6/10 Zim's WWE NXT Coverage: Samoa Joe makes his in-ring debut and confronts Kevin Owens, Emma vs. Blue Pants, Tyler Breeze vs. Bull Dempsey, Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley team up, Baron Corbin and Becky Lynch in action
By Zack Zimmerman
Aired June 10, 2015
Taped May 21 at Full Sail University
A brief clip hyped Samoa Joe's in-ring debut in tonight's main event... The opening video played... Inside the arena, Zack Ryder's music hit and he made his entrance. Once at the bottom of the ramp, he waited until Mojo Rawley made his return to the NXT arena. Mojo hasn't lost any of his hype during his time off and took forever slapping hands with fans at ringside. Their opponents were already in the ring.
1. Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley vs. Mike Rawlis and Elias Sampson. Mojo repeatedly yelled about the opponents not being hyped and danced like a total clown. Ugh. Mojo hit a body slam and then yelled "Hammer Time" before tweaking and dropping a double-sledge across the opponent's face. Ryder tagged in and hit his spots before being dropped face-first into the turnbuckles.
The enhancement team took control of Ryder while Mojo started a "get hyped" chant from the apron. Mojo got the hot tag a short time later and ran wild with Stinger splashes. He hit an ugly tornado punch to knock Rawlis off the apron and then used a double team spinebuster/diving Rough Ryder for the win
Rawley and Ryder over Rawlis and Sampson in about 4:00.
Mojo ran into the crowd to celebrate with a row of fans including Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski who were all wearing Mojo shirts... Samoa Joe was hyped for later in the show...
A Finn Bálor vignette aired. He was wearing an all-black suit in an all-white room and simply stared into the camera while a monologue had him discussing the Demon. Then the image of Bálor began to shift, eventually revealing him as the Demon himself. A graphic hyped that Finn Bálor arrives in Tokyo Japan on July 4th...
Zim Says: Never has anything had so much immediate go-away heat with me as the Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley tag team does. God help us. That Bálor video was sweet.
A Dana Brooke video package aired trying to get the nickname "The Total Diva" over. She said she was trending after her second match, which I suppose is supposed to be impressive? She said that she knows what people are saying and she feeds off the negativity. She said she'll be the most inspiring and driven female wrestler that the world has ever seen. "The Total Diva has arrived..."
Emma made her entrance and the commentators mentioned Dana Brooke would be in action next week. A replay showed Emma beating Bayley last week and then laying out Bayley and Charlotte along with Dana Brooke. Colin Cassady's pipes filled the arena and Blue Pants made her entrance next to a big reaction. Funny. The crowd chanted Happy Birthday to her (which it was at the time of the taping).
2. Emma vs. Blue Pants. Emma attacked from behind and put a beating on her while the crowd chanted and rallied for good ol' Blue Pants. Emma locked in a surfboard with a handful of hair while the crowd chanted "Blue Pants rocks" to the New Day beat. Blue got several surprise pinball attempts with rollups, but Emma put her right back down with a hard clothesline. Emma settled into a loose rear chin lock before Blue fought out. Emma missed an elbow drop and Blue began to fire up with kicks. Blue used a twisting clothesline takedown , but missed a spinning roundhouse and Emma hooked in the Emma Lock for the submission win...
Emma forced Blue Pants to submit in about 4:45.
Backstage, Enzo, Cass, and Carmella were bickering when Devin Taylor approached and told them they'd be in a six-person tag next week against Blake, Murphy, and Alexa Bliss. Carmella went off on Bliss and then Enzo said something that only Enzo would understand and of course closed with "how you doin'?" Cass said that Blake and Murphy were liars, cowards, and they look ridiculous. Cass said that NXT would be better off without them and they'd make that happen next week. "Call 'em an Uber," Enzo said...
Bull Dempsey vs. Tyler Breeze was hyped up next... [C]
Zim Says: Mediocre match. I still really like the new and improved Emma, this just wasn't a particularly good showcase.
Tyler Breeze and Bull Dempsey were out. A segment of fans yelled "shit" after every "Bull" in his entrance music.
3. Tyler Breeze vs. Bull Dempsey. Bull backed Breeze into the corner and began to wear him down, taking control for the early portion of the match. Breeze created space, but Bull put him down with the body block before going up top. Breeze rolled to ringside and began to evade Bull. Bull made it about a half lap around the ring before he got winded and grabbed at his ribs with a cramp. The crowd chanted "cardio" and they repeated the spot with Bull being blown up after another lap. While Bull was catching his breath, Breeze rolled him into the ring and hit the beauty shot for the win...
Tyler Breeze beat Bull Dempsey in about 2:45.
The commentators threw to a replay of the standing ovation Becky Lynch received after her match with Sasha Banks from Takeover Unstoppable. Lynch was hyped to be in action next... [C]
Zim Says: "Bad Cardio" Bull Dempsey. Unreal. Is Breeze a babyface? I'm confused at what I just saw, but I must admit I chuckled.
Becky Lynch made her entrance complete with steam "pyro" and her steampunk getup. Her opponent was already in the ring and was introduced simply as Jessie. As the bell rang, Corey Graves began to put over the young lady from Australia and actually called her "Jessie McKay."
4. Becky Lynch vs. Jessie [McKay]. Lynch did her early match bridge up out of a pin and landed several kick before Jessie took control with one of her own. Jessie applied a standing armbar and remained in control after Becky snuck back with a quick rollup attempt. Jessie got cocky which allowed Becky to mount her comeback. Becky fired up and hit the hammerlock duplex before dropping a series of leg drops across Jessie for two. Lynch applied a back rack which she dropped into a face buster before applying her mounted armbar for the submission.
Becky Lynch forced Jessie to tap in about 4:15.
Backstage in his office, William Regal hyped the in-ring debut of Samoa Joe later in the show, and announced that NXT Champion Kevin Owens would be on commentary. Bull Dempsey walked in munching on a bag of Doritos and Regal said he has a problem. Dempsey's explanation for earlier was that he was up all night training so he's tired. Regal took his Doritos and left, but Bull pulled a candy bar out of his singlet and began noshing on that...
Zim Says: This ladies match was certainly better than the one from earlier. Fine first appearance from Jessie and solid showing for Lynch. Is the payoff to this Bull thing that he whips himself into shape? I really have no idea where this is going.
In the locker room, Jason Jordan was standing by with the interviewer who asked about last week. Jordan said his partner last week didn't work out, but he's got another one lined up. Chad Gable walked in and Jordan rejected him again. Gable said that when Jordan realized he needs him, he'll be "ready, willing, and Gable." Gable handed him another personalized towel. Jordan left and Gable added his name to Jordan's locker nameplate...
Back in the arena, Baron Corbin made his entrance. His opponent was already in the ring.
5. Baron Corbin vs. Angelo Dawkins. The crowd chanted "Corbin sucks" to the New Day beat once the match went past the 20-second mark. Corbin hit a bunch of right hands, as he's known to do. He busted out the move when he grabbed Dawkins and slammed him bckwards to the mat. Corbin hit a clothesline and End of Days for the win.
Baron Corbin over Dawkins in about 2:30.
Zim Says: That went about 2 minutes longer than needed. I know I've complained that Corbin won't grow or improve in 30 second squashes, but he sure as hell won't improve by working matches like this one either. Oy.
Back in the arena, the commentators were joined by NXT Champion Kevin Owens who had his arm around a visibly uncomfortable Byron Saxton. Owens promised Saxton he'd protect him from the scary Samoa Joe. Samoa Joe's music hit and he came into the arena donning his ring gear for the first time. His opponent was already waiting in the ring.
6. Samoa Joe vs. Scott Dawson. The crowd requested that Scott Dawson not die and an added-in-post Owens confidently declared he'd beat John Cena again at Money in the Bank, before demanding that there be no more discussion about his match with John Cena. Convenient. Dawson held his own early and actually brought the fight to Joe in the corner. Dawson hooked for a suplex, which proved to be a mistake as Joe fought back and went on a roll. He hit rapid shots in the corner before delivering a running back elbow and the twisting enziguri. Joe hit the STJoe and then dropped Dawson with the Muscle Buster for the win.
Samoa Joe over Dawkins in about 3:25.
Owens said that it was "a nice little win" for Joe but not as impressive as his debut. Owens mocked the commentators for being homers for Joe before he'd had enough and left the booth. Owens began to head backstage when Joe grabbed a mic and screamed Owens's name. Joe recalled Owens saying he'd drop Joe if they got in the same ring, but when it came time to do that last week he ran away. "Run Owens Run," the crowd chanted. Joe told Owens to be a good man and give the world the fight they want to see.
Owens said that in fact, he doesn't do much running. Funny. Owens said that he is a good man, and thats why is isn't going to go down and drop Joe after his first match in NXT. He said the second reason is that Joe is a rookie in NXT and as a veteran, Owens has to tell him that he can't just walk in and get a title shot after one match. The crowd had a good laugh at that. Owens said that Joe simp hadn't earned a shot.
William Regal's music hit and he came out onto the stage. Regal agreed with Owens and said that he had not earned a title shot, but he had earned himself a fight. Regal announced that next week in a non-title match, Kevin Owens will face Samoa Joe. The crowd popped and chanted "thank you, Regal." Owens shot a look toward Regal and then sauntered off backstage with a conflicted smirk on his face. The show closed with Samoa Joe in the ring smiling at the prospect of next week's match.
Zim Says: Owens actually got it pretty right when he said that was a nice little win for Joe. Having watched Joe for the past 10 years, I'm well aware of what he brings to the table and so nothing I saw here was particularly impressive, but it was a good first showing to the NXT fanbase, some of whom may be relatively unfamiliar with Joe's work. I don't expect that next week will be anything more than a first encounter to set more matches up going forward, but in an ideal world I would've liked to see them hold off on the physicality for more than a month. That said, I cant deny that I'm excited at the thought of Owens vs. Joe next week.
Overall, this show was nothing special. The main event segment was solid, but everything else was just there. Becky's match was alright but nothing stand-out, Emma's match and Corbin's matches were mediocre, Bull's new character is bizarre in a bad way, and the biggest abomination in the history of NXT has arrived in the tag division. Definitely more misses than hits this week.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Member-Exclusive DotNet NXT Audio Recap.
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