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Smark Hen-XT (12/7/16): Just a Tease


Let’s get this out of the way: Shinsuke Nakamura is NXT Champion once again. He won it last Saturday at a live event in Osaka. And NXT, in their graciousness, decided to (a) spoil the results moments after it happened, and (b) show us a third of the match. Come to think of it, I’m not sure if I should be thankful.


That being said, I don’t mind Nakamura holding the title. If they’re building the brand around him, he better have the title. I’m not a fan of having Samoa Joe drop the title so soon after regaining it, but having a title match in Japan and not having the hometown favorite go over is stupid (I’m looking at you, RAW). Nakamura as the top guy brings a lot of eyes on the company, and with a new number one contender’s tournament starting next week, we’ll finally get a new face in the title scene.

Speaking of Joe, it’s high time for him to bow out of the title picture. He’s been there for over a year now, and he’s had quality matches and even better promos. He carried the company for much of that time, and it’s time for him to take a step back. Let him tie up his last loose end in the brand—his beef with NXT General Manager William Regal—then have him debut in the Royal Rumble to a big pop. Go let him be awesome in front the main roster crowd, WWE. He deserves it.

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The Rest of the Show:


  • #DIY returns to Full Sail as NXT Tag Team Champions: Full Sail really loves #DIY, and it’s clear that the duo loves Full Sail back. Before they could say anything though, they’re interrupted by the Authors of Pain, who are then interrupted by the Top Guys of NXT, The Revival. Having both heel teams get the staredown was a nice touch, as it highlighted both team’s gimmicks quite well. I just wish the champions had something else to do than stand in the ring. Backstage, the rematch for the tag titles is set between #DIY and The Revival, with the winner being fed to facing AoP at the next TakeOver

  • Percy Watson is announced as the third man in the NXT commentary team: It’s a little odd that his video package has Watson on full Eddie Murphy mode, while he’s so toned down in practice. I figure this is their way to slowly ease either Corey Graves or Tom Phillips out of the team. It’s too early to say, but I hope he turns out slightly better than Byron Saxton. That should be easy.

  • Ember Moon def. Kimber Lee: Nothing really new from Moon in this squash match. We’re getting to the point of diminishing returns with them. Yes, her finisher is impressive, but it’ll lose its allure soon enough when people start getting bored with the rest of her matches. She needs an angle that’ll build her up. Start building her up as the person who could dethrone Asuka before people start turning on her.

  • SAnitY (Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe, w/ Nikki Cross) def. No Way Jose and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann: First off, goodbye, Sawyer Fulton. We hardly knew you. Second, mother-effing Big Damo. He’s probably one of the best hosses in the UK wrestling scene, so this is a good addition to the roster. I’d love to see him as part of SAnitY, as he adds an incredibly imposing figure to the stable who’s more bark than bite right now. Also, that backstage staredown between Cross and NXT Women’s Champion Asuka got me all excited. That should be a fun match down the road.


*****

On a whole, this was a middling episode for NXT. What could have been a fun main event was edited way too short, and the rest of the show was just a tease more than anything. With TakeOver: San Antonio a little over a month away, they’re planting seeds for the live special, but the episode on it own couldn’t really hold my attention. This show gets a C+.

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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, smarkhenry.ph's weekly NXT review.

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