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Smark Hen-XT (10/28/15): Good Night, Sweet Prince

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This week, we said goodbye to one of NXT’s familiar pretty faces and we got one hell of a tag team match.

The Prince’s Last Stand

I’ve been one of the biggest marks for Tyler Breeze in the Smark Henry offices. I won’t deny it, I love the guy. While his ring work leaves a lot to be desired, his commitment to his gimmick and his ability to hang in there with obviously more talented guys made him a fun watch. I’m truly happy that he’s now getting his shot at the main roster after his long stay in Florida.

Not that I have high hopes for the Mayor of Cuteville on RAW. Let’s be honest, at best, he’s going to be a great midcard heel champ. At worst (and this is more likely), he’s a better looking Fandango. At some point, the fur coats and the selfie sticks are going to lose their novelty and fans, and more terrifying, Creative will tire of it, and the Sultan of Selfies will find himself at a worse spot than he had in developmental. Let’s hope he can make the best of this run while he still can.


If this was indeed Prince Pretty’s last match on NXT, then it was a good way to go. He might not have picked up the win, but he was his entertaining self all throughout the match. His opponent, Samoa Joe, brought the violence and Breeze sold the offense quite well. After dominating the middle part of the match, he was forced to tap out after Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch.

NXT loses one of its cornerstones for the past two years as Breeze moves up to the main roster. I have cautious optimism for him as he makes the main roster a bit more gorgeous.

The rest of the show:

Emma def. Shazza

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  • I’m enjoying this heel Emma. Admittedly, as good as she was when she started out in NXT, her gimmick could not make me care for her. Add her disastrous main roster stint and I honestly thought WWE definitely fucked this one up. Her second run at Florida and her new heel turn was just great. More than salvage her career, this new villainous persona made people care for her again. And this upcoming feud with the killer newcomer would make her relevant and will be a great measuring stick to see where her development is.
  • She won the match against someone who looked like she raided Alexa Bliss’s closet using the Emma Lock after stomping her opponent’s head to the mat. This was a fun little squash match.

Chad Gable and Jason Jordan def. Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano

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  • This has to be one of the best matches of the night, nigh this year, from NXT. One would have assumed this would have been a throwaway match between two teams with very little going for them, creative-wise, but man, these guys brought their A-games.
  • From the magnificent chain wrestling from Gable and Ciampa, to the stiff strikes from the indy darlings, to Jordan taking people to Suplex City, FL, this was just a non-stop, action-packed, fun match to watch.
  • Gable and Jordan picked up the win after nailing the Grand Amplitude alley-oop back suplex. They’re building up steam after their eye-opening match at TakeOver: Respect. With a streak of great matches and the crowd firmly behind them, it wouldn’t be long before they’re carrying gold.
  • Ciampa and Gargano suffered another loss, but at the end of the day, their stock went up. Ciampa may or may not have signed a contract already—depending on your dirt sheet—but Gargano has earned himself one as well. WWE needs to lock them up ASAP. The longer they go as freelancers on NXT, the more expensive and in-demand they’ll be.

Nia Jax def. Kay Lee Ray


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  • Nia Jax dominates the squash match. At this point, I don’t mind this. She just starting off and establishing her dominance. But sooner or later, they need her to face the established names. She’s already doing so on live shows. The quicker she acclimates to working in front of the cameras, the quicker she’ll get the chance to tie up with big names and longer matches, and the less likely the crowd turns on her.
  • I have to say, though, the black armoured ring gear looks better than her than the Princess Jasmine blue gear. It ties up nicely with how they presented her as the second coming of the Glamazon. It’ll take a while for me to accept the disco pop entrance theme though.

Dash and Dawson beats down Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady


  • The match never got going after the Mechanics jumped the Realest Guys in the Room and injured Big Cass’s knee.
  • I dug this segment. It was short and sweet. The heels came in and made a statement against a big-name team. Now they’re ready to face the champs, and they have ready-made challengers if ever they win.

Finn Balor interview
  • The NXT Champion finally makes his presence felt in the closing moments of the show, putting his #1 Contender over with praises, but promises that while Crews will be champ someday, it won’t be at the expense of Finn Balor.
  • Oh, how I’ve missed Finn. While arguments can be made that the past three shows were good even without him working, it still hurt the product that he wasn’t present for them, seeing as he is the face of the brand. With his presence missing, it didn’t have the star power Balor undoubtedly brings to the show. That they barely acknowledged his absence was weird. They could have at least explained it and blamed it on an injury, as was the story during the DRTTC at TakeOver: Respect. But what’s done is done and NXT didn’t burn to the ground in his absence. He returns next week to defend his title in what is bound to be a fun match to watch.


As we say goodbye to Prince Pretty, we were treated to a fun show with two stellar matches and the returning champ. The tag team match showcased two teams with bright futures ahead of them. Both Emma and Nia Jax came to play and dominated their matches. Samoa Joe delivered on another hard hitting match as we send off Tyler Breeze to greener pastures. Add the return of the champ and we got a solid show this week. Let’s give it an A.

Photos from WWE.


*****


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, smarkhenry.ph's weekly NXT review.

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