visual and made Joe look like a killer. He held up the title as NXT went off the air.
Not a blow-away show from NXT, but a decent one. Some good in-ring action and great build for next week’s show. I’ll be there live, so the report might be a little late.
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