NXT – Episode 297
September 16, 2015
Full Sail University, Flordia
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton
Tyler Breeze enters for the opening match. Adam Rose comes out claiming that the WWE Universe took a poop on the Adam Rose party, and know he’s going to take a poop on the NXT Universe. The fan’s immediately begin chanting “party pooper,” which is awesome.
Bull Dempsey comes out and promises to beat up Tyler Breeze. He comes down to the ring, and gets ready to attack. Tyler asks him who he think’s he is, as the fans chant “Bull is gorgeous”. Bull poses on the turnbuckle like Tyler, and the fans pop huge for it. Tyler says that Bull had an accident last week in getting pinned, and that the other accident in his life was his birth. Ouch. Dempsey asks Rose to leave the ring, but Adam refuses and slaps Bull. Bull takes Rose out, leaving him with Tyler, but Tyler attacks form behind.
Tyler runs away, as Bull yells he wants a match. I guess Rose vs. Breeze isn’t the opening match, but this was still a good opening. We got the introduction of Rose’s new character (which I’m unsure about), and Bull’s full face turn.
When they come back from commercial break, Tyler Breeze is recording his response to Dempsey with his selfie stick, where he agrees to the match next week.
Tye Dillinger vs. Danny Burch
Dillinger has the fans chanting 10 after everything he does, which is awesome. It’s about time Dillinger is being give a character and a chance to make an impact in NXT. Give him some time, and he’ll be in the main event of NXT for sure.
This is a solid match that gives Dillinger a chance to show his stuff. The finish comes when Dillinger pulls down his knee pad and drives his knee into Burch’s head. Interesting finisher. I like it.
Rhino and Baron Corbin cut a promo about their upcoming match.
A video airs about Asuka debuting in NXT on the next episode. This should be good.
Rich: A big signing that’s going to shake up the women’s division in NXT.
Corey: She’s not just going to shake it up, she’s going to kick it in the face.
Apollo Crews vs. Solomon Crowe
Just as a note, I really don’t like Crowe’s entrance music, but that has nothing to do with the quality of this match. It should also be stated that Crews can move. He is very athletic and fast, and if you have never seen him before, you’re in for a treat.
Crews flys around the ring in the early part of this match, and he sends Crowe to the outside, but Crowe pulls the apron up over Crewss head as Crews went for a baseball slide dropkick, and he proceeds to beat on him while he’s stuck in the apron. Great stuff.
Once their back in the ring, Crowe works over Crews with chinlocks, and absolutely nails Crews wit ha clothesline. However, Crowe goes to the well one too many times, and Crews counters another chinlock with a jaw breaker. Crews hits a killer enziguri, followed by a gorilla press and a standing moonsault for the win.
We have another solid match from NXT here. The opener may have been more of a squash, but this makes up for it, for sure.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa are interviewed about their match with Rhyno and Baron Corbin.
Emma and Dana Brooke are interviewed and they say they’re going to shake things up in NXT by showing the new women who’s in charge.
A SUV pulls up to the NXT Arena, and Sasha Banks walks out!
Kyle Edwards offers a recap of the Dusty Rhodes Classic, and runs down how the rounds are shaping up.
Baron Corbin & Rhyno vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
Early on in this match Ciampa does the remarkable, and out strikes Rhyno by using his superior speed to hit Rhyno with a series of hard hitting strikes, and it culminates with Rhino eating a huge dive from Ciampa. Gargano and Ciampa both kick Rhyno in the head, but Rhyon, with one massive clothesline manages to tag in his partner. Ciampa still manages to avoid him with his speed, but Ciampa makes a fatal mistake and is hit with Corbin’s finisher.
As we come back from the commercial break, Corbin is standing on Ciampa’s face. Ouch. Rhyno and Corbin work Ciampa over of the next few minutes, but Ciampa proves he has fight by attempting to get the tag, but Rhyno and Corbin manage to isolate him and keep him on their side of the ring.
Ciampa manages to turn it around when he hits a big missle dropkick, and he gets the tag to Gargano. Corbin comes in but can’t keep up with the speed of Gargano. There were several high impact moves, including Gargano dodging a gore from Rhyno, but Corbin manages to hit the End of Days and get the 1-2-3. They barely won, but the W is all that matters.
This was a really solid tag match. Gargano and Ciampa looked really good, and I imagine they left a good impression with the WWE.
The Vaudevillians are interviewed, and they talk about how they are excited about the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Blake and Murphy show up with Alexa Bliss and inform them that they are enacting the rematch clause.
A hype video shows for Nia Jax again.
Bayley’s theme hits and gets a huge pop from the audience. Bayley runs through the audience to celebrate, and the fans cheer her on. A little girl runs up to her, and she hands the belt to the girl getting her to pose with it. So cool. As she comes back to the ring, she grabs Izzy and brings her over the guardrail into the ring, and Izzy gets to celebrate with her in the ring. Izzy draws a great pop from the crowd, and I think we might be seeing another young lady as a wrestler in NXT in about 10 years, with that kind of experience.
There was a huge “You deserve it” chant for Bayley just before the bell rang, and indeed she does.
Bayley vs. Sarah Dobson
This one was fast, but it still managed to not feel like a squash match thanks to how Bayley sold Dobson’s offense. Dobson manages to get some decent offense in early in the match, but Bayley turns it around with a big shoulder block, an uppercut, and then a Bayley to Belly for the win.
Bayley grabs a mic to talk, but Sasha Banks comes out to interrupt!
Sasha says that she came out to congratulate her, and how they both stole the show at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, and how many people thought that it was the match of the year. Sasha is clearly emotional over it. She says that it’s great, but it’s not great for her. She wants a rematch. She admitted that Bayley earned it, but she was only good on that one night.
Bayler offers her a rematch, any time, anywhere. Sasha says she doesn’t just want a rematch, and Bayley offers a 2/3 falls match to prove who the best Women’s wrestler is in NXT. Sasha says she wants to beat her more than just twice. The fans chant “Iron Woman.” William Regal comes out and announces that on October the 7th that Sasha Banks will get her rematch, but not just that – It’s the Main Event of the show, but not just that – it’s an Iron Man match! Regal’s delivery here was great – that man knows how to cut a promo.
The fans chant “Holy ****” in response, followed by “Iron Woman” even though it’s an “Iron Man” match. Bayley and Sasha shake hands as the show closes.
Awesome segment – great promos from both Sasha and Bayley, and the stakes are now higher than ever for their rematch.
OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5
Great episode of NXT. That last segment with Sasha and Bayley really raised the rating of the show for me. Those two ladies are extremely good at what they do, and the intensity and desire to put on the best show possible really adds to the quality of everything that happens.
Best Match: Baron Corbin & Rhyno vs. Gargano & Ciampa
Worst Match: Tye Dillinger vs. Danny Burch
Highlights: Bayley and Sasha Banks. Nothing else needs to be said.
Questions to think about:
It seems that NXT has put real thought into their tag team division, breathing life into it with things like the Dusty Rhodes Classic and their willingness to invite indy wrestlers to come and be a part of it too, so that it has a really special feel to it. Could Raw and SmackDown benefit from something like the Dusty Rhodes Classic?
How good are Bayley and Sasha Banks? They are phenomenal wrestlers, with real star power. There is nothing manufactured in their ability to connect with the audience. Why is it that NXT seems to be able to create characters that connect with the audience better than the main roster? It’s also been shown that it isn’t just Full Sail that’s connecting, if TakeOver: Brooklyn was any indication. So what is it that they are doing right?