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NXT Review: Women on Top


This week’s NXT show started off with a preview of the night’s main event: a title shot and IOU cash-in for the NXT Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks will defend her title against Charlotte.

Sasha Charlotte

The NXT women are riding high after a massively successful appearance on Monday Night Raw, live from Atlanta, GA.  It appears that the WWE is finally ready to give Divas  women’s wrestling a chance.

But to start the action, Jason Jordan and (reluctantly) tag team partner, Chad Gable took on Elias Samson and Steve Cutler.  Gable would need to prove himself as a worthy partner, helping Jason Jordan to break his slump.

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Chad Gable took full advantage of his opportunity, and gave an impressive debut, securing the victory over Samson and Cutler with a pop-up suplex slam from partner Jason Jordan.

Did Gable’s persistence pay off?

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The following match pitted Samoa Joe against Axel Tischer.  Despite a valiant effort by Tischer, he fell victim to the savage brutality of Samoa Joe, and after being placed in the Kokina Clutch, the referee ended the match.

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Baron Corbin took the NXT audience on a journey through his past successes and how it all culminates to his destruction of current NXT heroes.  The sound of tattoo needles throughout the promo brought chills to your skin and hopefully fear to your hearts.

Take a closer look at the #LoneWolf @BaronCorbinWWE! @WWENXT

— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) July 16, 2015

In perhaps just as dreadful promos, Eva Marie announced that next week she was going to be making her NXT debut.  The lull of the crowd noise brings little hope to the success of the women’s division once the top starts make their transition up to the main roster.

Next up, a non title match between NXT Tag Team Champions, Blake and Murphy, accompanied by Alexa Bliss, and Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins.  Last week, Blake and Murphy found out that at some point they would need to defend their titles against the newly crowned number one contenders, the Vaudevillians. It was an easy victory for the tag champions, and gained the pin via a frog splash.  1-2-3.  A little extra curricular activity after the match allowed Alexa Bliss to add her own part via a bottle rocket!  #BadGirlsHaveMoreFun

A much anticipated update on the injured Sami Zayn precluded the night’s main event.  Zayn, who has been out of commission since NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, would address the NXT audience.  There’s no doubt that Zayn was missed and the chants of Olé, Olé, Olé were followed up with a series of “Sami Zayn, Sami Zayn, Sami Zayn”!

Rollercoastering from the best to the worst year of his career, he announced that he would not be back before the end of the year.  He talked about his goals and how he would be focusing on coming back and taking back his NXT championship.  He addressed Kevin Owens directly, talking about how the best motivation was revenge.

In other Kevin Owens’ news, it was officially announced at this year’s Comic Con new NXT champion, Finn Balor, will be defending his title against former champion, Kevin Owens at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.

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The night’s main event had all eyes glued to the ring: the NXT’s women’s title would be defended against former champ, Charlotte.  The anticipation for this match had been building, and it was only fueled by the NXT women’s debut on Monday night.

The NXT audience was divided as chants of “Let’s go Charlotte” and “Let’s go Sasha” rang out.  It has been only five months since Charlotte was the NXT women’s champion, and this rematch could potentially put her back on top.

Sasha took her fair share of abuse, but was able to slow down the pace for her own liking to take the advantage.  

Applying the dangerous and painful Straightjacket allowed Sasha to apply pressure both physically and verbally, shouting “You’ll never be champion.”

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Charlotte’s power allowed her to break the hold, and deliver a massive power bomb on the champion.

After a series of reversals into pins, Sasha was able to apply the Bank Statement, causing Charlotte to tap out.

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After the match was over, a sign of respect and friendship was shared between Charlotte and Sasha Banks.  This demonstration, after what would be an epic ending to a phenomenal match between two athletes who left if all out in the ring, demonstrating why they are the best.



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