We have a new NXT Champion – but we’re still in the Dallas tapings four weeks out from WrestleMania. That means we’ve got another house show version of NXT TV with appereances from Asuka, Eva Marie, The Revival, Hype Bros, Blake & Murphy, Shinsuke Nakamura and more…
1. Asuka vs. Eva Marie
This was a pretty sloppy match in places, and it wasn’t Asuka’s fault. Eva was heavily booed coming out and the crowd chanted ‘you can’t wrestle’ at her. Corey Graves, brilliantly, said the crowd needs to watch Askua more as she’s a great wrestler. Graves really is getting better and better at this. He’s like 1998 Jerry Lawler. Eva stalled early on but did get some offence in. It wasn’t long before Askua took over with some hip attacks and some mocking dancing. Nia Jax comes down to the ring to support Eva. Marie took over again and locked in some really sloppy rest holds. Asuka made a comeback which featured some hilariously bad bumping from Eva. Asuka finally won with a kick to the face. After the match, Nia Jax got into the ring. Asuka tried to kick her but Jax dodged out of the way and left the ring. It looks like we’re building towards Asuka vs. Nia Jax for the next Takeover special.
We got highlights from Samoa Joe winning the NXT Championship from a house show last week. They put over how Balor injured himself during a move on the outside, and Joe capitalised to win the title. This was a great video package as the commentators talked about how big this title win was, considering how long Balor has been champion. The crowd exploded when Joe won. After the package, we got a promo from Samoa Joe, who said he was the inevitable and Balor survived their last two matches but this time he didn’t.
2. The Revival vs. Matt Lee and Jet Parker
This was an amazing squash match. The Revival killed poor Jet Parker six ways to Sunday. The star of the match, however, was Matt Lee on the apron. Dash dared him to come in and Lee grabbed the tag rope and shouted, ‘I’m obeying the rules’. He started a ‘defence’ chant for Parker which the crowd got into. When Lee tagged in and was also killed by The Revival, the crowd chanted ‘defence’ again. It was hilarious. The Revival won with Shatter Machine. After the match, The Revival cut a promo about being the best tag team in the world. They said they need the titles back so they’re putting every other tag team on notice. It was a good promo.
3. Blake & Murphy vs. Hype Bros
Blake & Murphy didn’t come out with Alexa Bliss, so the crowd chanted ‘where’s Alexa?’ I hope they’re not splitting this act up. With that said, I hope Blake & Murphy start to get a few more wins on TV. Hype Bros took the match early, but Blake & Murphy cut off Ryder to get the heat. Ryder gets the tag to Mojo who runs wild and they hit the Hype Ryder for the win. Very basic and pretty boring match. After the match, The Revival ran down and took out The Hype Bros. It was glorious.
4. Carmella vs. Aliyah
This is Aliyah’s first singles match, and her music sucks. It’s sad to see Carmella left in NXT and not be a part of Enzo & Cass’ act on Raw. They did some stuff and then Carmella won with the submission. Not much of a match and Aliyah was as green as goose shit. Says a lot when Carmella is the ring general.
Backstage, Elias Samson is being interviewed. He says that William Regal misunderstood his song and lyrics, but he’ll make that clear someday. You’re guess is as good as mine. He then says that he is The Drifer, and Nakamura is going to wish he “never drifted into NXT”. This was horrible. Not only that, but Elias Samson being interviewed backstage completely kills the gimmick, brother.
As a side note, I’ve been calling him Elias Sampson for months now. I found out over the weekend it’s Samson. Shows how much of an impact he’s made on me.
5. “The Drifter” Elias Samson vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura toyed with Samson early on, but Samson came back with an awesome clothesline and some other power moves. He grounded Nakamura down, but Shinsuke came back with some awesome kicks. He then hit Kinshasa for the win. It was a very quick and very basic match, but Nakamura made Samson look better than he has since he debuted.
A surprisingly boring NXT this week. I thought with Asuka, The Revival and Shinsuke Nakamura this would be pretty decent, but it had a big house show feel to it. Which makes sense as it was a house show. The Revival squash was fantastic, but everything else was mostly missable. It’s time to get back to Full Sail and start building towards the next Takeover as these Dallas house shows are getting rather tiresome.