NXT Review – Dash and Dawson Challenge for Tag Titles

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11/11/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder def. The Vaudevillains by submission to win the NXT Tag Team Championships

Dash and Dawson earned their title shot by defeating The Vaudevillains at a recent house show in Texas, which was briefly recapped before the match. English and Dawson engaged in a nice mat-based exchange, until Dawson hit a leg whip on English. Dash and Dawson targeted English’s left knee repeatedly, as commentary did a nice job of putting over how they had (kayfabe) caused the recent (real-life) injury to Colin Cassady.

Dawson hit a slingshot suplex on English for a near-fall, taking advantage of a cheap shot from Dash. English finally reached Gotch, who hit a T-bone suplex and tagged English back in. Gotch tried to fight off both Dash and Dawson, but they drove him into the ring steps.

Back in the ring, Dawson held English down while Dash hit a footstomp to the knee from the top rope. Dawson locked in a reverse figure-four, forcing English to tap out.

Scott’s Thoughts: Why did Gotch tag English back in?! Commentary even pointed out how ridiculous this was, but that didn’t help make it any more believable. English had wrestled the entire match to that point, making the hot tag to a 100% fresh Gotch…who immediately tagged English back in? The only way this makes sense is if its the beginning of a Vaudevillains breakup angle, and who wants that? No one, that’s who.

As for Dash and Dawson, this isn’t nearly as bad as when Blake and Murphy went from jobbers to champions overnight. Dash and Dawson at least had recent success to build off of, as they had a strong showing in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Furthermore, I’m personally a big fan of Southern style wrestling, and Dash/Dawson feel like they’d be right at home in late-80’s WCCW or early-90’s WCW.

Samoa Joe explains his motivations

Joe said that he’s a man who puts action behinds his words. He said that he attacked Finn last week because he had grown tired of carrying Finn through the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Joe accused Finn of making him participate in a battle royal for the No. 1 Contendership, after Finn had already granted him the title shot. Joe said Finn is not a man who backs up his words with actions, and Finn entered.

Finn rushed the ring, but several referees separated him from Joe. Joe finally reached Finn and put him in a Coquina Clutch until the referees pulled him away and forced him back up the ramp.

Scott’s Thoughts: Nothing particularly special here. Joe’s motivations for attacking Finn were a bit off-base, and the physical confrontation itself didn’t feel like it raised the stakes at all.

Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley and Bayley def. Blake, Murphy and Alexa Bliss by pinfall

The match got off to a slow start until Blake hit Ryder with a spinning backbreaker. Blake and Murphy isolated Ryder and wore him down, but Ryder finally hit the hot tag to Mojo. Mojo hit a military press flapjack, and Alexa made the save.

Mojo and Murphy hit each other with a double clothesline, as Alexa ran up the ramp with Bayley’s title. Murphy tried to intimidate Bayley, who hit him with a Bayley-to-Belly and ran after Alexa. Mojo speared Murhpy into the corner, tagging in Ryder for a top-rope Rough Ryder, earning the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: Whenever WWE does intergender matches, they are almost always awkwardly booked, and this was no exception. The pacing was too slow, and the frenzied finish didn’t make up for it. The only real highlight of the match was the Bayley-to-Belly on Murphy. (For the record, I’m not typically a fan of the “I stole your title belt” storyline in the first place.)

Nia Jax def. Deonna by pinfall

Deonna tried a running crossbody, but Jax countered it into a Samoan drop. She followed up with a stinkface, a spinebuster and a leg drop for the squash win.

Scott’s Thoughts: I was just thinking that Jax reminds me of a female Rikishi, and then no more than five seconds after that thought crossed my mind, she hits a stinkface. It would surprise me if we saw her in a lengthy match anytime soon, because I can’t imagine her being able to go more than a few minutes at her current fitness level.

  • Before Baron Corbin’s match with Tye Dillinger could begin, Apollo Crews jumped Baron and beat down on him. Crews hit a big spear and sent Corbin retreating back up the entrance ramp. This was pretty much a given after last week, but still well-played. Simple and effective.
  • Corey Graves announced that William Regal recently underwent extensive neck surgery. If this means the end of Regal’s in-ring career, he has one hell of a last match to lay claim to. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch his tremendous match with Cesaro from late 2013 in NXT.