Sami Zayn Promo
Sami Zayn was being interviewed backstage about his Road to Redemption, when he got interrupted by Titus O’Neil, who said that Zayn shouldn’t get a match against Neville, since he has never beaten Titus. Sami agreed to have a match against O’Neil and this set up the main event.
The Ascension vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Wasley Blake & Buddy Murphy vs. The Vaudevillains vs. Tye Dillinger & Jason Jordan
This might be the first time I watched a Battle Royal for the #1 Contenders’ spot for the Tag Team titles. I was wondering whether both members of the team have to be eliminated to lose but apparently if one half of the team is out, they both go.
There were a few interesting moments to be noted before the first elimination.
Big Cass and Enzo Amore seem to have the closest relationship from all teams. They always look out for each other.
The NXT fans really like the Ascension. At one point, Konnor and Viktor were stomping on Aiden English and Simon Gotch in the two opposite corners and the audience was cheering with every kick.
The most dangerous spot in match came when Buddy Murphy was trying to eliminate Tye Dillinger, while simultaneously Jason Jordan had Wesley Blake, hanging on the ropes. While the two teams were at each other’s throats, Konnor and Viktor just looked at one another and then eliminated all four of them.
- The Ascension eliminated both the teams of Jason Jordon & Tye Dillinger and Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake
The Ascension stood face to face with Big Cass and Enzo Amore while the Vaudevillains seemed to just disappear. They slipped out of the ring so fast that for a second I thought I had missed an elimination, while I was looking at Konnor and Viktor clear out the ring.
Big Cass and Enzo were trying to fight off the Ascension but the issues is that Konnor and Viktor managed to always keep one of them down, thus creating a constant advantage for themselves. It seemed like Big Cass had a chance of taking out the Ascension by himself but in the end, Konnor left Big Cass hanging on the apron. Viktor tossed Enzo over the top rope. On his way to the ground, Enzo hit Big Cass and both crashed on the ramp.
- The Ascension eliminated Enzo Amore and Big Cass
The Vaudevillains slipped back in. The Ascension were just about to dismantle them too when Hideo Itami’s music hit. Konnor and Viktor turned their attention to Hideo, who was standing on top of the ramp. The Vaudevillains quickly took advantage and won the match.
- The Vaudevillains eliminated The Ascension
Konnor and Viktor couldn’t believe they lost, having in mind that they were dominating everybody throughout the match. They wanted to vent out their frustration on the Vaudevillans but Simon Gotch and Aiden English retreated quickly.
Hideo, on the other hand, voluntarily ran in the ring and attacked the Ascension. Obviously, the numbers game got to him once again and he got viciously planted on his head. The audience didn’t miss the opportunity to chant ONE MORE TIME, even though they were screaming Hideo’s name seconds before that.
Konnor told Itami to go back to Japan or the Ascension would send him back themselves.
I’ve been saying for weeks that the Vaudevillains need to get a shot at the Tag Team titles. They deserve to be in the #1 Contenders’ spot.
However, I felt bad for the Ascension. Heel or not, they owned everybody in that match. Hideo Itami is the one who constantly gets in their face. The only thing Konnor and Viktor did was interrupt his ceremony because they were upset after losing the titles. Everything else that happened to Hideo afterwards was because he kept constantly getting in Konnor and Viktor’s way. I might be a bit twisted but I’m not sure the Ascension are actually to blame in this whole story.
Emma vs. Carmella
Emma’s back in NXT where she’s actually liked. Carmella also got cheered. She gave an Enzo Amore – style promo on her way to the ring. I’m not sold. The reason why I warmed up to Enzo is because he realizes how ridiculous he looks by acting overly cocky and often makes fun of himself. Carmella, however, actually believes she is the Princess of Staten Island.
In the beginning, Emma was teasing Carmella and was taking her time to play around. However, Carmella quickly turned things around and grounded her opponent very fast. Emma took over just before the end of the match but ended up being caught in Carmella’s submission hold and had to tap out.
I’m doubtful as to whether Carmella can pull off a longer match with a more serious purpose. When there’s an excess of confidence, I always suspect a deficit of quality.
Justin Gabriel vs. Bull Dempsey
Bull had been away from TV for a while. I was starting to wonder what was going on with him.
Dempsey hadn’t lost it at all. He overcame Justin Gabriel’s quickness and manhandled him almost from the start. Justin had his flashes of brilliance with a few top rope spots and moon sault but eventually lost to a flying headbutt from Bull Dempsey.
Is it me, or were the fans actually chanting BUNNY at one point? Poor Justin Gabriel!
Bayley said that she had been betrayed before but never expected it from Becky Lynch. Bayley also said that if Becky was going to bring Sasha Banks, she was going to take Charlotte with her.
Baron Corbin vs. Tony Briggs
That was one misfortunate debut for Tony Briggs. The fans knew perfectly well that his match wasn’t going to last. The crowd counted to 15 from the first punch to the End of Days. The match from a bell to bell was 23sec.
Yesterday, someone asked me when Baron Corbin was going to wrestle for more than 15s. Honestly, that question made my day. The IWC knows how to make me laugh. The answer, I guess, is – when there’s a good feud for him. All of the top names on NXT are currently engaged with something else.
I can imagine, one night, the Lone Wolf simply coming down the ramp and taking out the NXT champion for no reason. Baron Corbin is the type of a character, who’s destined for a big push.
Hideo Itami Promo
Hideo said that he wasn’t going anywhere and he was sick of the Ascension’s 2 on 1 assaults so he was going to bring a friends next week.
First, as I said earlier in the review, Hideo is going after Konnor and Viktor, not the other way round, so I’m struggling to feel bad for Itami. Also, on the speculation of who his mystery partner will be, my wild guess is Prince Dewitt/Finn Balor. There’s no other reason but that it would be a dream pairing for the inides’ fans. Also, Hideo Itami/KENTA is a big name. It would only be fitting for him to get a partner from the same calibre.
Sylvester Lefort vs. Marcus Luis
Sylvester Lefort came out to the Legionnaires’ theme song. Marcus had no music. He just ran straight into the ring.
The match didn’t take long. Marcus was angry out of his mind. Luis dragged Lefort across the ring, while his former tag-team partner was holding onto the apron for dear life. Then Marcus, in his fury, slammed Sylvester and pinned him, while screaming YOU DID THIS TO ME. The audience chanted OUI!
I have to say, Marcus Luis is doing incredibly well at playing a maddened man. He almost looks non-human, especially with the way he pauses in between word when he screams.
Sami Zayn vs. Titus O’Neil
This match was entirely physical from the very beginning. Titus manhandled Sami Zayn once again. I think it wasn’t as bad as last time, though. Still, O’Neil was throwing Zayn in and out of the ring like a rag doll. You could actually see the bruises imprinted on Sami’s skin.
However, this fight wasn’t meant to show-off Zayn’s technical ability or agility. It was an opportunity to showcase Sami’s resiliency. Having the persistency to overcome every road block is what makes up the basis of the Road to Redemption.
Sami Zayn survived through everything that Titus O’Neil had to offer, didn’t allow to be pinned and in the end used the one opening he got to win the match.
However, Sami wasn’t going to be allowed to celebrate for a long time. Tyler Breeze came out and challenged him to a match next week.
Prince Pretty calling Titus and Tyson Kidd “a couple of uggos” was my personal highlight of the night.
Sami Zayn never achieved anything the easy way. Winning the NXT championship won’t be a simple task either and will take him through every top name on the roster. But when Sami finally gets the Big One, it will be fully deserved.
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