WWE NXT 20/1/16 Review

Air Date: 20/1/16

Sami Zayn vs. Adam Rose

This was a little weird as Rose came out in full party mode with only a slight reference to his Social Outcast stable. I guess party pooper Adam Rose never existed in the NXT universe? This was a real nothing match with Rose being in control for most of the match and then getting put into the Koji Clutch out of nowhere. Sami Zayn wins with the Koji Clutch * ¾

Backstage Johnny Gargano is talking about his match tonight with Samoa Joe. Gargano isn’t going to let Joe bully him tonight and is going to punch him straight in the face. Solid little promo here from Johnny Wrestling.

Chad Gable and Jason Jordan talk about not winning tag team of the year or even being nominated. They christen themselves American Alpha, which is a fine team name I guess. They challenge Blake and Murphy to a tag match next week. Fun stuff here.

Apollo Crews vs. Tye Dillinger

The Perfect Ten gimmick is a lot of fun and you can tell Tye is loving it. All of his antics were hilarious and his look of disbelief and subsequent tantrum was gold. Something about Crews still isn’t clicking with me, he’s athletic as hell but he still seems pretty rough around the edges and the character is just a boring generic babyface. Crews wins with a spin-out powerbomb **

Post-match Apollo asks for a non-title match with Finn Balor.

Backstage Alexa Bliss is upset at Blake and Murphy for losing at Takeover: London and talks about her tag match with Emma later tonight against Bayley and Carmella, Bliss was awesome as usual here.

Baron Corbin vs. Rich Swann

This was Swann’s TV debut and the crowd loved him. He did a great job playing the agile little guy that Corbin couldn’t get a hold of until the very end and then gets murdered by the big guy. Really fun squash match. Baron Corbin wins with the End of Days ** ½

Carmella and Bayley are backstage talking about their upcoming title match and the main event tonight. Dash and Dawson appear and mock Carmella and Enzo and Big Cass. It looks like they are teasing a heel turn of either Carmella or Bayley which could be interesting, it would be moronic to turn Bayley heel so I am going with Carmella.

Emma and Alexa Bliss (w/Dana Brooke) vs. Carmella and Bayley

Pretty standard tag match here with the heels working over Bayley until Carmella got the hot tag and ran wild, causing Alexa to tap to a funky looking leg chokehold thing. Dana Brooke was a great valet here, continually getting in the face of Bayley as she is beat down. Carmella makes Alexa Bliss tap for the win **

Finn Balor accepts Apollo Crews’ challenge from earlier in the night. I didn’t see the first Crews/Balor match but maybe this match will make it click for me on him.

Johnny Gargano vs. Samoa Joe

The story of this match was simple, Joe wanted to beat the hell out of Gargano and Johnny was going to take it and try and fight back. Simple match with not a lot to it, nowhere near as hard hitting as the Joe/Ciampa match from late last year but fun regardless. Gargano got one near fall with a springboard DDT but got caught with the Coquina Clutch. Gargano taps to the Coquina Clutch ** ¾

Overall: 5.0

Fine show that was mostly furthering storylines, nothing that is really must watch.   


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