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Smark Hen-XT (05/20/15): UNSTOPPABLE



This week on NXT, TakeOver: Unstoppable happened. And it was awesome. Let’s get right down to it.

I Don't Have Any Jokes About Samoa Joe, Because Samoa Joe Is No Joking Matter




He’s here. After months of speculation, Samoa Joe joins the impressive NXT roster. His debut was perfect, facing off with the perfect monster to go after in NXT Champion Kevin Owens. With nothing but a few chosen words and a stare that can kill, Joe made a statement. The big boys have come to play in Orlando.


Not to say that the match preceding wasn’t any memorable. It was a vicious fight between two people with real hate. The match between Owens and challenger Sami Zayn spilled all over the arena. Non-stop action and stiff hits. That’s what I want to see from a blood feud.

But the finish leaves a lot of questions. The Zayn-Owens feud doesn’t have a satisfying closure; it’ll probably spill over their inevitable main roster call-up. With Joe in the picture and probably gunning after Owens, it puts a question as to where the new number one contender Finn Balor fits in the picture. He is, once again, stuck between two massive feuding giants. But we’re up for a good next couple of weeks.

The rest of the show:

Tyler Breeze vs Finn Bálor for the Number One contendership for the NXT Championship


  • Awesome entrances from both guys. Bálor did his Demon thing, which is always a sight, and Breeze's mini-runway thing was very Zoolander.

  • Excellently wrestled match, if only a bit a shorter one than I expected. Both guys were sports-entertaining, and it got the crowd just involved. The best way to start off Takeover.

Dana Brooke and Emma vs Bayley and Charlotte


  • The problem with putting someone as green as Dana Brooke with girls like Charlotte, Bayley, and Emma is that Brooke's greenness just gets highlighted more, rather than hidden. Between Emma's experience, Bayley's charisma and Charlotte's, well, genetical superiority, Brooke looks everything like the newbie she is.

  • That being said, it was an entertaining match. Awkward in some parts, but still not the worst thing.

Rhyno vs Baron Corbin


  • Not the most technically sound match, but we weren't expecting one. It was just two men beating each other up. Corbin looked good, limited as he is in the ring. Rhyno did a good job putting the Lone Wolf over.

The Realest Guys in the Room vs Dubstep Cowboys (c) for the NXT Tag Team Championship


  • Fucking pigtails. Motherfucking Wesley Blake with motherfucking pigtails.

  • Enzo Amore has really improved a lot in terms of in-ring work. He's no wizard, but he's decent now. Plus, that diving DDT is pretty nice.

  • It was a pretty fun match. The Alexa Bliss turn was a surprise, which was the bigger story here. I'm guessing this isn't over yet. A six-man tag match, it seems, is in order.

Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks (c)


  • Oooh, legit cool that they're getting the backstage walk shot for the Women's title match. It just goes to show how NXT really values the title. This isn't just any other match on the card, this is the co-main event.

  • Chandra Nalaar, is that you? I like the steampunk look for Lynch.

  • I take everything I said back about Lynch not a believable underdog. Damn, she did well playing up the injury and really just being the scrappy underdog most of the match. Of course, Banks upped her heelishness and just laid the beating on Lynch, targeting her arm the whole match. Simple but effective ring psychology right there.

  • Match of the night. Just excellently worked match from both women. And it told a great story. My words won’t do justice, unless the words are “Just fucking watch this match.”

On the whole, this Takeover just shows us why NXT is such a success. Two hours of just pretty damn good wrestling.

Photo from WWE.com

*****

Jocs Boncodin is a Managing Editor of Smark Henry. He answers emails by day and watches wrestling by night. An aspiring writer, Jocs spends most of his idle time fantasy booking angles and overthinking wrestling storylines. A big fan of the WWE, his introduction to the local online wrestling community Smark Gilas-Pilipinas has opened his eyes to the wonders of puroresu and lucha libre. He currently handles Smark Hen-XT, smarkhenry.ph's weekly NXT review.

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