Good evening everybody! Drew Koscelek here for another great night of NXT Action! After a long day of work, I’m excited to sit down for a solid hour of pro-wrestling. Let’s dive right in.
We start out with a backstage interview with Sami Zayn. He addresses Adrian Neville saying Zayn can’t win the big one. Titus O’Neil interrupts him, and says he needs to go through him before he can get to Neville. He gives Zayn an “open invitation.” Sami says it’s a road block on his road to redemption, but he’ll run right through it.
We start out with a #1 Contender Tag Team Battle Royale. Five teams for an opportunity to face the Lucha Dragons. If one person is eliminated, the team is eliminated.
The Vaudevillians vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. The Ascension vs. Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy vs. Tye Dillinger & Jason Jordan
Immediately, everyone tries to toss everyone over the top rope. Aiden English almost goes over early on. Enzo and Dillinger lay into each other with chops.
This is a proddingly slow match, to be frank.
The teams start working together, with their own teammates. Tye Dillinger, Jason Jordan, Wesley Blake, Buddy Murphy, all eliminate each other at the same time.
We’re down to Enzo & Cass, The Ascension, and the Vaudevillians.
The Vaudevillians hide outside the ring as the other teams go at it. The Ascension manages to eliminate Big Cass. As The Ascension looks on, Hideo Itami heads out to the ramp. He stares The Ascension down, and The Vaudevillians sneak over and toss The Ascension over the top rope.
Winners: The Vaudevillians to become the #1 Contenders to the Tag Team Championship
Itami runs down to the ring and attacks The Ascension, numbers be damned. It’s not long before The Ascension gets the advantage. They slam him to the mat. Konnor grabs a mic and says they don’t want him in NXT. He tells him to go back to Japan, or he’ll send them back to Japan in a box.
Decent enough segment. The Battle Royale wasn’t very good. Reminded me of a TNA concept, to have tag teams in a match like that.
Emma vs. Carmella
Carmella cuts a promo about being the Princess of Staten Island, and NXT. She’s trying to do Enzo’s gig with the promo.
Emma tries to play mind games with Carmella. Strange double-kick to the head from Emma, through the ropes. She misses Carmella in the opposite corner. Carmella sits on Emma across the ropes, and checks the nails. Body scissors to Emma. Emma hits a slam to the mat, and both ladies struggle to their feet. Emma catches the foot and sends Carmella to the mat. Emma hits the Tarantula, then an Emma Sandwich in the corner. Two-count. Carmella locks in her submission out of nowhere for the win.
The announcers did a really great job of putting over Carmella, but this match fell completely flat. The ladies worked hard, but the audience seemed either bored or burnt out.
We get a video package about the editor of Muscle and Fitness spending some time in the Performance Center.
Justin Gabriel vs. Bull Dempsey
Gabriel tries to keep Bull away with kicks. Bull isn’t having it. He slams Gabriel down and attacks. Side slam for two. Bull has the advantage, until Gabriel hits a reverse DDT and a nice moonsault for two. Bull heads up top and hits a flying headbutt for the win.
Winner: Bull Dempsey
Best match of the night so far. I’m not crazy about feeding Gabriel to Dempsey, but it’s good to pair him with veterans.
Backstage promo from Bayley, talking about Becky Lynch turning on her last week. She next week she’ll bring her friend, Charlotte.
Baron Corbin vs. Tony Briggs
The fans are counting from one to whatever. They make it to about 15, and Corbin hits his finisher. It’s over.
Winner: Baron Corbin
About what you would expect from Corbin right now.
Sylvester Lefort vs. Marcus Louis
Louis wastes no time attacking. He drags Lefort from the apron and nails him with a clothesline. He yells “You did this to me!” before slamming Lefort to the mat and getting the win.
Winner: Marcus Louis
Basically, this is bad match night, and squash match night.
Backstage, Hideo Itami challenges The Ascension to a fight, and he’s bringing a friend.
Sami Zayn vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus has control early on. Zayn fires up, but Titus clubs him to the mat. Titus nails a series of back breakers as we go to back.
We return to Titus O’Neil with a bear hug on Zayn. He stomps Zayn, then slaps the taste out of his mouth. Zayn fires back, and once again Titus cuts him off. He mocks Zayn’s Ole chants, then tosses him out of the ring. Zayn’s leg catches the rope and it’s a rough fall, but he looks ok.
When Zayn climbs back in, O’Neil tosses him back out again. Zayn recovers and catches O’Neil on the top rope, then hits a cross-body for two. Zayn runs the ropes and eats a clothesline. Two-count. Titus picks Zayn up and hits a back breaker across his shoulders. It’s only worth two.
Sami catches O’Neil with a surprise Exploder suplex into the turnbucker. He runs at him and nails him with the Helluva Kick. Sami Zayn goes for the cover, and the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn
This match was all Titus until the end, and that’s the point.
After the match, Tyler Breeze comes out and calls out Sami Zayn. He says Zayn needs to beat him to truly be the #1 contender. Next week, Sami Zayn will face Tyler Breeze.
The coverage was a little light this week, but frankly, the show didn’t have much in the way of in-ring action. Most of the matches were either squashes, or terrible. Sami vs. Titus was solid, but we’ve seen it before. If you had to pick a night to skip, this is the one.
Thanks for reading tonight folks. See you next week!