8/12/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters
Bayley def. Becky Lynch to become the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship
Bayley hit a running bulldog for two, following up with an elbow drop. Becky hit a suplex and continuously worked over Bayley’s left arm. Becky hit a thrust kick, but Bayley responded with several unsuccessful pinning combinations.
Becky answered with a pumphandle suplex for a two-count, followed by two leg drops. Becky tried for a third, but Bayley dodged it and hit a clothesline. Bayley hit a flying elbow, but Becky kicked out.
Becky climbed up top, but Bayley pulled her off the top rope, transitioning into a gorilla press slam for a near-fall. Becky locked in the Disarmer, but Bayley reached the bottom rope to break the hold. Bayley hit a T-bone suplex, then countered another Disarmer into a roll-up, earning the pinfall.
Scott’s Thoughts: Sasha’s condescending comments towards Byron Saxton and Rich Brennan on commentary were hilarious, as were Corey Graves’ enthusiastic agreements with Sasha. The match was good, but nothing all that special. It seems inevitable that Bayley will win the NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover Brooklyn, and I’m totally fine with that idea.
Baron Corbin def. Axel Tischer by pinfall; Samoa Joe challenges Corbin
The crowd booed and chanted “Boring” from the start of the match. Corbin immediately hit End of Days. After the match, Corbin tried to cut a promo, but was buried in a sea of boos. Steve Cutler entered the ring and tried to attack Corbin, but Corbin hit End of Days on him.
Corbin said “You don’t get up from the End of Days, no matter who you are.” Samoa Joe’s music hit, and Joe said that Corbin couldn’t do that to him. Corbin said, “We can do this, but not right now,” before attacking Joe. Joe withstood a flurry of strikes, then locked in a rear naked choke, and Corbin passed out.
Scott’s Thoughts: Later in the show, Joe and Corbin were booked for a match at Takeover Brooklyn. I have to say that’s pretty underwhelming for Joe, but I’m intrigued at the possibilities for Corbin. If anyone can carry him to a good match, it’s Joe. This could do wonders for Corbin if it goes well.
Finn Balor def. Marcus Louis by pinfall
Louis hit a lifting side slam for two, but Finn fought back with a Sling Blade. Finn followed up with a corner dropkick and Coup de Grace. After the match, Kevin Owens predictably attacked Finn, who dropkicked Owens into the barricade. Owens hit a pop-up powerbomb in response.
Scott’s Thoughts: Marcus Louis might have the absolute worst gimmick in wrestling right now. He’s basically Corporate Kane, but he growls instead of speaking. As for the title angle, this didn’t do anything to further a feud which had already been built to completion.
Tye Dillinger def. Solomon Crowe by pinfall
Tye has rather epic new theme music, and a new gimmick as “The Perfect 10.” Crowe hit Tye with a hurricanrana, followed by a handstand kick. Tye fought back with a big boot, but Crowe answered with a facebuster and a corner knee. Tye hit a sort of codebreaker to the face to polish Crowe off.
Scott’s Thoughts: I’m officially interested in this new gimmick for Dillinger. This was an excellent showing for the 34-year-old veteran. As for Crowe, it’s becoming increasingly clear that he’ll need a repackage if he’s ever going to get over.
– In an opening vignette, William Regal announced that the Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens title match at Takeover Brooklyn will be a ladder match.
– The Vaudevillains said that they have a plan to contain Alexa Bliss at Takeover. Alexa interrupted and slapped both Aiden and Simon.