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WWE NXT 17/2/16 Review

Air Date: 17/2/16

Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, and American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) vs. Blake, Murphy, Scott Dawson, and Dash Wilder (w/Alexa Bliss)

It looks like the tag champs have got their full names back, which is pretty cool to see. We get a pretty long control segment with Dash and Dawson working over Gable, while it was a little long it never got boring or felt like it was dragging which is a real compliment to the Dawson and Wilder. After that we got an incredible hot tag to Jordan who ran wild on the heels with the help of Big Cass, the energy of this whole ending sequence was completely insane and the crowd was on their feet the entire time. Solid opener. Enzo Amore pins Scott Dawson with the Rocket Launcher ** ¾

Deonna Purrazzo is being interviewed backstage about being knocked out by Asuka and her rematch later tonight, only to get interrupted by Emma and Dana Brooke. Pretty solid promo here with the heels running down Deonna.

Deonna Purrazzo vs. Asuka

Deonna looked decent here and got some offence in, but this was very much a showcase for Asuka who looked incredible in such a short amount of time and just completely murdered Purrazzo. Asuka pins Deonna * ¼

After a quick recap of the women’s title match from last week we cut to Eva Marie and Nia Jax who run down Bayley and Asuka. This was short but felt a little bit awkward, these two clearly need some more promo practice.

Tye Dillinger vs. Alex Riley

Alex Riley is so not over and so boring as a performer that a showcase match like this is difficult to watch. Tye, to his credit, worked his ass off and at times Riley looked alright but this was the definition of nothing. Tye pins Riley with a Victory Roll *

Finn is backstage talking about the main event in a pretty good promo.

Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn (NXT Championship Number One Contendership)

These two work very well together, Joe’s bully act pairs nicely with Sami’s incredible pure babyface act. Every punch from Joe makes you feel even worse for Zayn and really makes you root for him in every comeback. Something about this match didn’t quite click for me however, whether that was because both men held back knowing the finish that was coming or because of the crowd not being super into it at times. This was still a very good match don’t get me wrong, but these two have a better match in them. As for the finish, I am not a huge fan of double pins but have to commend Joe moving his leg over Sami to make it look like he at least tried to cover him. Normally I would be upset at a finish like this, but it works for a TV main event finish in my personal opinion, if this was a Takeover show that would be a very different story. Draw *** ¼

Overall: 5.0

NXT TV has been a little boring this year and this was a very middle of the road show.

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