9/17 Moore's WWE NXT TV Review: Rhyno and Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team tournament match, Bayley's first appearance as women's champion, Apollo Crews vs. Solomon Crowe, Tye Dillinger vs. Danny Burch
By John Moore
WWE NXT on the WWE Network
Aired September 9, 2015
Taped August 13 at Full Sail University
Tyler Breeze made his entrance, selfie stick and all, to start off NXT. His struggles with his tag team partner for the one week, Bull Dempsey, was reviewed in their loss to Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Suddenly, "Party Pooper" Adam Rose made his entrance, taking the gimmick that he's been using on WWE Main Event. Rose said that the WWE Universe took a poop on the Adam Rose party. He said now it is time for him to take a hot steaming poop on the crowd's party. He told NXT that there was no fun allowed.
As the crowd chanted "Party Pooper", Bull Dempsey made his entrance to join the party. Bull received a welcome Bull Fit chant from the crowd. Bull said that Tyler looked surprised to see him. He said that when Tyler attacked him last week, it wasn't an accident, just like what Bull had in store for him right now. Bull mentioned that he was going to beat Breeze so bad that Tyler wishes it were an accident. Tyler wondered why Bull was interrupting his segment with Adam Rose. Bull responded by striking the Breeze pose on the top ropes.
Tyler told Bull that if he wants to talk about accidents, their partnership was an accident. Tyler also mentioned how Bull's birth was an accident. Tyler Breeze with Bull costing him the Dusty Rhodes tournament, he would like to beat Bull up. The only problem that Breeze saw was that he had a match with someone else now. Bull kindly asked Adam Rose to give him the ring. Rose said he didn't want to benefit Bull; he wanted to poop on Tyler's party for what Tyler did to him a few months ago. Rose then said he wanted to poop on Bull's party.
Rose instigated a fight with a slap. Bull Dempsey responded with his offensive flurry. Right when Rose was disposed out of the ring, Breeze tried to get some cheap shots in. Just as Breeze was losing momentum, he scurried out of the ring with Bull Dempsey demanding a match right at the moment...
The announcers Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves checked in officially on commentary. They went through some of the card on this show including the continuation of the Dusty Rhodes Classic with Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Baron Corbin and Rhyno. Bayley was also appearing on this show... [C]
John's Thoughts: This was a decent segment that forwarded the Bull vs. Breeze storyline at a slow and steady pace. I'm a huge fan of continuity in wrestling, and even though I don't remember what Adam Rose was talking about, I like that he was seeking revenge for something that happened months ago. As for the Party Pooper character, Rose started doing this when Rosa was pulled from his act due to her pregnancy. I'm not a fan, and I wonder, why can't we try out the bounty hunter Leo Kruger gimmick? Hell, Festus at one time was allowed to be Luke Gallows once he got off the kayfabe drugs!
Backstage, the cameraman tried to interview Tyler Breeze. Breeze instead took things into his own hands and interviewed himself via the iPhone video app. Tyler accepted Bull's challenge and walked out of the Full Sail arena...
Perfect 10 Tye Dillinger made his entrance. This Perfect 10 gimmick reminds me of Big E's 5 gimmick, just times two...
1. Tye Dillinger vs. Danny Burch. The announcers acknowledge Danny Burch's past from the early days of the Full Sail NXT. From the initial lockup, Danny Burch attempted a shortarm takedown, but it got reversed into a shortarm armbar from Tye. Burch initiated a headlock next, but Tye started a whip sequence which ended in him doing cartwheels and flashing the ten hand sign. Burch took down Dillinger and mocked the ten gesture to invoke boos.
Burch locked in a triangle armbar on Dillinger. Dillinger turned it into a shortarm clothesline. Dillenger followed up with a Russian legsweep and a stomp. With the rallying of the crowd, Dillinger lowered his knee pad. Dillenger then hit a move that looked like Gail Kim's Eat D-Feet (just with the knee) for the victory.
Tye Dillinger defeated Danny Burch via pinfall in 4:54.
Backstage, Rhyno and Baron Corbin was interviewed. They were asked if they were worried about their opponents. Rhyno said he was more worried about what he and Corbin to do to Gargano and Ciampa instead of the contrasting view. Corbin said he didn't care about where his opponents came from. He said they were looking past them and were going to win the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
In the following vignette, a woman was standing in the ring with the spotlights on her. She was wearing a traditional Kabuki Mask (or a Japanese doll stage mask) and a golden robe. She unmasked to unveil Kana, now known to the NXT world as Asuka. Her debut was pegged for next week. Get Hyped!...
John's Thoughts: Standard squash for Dillinger. This 10 gimmick isn't clicking with me yet, but hopefully it's the key to finally getting Dillinger something to do other than being the go-to jobber on NXT. This keeps reminding me of Big E Langston's 5 gimmick though. As for Asuka, if you were afraid of NXT losing quality workers due to the recent Diva's Revolution, get prepared to be put at ease with a worker from overseas who can maintain and strengthen the already hard hitting NXT women's division and take this current batch of performers to another level of physicality (or at least I hope she is able to).
Apollo Crews brought his energy to the NXT arena as he made his entrance. His opponent was Solomon Crowe...
2. Apollo Crews vs. Solomon Crowe. The two men shook hands to start off the match. Crews won the first lockup which he topped off with a hype roar. The next lockup was a bit more even as they traded small maneuvers to end up in a stalemate. Crews tried to call for another handshake, but Crowe kicked away the hand. Crews showed his hops in the next sequence, ending that one with a high single legged dropkick.
Crews lifted Crowe from the ground into a strong delayed suplex. Crowe rolled out to recover. After being kept from entering the ring, Crowe found an advantage by trapping Crews in the ring apron. On the ground, Crowe used Crews's arm to get a triangle headlock on the head of Crews which led to a cover. Crews used the rallying of the fans to power out of a headlock from Crowe. Crowe tried another headlock, but Crews countered into a jawbreaker. Crews hit the corner splash and hit a high clothesline on Crowe. Crews gorilla pressed Crowe to set up his high angle standing moonsault for the victory.
Apollo Crews defeated Solomon Crowe via pinfall in 4:52.
John's Thoughts: Essentially, another enhancement match for tonight, with this one highlighting the agility of Apollo Crews. Crews will end up being an amazing babyface in no time with that moveset, but NXT's problem right now is there aren't any top tier heels to work with on the show. It's funny how Kevin Owens had a feud with almost everyone on the roster and now that he's gone the babyfaces are just swimming around with nothing to fight over. Hopefully someone is elevated to Owens's level soon.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa were interviewed about their opponents this time. Gargano said that no one gave him a chance his entire life and they proved to the world that they belonged in an NXT ring last week when they defeated Dempsey and Breeze. Ciampa said that Rhyno and Corbin were disrespectful in looking past them. He said that he liked their chances of winning...
Emma and Dana Brooke wanted an interview next. Emma mentioned how there were a lot of new faces around and that the champ was back. Dana said they decided to shake things up by showing the newbies who was in charge. Dana Brooke said that playtime was over...
John's Thoughts: For a second, I thought I was watching TNA's Doll House after hearing that catchphrase.
Kyle Edwards (aka Arda Orcal) was at the WWE headquarters and was recapping the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Scenes from the house shows and NXT shows were shown as they went into the updated brackets...
3. Rhyno and Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament match. Rhyno started the match off against Ciampa. Both powerhouses had a chop battle with Ciampa ending up on top. After initiating an elbow strike, Rhyno came right back with a forearm. Ciampa came and Rhyno with a follow through clothesline. Gargano tagged in and hit some combo moves on Rhyno with his partner.
Johnny took out Corbin with a suicide tope. Rhyno was tossed out and ate a Suicide of his own from Gargano. Tommaso Ciampa grounded both wrestlers on the outside with a high risk crossbody. Ciampa and Gargano traded quick tags to work on Rhyno. After a tandem roundhouse, Rhyno fought out with a running clothesline to allow the tag to Corbin. Ciampa tried to dodge a few of Corbin's power strikes, only to meet a bossman slam from Baron Corbin. Head over to commercial.[c]
Corbin isolated Ciampa in his corner as we came back from the ad about the New Day. Ciampa tried to go for the tag, but Rhyno pulled him as he was inches away from the hand of Gargano. Rhyno and Corbin traded quick tags this time to isolate Tommaso. Ciampa fought his way out of superplex position to land a front dropkick on Rhyno. That window of opportunity allowed Ciampa to tag in Gargano. Gargano took down Corbin with a corkscrew lariat. After some more fast paced offense, Gargano planted Corbin with a springbaord DDT leading to the cover. Corbin powered out of the pinfall.
Ciampa tried to extricate Rhyno from the equation, but was tossed aside by the ECW original. Corbin tried to whip Gargano into a gore, but Gargano leapfroged it and almost stole a victory via a rollup. Baron Corbin recovered and planted Gargano with the End of Days to earn the victory for his team.
Rhyno and Baron Corbin defeated Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa via pinfall in 8:04 to advance to the 3rd round in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
John's Thoughts: Formula WWE Tag team match with the heel isolation and hot tags. Rhyno and Corbin also kept things interesting enough not to regress into Ascension levels of mundane-ness. Gargano was the strong competitor from his tag team, but I do see Ciampa possibly ending up being a strong heel for the NXT brand if they sign the guy; and we know NXT needs a strong heel these days.
The Vaudevillains were interviewed regarding their match against the Mechanics next week in Texas. Both men thought it would be great to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic alongside their tag team titles. Blake, Murphy, and Bliss interrupted and said they were invoking their rematch clause next week. They failed at trying to make fun of the Villains's old-timey banter. A Nia Jax vignette aired during the commercial break... [C]
John's Thoughts: With Asuka and Nia jax coming around, it looks like NXT has the potential to recover strongly from the recent callups. As a matter of fact, the women's division is looking more well-rounded then the men's these days as far as stability is concerned.
Bayley made her return to the NXT arena for the first time as NXT Women's Champion. Izzy was in the front row to meet her hero. Bayley made a victory lap through the Full Sail crowd to celebrate her championship accomplishment with the crowd that just adores her. Once the lap was completed, Izzy was taken over the barricade to celebrate in the middle of the ring with their NXT Women's championship belts. Nice!...
4. Bayley vs. Mary Dobson. The Full Sail faithful enveloped the ring with "You deserve it!" chants. Dobson dominated early with some power strikes. Bayley tried to fight back but was tripped. Dobson did a cartwheel knee strike to the back of the champ to earn a one count. Dobson brought the action to the corner and turned it into a grounded guillotine choke.
Bayley made it to her feet and used the turnbuckle several times to break the headlock. Bayley did her signature corner moves to Dobson and hit a suplex in the middle of the ring. Bayley hit Belly-To-Bayley to earn the quick win.
Bayley defeated Sara Dobson via pinfall in 2:30.
After the match, Bayley took the microphone for her inaugural promo as NXT Women's champ. Before she could speak, Sasha Banks made her entrance. Banks said she didn't come out to the ring to belittle Bayley, she came out to congratulate her. Sasha said ever since Takeover, she's been hearing how both of them stole the show. The crowd concurred by saying "Yes you did". Sasha said it wasn't only the match of the year, but it was the best women's match NXT's ever seen.
She said that was great for everyone except her. Sasha said she doesn't want to steal the show, she came here to be the best. Sasha called Bayley good for that night, but for only three seconds. She said Bayley still wasn't her. Bayley took control of the promo and said that Sasha isn't the only one that has a point to prove here. Bayley said she was proud of the championship and that she is trying to establish a legacy. Bayley then brought up the matchup and said that she can have it anytime like now or next week. Sasha responded with no, and that she has a point to prove.
Sasha said she not only wanted to beat Bayley, she wants to send a message. Bayley then brought up a best of three falls match. Sasha wanted to beat Bayley again, again, and again. The crowd chanted "Ironwoman". Sir William Regal's entrance theme interjected the segment. Regal announced that at the next Takeover show, Sasha Banks will get her rematch. Regal mentioned that he was upping the ante with Sasha Banks vs. Bayley being the true main event of Takeover. Regal also mentioned that he was upping the ante a bit more with the match being an Ironman Match that would go on 30 minutes. The champion and challenger shook hands in respect as Bayley's entrance theme closed NXT.
John's Thoughts: This was yet another enhancement match on this show, but the stuff around it was some purely beautiful stuff. I almost expected a Sami Zayn like homecoming for Bayley, with Bayley essentially thanking the fans just like Zayn did. But she didn't, she celebrated like Bayley would and adding Izzy to the mix was wonderful. The post-match segment was strong as well. Sasha Banks on the taped shows plays the heel role as good as anyone, while also fighting back the fans from turning her babyface. Dolph Zigger should take notes from Sasha, she isn't here to "Steal the show" she's here to be the best.
I was afraid earlier in the show about the landscape of NXT not having a solid heel-babyface feud to carry the show. The strong feud we have on the male side right now is Bull Dempsey vs. Tyler Breeze. The women on the other hand are carrying one hell of a wrestling show and like Regal announced, they will be able to carry a main event with no problems. Regal used the right verbage in "upping the ante" as NXT always ups the ante at its live specials. Given the praise that Bayley vs. Sasha Banks has gotten, just imagine 30 minutes nonstop of that awesomeness. They've already upped the ante and we don't even have to see the actual show yet.
This was your typical weekly NXT show where we get things forwarded at a steady pace. It may be a bit slow for some, and believe me I was starting to lose interest a bit before the tag team tournament match. Luckily, the tag match was entertaining enough and the closing segment was really strong. Also, NXT is treating this tag team tournament like a big deal and all across the board, superstars and talent are treating it as such. I like the approach they are taking while they are trying to figure out how to rebuild the top of the NXT male roster, but they don't have to at the moment because the women of NXT are holding down a roster pretty well on their own without the help of the men.
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