NXT Review – Samoa Joe Makes In-Ring Debut

6/10/15 – by Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Samoa Joe def. Scott Dawson by pinfall

Kevin Owens sat in on commentary, with his arm around Byron Saxton, who looked very uncomfortable. Joe planted Dawson with a flurry of strikes and an enziguiri, followed by a lifting side slam. Joe hit a musclebuster for the quick pinfall.

After the match, Joe called Owens out, accusing him of running away from him. Joe challenged him to get in the ring and give the world the fight they want to see. Owens responded with a hilarious, “Joe, I don’t really run anywhere.” Owens then said that he wouldn’t get in the ring, because Joe is a rookie, and “as a veteran, let me tell you that you can’t just walk in here and get a title shot after one match.”

Owens said Joe would have to earn his title shot just like everyone else. William Regal entered, saying that while Joe may not have earned a title shot yet, he has certainly earned the right to face Owens in a match next week.

Scott’s Thoughts: Joe’s theme music is so hilariously terrible. Owens’ promo was great, because he basically told Joe that he didn’t deserve to do the exact same thing Owens did when he arrived in NXT. Their match next week should be fantastic.


Becky Lynch def. Jessie McKay by submission

McKay tried for a cover after an early shoulder tackle, but Becky bridged out of it and hit a series of arm drags. Becky hit a dropkick, but McKay responded with a big boot for two. McKay worked over Becky’s left arm, but Becky landed a clothesline and a spinning heel kick.

Becky hit an exploder suplex and three running leg drops for a near-fall, and appeared to be setting up for another exploder. Instead, Becky hooked McKay’s right elbow and knee, hoisting her up back-to-back, transitioning to a brutal facebuster. Becky locked in an armbar for the submission victory.

Scott’s Thoughts: That final sequence was awesome. Becky has a heck of a moveset.


Emma def. Blue Pants by submission

Emma opened up with a dropkick for two. Blue Pants attempted a couple of unsuccessful pinning maneuvers, but Emma regained control and applied a series of submission holds. Emma hit an elbow drop to the back of the neck for a near-fall.

Emma came up empty with a second elbow drop. Blue Pants fought back with a series of kicks and a short-arm clothesline for a near-fall. Blue Pants whiffed on a kick to the head, giving Emma time to trap her in the Emma Lock, forcing Blue Pants to tap out.

Scott’s Thoughts: Nice little match here. Emma and Blue Pants did everything they could with their five-minute window, and put on a well-executed back-and-forth match.


Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley (w/ Rob Gronkowski and everyone else Mojo Rawley has ever met that liked him enough to sit with Gronk and wear Mojo’s terrible shirt) def. Elias Sampson and Mike Rollins by pinfall

Rob Gronkowski and Mojo’s entire family yet again filled up half the hard camera side looking like a bunch of complete idiots wearing matching Mojo t-shirts. Mojo worked over Mike (Don’t Call Me Seth) Rollins, using a gorilla press slam to gain the advantage.

Mojo did a lot of dancing and thrusting, which was even worse than usual Mojo stuff. He is just the damn worst. At any rate, Ryder tagged in and hit a missile dropkick, followed by a Broski Boot to Rollins. Ryder hit a facebuster and a Rough Ryder to finish the match. Mojo ran into the stands and celebrated with his absurd-looking fans.

Scott’s Thoughts: Nothing makes me hate Mojo more than seeing his entire stupid family and all his ridiculous friends wearing their damn matching shirts.


Tyler Breeze def. Bull Dempsey by pinfall

Bull controlled the pace early, but Breeze forced him to chase him around the ring. Bull got winded and couldn’t run anymore, as the crowd chanted “Cardio!” Breeze tossed Bull back in the ring and immediately landed the Beauty Shot.

Scott’s Thoughts: For a comedy squash match, this was enjoyable enough.


Baron Corbin def. Angelo Dawkins by pinfall

Corbin hit a clothesline and End of Days to earn the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: Total waste of time.