It was an off week for NXT (9/14/2016) this week, but we’ll take a look at some notable events that took place. We’ll take a look at Liv Morgan, Samoa Joe, and what I think could benefit NXT going forward.
Samoa Joe has always been very good with a microphone. Joe is one of the best people I’ve ever seen at swaying an audience one way only to go the complete opposite direction 5 minutes later. Joe did that tonight. He made it seem like Nakamura had earned his respect and that they would have a face vs face match down the road. Everything seemed fine until Nakamura made his exit after Joe left the ring. At that point, Joe attacked Nakamura enough to get him stretchered out. Samoa Joe was as vicious as ever and that’s exactly the type of personality he needs to have to be successful.
Samoa Joe is as vicious as ever and that’s exactly the type of personality he needs to have to be successful. Joe is an intense individual and turning face right now would derail any credibility he had during his run. Joe needs to go to war with Nakamura over the title one more time, whenever that may be. Beyond that, I think Joe is ready to come up to WWE ad the SmackDown brand may be the perfect place. Joe has made his mark on NXT and there isn’t much more to do than to make Nakamura look stronger on his way out. I believe we’ll see Samoa Joe on either Raw or SmackDown to start 2017.
It took a few weeks for Hideo Itami to really get back and make his mark on NXT, but he certainly has started to over the last little while. Hideo got the win over Drew Gulak in a fairly quick, competitive match. Hideo’s strikes are easily some of the most intense strikes in wrestling and that was very apparent on this week’s NXT. I feel like Hideo is going to break out and become the top guy in NXT sooner than later. If it weren’t for his lengthy injury, I can imagine that he’d already be on the main roster. The only thing that may hurt him is his lack of promo ability. He’s shown that even though he can’t speak English very well, he can still bring the intensity. That’s definitely a plus.
Liv Morgan has made great strides in the past month. One of the benefits of all those women being called up to the main roster is that people like Liv can get TV time every week. Liv had a good win over the former Rachael Ellering, Rachel Fazio this past week. It was what happened after the match that became that talking point, though. Liv challenged NXT Women’s Champion Asuka to a match for the title!
While I still think it’s a bit early for a title shot, I think this will guy a long way in making Liv a legitimate threat. She’s quickly gaining a following and even a loss to Asuka will open some eyes to who she is. I’m guessing this match will happen at Takeover: Toronto if it does. If that’s the case, Liv could be in for the biggest few months of her career thus far! I’m guessing this match will happen at Takeover: Toronto if it does. If that’s the case, Liv could be in for the biggest few months of her career thus far! I believe Liv is going to become one of the centerpieces of the NXT Women’s Division and it looks like that will be happening sooner than later.
Bobby Roode might just be the most over guy in wrestling. It’s amazing how quickly the crowd has taken to the glorious one. The whole entrance and character have helped Bobby be exactly as good as all the fans expected him to be. I’m really excited for what the future holds for Roode.
The Authors of Pain continued their destruction on NXT. I see them starting a tag-title push in the coming weeks. They can only squash teams for so long before something has to give. I love this team and I think that they bring something totally different to the traditionally athletic tag division.
The Sanity promos continued on NXT and if you haven’t read the spoilers yet, there’s not much to go off of what it could be. Nonetheless, it’s exciting.
NXT was decent this week. I did feel as though not many storylines progressed but we got some good matches, so it wasn’t a terrible thing. Takeover should start to take shape over the next few weeks and hopefully, we have more to look at after that. The one criticism I can level at NXT is the few weeks after a Takeover event are always fairly non-eventful. NXT needs to change that and make every week matter. I think the issue is that, with an hour, you can’t fit everyone on. Certain people need a week on TV here and there to further their characters. I really think NXT would benefit from another hour of TV time each week, but I doubt we’ll ever see that.