Welcome back to the weekly NXT review. My schedule wouldn't allow me to post this on Thursday morning as usual so I hope you'll forgive me.
You can watch this week's episode on Hulu.
The show was stacked and a must-see for anyone looking for a match of the year candidate. Antonio Cesaro and Sami Zayn took part in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match and it received praise from almost everyone on the planet.
Also, AJ Lee appeared on NXT to wrestle the adorable Bayley. Enough of the introduction and let us get into the show!
Alex Riley and Tom Phillips were on commentary this week.
Bayley vs. AJ Lee for the Divas Championship
The match began with a "Hug it out!" chant. Yes, Bayley wanted to give Lee a hug and AJ would have none of it. As for the fight, it was pretty slow but well-thought-out. It didn't seem like these have two worked together before.
It was a storyline match (centering around Bayley's need for a hug from Lee), but I wasn't impressed. Eventually, Lee hit the Shining Wizard for the victory and there were no hugs given.
AJ Lee defeated Bayley via pinfall to retain her Divas title.
Backstage, Tyler Breeze continued to play his gimmick to perfection by taking more selfies. NXT newbie Lexi Kaufman was stopped by Breeze and he asked her to take a picture of him. While he posed, CJ Parker, the photobomber of NXT, ruined his picture. Breeze stormed off like a little girl and said, "It is ruining my life!"
Michael Zaki and Ron Hicks vs. The Ascension (Rick Victor & Conor O'Brian)
This was a classic squash match. The Ascension dominated like always. Victor and O'Brian displayed their impressive power game. These two remind me of the Ministry of Darkness. An entrance and style such as theirs could really sell in the WWE today.
I've said this before: They will be extremely successful on the main roster.
The Ascension defeated Michael Zaki and Ron Hicks by pinfall.
Next up, we saw the debut of the improved CJ Parker. He has been photobombing for many weeks now and it is his time to display his moves.
CJ Parker vs. Baron Corbin
Parker also faced a jobber at NXT, so we all know the outcome. After you watch his match, tell me if you had the sudden urge to revisit the 1970s and become, well, psychedelic. His music emulated a song of The Rolling Stones or Eric Clapton. Someone help me and think of a 70s band that reminds you of Parker's entrance music.
His match took up a few minutes. I cannot really analyze it, but he shows signs of promise.
CJ Parker defeated Baron Corbin by pinfall.
Renee Young interviewed Parker after the match and he said that he found what he's looking for. Parker is going with the flow and having a little fun. "Pump the breaks and mellow out," Parker told Young. Just as he was talking about ruining Breeze's pictures, Breeze comes out.
The two went back-and-forth on the mic. It was actually quite entertaining. I'm a fan of Breeze more and more.
Dolph Ziggler came to show off next!
Alexander Rusev then made his debut on NXT and he came out with a wooden board with "Ziggler" on it.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alexander Rusev
I must say this: Rusev will be a future world heavyweight champion. This was the first time I saw him wrestle and I could already tell. Comment below and let me know your opinion on Rusev. He is a big guy, agile and technical as well.
The match was great. Ziggler sold to perfection and Rusev showed the world that he could fly high. Although Rusev did not pick up the victory, it was a strong showing for a rookie. Look for Rusev to be a part of the main roster within one year.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Alexander Rusev by pinfall.
Sami Zayn vs. Antonio Cesaro in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
Zayn and Cesaro could be the match of the year. There isn't much analysis I can put on it because I would not do it justice. Zayn did win the first fall pretty easily. That did not mean the match would go quickly, however.
It's quite astonishing how incredible this match really was. I'm sitting here laughing like a schoolgirl in awe. The match was awe-inspiring and the rest of the NXT roster should have been watching and taking notes.
There was heart, soul, courage, high-flying, brute strength and incredible wrestling. You will not see action quite like this anywhere else.
The show is worth watching just for this match.
Antonio Cesaro defeated Sami Zayn by pinball.
Thanks for being patient for the review. Until next Thursday, my friends, I bid you adieu.