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NXT Review: Before the Sun Rises in the Far East

 

Recap from Episode 284WWE_NXT_(2012)

Let’s face it: all eyes are set on this Saturday’s WWE live event, “The Beast in the East, in Tokyo Japan.

While only one match of the seven listed on the most current card spotlights NXT superstars, it is the main event, it is a championship match, and it is the most anticipated match up in quite some time.  It was apparent that this match was the focus of the night as NXT premiered and announced the main event:

Rage & Fury vs. Brutal Intensity

Rage & Fury vs. Brutal Intensity

In it’s most basic sense, the card for NXT episode 285 was centered around demonstrating dominance and power.  The first match pitted the Vaudevillains against Dash & Wilder in what would be four sides of beef, pummeling each other into corners.

Winners: via a massive Whirling Dervish, the Vaudevillains

This victory would be what parleyed Gotch and English into a tag match next week against Enzo and Cass to determine the number one contenders for the NXT tag titles.

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Next, we got an update on Becky Lynch:  Due to a hip flexor sprain, Lynch will be out of action for a few weeks, but she reassures her fans that this is not a setback, but a motivation to prove she is the number one women’s wrestler.

Next up, a “match” between Baron Corbin and Tucker Knight was ultimately an opportunity for Corbin to put on a clinic.  As stated by Corey Graves, Corbin isn’t getting paid by the hour, and this match was over before it even started.

Winner: via “The End of Days” Baron Corbin 

Third Installment of Finn Balor Docuseries

Last week, Eva Marie approached William Regal with a request for another chance to prove herself as a NXT women’s wrestler.  Regal’s response was that she would need to prove herself, and that he would be closely evaluating her.  Last night, a brief behind-the-scenes promo showed the audience that Regal was serious about his offer.  He will be keeping a close eye on Eva and her progress.

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The night’s third match was between Carmella and Emma, accompanied by Dana Brooke AKA “Team Disingenuous” according to Byron Saxton.  This match actually took time to develop, and both women were able to stretch their opponent to their limits.

It was what true women’s wrestling is all about.

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Unfortunately for the “Princess of Long Island,” she wasn’t able to withstand Emma’s more aggressive, darker persona, nor the stretch of Emma’s finisher.

Winner: via submission to an Emma Lock, Emma

Thanks to Bull Dempsey’s insatiable appetite for all things processed, a little comedic relief was offered as the audience observed a power of the wills: William Regal’s need to protect Dempsey from himself and the siren’s call of pistachios.

A brief recap from last week and Jason Jordan’s inability to find the right tag team partner.  Is it Chad Gable?

Tell-tale signs of disgruntled employee??  “I’m only doing this because they’re making me.”

A quick match between Tyler Breeze and Tye Dillinger was just the palette cleanser needed before the main event.  Prince Pretty easily took care of Dillinger.

Winner: via a Beauty Shot, Tyler Breeze

In the women’s locker room, Devin awaited an interview with the Boss, Sasha Banks, but Dana Brooke and Emma took over to pet the NXT women’s championship belt.

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Having none of it, Sasha emerges and a challenge is set: a tag match between Emma & Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks and an unknown partner.  It’s lonely at the top.  Will the Boss be able to find a partner?

Finally the main event and lead into the title match set for Saturday in Tokyo: Finn Balor & Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Owens & Rhyno.

All four competitors were impressive, showcasing why NXT is so hot right now.

Ultimately, due to a miscommunication between Rhyno and Owens, Balor was able to get the 1-2-3 on the champ.

Is this a prelude to what could happen on Saturday?  There’s only one way to find out: tune into the WWE Network.

Final Assessment:

  • For a one hour show, NXT really knows how to deliver a message.  It’s clear that the wrestling wasn’t Wednesday night’s story: it’s preparing its audience for Saturday’s live event in Tokyo.  It’s building up the steam for both Balor and Owens.  For anyone who watched WWE for the past month, they know that it was just going to be a matter of time before Kevin Owens would be saying goodbye to NXT.  It seems that he has no problem starting feuds with multiple people, but this full-time gig of both NXT champion and WWE US Championship-hopeful cannot last.  Saturday will be a great send off to Owens from the NXT roster, and the three-part docuseries on the history of Fergel Devitt/Prince Devitt/Finn Balor has done its job to pull the NXT/WWE audience fully behind a title change and leadership position.
  • NXT women kick ass.  They are a close second to the top reason why people tune into NXT.  It was laughable to watch a lost little Eva Marie attempt to pull in sympathy and support last week, knowing that she had her shot at the main roster, arguably, too many times.  The true NXT women’s division is on fire, and whether you love them or hate them, there isn’t one female on the roster that you can’t say is enjoyable to watch.
  • I like Baron Corbin.  We just happen to coincidentally share a last name.  While it was good to see him on the the card, one has to wonder where this is going.  He’s a strong presence in the ring, but he seems to be directionless at the moment.  Hopefully he doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

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