Apologies for not posting an NXT blog for the past couple of weeks. Really just needed to get away from writing to enjoy some me time for a while but after a two week sobatical, I'm back. Did ya miss me? I'm only kidding.
Firstly, I must note that NXT has a new commentator who's name is Rich Brennan. The first thing I thought when I heard his voice is "where the bloody hell is Tom Phillips?" Brennan did a good job though though for my liking and good luck to him moving forward with his role.
This past week, NXT kicked off with the eccentirc Adam Rose, who will be making his main roster debut sometime in the near future. Rose came out to the ring in his usual party fashion and his opponent was England's Danny Birch. Rose is massively over with the crowd, who for a portion of the match were singing his entrance music. That's when you know you're getting over is when the crowd is all over your music. But then, Fandango had that for a while and now look where he is...
Rose won a fairly quick match with an elbow drop from the second rope and I thought that finish made Birch look incredibly weak. I know he's going to be on to job to put people over but he's a good wrestler and a good fighter and to have him lose to a middle rope elbow drop is incredibly poor in my opinion. That's not me taking anything away from the former Leo Kruger, just I think he needs a more believable finisher. Maybe start using the GC3 again? That was a wicked submission that brought him a lot of wins on NXT under the Kruger gimmick. I know the Adam Rose character is more about having fun and not being as pinfully aggressive, but you do need a believable finisher to get over on the main roster.
I think moving him up now is incredibly rushed and Kinny said it right this past week on the Sunday Segue Podcast (@SundaySegue on Twitter) that WWE just needed to do something to get him onto the main roster. As Kinny mentioned this past week, under the Leo Kruger gimmick he was a two time FCW Champion, which to me says that they're sold on him in the ring but they just needed the right character to fast track him onto the main roster. What some people may not realise is that he's turning 35 in July and you kind of feel that if he's not called up now and is left lingering in NXT for the next 6-12 months, I think you'd see his future endeavoured. The only thing I'm wondering is what they can do with him at his age to make him relavent for the next few years because he won't be there for too many years at his age. Which is a shame because he's a hell of a wrestler in my opinion. Anyway, fingers crossed he has a decent run on Raw and SmackDown and we get a star born out of this.
Up next, the lovely Devin Taylor has an update for us on Sami Zayn's condition from last week. Zayn's match was stopped by referee Shawn Bennett when Sami couldn't respond to Shawn's attempts to communicate with him. Bennett tells Devin that his number one priority is the safety and well being of the wrestlers when officiating a match and when Sami didn't respond, he had no choice but to call the match in favour of Corey Graves.
Devin has Corey with her next and she asks him if Corey considers the match against Sami last week a win after the match was stopped. Graves believes that some people will say that his win doesn't really count but just like how Barry Bonds is the undisputed home run king, he beat Sami Zayn and a win is a win. Corey tells Sami to rest up because they're just getting started.
One thing I'd like to say about Corey Graves. I didn't realise so many people disliked him and I really can't see why. Sure, there's always going to be the CM Punk comparison but to me that stops in the look. The characters are completely different where Punk was always a preach about his straight edge lifestyle, demands of respect and running his mouth (both on screen and off screen) whereas Graves is more of the quiet type and speaks up when he needs to. Their in ring styles are very different where Punk is more of a hybrid type of wrestler where he can fight most styles and Graves is more of a ground and pound kind of guy with a, in my opinion, better submission finisher than Punk. Any comments about this? Put something in the little box below or tweet me @AxelMulligan.
I'd like to take a brief moment to thank Devin Taylor. Each week I tweet her to say what a good job I think she does with her interviewing and that I appreciate what she doesn. Devin always replies seeming rather humbled and how she's not fed up of hearing it, I'll never know. Don't get me wrong, there are guys and gals that do a really good job, and generally I'll mention them in tweets to say how well I think their match went, or how well their promo went but Devin is one who replies each time without fail. The only one other than that was Natalya who didn't reply but she followed me. That was something I found very humbling, so if this blog reaches you Nattie and Devin, thanks very much. I think I speak for most, if not all fans, that when guys and girls in the business take their time to read and reply to our messages on social media, it's very humbling and makes us all feel proud to be fans of this wonderful sport.
Diva's action up next and we had a fun little match between Bayley and Sasha Banks. I've said it a million times before, Sasha continues to impress me the more she's in the ring. You can tell she works hard and takes her profession very seriously and as a fan there's nothing more that you can ask for in my opinion. She's aggressive, she's got a decent technical side and has a ton of character to work with and so far she's been brilliant. I'm hoping she'll be the one to take the NXT Women's Championship from Paige. Not that I want her to lose the title, but now that she's Diva's Champion, it seems very likely that she'll lose the NXT Women's Championship fairly soon.
Sasha is of course accompanied to the ring by Charlotte and her cut out of Summer Rae. Unfortunately, neither Charlotte or Summer could bring any good luck to Sasha as she lost once again to the over excited Bayley after the Bayley-to-Belly throw. I think the one thing they need to do in this feud is to start to even out the wins as Sasha and Charlotte seem to be getting buried by losing to Bayley and whoever she's best friends with in those weeks, whether it be Paige, Natalya or Emma. A loss for Bayley every now and then wouldn't hurt her, but the constant losses for Sasha and Charlotte could hurt them down the road.
Squash match up next and we have Sylvester LeFort taking on Mojo Rawley. I seriously can't stand this guy. I put it out on Twitter saying that I can't get hyped, let alone stay hyped for him. One comment returned from I believe it was Steve Dawson (@TopRopeElbow) who said he'd rather watch a Great Khali match, and that tells you a lot about Mojo if you've not seen him before. I'd call this match a piss break but it wasn't long enough for that. Rawley wins with the Hyper Drive...YAWN.
Post match is when it gets a bit more interesting. Brodus Clay comes down to the ring and destorys LeFort with a powerbomb and a second rope splash. He gets on the mic to seek out Adrian Neville. Brodus is fed up with being held back and feels he's deserving of an NXT Championship match, calling himself the "Main Event Playa". Neville comes out and tells Brodus that for a "Main Event Playa" he does a lot of complaining and moaning and tells Brodus the difference between them is that where Clay has had his opportunities, Neville isn't going to waste his. Brodus tells Adrian that "for such a little dog, you got a pretty big bark" to which Neville replied with "funny, because I thought you'd be taller". Both men have a brief face off before Brodus leaves telling Neville that it's going to happen in "my time".
That all seemed a little anti-climactic to me. Brodus looked like a fucking boss throughout but the last line of the promo from Adrian really should have led to something a little more in my opinion and just left it a bit empty. Brodus was great though on the mic, he really is such an under utilized talent who can be a hell of a lot more than he's probably ever going to be. I've seen the guy wrestle twice and he's a really good mover for a big guy. Hell, the first time I saw him, he was against Trent Barretta (Where's Trent?) and he was keeping pace with him. Anyone Brodus' size who can move the way he does and wrestle as well as he does is a special talent in my view.
Next, we go backstage once again to the lovely Devin Taylor and her guest is the returning Oliver Grey. Just as Oliver is going to talk about his return he's interrupted by Camacho, who's looking rather sharp in a suit. Camacho says that there is a poser amongst us...Adam Rose. OK, this isn't the way to do a promo. Camacho says that life isn't about partying and tells how he used to fight to survive one more day. Grey interrupts Camacho and suggests that he forgets about Adam Rose and challenges him to a match next week on NXT. Camacho agrees and the segment is over.
First and foremost, it's great to see Oliver Grey back. He's a really good talent and it's a shame he had his knee injury when he did because he and Adrian Neville had some really good momentum as NXT Tag Team Champions. Next, I'd love to know how this promo made sense. Let me break it down. We have a match between Oliver Grey and Camacho because Camacho interrupted Oliver's return to bitch about Adam Rose. I kind of felt bad for Devin Taylor being in amongst it because, although the delivery was really good, it made no sense in Camacho coming in to bitch about Adam Rose. Either way, as I said, it's great to see Oliver back and I'm looking forward to seeing his in ring return.
The leader of the Boliever's, Bo Dallas is out next, another man due for his main roster debut in the near future. Bo has the mic and tells how a lot of guys come out and say they're next in line for a shot at the title. No, at the moment there are only two, Bo. Yourself and Brodus Clay, and if you want to mess with that big ass dude, be my guest. Bo says that it's still Bo time and he's not scared to step to the back of the line but the voices of the Bolievers can't be silenced.
Dallas then talks about Daniel Bryan's Yes Movement and how when he occupied Raw he got a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, even though he's only a B+ player. That line was brilliant! Great way to get heat Bo! (That wasn't sarcastic, I thought that was simple, yet very effective.) Bo tells the fans that the Bo Movement is here and the Bolievers are going to "occupy NXT". Bo starts to flip his shit as the crowd turns there backs on him, literally, and a "NO" chant breaks out around Full Sail.
Bo can't "bolieve" (see what I did there?) the reaction of the crowd and says about how he gave the fans cookies and how he was the best champion the NXT Universe could've asked for for 280 days. Bo shouts "THIS STINKS!" and throws down the mic to go to ringside where he pleads with the fans saying that he did everything for them and that they're his Bolievers. Bo has a minor fit back in the ring. Not quite Christian from 2002, but a fit nonetheless. A loud "No more Bo" chant breaks out, which Bo, in amongst his tears, tries to change into a "Let's go Bo" chant.
Bo is mid temper tantrum when the music of the General Manager John "Bradshaw" Layfield hits. JBL comes out, without his hat, and rips on Bo. JBL tells Bo that it's the worst attempt at an "Occupy" that he's ever seen and tells Bo that he doesn't have enough people to occupy a seasaw! That was pretty funny. Bradshaw apologises and tells Bo that he was a great Champion. He makes a match, since Bo is ready to compete, between Dallas and South Africa's Justin Gabriel. I'm going to point out that Justin got a bloody good pop as well. Maybe he's what's "Best for business"?
Anyway, the match itself was enjoyable. Both men got their usual spots in and both looked very good. Gabriel is always impressive and Dallas has really come into his own in the ring over the past couple of months. I'm not saying that I'm a Boliever, but he's impressing me. Dallas won the match with his double underhook DDT, which is beginning to be a Bolieveable finisher for Bo Dallas. His promo here was really good as well. I really enjoyed it and Bo came across as a really good heel here. I've always been one to give credit where it's due to credit here to Bo Dallas for his work as of late.
That's this blog done and dusted. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed. If you have any comments don't forget to let me know on Twitter @AxelMulligan or, alternatively, @DarrensRamble