Asuka vs. Cameron
-Words cannot describe how AWESOME Asuka’s music is. It honestly may be my favorite in the entire WWE and she’s only been on TV for a month or so.
-And that armbar counter was out of this world. I don’t think people understand just how ahead of every woman (and 85% of the men) in the company she is. While I love Sasha & Becky (and Charlotte’s been exposed a bit lately) Asuka is a MACHINE.
-Cameron is abysmal on her best day and Asuka’s sheer awesomeness made her watchable. While it was very hard to believe Asuka selling Cameron’s offense, it didn’t last long and Asuka’s comeback was excellent. More Asuka, please.
-Dash and Dawson’s promo was just there, I guess. The new arbitrary WWE thing of not looking at the camera strikes hard here, and it distracts the hell out of me and doesn’t get me interested in the promo. It somewhat made sense with Carmella’s involvement, but even after she was long gone they were looking at air and looking back at Tom Philips in a really awkward position. Really makes the promo seem disjointed even if both guys are good talkers. I did get a pretty good chuckle out of the wheelchair with “Vaudevillains” written on it in what only could be Eugene’s writing.
-On the other hand, this Jordan & Gable promo was MONEY. So many hilarious bits in this one. Jordan having to correct Gable’s “We’re the world’s greatest tag team” got an audible chuckle out of me, as did “What if we challenge arguably the greatest tag team in NXT history?”….”No, Jason, that’d be ridiculous. We can’t wrestle ourselves!” These guys are the best act in NXT now that Sasha’s gone, and I can’t wait to see them drag a good match out of The Ascension. Quote me on that too, because that may very well be the only time you will hear me actively anticipate a match involving The Ascension.
Bull Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins
-Bull is hilarious in this role, and I’m glad they found something for him to do after being the hoss heel failed in spectacular fashion. Just another difference between NXT and WWE, Aside from New Day, WWE usually just shafts guys to the side after their gimmick fails and NXT has at least made an effort to salvage the time they spent building Bull up.
-Bull isn’t very good in the ring, but they covered that up by giving Angelo less offense than Cameron got against Asuka, so I can’t complain. And it’s not like this BullFit gimmick needs him to be a technical virtuoso. Good for what it was, but there’s no reason to really rate this.
-It’s hard to get into any sort of feud with the Vaudevillains because NXT hasn’t given them any airtime hardly since they won the belts. Which further stakes my claim that Enzo and Cass should have won the damn belts in Brooklyn. That said, this was a good little interview but they could have done a lot more to build the program up.
-I like the Hype Bros more than most and Bayley playing off of them was one of the funniest parts of the show. And I’m all for getting Blurphy more airtime, so bring it on. I think Mojo Rawley and Alexa Bliss would have some awesome exchanges, if we’re being honest.
Eva Marie vs. Marley
-Had to Google this blonde girl’s name because apparently NXT wasn’t feeling the nameplates tonight, but she’s gorgeous. She reminds me of Aksana if Aksana didn’t look like an alien.
-I’ve tried to give Eva Marie the benefit of the doubt because I feel like there’s kind of a mini witch hunt on her, but man, she really is the shits. I mean, props to NXT for running with the fact that no one wants her in this position, but this isn’t how you do it. Eva completely whiffing the boot was hilarious because A) the editing team couldn’t even find a graceful angle to make it believable and B) the crowd with a savage “What was that?” chant.
-And her finisher here was pretty terrible too, but I guess I prefer it to Eva Misawa’ing herself with the Sliced Bread. I feel like everyone in the back knows how terrible this experiment has been, and are just running with it as a rib. Or maybe that’s what I tell myself since I’m used to NXT being good. Let’s just pretend that this is going to end well, k? It’s NXT, we’re allowed to do that.
-I’m looking forward to the Asuka vs. Emma match like crazy. I feel like if they got 10-15 minutes to go out there and kill it that it would do a lot for Emma’s stock.
-Ace of Spades is the Takeover: London theme. That’s pretty random, but fucking awesome either way.
Finn Balor (c) vs. Apollo Crews
-That lighting for the introductions is so cheesy but in the best possible way. It’s like we’re in Mortal Kombat or something and they’re basically telling us someone is going to get their spine ripped out by the end of the night.
-The most interesting thing so far is the commercial with CAPTAIN ACEVEDA in some crappy WWE movie, a sequel to the only WWE movie that ever actually did decent business. That got a good pop out of me. Not to say the match is bad or anything, I just love The Shield.
-Apollo pulls off an awesome fallaway slam into a Samoan Drop about midway into the match. Finn hits a reverse Bloody Sunday of all things, which got the crowd going BIG time. The sequence afterwards was incredible, and it’s the hottest I’ve heard Full Sail for a non-Takeover in a long time.
-Annnnnnd, Mouth Belly ruins it. AWESOME. In reality though, I’m not too beat up over it. Apollo doesn’t need to be beaten clean right now, and Baron Corbin has improved enough that I’m somewhat excited for a feud with him and Crews. The DQ has a purpose, which is enough for me to not condemn it too much.
-And it helps that they pulled Samoa Joe’s turn off immaculately. I agree that his conflicted body language through the whole thing was a great touch, as it makes you feel like Joe isn’t doing it out of spite. He just wants the NXT Title so badly that he’s willing to go the extra mile, whatever it may be. Yelling “I did this to you!” at Balor before the Musclebuster was a pretty sinister touch too.
-Overall, I’m satisfied with the whole segment. The DQ might not sit well for some, but I think the ends justify the means in this case. We have two new feuds set up, and a great cliffhanger to the episode. Call the match ***1/4, but the segment as a whole was tremendous.
-Last week’s episode was fantastic, and while this week wasn’t up to that particular standard, it was still a great hour of professional wrestling. The only thing holding it back was the rancid Eva Marie match, but that was too short to really hurt the show in a significant way. We had good promos across the board, programs were furthered, we got a great main event, & a newsworthy occurrence to end the show. There’s not much more you can ask for out of a 1 hour wrestling show.