Sunday, March 27, 2016

WWE NXT Review - February 10th, 2016

TONIGHT: Bayley vs. Carmella for the NXT Women's Championship

1) Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano
JOHNNY WRESTLING! Nice little opener here with Corbin being pissed and dominating Gargano. Johnny got a few hope spots which the crowd got behind, though. It ultimately just leads to the Corbin win out of nowhere amidst one of Johnny's comebacks as Corbin catches him in the middle of his flying spear attempt. The crowd is hot tonight!

Match rating - **1/2

2) The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley) vs. Corey Hollis & John Skyler
PWX REPRESENT here with Hollis & Skyler taking on the team of Ryder & Rawley who suffered their first lost since forming together as The Hype Bros, last week. This is mainly just a showcase for the Hype Bros getting their hype back, no pun intended, after losing last week. It was still nice seeing Hollis & Skyler, they did solid work here by taking a good beating and displaying their team work for a few minutes when they isolated Ryder. A segment that led to the hot tag for Rawley which leads to the victory for he & Ryder.

Match rating - **

3) Alexa Bliss vs. Cameron
So, I was so annoyed to see Cameron when she made her entrance and even during the opening minutes of the match, I was zoning out, but then I realized how solid this actually was. Cameron got heat just for being there which led to the perfect comeback when Bliss started firing away with some offense that surprised me (this was my first time seeing her compete). Bliss wins with her finisher which I loved, the sparkle splash.

Match rating - **1/4

4) Elias Samson vs. Jesse Sorenson
"The Drifter" Elias Samson beats up Sorenson for three or four minutes. That's all this was. His winning streak continues. Decent squash, I guess.

Match rating - *3/4

5) Bayley (c) vs. Carmella - NXT Women's Championship Match
I enjoyed the hell out of this. Bayley & Carmella are friends so there's no bad blood which made me wonder how this would go, but it ends up being really good. They held my attention the entire time, there was never a dull moment and everything was executed smoothly. The emotion shown by both women and particulary Carmella, who was in her first title match ever, made this one what it was. I was really impressed by Carmella here with her facial expressions throughout. Bayley took control being the more experienced champion, Carmella begins mounting a comeback and contemplates a dive, a mental decision that the crowd picks up on thanks to her facial expressions. She nails it to a big pop and then dares to go for a second and hits it as well before throwing Bayley back in the ring for a quick cover. The two go into a series of roll ups and pinning combinations for a series of near falls. Finally, Bayley is able to keep Carmella down for three on a backslide to retain the championship.

Match rating - ***1/2

The post match is the icing on the cake for what was a great TV match. Bayley & Carmella hug and as Carmella is leaving, Eva Marie & Nia Jax attack her in the aisle way. Bayley makes the save only to get beaten down. Eva & Jax isolate Carmella in the ring and as they are toying with her, ASUKA APPROACHES ON THE RING APRON! Shit just got real! Asuka stares down Jax who has Eva hiding behind her. Asuka slowly gets in the ring and Jax & Eva leave. Bayley gets back in the ring to check on Carmella and we get an awesome staredown/moment with Asuka eyeing down the champion and her title.

Samoa Joe closes the show with a short backstage promo hyping his match with Sami Zayn next week to determine a #1 Contender for Finn Balor's NXT title. Joe says he is the next NXT Champion.

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