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Smark Hen-XT (9/16/15): Not Once, Not Twice...

This week on NXT, TakeOver: Respect gains an incredible main event and the Dusty Rhodes Classic moves along.

Again, and Again, and Again, and Again

Let it be said that the real Divas Revolution is happening in NXT. Regardless of how mishandled some might think the main roster divas have been especially on this week’s RAW, you can’t argue how excellently NXT had done its job, bringing us promising angles and excellent matches. And this week, it delivered once again.

Newly minted NXT Women’s Champion Bayley returned home to Full Sail for the first time since winning the title and promptly celebrated with the NXT faithful, including a lap around the crowd and bringing arguably her biggest fan in Izzy to the ring to do her entrance routine. I must say, that was a nice gesture. Bayley is like a better John Cena at this point. Her appeal goes across different demographics and it’s insane how almost everyone likes her. She’s gonna do great things.

Spoiling her return, though, is the Boss and former champion Sasha Banks, who wants a rematch. And not just any rematch—she wants to prove that she can beat Bayley again, and again, and again, and again. Interesting point: throughout her whole promo, I wasn’t sure if Banks was trying to hold back tears. There was a certain lack of her usual killer confidence, replaced by some heavy emotion. It’s a shock, but damn was it great. This set up the next TakeOver main event: a 30-minute Iron Man match between Banks and Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Having them main event and legit go in their last main event, is going to be sweet. I have argued before that their match at TakeOver: Brooklyn should have gone last, and now they get the chance to truly close the show. This is a big deal. This would be the first special show, including a PPV, that women are going to main event in the WWE. Talk about revolutionizing women’s wrestling.

Between the Dusty Rhodes Classic and now this? I’m excited for the next TakeOver.

The rest of the show:

Tyler Breeze, Bull Dempsey, and Adam Rose confrontation

  • One of my favorite things about NXT is that how typically-comedic gimmicks are treated seriously. Where else in the WWE will you find a supermodel, a washed-out party boy, and a chunky fitness guru look like they have legit beef each other?

  • I’m pleasantly surprised at Full Sail’s acceptance of Dempsey. The leader of the Bull-Fit movement seems to genuinely enjoy his new gimmick and his charisma translates better now. None of that forced macho throwback brawler stuff. He looks like he’s having fun, and for his gimmick to work, that’s an integral part.. He can talk and work. It’d be interesting to see where Bull and the NXT creative can take this gimmick.

  • On the other hand, the party pooper gimmick is just sad at this point for Rey Leppan. The guy can work, but finding the perfect package for him is going to be the key for Leppan and the creative team. It’s sorta sad to see him back on NXT, but if they can come up with a solid gimmick for him, then let’s see how this run goes.

Tye Dillinger vs Danny Burch...

  • or Martin Stone. I’m not too sure what name he’s going with this time.

  • The Perfect 10 beats the other guy. Nothing really new from Dillinger, and I’m not digging the finisher, that single knee jawbreaker to a kneeling opponent. It doesn’t scream “Perfect 10” to me.

Apollo Crews vs Solomon Crowe

  • Good match from both guys. Apollo looked like a superstar and the win against Crowe, NXT’s jobber to the stars, moves him forward. This new aggression for Crowe worked for him. A heel turn fueled by his frustrations would serve the latter well.

Baron Corbin and Rhyno vs Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

  • The first quarterfinal match in the Dusty Rhodes Classic and once again, it’s a good match. Corbin picks up the win for his team with a great End of Days.

  • Corbin and Rhyno are doing good as a team. Seeing Corbin actually work a match longer than a minute is refreshing. He’s gotten enough heat that tagging him in instantly turns the crowd more to the faces’ favor. Working with Rhyno can only help him with his ringwork as well.

  • I said this last week and I’m saying it again: the WWE needs to sign either Gargano or Ciampa, both, if possible. In a WWE that’s slowly moving toward favoring athleticism and ring work more than size, Gargano’s going to fit quite nicely. I can see him working with guys like Balor and Neville and doing great things. Ciampa’s viciousness will help him become a great heel for the company.

This was a good episode. After a slow start, everything went smooth and culminated with great promos and announcements. NXT is on a roll this past month, delivering quality matches out of the Dusty Rhodes Classic, and as we head towards TakeOver: Respect, I’m getting more and more excited.

You guys excited for the Iron Man Match? Give us a shout at the comments section!

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Jocs Boncodin (@caboncodin) is a Managing Editor of Smark Henry. He answers tweets 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,'s weekly NXT review.

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