Worst: You Can Tell JBL Is Supposed To Be A Heel Because His Actions Are Correct And Totally Justifiable
Wait, is the show almost over? I barely have enough for page two. This was the last set of tapings in a 4-show sets, and those NXT shows are always light on backstage gab and heavy on in-ring work and payoffs. The big one was the NXT Championship match between champion Bo Dallas and challenge Sami Zayn, and aside from this one thing that kinda bugged me, it was remarkable.
As a Guy Who Writes About NXT On The Internet, sometimes I get spoiled because people who like READING about NXT on the Internet find out things and instantly try to spoil me. Sadly I found out the result of this match before it happened, and when it was spoiled for me it sounded like Sami pulled off a clean win, JBL popped in to enact a Dusty Finish based on some bullshit technicality and Bo was able to come back and cheat and pull it off. In reality, the Sami win reversal was weirdly obvious (to the point that the crowd barely cared, even though they popped for most of the nearfalls) and JBL’s appearance was totally justified.
Sami hits his boot in the corner and goes for the pin. Bo gets his foot on the rope at one and the referee counts anyway and tries to award Sami the title. JBL — a guy who is supposed to be a heel puppet put into a position of power by Triple H — shows up and in a very babyface sort of way announces that the championship match can’t end that way, shows the referee the replay and restarts it. You’d think they’d do this with BO pinning SAMI and Dusty showing up to restart it, but nope, Super Heel JBL is doing the right thing. He also retroactively justifies himself not knowing who Xavier Woods was on Raw by telling the referee “don’t make me learn your name,” suggesting that he’s only here for business and only knows who you are if he hates you.
Best: The Best Match Of Bo Dallas’ Career
As I mentioned, the actual match was wonderful, as most Sami Zayn matches are. Everything after the final commercial break works beautifully, and even the non-finish stuff before the break is good, too. Dallas works the entire match like he’s scared to death he’s gonna lose the match … he’s like Zack Gowen wrestling the Big Show, a reputation Zayn hasn’t really earned but is embiggened by. Zayn tries to keep up the offense (because he KNOWS Bo is scared) and busts out a lot of cool stuff, like a Bo Dallas Spear for a great nearfall.
The finish is great, too, with Zayn going for rolling German suplexes (TOO SOON) and Bo managing to not only tear off a turnbuckle pad but eventually weasel back into that corner and send Zayn crashing into it. It’s a poetic reminder of how he WON the title, exposing a buckle and causing Big E to crash into it. It’s one of those things that is technically cheating and underhanded, but also not overtly evil, just using his knowledge of how the ring works and what he can get away with. That’s Bo in a nutshell, I think. Not evil, just an opportunistic, cowardly dork.
Worst: Is That Seriously It?
Can we get a second hour added to NXT, or what?
I want more like this!
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