NXT TV, April 20, 2016 – Review – Joe vs Crews

NXT again came from WWE Axxess, as Samoa Joe took on Apollo Crews in the main event.

American Alpha defeated Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady

This was a really good tag match.  As it was a babyface vs babyface match, it caused both teams to switch from their usual match formulas. Jordan & Gable worked over the arm of Enzo.  Cass got into the match and it wasn’t long before he and Cass took control of Gable.  It was different seeing Enzo being the guy in control of an opponent. Jordan got the hot tag and suplexed Enzo like a rag doll.  There was a cool spot where Cass sacrificed himself to block a Jordan corner spear.  It led to American Alpha hitting Grand Amplitude on Enzo to take the win. Just like last week, this was another case of the act moving up, putting over someone on the way out the door.

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No Way Jose defeated Alexander Wolfe

This was the NXT TV debut of Jose.  He’s a pretty charismatic guy that dances and has a lot of fun.  This was an okay debut match.  His moveset is pretty basic.  He did an airplane spin, which is something that no one really does.  He won after he wound up as if he was throwing a baseball and punched Wolfe.  He got over pretty well with the crowd, so it’s a good start for him.

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Austin Aries was backstage and said that there are a lot of guys at the A level, but only one at the A Double level. That’s always a great line.

William Regal then told Elias Samson that he would be facing Shinsuke Nakamura next week.

Nia Jax defeated Deonna Purrazzo

This was a quick squash. Jax won after the Samoan Drop and Leg Drop. That was that.

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Bayley was backstage and talked about how she would be watching Asuka vs Eva Marie next week.

Samoa Joe defeated Apollo Crews

This was a good main event, and an emphatic win for Joe.  Joe as usual, was like a beast here and played up how pissed off he was over losing his NXT title opportunity. Joe worked over Crews until Crews came back and hit all his signature moves.  He went for the toss powerbomb, Joe rolled through and hit the ST-Joe.  He then easily locked in the Kokina Clutch for the submission win.  I was expecting more of a back and forth match, but it was a good physical bout and a good strong win for Joe.  I really hope we move towards Joe vs Nakamura.

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This was a decent episode of NXT.  The opener and the main event were both fun.  It’s obvious that NXT are in a transition period as they move people on to the main roster and introduce some new names and stories.

Not a boxer but a pro wrestling fan. If there’s a ring I’ll watch it, so naturally I have a lot of opinions (complaints).

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