7/15/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters
Sasha Banks def. Charlotte by submission to retain the NXT Women’s Championship
Charlotte launched Sasha into the ropes with a headscissor takedown, then rolled her up for two. Charlotte locked in a headscissor, repeatedly driving Sasha into the mat. Sasha fought back with double knees to the gut, earning a two-count of her own.
Sasha taunted Charlotte with a Flair strut, then hit a lungblower, transitioning it into a submission hold. Sasha copied Charlotte’s headscissor submission, driving her face-first to the canvas. Charlotte picked Sasha up into an electric chair, then flipped her around and hit a huge powerbomb.
Charlotte hit a neckbreaker, then followed up with a powerful spear, but Sasha managed to kick out. Sasha countered a neckbreaker with a backslide for a two-count, hitting a neckbreaker of her own for another near-fall. Charlotte fought back with a big boot, but Sasha countered a figure-four with a small package for two.
Sasha used a modified sunset flip to earn another two-count, but Charlotte locked in a figure-four. Sasha finally reached the ropes, and both women exchanged unsuccessful pinning maneuvers. Sasha hit the Bank Statement, forcing Charlotte to tap out.
After the match, Charlotte cried as Sasha hugged her and raised up her hand.
Scott’s Thoughts: Yet another fabulous match between two of the best women’s wrestlers in the world. Charlotte and Sasha have excellent chemistry in the ring together, and they always manage to put on top-rate matches with each other. This certainly felt like Charlotte’s final farewell from NXT, and it was a fitting exit.
Jason Jordan and Chad Gable def. Steve Cutler and Elias Sampson by pinfall
Jordan finally accepted Gable’s repeated offers to team up last week, leading to this match. Gable showed off his elite mat wrestling skills against Cutler. Jordan hit a sideslam, but Gable caught Cutler on his way down to the mat, transitioning the maneuver into a bridging side suplex to earn the pinfall.
Scott’s Thoughts: For a simple squash match, this was made into a highly entertaining segment due to Gable’s crazy mat skills, and their very cool tandem finisher.
Samoa Joe def. Axel Tischer by submission
Joe hit a knee drop, but Tischer fought back with uppercuts. Joe responded with an inverted atomic drop, a big boot and a running senton. Tischer hit a big boot, but Joe answered with a lifting side slam. Joe hit the Musclebuster, then locked in a rear naked choke, forcing Tischer to tap.
Scott’s Thoughts: A bit more competitive than expected, but still just a meaningless jobber squash match.
Blake and Murphy (w/ Alexa Bliss) def. Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton by pinfall
Dawkins hit a dropkick on Murphy to start things off, but the champs isolated Dawkins in their corner, exchanging quick tags. Blake pulled Fulton off the ring apron when the referee was distracted. Murphy hit a running vertical suplex, which Blake followed up with a frog splash to polish off Dawkins. Blake and Murphy attacked Fulton after the match, and Alexa hit a Sparkle Splash on Fulton to finish the segment.
Scott’s Thoughts: Opening the show with three consecutive jobber squashes was not exactly a thrilling first 30 minutes.
– Sami Zayn cut an in-ring promo with his arm in a sling, saying that he recently had shoulder surgery. Sami said that things have not been good for him lately, because 2014 was the best year of his career, but 2015 is the worst of his career. Sami told the crowd that he wouldn’t be back until next year, but added that just because Kevin Owens is on the main roster now, that doesn’t mean he’s done dealing with Sami.
– Speaking from a tattoo shop, Baron Corbin discussed his history as an elite athlete, including a stint in the NFL. He said that the top stars in NXT made their names by getting popular on the internet, or in front of 50-person crowds, while he was off making real money in the NFL. It was a pretty good promo from Corbin, who has struggled to find his identity as a heel thus far.
– Eva Marie entered and got booed out of the building. Eva said that she’s making her NXT in-ring debut next week. It’s pretty hilarious how much the NXT Universe despises Eva.