8/12 Zim's WWE NXT Coverage: Bayley vs. Becky Lynch to determine NXT Women's Championship challenger at Takeover Brooklyn, Finn Bálor in action, and the "Perfect 10" arrives
By Zack Zimmerman
Aired August 12, 2015
Taped July 16 at Full Sail University
In a WWE.com clip, William Regal said that Kevin Owens should have no concern about alternative motives on his part. He said that he can't give in to Owens's demands, but Bálor said that he would take the match under any circumstances. Regal said that the Takeover Brooklyn crowd will be the largest in NXT history, and so it will in fact be Finn Bálor defending the NXT Championship against Kevin Owens in a ladder match. He wished both men luck...
The opening video played... In the arena, the fans chanted and Rich Brennan recapped the announcement that Regal just made. Solomon Crowe made his entrance. The commentators warned not to feed Crowe after midnight. A giant '10' appeared on the tron and Tye Dillinger made his entrance under his new "Perfect 10" nickname. The crowd chanted "ten!" as Dillinger held up a big sign with a 10 on it.
1. Solomon Crowe vs. Tye Dillinger. Dillinger performed some smooth transition holds before tossing Crowe away and exclaiming "ten!" Dillinger did a cartwheel, which was also a 10. Crowe, who isn't quite 10, put a boot in Dillinger's face an then did a neat rolling takedown and a running headscissors. Crowe hit a unique handstand kick, but Dillinger quickly took control.
There is a small section of fans in the crowd with "10" on a sheet of paper. Dillinger grabbed a head and arm choke before he pulled down his kneepad. Dillinger and Crowe traded shots before Crowe planted him with a Twist of Fate. Crowe hit a running knee in the corner, but Dillinger shot back with one of his own. A short time later, Dillinger hit a snap single-leg Codebreaker while Crowe was kneeling and scored the pin.
Tye Dillinger beat Solomon Crowe in about 4:30.
Post-match, replays aired and the crowd chanted "10" with Dillinger... Finn Bálor was hyped to be in action later... Bayley vs. Becky Lynch in a No. 1 Contender's match was hyped for later in the show... [C]
Zim Says: The crowd wasn't entirely taken with Dillinger, but after another taping or two I'd imagine those "10" signs will be everywhere. It wasn't a super hot or memorable debut, but in a vacuum I thought that was actually a pretty decent near- five-minute match.
"Earlier today," Mojo Rawley was on Zack Ryder's case for not texting him back at 3 am. Mojo was in his ring gear and told Ryder about meeting "ten chicks" in the club last night. Ryder wasn't super hyped. Mojo actually met twelve chicks. Ugh.
Back in the arena, Baron Corbin made his entrance. His opponent was already in the ring.
2. Baron Corbin vs. Axel Tischer. The crowd was relentless with boos and "boring" chants right from the bell. Corbin hit a few shots in the corner and hit End of Days for the win. The crowd booed.
Corbin squashed Axel Tischer in about 0:30.
Post-match, Corbin tok a mic and said that he's the real deal. He said anybody who gets in the ring with him will meet "the same tired story." Just then, Steve Cutler hit the ring to make a statement, but Corbin dropped him and dumped him to ringside. The crowd still booed relentlessly. Just then, Samoa Joe's music hit.
Joe came to the ring and admitted that he's quite impressed. He said he heard Corbin moaning about wanting a challenge, and guaranteed that he won't be doing what he's been doing when he faces Joe. Corbin said he will do that to anyone. Joe challenged him to do it right now. Corbin said of course Joe wants to come out and say that after he just fought off two guys. He said they're going to do it, just not right now.
Corbin looked like he was going to leave when he sucker-punched Joe and put the boots to him. Corbin looked for the End of Days, but Joe reversed into the Coquina Clutch (which was called by that name) and put Corbin out cold. The crowd chanted "thank you Joe!" Joe stepped over Corbin, who was still out, on his way back up the ramp... Finn Bálor was hyped in action next... [C]
Zim Says: That would've felt hotter if the crowd wasn't dreading Corbin and if Corbin's brawls were even the slightest iota more intense than his matches, but there was some poetic justice to Joe coming out and putting him out cold like the crowd wanted. I don't think Joe vs. Corbin will tear Brooklyn down compared to the rest of that card, but it might end up a pleasant surprise. We'll see.
A Bull Dempsey training vignette aired. It wasn't funny, it just was... Tyler Breeze vs. Jushin Thunder Liger was hyped for Takeover Brooklyn... A Tyler Breeze selfie promo had Breeze talking about how Regal didn't disappoint him when he asked for an opponent. He said it reminds him of when Regal brought in Hideo Itami and then Breeze disposed of him. "Domo Arigato, Mr. Liger," Breeze said. He said he's going to become the face of the rising sun...
Back in the arena, Marcus Louis wandered his way out to the ring with no tron and no music. NXT Champion Finn Bálor was out next.
3. NXT Champion Finn Bálor vs. Marcus Louis in a non-title match. Bálor went right after Louis with an amateur-style suplex and then went right to a headlock. Bálor stayed right on top of Louis until Louis caught him and planted him with a ura-nage. Bálor mounted his comeback and hit the Slingblade. Bálor connected with the shotgun dropkick into the turnbuckles and followed up with the Coup de Grace for the win.
Finn Bálor defeated Marcus Louis in about 2:40.
Replays aired and and it looked like the segment was going to end with Bálor celebrating up the ramp, when Kevin Owens attacked Bálor from behind. Owens set up for the apron powerbomb, but Bálor fought out and dropkicked Owens through the barricade. He threw Owens back in the ring and looked to hit his finishing sequence, but Owens caught him and hit an imperfect pop-up powerbomb. Owens held up the NXT Championship and stood over Bálor before dropping it across Bálor's chest...
Backstage, The Vaudevillains were asked about their plan to walk out of Takeover Brooklyn as tag team champions. They said they had a plan to take care of Alexa Bliss, when Bliss approached. She feigned flattery and then slapped both of them across the face and sarcastically wished them luck. They were pissed, but in the name of chivalry they did nothing... Bayley vs. Becky Lynch was hyped up next... [C]
Zim Says: Basic showcase for Bálor but I liked the brawl that followed. Both guys showed what they need to show for this feud at this point. Owens could've hit a second powerbomb after the sloppy one, but the crowd was chanting for it so that put him in a weird spot. I'm genuinely intrigued to see who The Vaudevillains bring in as their third.
An Apollo Crews vignette aired... The commentators gave a rundown of Takeover Brooklyn. Corey Graves hyped that his in-ring debut will take place at Takeover Brooklyn. They hyped Tyler Breeze vs. Jushin Liger, Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin, The Vaudevillains vs. Blake and Murphy (w/ Bliss) for the tag titles, and Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens in a ladder match for the NXT Championship. Finally, they hyped that Sasha Banks will defend the NXT Women's Championship against the winner of the following match...
Back in the arena, NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks came out to a big pop and joined the commentary team. Bayley was out next. [C] Becky Lynch made her entrance.
4. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch to determine the No. 1 Contender to the NXT Women's Championship. The two ladies traded armlocks while a portion of the crowd was singing Becky's theme song. Sasha put over her previous matches against Becky and Bayley but said ultimately it doesn't matter because she's The Boss and will leave Brooklyn with the title. Becky began to fire up with a series of armdrags and settled into an armlock while her contingent of fans continued to be vocal. At that point, the rest of the crowd rallied with "Bayley" chants and Bayley hit a nice springboard armdrag.
Bayley fired up and stayed on offense until Becky fought back with a hammerlock suplex for a quick two-count. Lynch began to target the arm and used a nice arm breaker with her legs. Lynch continued to work the arm and Sasha said that if Lynch was smart, she's work the hand that Bayley is coming off an injury of. She's not wrong. Bayley began to fire back with her good arm, but a hard wringer on her bad arm put her right back on the mat with Becky Lynch in control. [C]
Back from break, Lynch still had ahold of Bayley's arm s Bayley tried firing back with shots. Bayley began to pick up steam, but Lynch sprang off the ropes with a kick to the head to put Bayley back down. Bayley reversed several holds into several quick pin attempts. The two battled over a backslide before Lynch connected with a big pumphandle suplex for a near-fall. Lynch hit two leg drops, but Bayley avoided the third and hit a sliding clothesline.
Bayley rallied with her shots in the corner and then came off the second turnbuckle with a back-elbow. Bayley sold the arm and got a two-count as the crowd chanted for her. The two battled up to the top turnbuckle, but Bayley instead pulled Becky down and planted her with a hard powerslam. Bayley looked to follow up, but Becky hooked in the Disarm-her out of nowhere. Bayley managed to reach the ropes.
Back in the middle of the ring, Becky hooked for an exploder, but Bayley fought back with a scoop suplex of her own. Bayley looked for her finish, but Becky reversed and looked to ground Bayley for her submission. Suddenly, Bayley dropped down and rolled Becky up for the surprise pinfall.
Bayley beat Becky Lynch in about 11:30 to become No. 1 Contender to the NXT Women's Championship.
Replays aired and the show closed with Sasha Banks standing on the announce table holding her title high as Bayley looked on from the ring as the potential next NXT Women's Champion...
Zim Says: Very nice main event. I think Bayley was hindered a little bit by being overexposed to this crowd on this taping, but that was obviously necessary to tell the comeback story in time for Brooklyn. That said, the crowd was with the match the whole way and the ladies worked a strong, logical match that delivered at the level I expect for a main event. Good stuff.
Overall, I think last week and this week really turned around from the first two shows of the taping. They're paced well and feel topical as they're chock full of Takeover hype. On paper, I'd argue that Brooklyn boasts the best lineup on paper of any previous NXT special, and in front of the largest crowd they've worked, I'm looking so forward to covering that show. Interestingly, I believe this was the last thing that they had in the can for NXT, so next week might just be a hype show building to Takeover that weekend. If that's the case, we'll see how we'll proceed on live coverage. Regardless, I'll be back here with live coverage on August 22 for Takeover Brooklyn!
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