With it being Wrestlemania season, the WWE kicking off it’s biggest weekend with their own Super Indy/Feeder league NXT. This time the mini promotion takes over the Dallas’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre with arguably their biggest show.
So before we get into the big Sunday show, let’s talk about the real show…
AUSTIN ARIES DEBUT MATCH AGAINST BARON CORBIN
Free from the world of TNA, A Double finds himself in the world of NXT and his first opponent is the…dividing Baron Corbin. While Corbin won’t we a personality contest (or probably a Judo match) he’s the perfect foil for the internet favourite. This one screams out to be a jobber match but it should be a solid showcase for the greatest man that ever lived to show off just how much the rival promotion screwed up by letting him go. Additionally this match looks like it could open the show with it being the less high profile debut of the night.
APOLLO CREWS VS. ELLAS SAMSON
With the rise of the NXT promotion the need for clean cut baby faces is in high demand. Crews seems to be a nice balance between the internet favourites and WWE star making machine. On the other hand, Samson seems to scream jobber and this match, on the surface looks to be a spotlight for Crews who could be the main hero for a potentially heel champion Samoa Joe.
THE REVIVAL DEFENDS THE NXT TAG TITLES AGAINST AMERICAN ALPHA
It’s been a little spoken fact that NXT’s tag team division is weak at best. When it comes to notable teams there are really only three, The Revival, American Alpha and Enzo and Cas. But these two teams will be a solid messing of styles. Both teams seem to be snap shots of two different styles; the Brainbusters/Minisoda Wrecking Crew and Team Angle/World Greatest Tag receptively. This one should be one of the better matches on the show and crown a new champion team, assuming they are; Ready, Will and Gable…I’m sorry that was too easy.
SAMI ZAYN VS THE DEBUTING SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
When it comes to this week of wrestling, this is the match I’m most looking forward to. NXT’s favourite reformed Canadian/Spanglish Luchudor taking on the King of Strong Style. While this match isn’t for the title, and seeing how this might be Zayn’s final NXT match, Zayn will undoubtably be the loser in this match. For those who haven’t watched a Nakamura match, take the time to look at these links and get ready for what will be a flashy match.
BAYLEY DEFENDS THE WOMEN’S TITLE AGAINST ASUKA
When it comes down to fan favourites, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger one then Bayley in NXT. The character has gotten over with the audience so well that I would question taking the title off of her. That being said if the plan is to move Bayley away from NXT then Asuka might be the best choice as a champion. She embodies all of the things the NXT Women’s division is trying to instill. The only question that I have in this match is just who the two will work together. While Bayley is loved she works a very different style then Asuka. With Bayley being the baby face, Asuka seemingly will play the heel and thus work a slower style. The thing that makes Asuka interesting is her quick strikes something that heels don’t typical do. This one one could be a wild card.
FINN BALOR DEFENDS THE NXT TITLE AGAINST SAMOA JOE
If there ever was a time for a change up in NXT it would be now. It’s clear that Balor is being groomed for a WWE run and a lose here could be the tip off to the jump. Over the past half year, Balor has helped make the brand interesting and entertaining, but a long Heel championship run from Samoa Joe could be useful to. With Joe having more experience then a chunk of the roster, the championship change could lead to some interesting matches over the next year. So this match outcome really depends on what the vision for the next year of NXT is. Is Finn off to the main roaster? Or is Samoa Joe the heel champion to feed to a baby face several months down the road? Either way this match will be fun to watch, their previous match are a proof enough.
So that’s the show for this Friday. From the debut to two new stars from other companies to a possible passing of the guard. But with a card this interesting in blog form, the guys on the Wrestlemania card will have to step up their game.But we’ll talk about that next time…