Kevin Owens/ Regal/ Sami Zayn
If there was one word to describe this segment, it would have been “karma”. Sami Zayn played Kevin Owens the same way that Owens played him. Although this feels right and it’s largely perceived as justice, I’m not sure if it makes sense for Owens’ character. Sami got under his skin by saying that Kevin Owens has always lived in the shadow of Sami Zayn. Owens getting angry and accepting to put the title on the line, based on that, suggests that he believes Zayn’s words to be true. However, nothing we’ve seen until now points towards insecurity in Kevin Owens. Then again, as I already mentioned, this development feels right; it restores the good/bad balance of NXT, which makes it acceptable.
There’s another thing that’s been bothering me. What happened to Sami Zayn’s rematch clause?! He got beat for the title and he was damaged so badly that he took a month off. However, he’s never invoked his rematch clause. Why is this being ignored? Sami didn’t need to have Owens’ approval. He only had to say “rematch clause” and it would have been all set.
Carmella/ Alexa Bliss
Carmella first argued with Enzo and Big Cass. Then she chased off Blake and Murphy and in the end slapped Alexa Bliss for telling the Princess of Staten Island that she needs to carry herself with more class. I wouldn’t say it was a good segment for Carmella. Not only because Bliss was right, but because Carmella might end up experiencing firsthand the meaning of “If you sit on two chairs you might fall between them”
Blake and Murphy quickly took the opportunity to check on Alexa. Recruiting a female on their side will counterbalance Carmella’s presence at NXT Takeover.
Alex Riley/ Sami Zayn
Alex Riley was raging in Regal’s office, asking for Kevin Owens. Sami offered himself up instead.
It’s difficult to watch Alex Riley. His passion feels real. He seems determined to succeed. However, it feels like his efforts are futile. He’ll never come on top of the matches he gets himself into and everyone knows it. It’s almost like it would have been better if Riley wasn’t as convincing in his promos. At least then we wouldn’t care about him.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. Blake & Murphy
I’m always amazed by the fact that every single time Enzo Amore is in the ring he gets (excuse my language) his ass handed to him but the NXT crowd still cheers him wildly. And Big Cass, who does the job of two at the same time, doesn’t get annoyed by this the slightest.
Anyway, this time Carmella played in her boys’ favour. She distracted the champs and Enzo came on top, picking up the victory (after interference from Big Cass, of course).
The WWE seems to have dropped the idea of Carmella turning heel. Although this angle has been teased for weeks now, it seems like NXT will go for Alexa Bliss getting involved instead. This means that the titles will most probably not be changing hands on May 20.
Dana Brooke def. Bayley
There’s a lot of hype surrounding Dana Brooks. Although I can’t deny that she’s good in the ring, I’m not sold on her character. She acts like a stereotypical heel diva and looks like a porn star. I think the wrestling industry has seen enough divas of this sort. Why can’t female wrestlers have various and engaging characters?
The fight itself was evenly matched. Bayley didn’t seem too challenged by the newcomer. Her main issue was that her hair band was missing. Then Emma showed up with the said hair band and that was enough of a distraction for Bayley to lose. It doesn’t matter how nice and gullible your character’s supposed to be, a hair band is not a valid reason to lose a match.
Mr. Regal announced a triple threat for the #1 contender’s spot for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver. The participants will be Tyler Breeze, Hideo Itami and Finn Balor.
Out of these three, the one, who actually deserves to be NXT champ, is Tyler Breeze. However, Hideo Itami seems to be more likely to be pushed for the victory. Balor already had that opportunity.
Hideo Itami def. Adam Rose
Hearing the crowd’s response to Adam Rose on NXT makes me sad. On the main roster, he’s nothing but a jobber. Outside the world of NXT strange gimmicks can only go conventional ways.
The match was based largely on comedy. Rose was running and rolling, asking for a response from the audience. Expectedly, Hideo finally caught up to him and put him down.
Becky Lynch def Sarah Dobson
On her quest to proving she’s number one, Becky went through a nameless jobber. It’s strange that the WWE’s going for the “Squashing unknown opponents” route once again. I’d think fighting divas who actually pose a threat would be more convincing.
Rhyno challenged something that Baron Corbin had said earlier. I had to jog my memory because I didn’t remember Corbin doing a promo or an interview on the show and then I realized Rhyno was talking about Baron’s vignette.
So Baron’s saying that crushing people’s hopes and dreams makes him tick. Rhyno’s saying that crushing people makes him tick. I’d imagine that constitutes a rivalry and I won’t argue against it. This would give Baron Corbin a challenge, for once. If he’s to become something, he needs to stop playing only with the small fish.
Sami Zayn def. Alex Riley
Riley was doing well. In fact, so well that it gave Kevin Owens the opportunity to bash Zayn on commentary for losing a step or two. No credit given to Riley of course.
In the end, Sami took control, sped up the action and launched himself into one of his beautiful dives to the outside. Kevin Owens dropped his commentary, barged in with a sneak attack and finally got to power bomb Alex Riley onto the ring apron.
Total carnage, bodies everywhere and Kevin Owens, standing tall, laughing uncontrollably. This is the reality of NXT right now. The opening segment shouldn’t fool you. The match at TakeOver won’t be easy.
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