Episode Air Date: Sept. 16
Let’s jump right into this. The show kicked off with Tyler Breeze coming down the ring, quickly followed by “The Party Pooper,” Adam Rose. They were supposed to have a match to open things up.
NOTE: For those unaware (which I’m sure is plenty), Rose is now known as “The Party Pooper.” Great. Another gimmick for absolutely no one to care about. They should’ve gone with Leo Kruger.
Before things could progress beyond Rose introducing his new gimmick, Bull Dempsey’s music hit, and out he came. See, both Rose and Dempsey have beef with Tyler Breeze, thanks to “The Prince of Pretty” attacking both of them after two different matches, even though they were his tag team partner.
Thanks to all this beef, Adam Rose and Tyler Breeze’s match never even got a chance to get started. Dempsey asked Rose for the ring, so he could take on Breeze. Rose responded by calling Bull fat, and then slapping him across the face. Things quickly broke down from there.
He got his match, by the way. Next week, it’ll be Bull Dempsey vs. Tyler Breeze. I’m sure Adam Rose is going to be involved, as well. These three in a Triple Threat Match doesn’t sound like the worst opener ever for the upcoming TakeOver: Respect out in the UK.
Next up, “The Perfect 10,” Tye Dillinger was fed a jobber. That’s very cool. The singles division in NXT is becoming much clearer. I’ve been curious, considering that Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami are injured, and Kevin Owens moved up to the main roster. That leaves Finn Balor with Samoa Joe as a possible challenger, and maybe Rhyno — if Triple H is feeling nostalgic for ECW, for some inexplicable reason.
Things open up, however, when you consider how Tye Dillinger and Apollo Crews are both being fed jobbers like they are (Crews tore through Solomon Crowe on this show). That implies long-term planning. Somebody (Triple H, assumedly) wants them to look strong.
Those are two excellent choices. When they return from injury, the singles division in NXT will include Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, Tye Dillinger, Apollo Crews, and Finn Balor, among many others.
Before we move onto the next match, let’s talk about some promos throughout the show. First, there was one for Kana. For those who don’t know who she is, click on her name. That’ll take you to a video of highlights. She’s from Japan, and she hits other women very hard.
She also got a name — Asuka.
She’ll sign her contract for NXT next week. Cool.
Less cool — in fact, down right awful — was the Dana Brooke and Emma promo. Emma got like 12 seconds to talk, and then Dana took over. It was brutal. So much so, that in the middle of it, I audibly exclaimed:
“Awful, just awful.”
On a much better note, we also found out that Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy will be invoking their rematch clause. Next week, it’s them and The Vaudevaillains for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
OK, only two matches remain. The first was Rhyno and Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano and Tomassa Ciampa, continuing The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. It was pretty solid. Rhyno and Corbin are a much better team than I expected. I really dug how they explained their relationship. It was forged in battle, and built on respect.
I still haven’t seen much out of Ciampa and Gargano. To be fair, I am purposely not going back and watching their work from the Independent scene. They’re in NXT now. They have to prove themselves to a whole new audience, and I’d like to be a part of that. It’s much more interesting that way. Once they really blow my hair back, I’ll seek out their older stuff.
For now, they’re out. Corbin and Rhyno defeated them, advancing to the next round of the Dusty Classic.
To finish the show off, first Bayley had a match, and then she cut a promo with Sasha Banks. The match was fine. In-ring action really wasn’t the focus of this segment. It was all about getting Bayley back into the arena, and letting her celebrate her NXT Women’s Championship win with the Full Sail fans. She made quick work of her opponent, and then before she could even talk, Sasha’s music hit.
By the end of the episode, we had a main event for NXT TakeOver: Respect. It’s going to be Sasha Banks vs. Bayley in a 30-minute Iron-Man Match. That’s what I’m talking about! It’s going to close the show, too.
I can’t wait. It should be an absolute classic.