Air Date: 20/4/16
Another show from Wrestlemania weekend, and we head straight into the ring for the first match.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable)
Enzo and Cass have made an amazing debut on RAW since this was taped. This got quite a lot of time, and both started off well with the two face teams playing around with each other and ended well. However, the middle section of the match with Cass working over Gable really left a lot to be desired. There just wasn’t any interesting or dynamic work being put in, and that really dragged the match down in my estimation. Gable pins Enzo ** ½
Apollo Crews cuts a short little backstage promo on Samoa Joe, which might have actually been the best promo of his since coming to NXT.
Alexander Wolfe vs. No Way Jose
This is the NXT debut of No Way Jose, a gimmick that on the surface bares a hell of a lot of resemblance to Adam Rose which isn’t the best thing. On the plus side, he instantly seems a lot more charismatic and better in the ring that Rose so maybe this gimmick won’t fall flat on its face like Rose did. Jose pins Wolfe **
Austin Aries is interviewed backstage about Baron Corbin, and he cuts a solid promo on Corbin. After that William Regal meets with Elias Sampson and gives him a match with Shinsuke Nakamura next week. I hope Nak kills the Drifter.
Nia Jax vs. Deonna Purrazzo
This was a pretty well worked big vs small match, with Deonna trying to use her agility against the monstrous Jax. The perfect short little squash. Jax pins Purrazzo with a Samoan Drop **
Samoa Joe vs. Apollo Crews
In one of the weirdest moves I can remember, Apollo Crews has been called up to the main roster so this is probably one of his last NXT matches. He and Joe got a pretty decent amount of time and had a pretty good match built around Joe just straight up bullying Apollo like he was the biggest kid in school. Joe can be a little bit lumbering at times, but he brings a presence to matches like this which really help them out. Joe submits Crews ***
We got two pretty good matches this week, but I can’t wait for these Axxess shows to finish because they feel like complete placeholders.