Baron Corbin vs. Elias Sampson
Baron Corbin faced an opponent, whose name the commentators didn’t have time to mention even once before the end of the match. That’s probably because from first to last bell, the fight lasted 20s in total. 20 seconds. I think that’s a record even for Baron Corbin.
As enjoyable as it is to admire the in-ring presence of the Lonely Wolf for about 30s every week, I’d actually like to see Corbin have a real match. He needs a good feud, if possible, sooner rather than later.
Sami Zayn/ Tyson Kidd Segment
Sami Zayn received a loud and warm welcome from the particularly lively crowd in Orlando. Judging by the reaction he gets every week, Zayn could easily claim to be the most loved superstar on NXT.
Sami was fed up with himself for constantly losing fair and square to different opponents. He was determined to prove that he’s better than that and said that he was about to refocus on the NXT Championship. At this point, following what happened the previous few weeks, I expected Adrian Neville to come out. After all, it’s his title that’s being discussed. However, we got Tyson Kidd instead.
Kidd appeared, sporting a Sami Zayn t-shirt and proceeded to tell Zayn what kind of a loser he was because he lost literally every opportunity he was given. First of all, the booing from the audience was so loud I could barely hear Tyson over it. And second, is Tyson Kidd joking?! It’s ironical to come out and mock Sami Zayn for squandering every chance he gets, knowing that only two weeks ago the ring announcer proclaimed that “Tyson Kidd has no more championship opportunities”, exactly because Tyson had failed every opportunity he had.
Sami and Tyson went backwards and forwards, taking jabs at each other. Zayn was picking on Tyson for being whipped and for starring in Total Divas. Kidd wasn’t going to stand for it and told Sami that it was better to be on Total Divas than to be a “total loser”.
Sami Zayn marked the beginning of what he called “Sami Zayn’s road to redemption”. Then he challenged Tyson to match by telling him to borrow Tyler Breeze’s phone and call Nattie to ask for permission. In my book, Sami gets bonus points for having Prince Pretty’s phone featured on this week’s show.
I find Tyson Kidd’s gimmick a bit contradictory. He says the most bad-ass lines in such a convincing way but then, just as you are about to take him seriously, he casually mentions that he needs to make a few phone calls before the match and that’s directly following Sami’s line about calling Nattie for permission.
The Lucha Dragons vs. Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake
Apparently, the team of Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake is now called Team Thick. Is it me or is this really a worse name even than The Smart Athletic Friends. Honestly, calling yourself “Team Thick” opens up so many opportunities for being picked on that I can almost already hear Enzo Amore’s voice in my head, taking those two apart.
As for the match, let’s just say that Team Thick did better against the Lucha Dragons, than the team of Tye Dillinger & Jason Jordan vs. The Vaudevillains. Buddy Murphy had his highlight in the match when he caught Sin Cara in the air and executed a nasty-looking suplex.
However, the tag team champions were overall better. They dictated the pace and delivered the more exciting spots in the match. To end the match, Kalisto launched himself over the top rope on Buddy Murphy on the outside, while Sin Cara did a spectacular sunset flip from the top rope and pinned Wesley Blake.
The NXT tag team division is lacking good feuds. When the Ascension were champions, they squashed countless teams and got no competition. Now the Lucha Dragons are champions and they get to fight teams that look as if they’ve randomly been put together just before NXT went on air. Why not utilize already formed teams like The Vaudevillans or Enzo Amore and Big Cass? A good rivalry between two good teams is bound to elevate the Tag Team titles.
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynched faced Charlotte and lost for a second week in a row.
The quality of the match was high though. The two women were trying to outwrestle each other. Not to outshine each other in a flashy sexual way like the divas on the main roster do, but to outdo each other technically. This is what real wrestling is all about.
Becky Lynch’s energy made for a hot, fast-paced fight. However, Charlotte overpowered her opponent, which gave her the advantage. Becky actually got close to winning the match a couple of times and it happened so fast it kept the audience on the edge of their seats. But in the end, Charlotte’s Natural Selection did the job, taking out Lynch for the second time.
Charlotte has been so impressive as a champion so far. She does wear herself as a queen and obtains wins with authority.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Legionnaires
Oh, here’s the forgotten match from last week I was asking about. Better late than never, right? Or maybe not, because even though the bell rang, there was no match.
Enzo and Big Cass played rock, paper, scissors to see who starts the match. I wonder whether Big Cass, who ended up getting in the ring first, won or lost.
It didn’t really matter anyway because when Sylvester Lefort tagged Marcus Luis in, he accidentally removed his wig. Marcus lost it and lashed out on his own partner. Luis was completely out of control, threw Sylvester Lefort outside the ring and started smashing his face in the steel ramp, while the audience was chanting OUI! OUI! OUI!
Meanwhile, Enzo Amore and Big Cass were standing in the ring, looking slightly uncomfortable there. It must have been awkward for them.
All Blue Pants vs. Carmella
After their unfortunate face off against the Legionnaires, Enzo and Big Cass demanded another match but not for themselves but for their friend – Carmella. Enzo called out some unnamed girl, which he apparently just saw walking down the corridor, to be Carmella’s opponent. He introduced her as Bluie or All Blue Pants because, yes, you guessed it, she was wearing blue pants.
The match started and I think I blinked because my contact lenses were dry but by the time I opened my eyes again, Carmella had already locked her opponent in a submission hold. Needless to say Bluie tapped out.
I’m not sure I like Carmella. She has too much swag for my taste.
Sasha Banks/ Becky Lynch Segement
The Boss was putting some make up on when Becky Lynch approached her and confronted her about her attack on Bayley last week. Sasha Banks told Becky that people like her and Bayley are way too nice and that’s why they lose.
I’m not sure where this segment is leading. It was either a way to put The Boss on the show or was setting up for a Becky Lynch heel turn. To be honest, I think it’s much more likely to be the first.
Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd
The match was generally balanced with both contenders giving a strong performance. However, it was impossible to miss the change in Sami Zayn’s demeanor. He was much more confident and aggressive.
Sami kept taunting Kidd and even threw a coat in Tyson’s face. Zayn was showing off, flying around the ring just to demonstrate that he could. The fans loved it and chanted OLE! OLE! Sami was ostentatiously inviting Tyson to fight him. And when Zayn had the opportunity, he delivered. His blue thunder bomb was a piece of beauty.
Tyson Kidd played the role of the much more grounded but cunning heel. He waited for his openings and tricked Zayn to gain momentum. He managed to lock the Sharp Shooter but Sami got to the ropes. Tyson still had things under control but missed his opponent and got hurt, allowing Zayn to turn things around and deliver the Helluva Kick for the win.
Sami Zayn’s road to redemption has begun and it is bound to lead him to Adrian Neville. That’s a friendship feud between two future stars that will be worth watching.
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