WWE NXT – June 17th 2015
Full Sail University: Winter Park, FL.
The show was dedicated to Dusty Rhodes and the awesome video package they have been playing all week opened the show.
Enzo Amore, Big Cass & Carmella vs. Blake, Murphy & Alexa Bliss. – Enzo, Cass & Carmella over in 7:24. The New Yorkers all cut promos before the match; Carmella wasn’t particularly great, while Enzo & Cass relied on their many catchphrases. Fans chanted “You look stupid” at Blake, who had some goofy pigtails, although they should really have directed the chant at Enzo. Match was OK. It broke down early with the faces cleaning house. Enzo sold for the heat and Carmella made a comeback on Bliss; she did her wacky babyface dance which I have decided is awesome. Big Cass ran wild on Blake & Murphy then Enzo pinned Blake with the Rocket Launcher.
Samoa Joe was with Devin in the back. He said he had competed in places that were on the cutting edge and were changing the world (HA!) and said that is why he came to NXT then talked about not liking Kevin Owens because he was a coward then stated he would beat down Owens tonight. It was a basic Samoa Joe promo.
An outstanding special video package on Finn Balor aired. It was like a mini documentary and featured Balor talking about himself as “Fergal Devitt” with shots of him growing up. He talked about growing up watching WWF Superstars on Saturday Mornings and they had clips of him wrestling in gyms from 2002; they even had some newer footage from ICW out of Scotland and Rev Pro from London. Becky Lynch did an interview about Devitt opening a wrestling school in Ireland and she teared-up recalling her time there. They had footage of Devitt’s last indie date for ICW before leaving for WWE but they edited in a way that it looked like he was heading to train in the New Japan Dojo, which they will air next week during the second part of this deal.
Charlotte vs. Cassie. – Charlotte over in 3:45. Match was clunky. Cassie looked pretty awkward and green. Charlotte pretty much dominated and won with her Figure Eight.
Dana Brooke was with Devin. She yacked about competing in the Arnold Classic in Brazil then cut a generic promo on Charlotte. Brooke called herself the “total diva” and said she would get rid of Charlotte for good.
Non-Title Match: Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Owens (NXT Champion). – No contest in 10:45. Owens pie-faced Joe early and Joe lit him up with a flurry of strikes. They went back and forth briefly then Joe landed his enzuigiri in the corner and the face wash. Owens scored with the cannonball and got some heat with his chinlock of doom; he even yelled, “Chinlock City”, which the crowd then chanted. Joe made his comeback; Owens countered the Muscle Buster but ate the ST-Joe. Owens posted Joe then went for the powerbomb on the apron; Joe escaped and the brawled on the floor. The referee got sandwiched in between the brawl and he called for the bell. A bunch of refs ran out to break up the fight and they had a huge pull-apart with a ton of security hitting the ring to separate them. The fans were into it big time and Owens nailed a couple of the security geeks for good measure on his way out.
Overall this was a highly enjoyable show. The 6-person opener was decent, the Devitt video is a must-see and Joe/Owens turned into an intense brawl, which is exactly what it needed to be for their first encounter. They seem to be rushing the program a little, but that is to be expected with so many loose ends to tie up before Owens becomes a main roster exclusive.
Taping Results from June 18th.
Uhaa Nation beat Johnny Gargano in a dark match.
They did a tribute to Dusty Rhodes before starting the show with everyone on stage and HHH talking and playing a video. There is an edited version up on WWE.com with the ten bell salute.
June 24th: Hideo Itami said he would be going to the Tokyo show on July 4th & he wanted the winner of the Owens vs. Balor match. Kevin Owens came out and said he would still be champ then denied attacking Itami . Owens wanted Itami to apologise for saying he was a bad person but Itami refused and Owens got in his face. Finn Balor made the save but Rhyno showed up and laid out Balor. (1) Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady over Jason Jordan & Sylvester Lefort. (2) Dana Brooke downed K.C. (3) Zack Ryder & Mojo Brawley beat Sawyler Fulton & Angelo Dawkins. (4) Finn Balor over Rhyno. Kevin Owens was on commentary. Owens and Rhyno attacked Balor after the match and Samoa Joe made the save.
July 1st: (1) Vaudevillains over Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder. (2) Baron Corbin downed Tucker Knight. (3) Emma beat Carmella. (4) Tyler Breeze over Tye Dillinger. (5) Samoa Joe & Finn Balor over Kevin Owens & Rhyno.
July 8th: (1) Charlotte & Sasha Banks over Emma & Dana Brooke; afterwards Charlotte challenged Sasha Banks to a title match. (2) Solomon Crowe downed Marcus Louis. (3) Vaudevillains beat Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady in a #1contenders match.
(1) Jason Jordan & Chad Gable over Elias Sampson & Steve Cutler. (2) Samoa Joe squashed Axel Tischer. Eva Marie said she would be at ringside for the Charlotte vs. Sasha title match and wanted the winner and she would make her NXT debut on the next show. (3) Blake & Murphy beat Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins. Sami Zayn did an interview and said 2014 was the best year of his career but 2015 had not been good for him. Sami said he wouldn’t be back in the ring until the end of the year, but when he comes back, he will regain the NXT title and get revenge on Kevin Owens. (4) Sasha Banks downed Charlotte. The women hugged each other after the match.