6 Divas Tag Match
The show opened with a 6 Divas tag match, but you know what? I’m taking a stand. I. Do. Not. Care. About. Women. Wrestling. Simple as that. If you are interested in the match, I’m sure you can find a video of it. Apparently Emma made Alicia Fox tap out. I’m not saying women wrestlers aren’t talented, I’m simply saying it isn’t something I want to watch. I can no longer sit here reviewing a women’s match pretending I care. I won’t allow myself to breach my own journalistic integrity, dammit! Not so say women don’t have a place in wrestling. They can be valets, backstage interviewers, on-screen girlfriends, ect, but when it comes to lacing up the boots and taking it to the ring? I have no interest. I look forward to your comments calling me sexist.
Colin Cassady vs Aiden English
I’ve got to say, I’m not sure how well Aiden English’s current gimmick is going. While I never saw it as the type of gimmick that he would be able to work on the main roster, it now seems that even the NXT crowd is bored with his shtick. There are a few sparse boos during his theatrical entrance, but most just seem to be bored or indifferent.
Note to Colin Cassady: Less baby oil, dude. He comes out to the NXT Arena looking like Randy Orton circa 2010 with the amount of baby oil he has slathered onto himself, problem being he isn’t even that cut up to begin with, so it just looks ridiculous. He is also wearing a gold chain that just doesn’t seem to fit into the look he is going for.
They mention that Cassady stands nearly 7 feet, I’ll give him maybe 6 foot 8, but the thing is he doesn’t really work very much like a big man. It sort of reminds me of a younger Matt Morgan, who had a great look and athleticism but he didn’t really work like you would expect a man of his stature to do. Cassady has something most men on the roster don’t, his great size, but he fails to utilize it and winds up working like a man much smaller, bumping and selling like a 6 footer instead of a 7 footer. His power moves don’t look all that powerful.
Even the finish of the match fed into my belief that Cassady is a small man worker in a big body. It took little more than one kick to the back of his knee and Aiden English’s so-so finisher the Director’s Cut to send Cassady’s body lifelessly to the mat where he remained long after the ref had counted to three. Just being honest, I don’t see main-roster potential in either of these two at this point. Cassady for his ring work, and while Aiden English seems to be a solid worker, his gimmick prevents me from taking him seriously.
Sami Zayn Promo
I’ll be the first to admit that I was wrong about WWE unmasking Generico. I was skeptical, as I loved the El Generico character, but he has been even better as Sami Zayn. He cuts a promo saying he loses sleep at night re-watching the 2/3 falls match with Antonio Cesaro (Wait he isn’t Antonio anymore, is he?) that he lost a few months back. He says he is all about moving forward, but for the first time in his career he can’t, because he has unfinished business with Cesaro.
While Zayn was cutting an enjoyable promo, talking about how he couldn’t figure out where he went wrong, Cesaro came out, and while I absolutely mark my tits off for Cesaro wrestling, I definitely cringe when he is on the mic. He would tell Zayn that nothing he could have done in that match would have made a difference, so he should stop worrying so much about it.
Zayn would respond by putting Cesaro over, talking about how he is a workhorse that will face anyone… except Zayn himself. Cesaro would eventually seem like he was going to accept the challenge, with Zayn holding his hand out for a pinky promise, but Cesaro instead said “My answer is still no” and kicked Zayn in his injured knee. But that’s when the best damn COO in the history of the business came out and laid down the law. Triple H came out to a “best for business” chant and told Cesaro that while he may not want the match, the fans did. He said that while Zayn’s knee may not be healthy yet, he had it on real “good Authority” that it would be better by February 27th.
This is great build and should end with Cesaro putting Zayn over and possibly launching him directly onto the main roster in the process. Cesaro has a ton of momentum on the main roster right now, so a win against him in a 2/3 falls match would be absolutely huge for Zayn. Debuting on the main roster after defeating Cesaro in the midst of the Road to Wrestlemania could be an impactful way to call him up.
Harper and Rowan vs Two unintroduced Jobbers
If those two jobbers have names, I apologize. I didn’t see or hear them. This match didn’t last long. It was extremely rushed and felt beneath the Wyatt Family considering the push they’ve gotten on the big stage. I guess it was a nice treat for the NXT crowd, who seem to love the Wyatts. Bray didn’t compete in the match, but he did beat up both jobbers after the match and cut a short promo saying NXT belonged to the Wyatts.
All things considered, a lackluster episode of NXT in my book.