Welcome back everyone. These last couple weeks on WWE NXT have seemed off, right? Between Wrestlemania weekend and the Arnold Classic, it’s good to have things back in the controlled environment that is Full Sail University.
WWE NXT Recap
Finn Balor (W) vs. Tye Dillinger
A fun match that you knew was going to end with Balor coming out on top. It’s great that WWE NXT is able to have matches where the guy who is supposed to be good looks good without having the guy who is losing look like complete garbage. That was WWE NXT’s version of a squash match, but Dillinger still got some offense in.
After the match, Balor was called out by Tyler Breeze, which should make for a fun program. WWE NXT is doing a great job of building feuds without having the same guys fight every week or some circle jerk 6 man tag match involving everyone who is mad at each other.
Dana Brooke Promo
Dana Brooke is incredibly raw in the ring. She is somehow even worse at talking. I understand this is a developmental territory and they’re using it to get these guys used to working on TV. This is bad. You can have her cut promos and not show us them. Keep them to yourself.
Kevin Owens Promo
On the flip side, we have Kevin Owens. Granted, he’s been doing it for 15 years, but the strength of this show lies in the fact that they can build feuds without having guys wrestle each other every week. This Owens/Riley feud has been going on for two months now. Do you know how many times they’ve laid hands on each other during that time, including tonight? Three times. That’s it. Big Show and Reigns have beat each other up every week for the last month and I don’t care. I wonder why that is?
Paul Heyman cutting a promo about a wrestling playing card game is more interesting than most people’s non-commercial promos. That’s just something worth noting.
Bayley vs. Becky Lynch (W) vs. Charlotte
Really fun match to watch. There have been so many different variations of matches with Bayley, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, but it’s somehow still fun to watch every single time. Also, everyone came out of this match looking good. Charlotte was dominant and only got beat by Becky being a craft veteran. Bayley still looks good because even though she has a knee injury and was in a submission, she still wouldn’t give up.
These women are really doing great things down there and I hope by some miracle this carries over to the main roster Still, I’m worried. Do you know what the main storyline of the Women’s Division has been for the last few months? Sit down, you’re not gonna believe it. It’s winning. Winning and losing is the whole plot to this story. One person wants to win. So does the other person. In this case, a third person’s motive is also winning. Not stealing someone’s man. Not who is a bitch. Not someone being too fat or too pale or too ugly. It’s about winning and losing. I’d love to see that catch on.
CJ Parker vs. Hideo Itami (W)
Itami is another prime example of the WWE main roster having zero fucking idea what they are doing. You have Itami win the tournament to get a shot at the battle royal at Wrestlemania, why the fuck not have him win it? Did Big Show benefit in any way by winning that trophy? No? Then why do it? What is the point of having a dude that’s been around forever win something and having it not matter?
If you had Itami win that or at the very least make him look strong (maybe hit a GTS) at least you can call him up to the main roster and have him contribute. Now what? Back to WWE NXT to try to rebuild momentum.
Backstage segment with Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch
An argument about who is better and who is going to win. Nobody was called a slut or fat or pale or ugly. It’s amazing that you don’t have to do that in 2015.
Rhyno (W) vs. The Guy Rhyno Murdered
I don’t even remember who he fought, it was over in a second but I like how they’re using him. You had to feed him someone this week just to remind people he’s a beast, even though he dominated most of the match against Zayn last week.
Alex Riley vs. Kevin Owens
Kevin Steen is the kind of heel I love. He’s a dick. He does dickish things. He never really outright cheats, but he takes liberties. Breaks unwritten rules. He baits good people into doing bad things and that’s what a bad guy is supposed to do.
After the match, we were treated to a brawl between him and Zayn that will make getting excited for Owens vs. Zayn II very easy. These two have a long history together, but still manage to do something new every time they go out there. It will be interesting to see what they have planned. I wouldn’t be surprised if there ends up being a stipulation in their next match, maybe no DQ to display the brutality of the two men.
That does it for this week, be sure to check back next week for more on WWE NXT, and if you’d like to know what’s going on heading into WWE Extreme Rules, my preview podcast will be up on podcastonapole.com shortly.