6/17/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters
Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe fought to a double countout
Before the match, Joe said that he had come to NXT because he needed to make a statement. That statement is to mercilessly take out Owens, who Joe said was hiding behind his bravado. Once the match began, Owens tried to roll out of the ring, but Joe immediately forced him back into the ring.
Joe unloaded with a furious series of strikes, but Owens fought back with a jawbreaker. Joe responded with an enziguiri, but Owens answered with a cannonball and a senton. Owens locked in a chinlock, shouting “Chinlock city!”
Joe fought his way out, hitting an atomic drop, a big boot and a senton. Joe followed up with a running heel kick for two, then tried to set Owens up for a Musclebuster. Owens avoided it, but ran straight into a lifting side slam, rolling out of the ring.
Joe followed Owens outside, where Owens sent him face-first into the ring post. Owens tried for a pop-up powerbomb, but Joe fought his way out. The two brawled around the outside, disregarding the referee’s demands to return to the ring, resulting in a double countout.
Over a dozen referees and security personnel tried to separate the two, but Joe and Owens kept breaking free to take extra shots at each other. Finally, Owens retreated up the ramp, screaming “The champ is here!”
Scott’s Thoughts: This wasn’t quite everything I had hoped for. I love the double countout finish, but for a match between two of my favorite wrestlers, this match was just kind of flat. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a very good wrestling match. I had simply hoped for a bit more, I suppose.
Finn Balor and Becky Lynch answer the question “Who is Fergal Devitt?”
Finn cut a promo in which he discussed his life story, referring to himself as Fergal Devitt. With some help from Lynch, Devitt talked about his upbringing in Ireland, going all the way back to the very beginnings of his wrestling career. Becky said that “without Fergal Devitt, there would be no Becky Lynch.”
Fighting off tears, Becky said that if Devitt hadn’t opened his wrestling school in Bray, she would probably still be stuck in small-town Ireland. Becky said that she credits Devitt for saving her life, and that she knew from the moment she met him that he was destined for greatness.
Devitt discussed how he made it to NJPW, when the president of the company showed up at an ICW show in Ireland and offered him a job. The rest, as they say, is history.
Scott’s Thoughts: This was an excellent promo package. It really surprised me that they simply referred to Finn by his real name throughout the entire segment. Becky did a fantastic job of supplementing Devitt’s narrative, tying her own into his.
Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady and Carmella def. Blake, Murphy and Alexa Bliss by pinfall
Enzo hit a drop toehold on Blake, following up with a crossbody for two. Chaos broke out, and Enzo, Cass and Carmella cleared the ring. Once they got back in the ring, the heels isolated Enzo in their corner, wearing him down.
Enzo finally recovered and made the hot tag to Carmella, who used a schoolboy to earn a near-fall. Cass and Blake tagged in, with Cass hitting a side slam and tagging in Enzo for the assisted frog splash, earning the pinfall.
Scott’s Thoughts: A fun, fast-paced opening match that et a nice tone for the rest of the show. I still think Enzo and Cass should have the tag belts, but I assume they will sooner rather than later.
Charlotte def. KC Cassidy by submission
Cassidy hit a Frankensteiner and a spinning heel kick, but Charlotte responded with a big boot. Charlotte hit repeated knee drops for two, but Cassidy fought back with a crossbody for two. Charlotte bridged into a pinning maneuver for a near-fall of her own. Charlotte destroyed Cassidy with a spear and locked in a figure-four, bridging it for the victory.
Scott’s Thoughts: It really seems like NXT has no idea what to do with Charlotte, and who can blame them? Her call-up to the main roster has seemed imminent for 6-8 months. Also, why does NXT creative constantly recycle last names? KC Cassidy wrestled on the same show as Colin Cassady. Last week, we saw a guy named Mike Rollins. Come on guys. There are more than five last names in the world. That’s just lazy.
– Dana Brooke cut a hideously bad promo with Devin Taylor, threatening Charlotte, which seems ridiculous seeing as Dana has nearly zero talent in any area required for a wrestler to be successful. I have no idea how anyone thought she was even remotely ready to be on television, because she is not.