This Week in WWE – NXT (11/30/2016)

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This week on NXT (11/30/2016), Asuka makes her return to NXT TV while Samoa Joe takes on Tye Dillinger in the main event!

Asuka

Asuka made a rare appearance on NXT TV this week to take on Canadian independent wrestler, Nicole Matthews who fans may know as part of the Canadian NINJAs with Portia Perez. As with most of Asuka’s challenger, Nicole got some offense in that didn’t even make Asuka flinch before she applied the Asuka Lock for the win.

The most interesting part about seeing Asuka was her backstage interview where she was asked about a change in her persona to which she replied there isn’t any and that she’s the best. Asuka still wants competition and there hasn’t been any. I’m surprised that NXT keeps playing up that there’s no competition for her. That doesn’t say much about your women’s division. While I do agree, they could easily build a number of the women they already have to be a worthy challenger. 

I assume that Ember Moon is going to be shot up the card to finally give Asuka a run for her money. Who else is there that would be believable in that role at this moment? I don’t think there is anyone. The only other way I could see if bringing in a former star like Victoria, or even former TNA stars like Angelina Love or Velvet Sky. There’s also the fact that Tamina has been cleared to get back in the ring, that would be a great way to re-debut her and reboot her character,.

I think Asuka will likely hold onto the NXT Women’s Championship until Wrestlemania weekend before somebody finally dethrones her unless something drastically changes.

Sanity

Sanity picked up another victory on NXT when Eric Young defeated No Way José after more distractions from the rest of Sanity. José definitely had Young on the run for parts of the match, but the numbers game proved to be too much. I love the gang mentality of Sanity. It’s a lost art in wrestling. There used to be so many different factions and teams that won at all costs. Look at Evolution, The 4 Horsemen, heel DX, etc. I’m not saying Sanity will be that good, but this is exactly how a heel faction should operate. 

I think it was a great move to have Eric Young be at the helm of this team. Young brings a wealth of experience that not many other wrestlers in NXT have. He fits in perfectly with the gimmick and he makes the whole faction look legitimate. If he wasn’t part of Sanity, I’m not sure that Sanity would be as popular as they’ve become already. Sure, they show some similarities to The Decay in TNA, but they’re different in execution.

I would love to see Sanity grow by adding young wrestlers who haven’t been on TV much. I think it could easily become an 8-person group that could wreak havoc. I would caution against the nWo effect where it gets too big, but having random more being brainwashed to join the cause could be interesting. It’s been a long time since WWE has seen a truly dominant faction, Sanity could fill that void.

Tye Dillinger

Tye Dillinger made a statement by slapping Samoa Joe across the face to get Joe to agree to a match with him later in the night. Joe then won by KO after Dillinger passed out in a submission. I really question what is going on with Tye lately. He seemed like he was finally turning a corner and yet he has had two high-profile losses in the last couple of weeks. I really hope there is a plan for this talented star who’s worked his way up through the ranks for years to get to this point.

I think what’s going to happen with Dillinger is that he’ll finally snap and either turn heel, or go on a really long winning streak that will culminate in winning the NXT Championship at some point in the future. He’s been steadily gaining a lot of traction over the last year and I really think he has the potential to be a top star. I’ve enjoyed his fire and his passionate promos and I really believe that these losses will benefit him in the long run. There seems to be a plan in place, I just hope it’s a good one.

Conclusion

It’s such a lull for the first two weeks after Takeover events. They really need to figure out how to make these NXT shows a little more eventful. We saw some big stars, but none of the matches had any real significance to any title picture or anything. It was a forgettable edition of NXT.

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