By Emerson Witner, Wrestling Observer.com and Wrestling Outsiders Podcast
The Big News:
Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte to retain her Women’s Championship, and Sami Zayn announced he probably won’t be back until 2016.
Jason Jordan & Chad Gable defeated Elias Sampson & Steve Cutler
We kick things off with the new team of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, as they take on Steve Cuter and Elias Sampson. Gable has been bugging Jordan for weeks about being a team and Jordan, after weeks of turning Chad down, finally gave in last week.
Jordan didn’t want to tag Gable in at first, but did after Chad’s insistence. Gable looked good for a few seconds until Cutler and Sampson got the heat on him. Jordan helped with the comeback and they won with an alley oop back suplex with a bridge, much to the delight of Jordan.
Samoa Joe submitted Axl Tischer
Axl is from Germany and in the words of Art Donovan “He’s a BIG BOY!” A handful of fans chanted “Joe is gonna kill you” and Axl got a little bit of offense, but this was a Samoa Joe offensive exhibition. Axl connected with a boot to the mouth, but got dropped with the corner uranage. Joe won with a Muscle Buster and then the Coquina Clutch.
-We got a Baron Corbin video package where he claimed to have won 4 football conference championships by himself. He also claimed to be the baddest man in the NFL. Corbin’s video was all about how he is better than Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, who are people who wrestled in front of 50 people and are popular on the internet.
-Eva Marie is out next to the biggest reaction on the show. Of course it was entirely negative, but Eva appeared to be pretending that she was being cheered. She announced she is wrestling next week. I quit. Can I review Superstars instead?
NXT Tag Team Champions Blake & Murphy (w/Alexa Bliss) defeated Angelo Dawkins & Sawyer Fulton
The champs are in the house. Blake and Murphy taking on Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton. Why don’t Blake and Murphy have first names anymore? Your guess is as good as mine. Dawkins looked good, like he always does. I wonder if he will ever get an actual push on the show?
The champs grounded Dawkins, getting the heat with the Developmental Chinlock. Dawkins fought back and got oh so close to making the hot tag, but Blake ran around to the other side of the ring and tripped Fulton up. The champs put their foes away with the Running Suplex/Frog Splash.
-After the match the champions attacked Fulton and beat him down some more, while Alexa stood on the middle rope, shouting encouragement. Finally the champs propelled their manager into the air and she delivered the Sparkle Splash to Fulton.
-Sami Zayn is here! The fifth NXT Champion came out with his arm in a sling. The fans seemed to be reserved at first, perhaps expecting Kevin Owens (or someone) to come out to the theme instead, but got excited when the man himself came out.
Sami said he hasn’t forgotten about the fans and is happy they haven’t forgotten him either. Zayn’s update is that things aren’t going very well. 2014 was the best year of his career, ending with the highest of highs. Then we go to 2015, which has stunk. He announced he probably won’t be back until next year. His goals are to find a comfortable spot to sleep in, to raise his arm more than 90 degrees and to come back and win the NXT Championship.
He stated there is no better motivator than revenge and he is going to get his revenge on Kevin Owens. Even though Kevin is on Raw every week, when Sami’s arm heals he is coming for Kevin.
-Mr. William Regal announced during Comic Con last weekend that the rematch has been signed. August 22nd at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn it will be Finn Balor defending the NXT Championship against Kevin Owens.
Kevin told Finn to enjoy being champion while it lasted. Finn then talked about how great it was to win the NXT Title in Tokyo and how it was a dream come true.
NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks submitted Charlotte
These two ladies were once members of The Beautiful Fierce Females, but that crumbled when Charlotte won the championship at NXT Takeover in May 2014. These two battled at NXT Takeover: R Evolution and then Sasha won the belt in a 4-way at NXT Takeover: Rival.
These two ladies fought like two people who had wrestled each other plenty of times before. We had counters, reversals, reversal of counters, counter of reversals and that was just the first 5 minutes. Sasha got the heat by dropping her knees right into the mid-section of Charlotte. Charlotte did a Flair Flop at one point, so Sasha mocked her by doing the strut.
Sasha hit the Back Stabber, but didn’t turn it into the Bank Statement like usual. Instead she stretched Charlotte completely backwards before locking on a head scissors. Charlotte got a near fall with a Spear, Sasha got one with a backslide and then another with a really cool cross armed neck breaker.
Sasha freaked out when Charlotte kicked out of a Victory Roll and went for the Figure Four, but Charlotte kicked her off and slapped on the move herself! Charlotte also ripped out a handful of her own hair. They rolled into the ropes and Charlotte fell to the floor, still in the hold, so it hurt Sasha’s knee even more.
After more roll ups Sasha locked on the Bank Statement and Charlotte eventually tapped out.
-Sasha cried as she was handed her belt after this hard fought victory. The ladies hugged as the credits rolled and that will do it for this week! We are on the road to NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, so join us next week for more NXT. Until then, make sure to say your vitamins and take your prayers!