4/15/15 NXT Review – Zayn and Rhyno Fight Over #1 Contendership

Sami Zayn def. Rhyno by pinfall

Rhyno hit a shoulder tackle to start things off, but Zayn answered with a hurricanrana. Zayn followed up with a dropkick, but Rhyno immediately answered with a clothesline. Zayn fought back with a top-rope crossbody, but Rhyno had another answer in the form of a spinebuster.

Rhyno continuously Gored Zayn into the turnbuckles, but Zayn answered with a beautiful Blue Thunderbomb for a very close near-fall. Zayn tried for a top-rope crossbody, but Rhyno countered into a fireman’s carry neckbreaker for a two-count of his own.

Rhyno climbed up top, but Zayn hit him with a forearm, knocking him all the way to the floor. Zayn followed up with a plancha onto the entrance ramp, then threw Rhyno back into the ring. Rhyno turned around the momentum with a belly-to-belly suplex, but Zayn dodged a Gore and hit a Helluva Kick for the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: That was so much better than I could have ever expected from a 2015 Rhyno match. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this match, and I look forward to both of their future feuds.


Solomon Crowe def. CJ Parker by submission

Crowe opened up the offense with a springboard clothesline, sending Parker from the ring. Crowe then dove between the ropes, taking Parker out on the entrance ramp. Parker fought back with a big boot and a running senton for a near-fall.

Parker hit a huge clothesline and a scissor kick for a two-count. Parker tried for another senton, but Crowe got his knees up. Crowe climbed up top and hit a diving headbutt, following up with a Stretch Muffler for the submission victory.

Scott’s Thoughts: Crowe’s submission finisher is such a legitimately dangerous-looking move. I’m glad that WWE let him keep his unique finisher from the indies.


Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady (w/Carmella) def. Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton by pinfall

Fulton and Dawkins hit a dual fireman’s carry takedown, but they tried for another and Enzo avoided it, reaching Cass for the tag. Enzo tagged back in for a big clothesline, but Fulton pulled him back off the turnbuckle when Enzo tried to go up top.

Blake and Murphy entered, as Shoot Nation hit a double facebuster on Enzo. Blake and Murphy approached Carmella with roses, which she somewhat hesitantly accepted. Enzo hit a jawbreaker to make the hot tag to Cass, who hit a sidewalk slam on Fulton. Cass hit East River Crossing, tagging in Enzo for a tag-team frog splash, earning the pinfall victory.

Scott’s Thoughts: Enzo continues to show development in the ring, and Carmella is finally becoming interesting. Blake and Murphy are still boring as hell, but what else is new.


Dana Brooke def. Blue Pants by pinfall

Blue Pants sold her way through the first couple minutes of the match, as Dana landed a variety of bland offensive moves. Blue Pants fought back with fierce kicks, but Dana answered with a sit out reverse powerbomb for the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: We’ll see if Dana can really wrestle, as Blue Pants entirely carried this match. That finisher is pure gold though, and Dana executed it to perfection.


Baron Corbin def. Steve Cutler by pinfall

Corbin knocked Cutler down with a clothesline, then hit the End of Days for the squash.

Scott’s Thoughts: Why. Why did they even bother.


– Alex Riley cut a backstage promo, again targeting Kevin Owens. Riley said he had nowhere else to go, and challenged Owens to a match next week. Later in the show, Rich Brennan announced that the match was official. I’m very pleased to see that NXT is keeping Riley firmly in the mix.