NXT Review – The Vaudevillains Get Their Title Shot

7/29/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Blake and Murphy (w/ Alexa Bliss) def. The Vaudevillains by pinfall to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship

Gotch dominated Blake in an early mat-based exchange, following up with a dropkick. English tagged in and hit a double arm drag on Blake and Murphy, followed by dropkicks to both men. Blake fought back with a dropkick of his own.

Gotch tagged in and hit a variety of strikes on Murphy, followed by a rollup for two. Gotch hit a back bodydrop, tagging in English for The Whirling Dervish. As English went for the running neckbreaker, Alexa grabbed his leg, which went unnoticed by the referee.

Murphy took advantage of the distraction to roll English up for the three-count. After the match, The Vaudevillains attacked Blake and Murphy, hitting The Whirling Dervish on Blake. The Vaudevillains surrounded Alexa, before sitting on the middle rope to allow her through.

Alexa told them they were pathetic, and slapped both men before exiting the ring.

Scott’s Thoughts: Alexa continues to be the best thing about the Blake/Murphy title reign. She was great here. The match itself was quite entertaining, and worthy of being both a title match and the show’s main event.


Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson def. Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady (w/ Carmella) by pinfall

Enzo hit a running crossbody on Dash for two, following up with a Cass-assisted senton. Enzo hit a clothesline and a top-rope crossbody for a near-fall. Dash and Dawson isolated Enzo for a bit, exchanging quick tags and wearing him down.

Dawson hit a slingshot suplex for a two-count, but Enzo reached Cass for the hot tag. Cass hit a spinning side slam, tagging Enzo back in. Dash took out Big Cass at ringside, tossing him into the ring steps. Enzo chased after Dash, but ate a clothesline from Dawson onto the floor.

Back in the ring, Dawson lifted Enzo into a leaping codebreaker from Dash to earn the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: I guess Enzo and Cass losing makes some sense, now that they’re touring with the main roster, working dark matches and house shows. Their call-up is likely imminent, and I hope the losses they’re piling up lately in NXT don’t hurt them on the main roster. For the record, I think they’ll be just fine.


Charlotte def. Dana Brooke (w/ Emma) by pinfall

During Dana’s entrance, she glanced at Charlotte while posing, and Charlotte reacted with a priceless unimpressed chuckle. Great little detail there from Charlotte. Charlotte hit several knee drops, but Dana sent her flying into the ring post.

Charlotte picked up Dana’s dead weight, but Dana countered into a crossbody for two. Charlotte hit a neckbreaker and a spear, knocked Emma off the apron, and hit Natural Selection to polish off Dana.

Scott’s Thoughts: This was actually squashier than I expected. Dana landed very little meaningful offense, and Charlotte pretty much cleaned house against both her and Emma. Dana still sucks.


Kevin Owens def. Martin Stone by pinfall

Owens apologized to William Regal for hitting him during the recent contract signing. Owens said that it was truly a mistake, and Regal seemed to accept his apology. After Owens left, Regal said that he couldn’t wait to see Owens “really truly beaten.”

Owens hit an early clothesline, but Stone answered with an enziguiri. Owens responded with a senton and a German suplex, followed by a cannonball. Owens climbed up top and hit a senton bomb, then nailed Stone with a pop-up powerbomb to earn the pinfall.

After the match, Owens powerbombed Stone into the ring apron, then climbed the turnbuckle and mocked Finn Balor’s entrance pose.

Scott’s Thoughts: It’s weird to see Owens in matches with “local wrestlers” on NXT, when he’s also on every main-roster Raw, Smackdown and PPV.


Jason Jordan and Chad Gable def. Elias Sampson and Lennys Valenzuela, Jr. by pinfall

Jordan and Gable cut a brief — but entertaining — backstage promo before the match. They discussed the no-nonsense approach that had made them a viable threat in the tag division. Gable showed off his mat skills against Sampson, but Valenzuela took advantage of a distracted referee to take a cheap shot.

Valenzuela hit a gorilla press slam for two, but Gable reached Jordan. Jordan hit an impressive release German suplex, then tagged Gable back in. Jordan tossed Valenzuela into the air, and Gable caught him, bridging a side suplex into a successful pinning maneuver.

Scott’s Thoughts: I’m really liking the Jordan/Gable pairing. Jordan’s freakish athleticism and strength pairs off nicely with Gable’s amateur wrestling skills. They also have shown solid mic chemistry.


Baron Corbin def. Jesse Sorenson by pinfall

Corbin immediately hit End of Days to win the match.

Scott’s Thoughts: I don’t understand what the endless 15-second jobber squash matches for Corbin are supposed to be accomplishing.


– A faux-serious montage of Bull Dempsey’s overeating episodes aired, which was much funnier than any of the actual original segments. Bull declared that it’s time to get “Bull fit,” which started an 80’s inspired training montage, in which he failed hilariously at a number of exercises. This was the best thing Bull Dempsey has ever done.

– Samoa Joe cut a brief promo on Rhyno, leading up to their match next week.

– Eva Marie cut a backstage promo, saying that she’s coming after the Women’s Championship, and that Sasha Banks had better look out. Yeah, right.