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Smark Hen-XT (7/6/16): Must Watch


In a week filled with Ultima Lucha Dos and The Final Deletion, NXT steps up with a stellar show featuring Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss and The Revival vs. American Alpha in a 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship.



2 Out of 3


NXT has made something special out of the 2 Out Of 3 Falls match. Looking back at Sami Zayn and Cesaro’s classic from 2013, to Zayn and Samoa Joe’s all-nighter from earlier this year, the yellow brand has found a way to really milk this match for all the action and drama. This episode’s main event between NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival and American Alpha was no different. This has to be the best tag team match WWE has booked this year.


The match featured a lot of great back and forth between the two teams, who have great chemistry with one another. The champs worked on Jason Jordan’s leg, while they mauled Chad Gable when he was in the ring. This tells me the Revival game-planned for their challengers quite well. American Alpha used their insane athleticism and technical skill to fight against the beat down and picked up the first fall with stereo Ankle Locks, making Dash Wilder tap.

The lead was short-lived, as Scott Dawson immediately went back to targeting Jordan’s knee and got the second fall after an inverted Figure Four. Both teams tried to hit their finishers, but each was countered by the other team. A suplex attempt from the apron by Gable was foiled by the champs, and that led to them hitting the Shatter Machine on the apron. The Revival ended up retaining the NXT Tag Team Championship two falls to one.


This was TakeOver-levels of awesome. Both teams are the best at what they do, and by god, they do it so well. There isn’t a team that’s as physically gifted or technically sound as American Alpha, but there is no match for the craftiness and cunning of The Revival. This match is what happens when you let two great teams just go at it. Add this to the list of must-watch matches in a week that’s filled with them.

The Rest of the Show:


Bayley def. Alexa Bliss



  • Bayley defeated Bliss with the Bayley-to-Belly in a great opening match.

  • Compared to the match these two had late last year, this was executed way better and a hell of a lot more fun to watch. With Bliss’ rapid development and Bayley’s new redemption arc, there was a lot of fire in this match. Bliss looked especially vicious and crisp with her moves. Adding the double-knee drop to preface the backflip knee drop makes Insult to Injury look particularly nasty.

  • This, though, was Bayley’s road back to a title match; so seeing her pick-up the win was a no brainer. What’s surprising is that both women were getting dueling chants. With the former champ nearing the end of her stay, it’s good to hear that Full Sail is still invested in NXT’s Women’s division.

Hype Bros vs. Blake & Murphy ends in a no contest



  • In probably the only downer of the night, Rhyno ran into the ring and through everyone.

  • I would have loved to see if Mojo Rawley’s showing last week wasn't a one-time fluke, or if we were going to have the overacted, but gassed-out Mojo we all love to hate. I would have also loved to see how they’d continue to play out the tension between Blake and Murphy. Alas, Rhyno had to come in and spoil the party.

  • Still though, Rhyno’s a solid veteran that can help bolster the roster, especially with the inevitable call-ups coming in. I’m not excited about this, but it makes sense.

*****

This was a pretty important week for NXT, and man, did they step up in a big way. With two brilliant matches to bookend the show, this was pretty much like a solid first hour of a solid TakeOver special. While you might be watching The Final Deletion or Ultima Lucha Dos, don’t you dare sleep on this episode. The show gets an A-.

Thoughts on the 2-Out-of-3 Falls match? Drop us a comment below!

Photos from WWE.com


*****

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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