WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from October 28
The vendetta between Samoa Joe and Tyler Breeze came to an end Wednesday night, but it was the return of a tag team to the NXT Arena that popped the crowd, a beatdown by two vicious and ruthless heels that catapulted them into tag team contention and the disturbing dominance of a rookie Diva that put the rest of the roster on notice.
Joe defeated Breeze and essentially ended his stint in NXT, sending him away to Raw and SmackDown with a Coquina Clutch.
Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson brutalized Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore, thus sending a message to the NXT locker room that they are the next in line for the tag team titles.
Speaking of tag teams, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan were the recipients of a tremendous ovation as they squared off with, and beat, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa.
While Emma defeated one newcomer, essentially proving to Asuka that she is ready to take her on, Nia Jax bulldozed over Kay Lee Ray to further establish her dominance.
How did each segment and match grade out, though, according to overall quality and effectiveness?
Take a look for yourself.
Shazza McKenzie vs. Emma
Just weeks removed from being essentially punked out by Asuka at TakeOver, Emma returned to the squared circle to battle newcomer Shazza McKenzie.
With the NXT faithful paying homage to the native land of both competitors with a spirited chant of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie," the two women waged war. While Shazza nearly scored a monumental upset off a roll-up, it was Emma who picked up the victory with her Emma Lock submission.
Emma defeated Shazza
This writer was wondering when the focus would shift back to Emma, who had been positioned as the next threat to Asuka dating back to TakeOver. This was a fine way to reintroduce her, while also giving fans a look at the exciting new talent in Shazza, who is hoping to stick with the developmental brand and continue the legacy of phenomenal women's wrestling.
Dana Brooke was fantastic here as well, yelling into Emma and demanding she break her opponent. A vastly improved worker whose arrogance is a major attribute, she is proving to be quite effective outside the squared circle as well.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan
Two young teams squared off Wednesday night as Chad Gable and Jason Jordan returned to the NXT Arena amid a gigantic ovation for their match with Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa.
The latter duo showed fine double-team maneuvers while working over the massively popular Gable but were not able to put him away. Chants of "save the Gable" filled the arena, and a hot tag to Jordan accomplished just that.
Jordan exploded into the ring, dropping the straps of his singlet and unleashing a series of suplexes to his opponents.
Despite a last ditch effort by Gargano to save the match for his team with a slingshot DDT, it was the Grand Amplitude by Jordan and Gable that won the match.
Chad Gable and Jason Jordan defeated Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa
This is what makes NXT so incredibly fun to watch. Two exciting teams had 15 minutes to work, with a crowd incredibly hot for the babyfaces fueling them the entire duration.
Gargano and Ciampa are fantastic, clear veterans of the independent scene, while Jordan and Gable have such an energy around them that the crowd cannot help but erupt when they take to the ring.
Gable is a star in the making, a rare mix of personality and in-ring ability, not unlike Kurt Angle. While he has a long way to go before he reaches the level that the Olympic gold medalist did as a worker, he certainly has every opportunity to be a huge star for WWE for years to come, if backstage politics and concern about his size can be ignored.
Kay Lee Ray vs. Nia Jax
Kay Lee Ray was the unfortunate soul to enter the same ring as Nia Jax, who returned to the squared circle on this week's show.
There was a bright ray of hope (pun intended) for Kay Lee, but a springboard attempt resulted in a big spinebuster and a leg drop for the pin and win for Jax.
Nia Jax defeated Kay Lee Ray
This was little more than a squash match to highlight Nia Jax, and with that in mind, it worked to perfection. As NXT officials found out with Baron Corbin, though, there is a fine line to walk when it comes to those squash matches so as to not overwhelm the fans with them.
The sooner Jax is allowed to mix it up with the established Divas in longer matches, the better off she will be. That she has been working those same women in house shows will only help lessen the learning curve.
For now, her use is effective. Let it run on too long, though, and there will be a problem.
Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson Attack Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
Before the tag match between Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson and Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady could get started, the heels jumped the babyfaces and assaulted them on the entrance ramp.
With Amore down, the duo worked on downing the giant Big Cass, injuring his knee.
The heels stood tall to end the segment.
This was short and sweet, an old-school beatdown that established Dash and Dawson as a truly dangerous threat to the tag team division. In many ways, it was reminiscent of the old beatings dealt by The Four Horsemen to their rivals.
A team that has come on strong since TakeOver: Respect and its Dusty Rhodes Classic match against Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, Dash and Dawson are well on their way to making considerable noise in the tag team division.
Samoa Joe vs. Tyler Breeze
The issues that developed between Samoa Joe and Tyler Breeze two weeks ago came to a head this week as they met in the night's main event.
Joe started hot, landing a suicide dive through the ropes as the match headed to commercial break. Breeze, though, took over control. A Uranage Slam out of the corner turned the tide in terms of momentum.
A Supermodel Kick from Breeze proved to be a last-gasp effort by the longtime NXT star to put away Joe, but it was unsuccessful.
A countered O'Connor Roll ended with Joe trapping Breeze in the Coquina Clutch for the tapout win.
Samoa Joe defeated Tyler Breeze
NXT is going to miss Tyler Breeze. There simply is no accounting for how selfless a worker he is. He puts guys over, despite having been in developmental longer and having every right to be frustrated by his lack of a main-roster call-up. Now that he has been promoted to the big dance, the brand will be lacking a cornerstone of sorts.
Joe looked strong here, but more importantly, he looked like a motivated worker who understands he is in line for a fairly big push in the coming weeks. His work was crisper and more convincing than it was previously and he looks like a guy who has finally settled into his role in NXT.