Hello my friends, and welcome to my review of April 2nd’s edition of WWE NXT! Tonight advertised main event is Sami Zayn vs. Corey Graves!
Zayn returns to action this week and is out for revenge against the man who injured him Corey Graves! Let’s get this one started!
Emma vs. Sasha Banks W/ Charlotte
We get to start off the night with some WWE Divas! As The leader of The Emmalution, Emma takes on The Boss! Sasha Banks! Now a couple weeks okay Sasha Banks tag team partner, Charlotte picked up a victory over Emma, with admittedly a little help from Sasha, but tonight Emma is looking to redeem her loss and get a little revenge on the person who cost her the match! Now I would like to point out how aggressive Sasha was early on, she just looks vicious in there as she strikes Emma! At one point in the match WWE Legend William Regal said he believes Sasha Banks is over looked and said Sasha will be a main component in the WWE Divas division for a long time! and that is a huge sign of respect from Mr. Regal! Unfortunately Sasha, tonight was not that night for her to take over The Divas Division, as Emma took it to Sasha and even turned The BFF’s plans against them when Banks accidentally knocked Charlotte off the apron! Emma was able to lock in the Emma Lock to force Sasha Banks to tap out!
Winner – Emma
Rating – 5\10: This match was decent, not incredible happened her, but it wasn’t a bad match to watch! As I mention before William Regal said that Sasha Banks had a huge future ahead of her! Well I can’t predict The Future but if Sasha does not improve in the ring I’m afraid she may not be going anywhere any time soon! I’m not saying she is bad, but there is just nothing impressive going on. She certainly has the personality to be in the WWE, she just needs to improve in the ring, or get a better move set! but until than, I don’t see what Regal sees!
Mojo Rawley Video Package
We are shown another video package of Mojo, nothing to special here. I do want to point out thought, that it seems like WWE has big things in mind for Mojo as we are constantly seeing him in either matches or video packages every single week! So I’m interested to see where this goes!
The Ascension (c) (Konner O’Brian & Rick Viktor) vs. Jack Hearly & John Vandal
Yay! Once again we are treated to the NXT Tag Team Champions battle a team of Jobbers. These matches are just getting repetitive week in and week out! So onto the match. There wasn’t one, this was complete domination as Viktor forced Vandal into the ring by tossing Hearly into his gut for the tag, so that was interesting never seen a tag like that. Than the beat down began for Vandal as Viktor and Konner took turns tearing him apart. The match ended as Konner and Viktor hit The Fall of Man for the Three Count!
Winners – The Ascension (c)
Rating – 4\10: As entertaining as it is to watch The Ascension completely dominate their opponents, I don’t want to watch it every week! I understand their isn’t much to the NXT Tag Division with the current reigning champs as the only legit team in the divsion, but I need some more. I wanna watch The Ascension have a hard hitting brawl with another team that takes them to the limit, not just a one sided beat down! The NXT Universe love this team, I’m heavily invested in them, but I want to see more, and of course with rumors running rampant that The Ascension will be heading to the main roster after Wrestlemania, more may be on the way for Konner and Viktor!
Xavier Woods vs. Brodus Clay
Nice to see Brodus Clay tonight, as he travels down from the WWE Main Roster to finish his feud with Xavier Woods awhile back. Now when Brodus first turned heel back in January I wanna say, I was excited because I’ve seen him as a heel before and I knew it was his strong point! but than he was never featured on WWE TV, so we never got to see his heel persona unless you watched Main Event or Superstars! Tonight though we get to see the heel persona at its best he took it to Xavier hitting numerous hard hitting manuevers! Xavier fought back though, but it wasn’t enough as a stiff headbutt followed by a “Better Than Batista” Powerbomb and than HUGE SPLASH from the top rope to get him the win over his old rival. but what happened next is unexpected as Brodus ask for the mic and begins to cut a promo stating the WWE took everything away from him, His Music, His Girls, His Tag Team Partner, and most importantly His Pride! he than goes onto state that he is doing the taking now and lays out a challenge to Neville saying he is going to take the NXT Championship away from him!
Winner – Brodus Clay
Rating – 5\10: The match itself wasn’t to entertaining as it was Clay beating down on Woods. Clay did hit an impressive headbutt and even a beautiful powerbomb, but what shines the most was that top rope splash! Not many men his side can do that! The most impressive part of the match was Clay’s promo as he practically challenged Neville for the Championship! Brodus Clay was the last person I expected Neville to face, but I gotta say I’m ready to see how Neville responds!
Backstage Interview with Adrian Neville (c)
Devin Taylor welcomes our guest The NXT World Champion Adrian Neville. Devin congratulates Neville on retaining his championship against Bo Dallas last week on NXT, Neville thanks her but says he wants to talk about other things, such as Brodus Clay’s recent statement! Neville goes on to have his best promo to date as he talks about NXT being The Future of the WWE and says if you want a shot you have to earn it and ir/when you do, I’ll be here waiting! One of the best promos to date that Neville has done, and I’m ready for this feud!
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyler Breeze
It was announced earlier in the night that Tyler Breeze had entered the building and now Prince Pretty is about to enter the NXT Ring to face Yoshi Tatsu, who has been on the losing side in matches against Corey Graves! Tonight was not Yoshi’s night, he provided no challenge to Breeze, and Tyler easily defeated him here tonight! Tyler was very aggressive throughout that match, and this seem to be a recurring theme here now as the commentators even mentioned that Breeze no longer cares about getting hit in the face. Breeze forced Tatsu up to his feet and hit The Beauty Shot for the win!
Winner – Tyler Breeze
Rating – 5\10: While it was great to see Breeze dominate here tonight, it feels like every match has been that way. We have seen The Ascension and Brodus Clay beat their opponents with great ease, and so did Breeze. This is a new side of Breeze that I am enjoying very much, and so is the NXT Universe! The Gorgeous One could be on his way to the NXT Championship soon! as the commentators made sure to mention Breeze’s issues with the NXT Champion, Adrian Neville!
Backstage Interview with Sami Zayn
A short interview between Devin Taylor and Sami Zayn here. Zayn comments that he feels fine and that he was cleared tonight, and the only one who has anything to worry about is Corey Graves. This promo is not one of Sami’s best, not that there is many in his best, but this one just felt really rushed!
Backstage Exclusive with Corey Graves
Right after the interview with Sami Zayn we are shown a backstage exclusive with Corey Graves as he is asked about his match with Zayn. Graves calls Zayn NXT’s resident underdog and than tells us a story about an Underdog who wander to far into the Forrest and got his paw stuck in a bear trap, and than it got dark and out came the wolves, and than says the wolf is out and this isn’t going to be pretty!
Backstage Exclusive with Paige (c)
After being shown a video montage about Paige, we are shown a Backstage Exclusive with her as she is asked about Charlotte coming at her at NXT: Arrival. Paige goes onto express she knew she was going to have problems but is very angry that Charlotte wouldn’t even let her have her moment after retaining her Womens Championship at NXT:Arrival. She than goes on to tell Charlotte to stop hiding behind her daddy(WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair) and face her in the ring one on one! A Nice promo here by Paige that further build into her feud with Charlotte!
Corey Graves vs. Sami Zayn
It is now time for our main event and this rivalry has really heated up. It all started back when Corey Graves made his debut on the WWE Network and called out Sami Zayn, the two later fought in the main event and Zayn picked up the victory. Graves got his revenge the next week by attacking Sami from behind on his way out to the ring and slamming Sami’s head into the steel turnbuckle post. Zayn was cleared for action tonight and he is looking for revenge. Early on the match Graves postponed the fighting as he laid back into turnbuckle and avoided Sami in every legal way possible. Sami did end up getting the upper hand on Graves and took it to him. Zayn wailed Corey with lefts and rights, and he even hit a beautiful swanton flip over the top rope to the outside on top of Graves, but this is where the downfall happened as Zayn started to feel the effects of his recent concussions and Graves took full control over that as he locked in numerous headlocks that at one point earned a chant from NXT crowd as the chanted “We Love Headlocks” Zayn fought out of the headlocks and swung aimlessly around obviously feeling the effects of the concussion. Sami got in a few big moves and even kicked out a ton of times, but Graves kept taking it to Sami’s head in every way possible and eventually after hitting a stiff punch to the side of Sami’s face, he knocked him down and locked in Lucky Number 13, but the refree called the match before Sami could tap out, because Zayn was unconscious. Giving the win to Corey Graves!
Winner – Corey Graves
Rating – 6\10: I had high hopes for this match but it really didn’t deliver. The early going were entertaining, but watching Graves hold Sami in a headlock for 10 minutes in not entertaining and earning a chant from the crowd where the say “We Love Headlocks” can not be a good thing. The only thing this match really showed off was how much heart and resiliency Sami Zayn has and how heartless Corey Graves can be. Graves showed no remorse to Sami as he hit numerous stiff shots to the head of Sami Zayn, but Zayn showed off his heart as he fought through his previous concussion and battle Graves for as long as he could. I’m interested to see what happens next. I suspect Zayn will be out of action for awhile, so we will to wait and see what happens next I suppose!
Superstar of the Night: Brodus Clay
Even though Corey Graves was supposed to be the highlight tonight, he ends up just missing the spot with the admittedly boring main event night. Even though it was supposed to show how heartless Graves is, we already kind of new. On the other Brodus Clay comes away with the surprise superstar of the night as he picks up an easy victory over old rival Xavier Woods and even cut a nice promo afterwards and practically challenging Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship!
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