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NXT Recap 06/01/2016

What follows is a recap of the episode of WWE NXT which aired on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016. This is my first time writing one of these and my also be my last, I can’t say for sure yet. I just decided it had been too long since I had posted to this blog and I needed to flex my writing muscles a bit. After reading, let me know in the comments section if you think I should make this a regular thing.

Before getting to the breakdown, I have a single comment: The fuck was Corey Graves wearing?

The episode opens with The Revival. They came down to the ring in regular clothes and did the usual heel opening thing. They focused mostly on how they’re the best and threatening American Alpha, who they have a tag title match against at Takeover The End next week.

Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa mercifully interrupted a promo going on longer than necessary when not much was being said. They stuck up for American Alpha a bit but mostly boasted about how they’re on the way up and the time of The Revival is passed. Standard stuff.

The segment ended with The Revival getting kicked out of the ring (literally) and a match was made. That match confirmed as the night’s main event during the first match.

Before moving on to the first match, there was a brief bit in the back with Shinsuke Nakamura. He didn’t say anything important but I did notice his English communication skills have improved drastically since he started on NXT. That’s probably the only thing keeping him from the main roster at the moment.

The first match of the night was Tye Dillinger versus Buddy Murphy. That’s right, it’s Buddy Murphy now, not just Murphy. He entered alone, which will probably be the norm now as it appears his tag team is done for and Alexa Bliss abandoned them both. He still entered with the same video showing all three of their names, though.

It was strange to me, seeing Murphy in a solo match. I’ve only ever seen him as part of Blake and Murphy. It wasn’t bad or unwelcome, just different.

It was a solid, technical match right from the start. The work remained good all the way through, though it was nothing especially exciting. Dillinger came through with the victory.

I get the feeling they’re starting to give him a push, but I still can’t really get behind Dillinger. I’m not sure what it is.

Next, Corey Graves interviewed Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, who will be facing each other in a cage match for the NXT title next week at Takeover The End.

I think Finn has gotten better at this sort of thing since I started watching NXT back in August. At that time, he was pretty awful whenever he had to talk. Joe seemed oddly happy, at least at first. This sort of thing is not the strong suit for either of these guys.

Finn sort of rewrote history about how Joe got as far as he has. It went from a respect to treating him like a whiny child. The interview otherwise played up their past friendship and referenced them teaming together in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Apparently, Joe has been in cage matches before but Finn hasn’t. I don’t expect that really matters at all, but they played it like that gives Joe an advantage. I half expect to see Finn fly from the top of the cage next week.

I think Finn will lose their match and it will lead to him getting called up to the main roster, maybe joining The Club. It would be following a similar path to Kevin Owens.

The second match of the night was Elias Samson versus Austin Aries. I don’t really like Samson, and not in a heel kind of way. I think his character is lame and the commentators get even worse whenever he’s in the ring. They pretty much always say the same stupid things. He also reminds me of Jason Mantzoukas, for whatever reason.

I don’t feel much more positive about Aries, but I don’t really know him yet. I feel like they’ve been leaning too much on his fame outside of WWE/NXT, which I know nothing about. And I can’t be alone in that.

Early on, Aries made Samson look like a chump with an arm bar he wouldn’t let go of and things continued in much the same way. It was obvious all the way through how much Aries outclasses Samson as an actual wrestler.

In the end, Samson tapped out, giving Aries the win.

The main event was the Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano versus The Revival match promised at the show’s start.

Neither of these teams get me excited, but they’re both good at what they do. I’ve even read rumors they may both be moving to the main roster when the brand split happens next month. I don’t know how reliable the source is, so we’ll just have to wait and see. The Revival, of course, has a tag title match at Takeover The End next week. If they win that, they’d be stuck on NXT for a while longer. I don’t particularly want them to win, but I’d much rather see American Alpha move up over them.

This was one of those matches where my attention starts to drift.

Dawson delivered a superplex to Gargano, but Gargano roled it into a small package and stole a pin. The Revival kept the fight going after the match, which is fitting for them, but American Alpha intervened.

The show wrapped up with a women’s title match contract signing, with Asuka and Nia Jax. It’s nice to see a women’s event in the final slot, even if not a proper match. NXT gets that right. It was also nice to see William Regal actually on the show.

I really like Asuka. I think Nia Jax has a lot of potential but she’s a ways off of realizing it. She’s really bad on a mic but should be a brilliant heel someday.

After some shit talking, Asuka told Jax she talks to much. A brawl ensued, ending with Jax power bombing Asuka.

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Three Premieres

Three premieres this week on TV.

First, we had The X-Files. If you follow me on here, you know I’ve been eagerly awaiting that one. The first episode was good but felt like it could have been two. Scenes seemed to jump too rapidly and everyone was talking fast most of the time. We learned Joe McHale comes across as a parody if he attempts a dramatic role. And, while time is kind to no one, David Duchovny looks like he’s aged a decade in the two years since Californication ended.

Lucifer was next. I’m not really familiar with the comic source material, so for all I know they butchered it. That said, I thought this first episode was excellent. If they’re all half as good, I’m a fan. I’d love to see some of the actors/characters from the canceled Constantine series bleed over, even if just cameos.

Then came Lucha Underground, which most of you probably give zero shits about. The season two premiere had too much drama, not enough lucha. I think there were three matches in the hour long program. Matt Stryker is still awful. The performances were solid, but I always enjoy luchadors. It was cool seeing a woman have a shot at the championship, too.

What To Say On A Monday

In case anyone cared, the Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll is now closed. It actually has been for a few days. Of course, if you cared, you’d already know that. They haven’t released the official results yet, but I’m pretty sure my Cyberpunk Writers group took the top in the Writers’ Discussion Forums.

We are now less than a week from the premier of the new series of The X-Files and the Royal Rumble. I’m looking forward to both.

Whatever they do with The X-Files, I’m sure it will be at least as good as the last season or two of the original series. Hopefully it’s even better. I like what I’ve seen of the cast they got, beyond the people from the original series. I only wish they’d gotten Robert Patrick back to play Doggett, if only in a bit part, since they have Reyes coming back in some capacity.

Just yesterday, my girlfriend and I finished watching through all of the original X-Files series. It was quite the experience and took us several months. I wish things had gone differently toward the end, but it was clear the show was faltering.

About the Royal Rumble… I’m looking forward to the intercontinental title match probably the most. Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens are two of my favorites right now and their matches are usually entertaining to watch. Either way that one turns out, I’ll be happy.

As for the Royal Rumble match itself, I’m not sure what to think. Making it a heavyweight title defense kind of screws with things, especially where Wrestlemania is concerned. I’d love to see someone unexpected come out on top, especially Stardust, but that’s not likely to happen. I hope they won’t be so lame as to hand the title to Brock Lesnar when he just came back…or, really, to ever let him have it again. Or be around. Lesnar is awful. The Big Show winning would be really cool. Give him a Royal Rumble win and one last title range as he (apparently) approaches retirement. Maybe have that lead to an I Quit match or something. But, if I had to make a prediction, I’d say Roman Reigns will win to retain his title and that will set in motion a feud between him and Lesnar, which will culminate at the main event of Wrestlemania.

In any case, since the pay per view is less than a week away, I’m sure they’ll do something to make RAW tonight interesting.

In other entertainment news, The Flash and Arrow are back this week. Legends of Tomorrow premiers, too. This is going to be a good week.

Finally, onto writing. That’s probably what people reading this are actually most interested in anyway, right? Well, I’ve mostly been slacking off. I’ve got a story started which I may make into a serial to be posted here, on Watt Pad, or maybe published in Phase 2 Magazine. I won’t make any decision on that until I’ve written quite a bit more of it.

I have an idea for a short piece, probably flash or maybe even just a vignette, if you’re picky. It’s a tribute to Lemmy of Motorhead. I’ll probably throw in a nod to Wayne and Tera Wray Static, too. I’ll probably be giving it to Far Horizons, since that’s where the idea started, but it will probably eventually find its way here.

I’ve been slacking off thus far this month, but serious reading for the 5th issue of Phase 2 Magazine and the first omnibus starts now.

And that’s all for today.