Tyler Breeze vs. Adam Rose
NXT commentary as Tyler makes his entrance:
”Have you ever seen a guy wear a cape like Tyler?”
”Yeah, Mighty Mouse”
Yeah, they read the rumours too.
Adam Rose comes down to the ring looking miserable, like how Buff Bagwell used to look when he knew he was losing. I missed last week but I can tell just by Rose’s body language something’s up with him. The commentators didn’t hammer it home either. ”LOOK HOW MISERABLE HE LOOKS, HE LOOKS LIKE HE FORGOT TO DOWNLOAD THE WWE APP AND MISSED ALL OF BARRETT’S OFFENCE ON RAW” isn’t said.
These two going at it resembles the angry husband who’s just found his partner’s hot, young thing on the side in his bed. Competitive match that ends with Rose hitting the Cactus Elbow off the apron (with the crowd chanting ”Foley, Foley”) but Breeze immediately shrugging it off and finishing with The Beauty Shot. Hey, he didn’t need to kick out of a finisher or two! I love NXT.
Regal announces Owens vs. Bálor at the big Tokyo show on 4th July. No complaints.
Eva Marie comes out for a live promo. Marie on NXT has been great as everyone has this ”yeah, I know and you know I know” look on their face as they know what she’s getting into. Crowd annihilates her and nearly drowns out her attempt at sucking up with ”You Can’t Wrestle” chants. I eagerly await Marie snapping Network-style and turning into the Divas equivalent of The New Day.
Here’s footage in case you missed it.
Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss
Part of the Blake & Murphy vs. Amore & Big Cass saga. I wouldn’t have expected Blake & Murphy to still be tag champs 140 days after winning the titles. Good for them and their wub-wub. Despite Bliss missing a moonsault that was closer to hitting Corey Graves than Carmella, match was good and featured CRAVATES. Bliss wins via cheeky roll-up and rope-grabbing. Because people who willingly listen to wub-wub aren’t good people.
The Vaudevillains vs. Jason Jordan & Marcus Louis
I like The Vaudevillains but I dislike having to check I’m spelling their name right every time. I forgot about Marcus Louis but it’s good to see his head got shaved and never grew back, Kurt Angle style. I don’t recall Jason Jordan but that’s never a negative on this show. Crowd is into everything The Vaudevillains do and chant their collective arses off in support of them, so they’re good guys by default, like Cesaro & Kidd. The old school guys get their shit in and Louis tags himself in, annoying Jordan. Louis then falls to The Whirling Dervish to end the match and make Jordan sigh. Jordan bringing forgotten NXT guys back as regular tag team partners would be nice, he could dust off Oliver Grey or Sylvester Lefort. And lose.
Promo video for Sasha Banks plays. See, when they’re not on the shows the big stars get packages reminding you they exist and in the case of Banks, remind you they’re awesome.
Bálor talks about Rhyno. I don’t understand, he’s not shouting about Blarney Stones or Father Ted or going ”FELLAAAAAAAA”, is he really Irish?
Finn Bálor vs. Rhyno
Rhyno’s name is so well known that he main events NXT on his reputation alone. Rhyno dominates to begin and wears down Bálor with his body scissors. I love that he’s still using the same move that was part of his arsenal in 2001. Or maybe it’s on me for remembering Rhyno uses a body scissors. Rhyno mocks Bálor, which isn’t a good idea. Rhyno gets pissy at his inability to put away Bálor, misses the Gore and Bálor rolls him up for the pin. He couldn’t out-wrestle him, but he could out-think him. I’m happy with that, despite the weird WWE logic of guys like Bálor and Neville being ”small guys” with nothing but abs and muscle.
But as Bálor walks to the back, Rhyno gores him on the stage BECAUSE HE’S RHYNO.
Fun as always. I don’t think I’ve not enjoyed a show since the change from reality show to ”the new version of ECW on Sci-Fi”.