NXT results 22/4

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NXT results 22/4

Post by Samo on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 6:16 pm

FINN BALOR vs. TYE DILLINGER

Finn wins the first lock-up and drops him with a running dropkick, but runs into a hard elbow. Dillinger goes to work briefly with a beatdown in the corner, but Finn comes back with a Pele kick and the Slingblade. He connects with a corner dropkick and the double foot stomp off the top rope for an easy win.

Winner: Finn Balor

-Tyler Breeze cuts a backstage promo and calls Balor the “flavor of the month”, whereas he’s been dominating the NXT landscape since the start.

-Dana Brooke cuts a heel promo, saying her debut was the “re-birth of the NXT women’s division”. She calls NXT her playground, and says “play time is over”. That doesn’t make any sense. So she wants to be the owner of an empty playground?

-Kevin Owens is backstage. He gives Alex Riley credit for giving him a good fight a few weeks ago, but he won the match and tonight really isn’t going to be any different. He tells Riley to get a clue.

BAYLEY vs. BECKY LYNCH vs. CHARLOTTE

The two babyfaces go to work on Lynch and clear her from the ring, then lock up with each other. Charlotte controls Bayley and puts her in the Figure Four headlock, doing these amazing roll-through slams. Lynch back into it with a suplex as they go to commercial.

Charlotte is down on the outside as Bayley and Lynch go to work with a great technical exchange. Bayley is about to tap, but Charlotte comes back and hits Natural Selection to break it up. Everyone is down. Slow exchange as they build towards a top rope spot, but Flair gets Becky up in a powerbomb position and Bayley hits a big diving clothesline spot. She puts Bayley in the Figure Eight hold, but Lynch pins Bayley while she doesn’t have the positioning to kick out.

Winner: Becky Lynch

HIDEO ITAMI vs. CJ PARKER

They lock up and Parker begs off into the ropes. Itami gives him a “come at me” taunt and they lock up again, with Parker begging off again. This time Itami cuts him down with kicks and strikes, until Parker yet again gets into the ropes and drops him with a cutter. CJ goes to work with rest holds and brings down the pace for a few minutes. Hideo builds it back up with kicks and chops and arm drags. He hits a hesitation dropkick in the corner followed by the Nakamura-esque one-legged kick to pick up the win.

Winner: Hideo Itami

-Sasha Banks makes fun of Becky Lynch and tells her she doesn’t have a chance at winning the Women’s Championship. She makes fun of her accent and Lynch calls herself “kind of a big deal”.

-Rhyno is already in mid-entrance and joins an unannounced wrestler already in the ring. The match lasts about 30 seconds and ends with a Gore. I didn’t even realize there was a match happening until he was setting up for the finish. “Welcome back” chants. This whole segment lasts maybe 90 seconds from start to finish.

KEVIN OWENS vs. ALEX RILEY

Probably a vision of things to come, Owens won the highly entertaining Twitter feud between the two, according to a Wrestlezone user poll last week. It wasn’t even close (81-19).

Kevin taunts his opponent and bails from the ring, baiting him a crash-and-burn on the entrance ramp. After a short break Owens is beating him down and gets in his face, mocking him, and Riley slaps him in the face for his only offense. The champ is back in control with power moves and rest holds for the next few minutes. Riley out of nowhere with a clothesline and a snap neckbreaker. He goes to the top rope and Owens crotches him. That’s followed by a cannonball in the corner, followed by the pop-up powerbomb for the 1-2-3.

Winner: Kevin Owens

After the match, Owens drags Riley out to the floor and sets up for the powerbomb on the apron. Sami Zayn comes out of nowhere and attacks the champ, followed by a heard of zebras to break them up. The crowd chants “let them fight” as Zayn gets into the ring and taunts Owens, before flying over the ropes and taking down the entire pile of guys. Owens crawls up the side entrance and retreats to the back as Sami taunts him from the ring.

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This week was essentially a lesson in talent enhancement, reminding us all that Balor, Itami and Rhyno are there. A Balor - Breeze feud will be good. Dont know whats next for Itami and Rhyno though, unless they go into a program with each other.

Riley vs Owens was basically a carbon copy of their match at the Arnold Classic, which isnt a bad thing. Owens still looks strong and resilient and Riley hasnt missed a step. Sami Zayn was awesome at the end, that flip was brilliant. I cant wait for their rematch. Owens really brings the best out of Zayn, and had allowed him to bring out this new, aggressive, vengeful side that we havent seen in NXT thus far.

The womans triple threat was Match if the Night by a distance. It makes such a difference to let them be wrestlers and not 'Divas'. I loved the finish aswell. Im surprised Lynch got the win, as I was sure it was Bayleys time, but I dont mind putting Banks over one more time before she fights Bayley.

Oh, and Kevin Owens promo was better than anything on RAW, he's got delivery down to a science.

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Re: NXT results 22/4

Post by Prometheus on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 7:53 pm

I aired the view on another thread that Itami should have gone up to Raw and worked with Big Show as a story following on from Mania.

I'm not complaining as NXT is great entertainment for me. But I don't see the point of keeping these 35 year olds on the development show when Raw is screaming out for fresh blood.
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Re: NXT results 22/4

Post by Samo on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 8:45 pm

Yeah I need to agree. These guys are more than ready to be on the main show, so send them all up and let guys like Diilinger, Corbin, Dempsey, and even Breeze a chance to step up and make the show their own. I would probably put Dallas and Rose back down for a while. Its an experiment that hasnt worked. Time to re-evaluate.

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Post by Prometheus on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 9:07 pm

I can't disagree with that. You could bring tge Ascension with them too.

I think the big problem with the Adam and Bo is that they are more gimmick than character. And the gimmicks are poor.

As Kruger, Rose wrestled some good matches in NXT. Okay, with the likes of Zayn and Cesaro who could wrestle a broom, but still he held his own. I'd like to see him revisit that mercenary character. At 35 you'd have to feel he's only got one bite of the cherry left.

I love Bo. Him running round the ring (again) at Mania just had me laughing. I think there is room for him still in WWE as the deluded guy who thinks he's better than he is. I'd still also really think of what could be done with him and Bray. He's definitely got time on his side. I agree that his character has a time limit to it, but I think with the right protection and development he can make it. Given his heritage, he really should.
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Post by Samo on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 10:07 pm

I think they dropped the ball with Bo big time. It would have worked so much better if he was cheating to win and still being the 'inspirational'. Why shouldnt I Bolieve in this kid who is winning all these matches clean? Thats not heelish. It doesnt help the commentators were Poopie all over him.

I actually like The Ascension. I think they're a good, classic tag team, who seemed to be getting dumped on for comparing themselves to all the legendary tag teams - which is what good heels do. I dont understand the hate they get.

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Post by Prometheus on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 10:13 pm

I personally have never been that into them. But, I was really surprised how JBL buried them from day 1. I don't think they can be saved now.
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