Kevin Owens/ Regal/ Solomon Crowe
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Kevin Owens is an amazing heel. He’s involved in three storylines simultaneously and he succeeded in connecting them all in one coherent promo. He also made sure to acknowledge and use every chant he got. Not many people are capable of toying with words so easily.
Mr. Regal always has authority, regardless who’s in front of him. The day he was appointed as the NXT GM, the WWE made one of its best decisions.
Solomon Crowe is a fan darling because of his time in the indies and it was a gutsy move to get in Owens’ face so bluntly. However, it was obvious that this situation would have not worked out well for him in the end.
Emma def. Bayley
Emma’s improved drastically since her character change. It feels as if she has been liberated from her old gimmick and now moves more freely. Bayley, on the other hand, is a very stale character. She’s good in the ring but she bores me as a personality.
Dana Brooke is such an overhyped disappointment. She’s slow, clumsy and to top it all – annoying. The only reason she was out there was because heels apparently have to go in pairs to look more heelish.
Blake & Murphy def. Rallis & Elias Sampson
You know that when the tag team champions, who are debuting a new look, are wrestling opponents who are rarely, if ever, on TV, the said opponents will suffer. That’s exactly what happened. I’ve never seen Blake and Murphy work so fast. It’s not to say that the match was rushed. They were impressive with their speed and precision.
The champs added a few heel points to their list by attacking their opponents after the match. I liked the way they used Alexa Bliss. Allowing her to execute her finisher makes her a valid part of the team.
Finn Balor def. Tye Dillinger
Finn made a quick job out of Dillinger. Well, at least Tye was on TV this week. I don’t remember seeing him probably since his breakup with Jason Jordan.
Jason Jordan/ Chad Gable
Jason Jordan’s apparently recruiting a new partner. Chad Gable offered himself up but Jason wasn’t impressed…yet. I’m into the idea of livening up the NXT Tag Team Division.
Right now, there about two teams – Enzo & Big Cass and the champs. The Vaudevillains simply vanished, The Lucha Dragons and the Ascension moved up and The Legionnaires disbanded. Jordan and Gable are a start. I can also see Ryder & Mojo Rawley teaming up soon. In a way, it’s better for Zack to be in an NXT team and wrestle than to be on the main roster and sit around, doing nothing.
Kevin Owens def. Solomon Crowe
Typical Kevin Owens lured Crowe in and attacked him on the outside. Afterwards, Solomon spent most of the match being tossed or shoved out of the ring. It wasn’t a pretty sight. He looked desperate at some points.
The outcome was expected. Kevin Owens won with a beautiful succession of moves that simply broke Solomon Crowe. Owens wasn’t done with him but Samoa Joe came out and Owens retreated.
I can’t picture Samoa Joe coming on top of this rivalry. Since his contract is not WWE exclusive, Joe as a champ would be like Brock Lesnar – cool but almost never around. They wouldn’t do this to NXT.
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