“Welcome to the NXT era of the Wrestling God.” – JBL
The JKWrestling WWE NXT Review September 25th 2013
By Sarah Jacoby
The action started early in tonight’s episode of NXT with some tag team turmoil to decide the number one contender for the Tag Team Championships. First up were Enzo Amore and Big Cass against Tyler Breeze and CJ Parker, enemies forced to work together by Brad Maddox. Parker started by getting Amore in a side headlock, but Amore fought out with a headscissors. Parker caught a kick from Amore, gave him an airplane spin, and threw him down. Amore managed to tag Cass in, and after one big slam into the mat, Parker was out.
Amore and Cass advanced to fight Scott Dawson and Alexander Rusev next. Cass and Dawson started this time, trading knees to guts and back elbows to faces. Dawson tagged Rusev in, and after giving Rusev a boot to the face, Cass tagged Amore in. After a big Samoan drop to Amore, it looked like Rusev had it, but Amore got the pin with an inside cradle. After the pin, Rusev took revenge by shoving Amore into the turnbuckle.
The boys moved on once again, but this time they met the Ascension, who were ready to take advantage of Amore’s weakened state. O’Brian started this one with a big clothesline to Cass. O’Brian and Victor took turns giving Cass uppercuts and shoulder blocks. As O’Brian went for one more shoulder block, Cass caught him with a boot to the face and tagged Amore in. He came in hot, but O’Brian smashed him to the mat with a flapjack pretty much immediately. O’Brian and Victor stood him up to deliver the Fall of Man and win the number one contendership. I really thought Amore and Big Cass might just make it through here, so it was a little disappointing to see the win go elsewhere. But this was still a lot of fun to see them pack so much into such a short time, and it should be interesting to see what the Ascension can do once they actually get a storyline going.
Next we saw Bayley go up against Sasha Banks. Summer Rae cheered Sasha on and Renee Young joined Tom Phillips and William Regal on commentary. (Can I just say that Renee is living my dream?) Sasha got the advantage early with chops to Bayley chest. After a chinlock and a body scissors from Sasha, Bayley broke free only to be met with a suplex from Sasha. Bayley fought back with clotheslines to Sasha, but was caught with another big chop. Sasha then ran up the ropes and flew down for an arm drag, but Bayley delivered her belly-to-belly suplex (aka the Hug-Plex). Sasha rallied and caught Bayley in a neckbreaker for the win. In one of her wonderful heel moments, Summer ran up to a defeated Bayley and snapped her plastic blue headband in her face before telling the crowd that she and Sasha were going to take over the NXT women’s division. Also, Fandango will be at NXT next week with her. But before they could get much more in, Emma ran out to scare them off.
In the next quick match, the singing superstar, Aiden English showed up again to defeat Bull Dempsey. English started with a side headlock and took control with a shoulder block. But he lost control the same way. After a few ruthless kicks and punches to head, though, Dempsey was forced to “take a bow” and English won.
And in this week’s segment in the ongoing saga of Sami Zayn’s attempts to convince Bo Dallas to give him a title shot, Zayn fought the rarely seen El Local. Zayn went straight for Local’s arm, but Local got Zayn in a side headlock. Zayn then delivered his usual series of swift arm drags and a hurricanrana. But Local fought back with a backbreaker and suplex to Zayn, eventually getting Zayn in an abdominal stretch. Zayn made his way out and delivered a big running kick in the corner to Local for the win.
Right on cue, NXT Champion Bo Dallas then came out to congratulate Zayn on his win. But he had some other news as well – now that he’s finally healed (I definitely heard “heel”), Dallas will hold the “Bo Dallas Invitational” next week to grant someone a title shot. Anyone who thinks they can beat the champ is invited, except for good ol’ Sami Zayn, of course.
Backstage again, a familiar face made their way to Brad Maddox’s office – Kassius Ohno is back! Maddox said that even though he’s really only a D+ at best, he can have a revenge match with one member of the Wyatt family next week.
And finally, Triple H made his way to the NXT ring to announce that he’s given Dusty Rhodes time off from his duties as GM. Instead, JBL will take over as interim GM of NXT. It’s really great to see those main WWE storylines have an effect on NXT. As much as I like to think of NXT as its own separate little island of great characters and better wrestling, it’s quite exciting to be reminded that it’s a part of something bigger, especially when those bigger storylines have been so darn great. Welcome to the new era of NXT.