NXT – Episode 301
October 14, 2015
Full Sail University
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton
The show opens with Bayley coming out, and she begins celebrating with the audience after her historic win at NXT TakeOver: Respect. The crowd chants “Match of the Year” and Bayley talks about how the show was about more than just her and Sasha, but also respecting Dusty Rhodes. Bayley talks about how she always wanted to be in the main event, and the crowd chants “You Deserve It” and “Women’s Wrestling.” Bayley says she wants women’s wreslting to be respected, to a huge pop.
Alexa Bliss comes out with Blake & Murphy and she congratulates Bayley, or so it seems. When Bayley’s guard is down, Alexa steals her belt and Blake & Murphy stand in Bayley’s way to stop her from getting it back. The crowd chants “You’re not worthy!” which is hilarious. Alexa tells Bayley that she is going to take the belt from Bayley “for real” as she tosses it back to her. I like this direction they’re taking. Alexa is probably the best option to move forward with in this.
Next, we see William Regal offering congratulations to Finn Balor and Samoa Joe. Joe challenges Finn for the title in a very respectful way and Finn says yes, but Regal says it isn’t that easy. Tonight, on NXT, we will see a Battle Royal with the winner being the #1 contender. Joe doesn’t like it, but it looks like he doesn’t have much of a choice.
After we come back from the break, various wrestlers are claiming that they are going to win the Battle Royal.
The Vaudevillians vs. Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton
This wasn’t a bad tag team match. It severed two purposes, I think – the first is to remind the audience that while they didn’t win the Dusty Rhodes Classic, they are without a doubt, still the champs. The second is that it allows the audience to see them wrestling all comers.
This one doesn’t last too long, and ends with a Whirling Dervish relatively fast.
The Mechanics are backstage, and they’re not impressed with The Vaudevillians. They point out that they beat the Vaudevillians in the Dusty Rhodes Classic, and they claim they are the #1 contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Nia Jax is up next!
Nia Jax vs. Evie
I think Nia Jax is going to win by death in this one. Nia doesn’t fit the typical look of what the WWE looks for in a women’s wresler, which immediately makes her stand out (and that’s a good thing). She looks like a decent talent, and the NXT audience had no problem chanting “Nia’s going to kill you” as she and Evie wrestle, which is a good sign that they’re buying into her already. She could be a star given some good booking, and thankfully NXT is good for that. Nia Jax wins with a Rock Bottom like move.
Next up is a video of various folks saying how important Bayley vs. Sasha Banks was. Very cool.
Eva Marie cuts a promo from Paris and talks about how she needed a vacation.
The #1 Contender’s Battle Royal
Battle Royals are always wild, so I’ll just write some notes and comments on it rather than indicating who was eliminated by who.
Samoa Joe is the man, and clearly everyone knows it as a few guys go right after him when the bell rings.
Apollo Crews gets the first 4 eliminations in the match, dominating everybody.
Tyler Breeze is crazy over with the NXT fans. Towards the end of the match, the crowd was pretty universal in his support, even with Samoa Joe in the ring. The poor guy can’t seem to catch a break. When Joe eliminated him, Joe got booed. Samoa Joe doesn’t get booed. Breeze actually gets revenge and eliminates Joe.
Baron Corbin stabs Rhino in the back and eliminates him. I wonder how that will play out.
Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin are your last two, and the crowd is in Crews corner, but even then, they chant “We want Tyler” several times. Crews wins and gets a good reaction from the audience, even though many were cheering for Tyler Breeze.
Solid battle royal. They took the crowd around for the ride with the eliminations of Breeze and Joe and ultimately, I think they made the right call to have Crews win. Joe would have been great, but they’re going to build to Balor vs. Joe slowly, and this just plays into it.
Nothing special in this episode, but most NXT episodes are like that. What it lacks in specialness is consistency. Everything they do is leading somewhere, and everything has a purpose. It isn’t the individual episodes of NXT that makes NXT great (even though some episodes are indeed great), but how every episode is going somewhere. As a viewer, you know there will be payoff to what you are watching. Raw fails at this most weeks.
Questions to Think About:
Who will step up and replace Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte in the women’s division? It’s wide open now.
Do you think Apollo Crews was the right choice to win the Battle Royal?
Will Samoa Joe and Finn Balor ever face off, one on one, for the NXT Championship?