WWE Wednesday Night Wrestling Wrap-Up
Welcome to week two of the fastest two hours in all of sports and entertainment, the WWE Wednesday night tag team of NXT and the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. Enough small talk, there is wrestling to discuss!
Hour 1: NXT Episode 345
This week’s NXT kicks off with a short video hyping the action for tonight saying that tonight is fight night. We get our soon-to-be updated NXT opening video and we are underway.
NXT Champion Samoa Joe Vs Rhyno: non-title match
Both men start out trying to show they aren’t afraid of the other. Rhyno tries to take Joe down with a shoulder tackle but Joe doesn’t budge. Joe tells Rhyno to try it again. Rhyno tries again and gets the same result. Again Joe tells Rhyno to try and take him down. This time Joe attempts a clothesline as Rhyno comes at him but Rhyno ducks and this time takes down the champ. The two men exchange strikes as the move from one corner to the next, all the way around the ring. Joe reverses an Irish Whip attempt by Rhyno and then takes down the “Man Beast” with a back elbow and an enzuigiri. Rhyno charges into another back elbow from Joe. Joe takes Rhyno down with a snap mare followed by a chop to the back, a kick to the chest and an elbow drop. Rhyno regains control but charges into a boot and some palm strikes from the champ. Joe finishes off Rhyno with an STJoe followed by the Coqunia Clutch for the win.
Winner, by tap out, Samoa Joe.
Backstage, Asuka gets interviewed about the main event of this episode between Bayley and Nia Jax. Asuka is asked who she wants to see win. Asuka: “I fight Bayley. I fight Nia Jax. I fight them both.”
A short video goes over who was drafted from NXT to either Raw or Smackdown as part of the 2016 WWE Draft. For those that might have missed it, Raw drafted Finn Balor and Nia Jax while Smackdown drafted American Alpha, Mojo Rawley, Alexa Bliss and Carmela.
American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) Vs Authors of Pain (Sunny Dhinsa and Selmani Gzim) w/Paul Ellering
Before the match can even begin the Authors of Pain attack American Alpha on the entrance ramp. We go to a quick commercial break so officials can check on Jordan and Gable. When we come back NXT General Manager William Regal, along with other officials and the medics are checking on American Alpha while the Authors of Pain are in the ring. Jordan and Gable ignore those attending to them and storm to the ring where they proceed to dump the AOP. Order is finally restored and the match is underway. Jordan armdrags the monstrous Sunny Dhinsa. For those of you wondering, Dhinsa is the AOP member with the arm tattoo. Gable quickly tags in and they double team Dhinsa in the corner with shoulder blocks followed by a double Northern Lights suplex for a one count. Gzim tags in and they double team Gable with a bear hug – running splash combo made famous by the Twin Towers team of the One Man Gang and the Big Bossman. More double teaming by the AOP until Gable is able to break free and tag in Jordan. Jordan clotheslines down Dhinsa, takes down Gzim with an over-the-head belly-to-belly suplex and then puts Dhinsa down with a gut wrench belly-to-back suplex for two. Gable tags in and proceeds to take down Dhinsa with T-Bone suplex, also for two. AOP tries for a double team but Jordan stops it from the outside only to get leveled by Gzim. Gable locks Dhinsa in an ankle lock. Gzim tries to pull Dhinsa to safety but Jordan leaps over the top rope, down onto Gzim. Dhinsa rolls outside. Gable goes for a baseball slide dropkick by Dhinsa catches him and swings him into the LED board around the ring. Jordan charges at Dhinsa but instead goes shoulder first into the ring steps. The Authors of Pain finish of Gable with their double team Side Russian Leg Sweep/Clothesline combo, that I am calling The Final Chapter, for the win.
Winners by pin fall, Authors Of Pain
Backstage, The Revival is asked what is next for them after taking care of American Alpha last week. They say the AOP should thank them for softening up American Alpha. They go on to say they can’t be beat and are about to clink their belts together when Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa appear. They remind The Revival they have in fact beaten them and the only thing they haven’t done is win the NXT Tag Titles.
Hideo Itami returns in 2 weeks!
Austin Aries Vs Patrick Clark
Clark is one of the people who competed for a WWE contract on the most recent attempt by WWE to bring Tough Enough back to life. Match starts off with Aries getting control pretty quickly. Aries wears out Clark in the corner. Aries with a corner dropkick later followed by a roaring elbow and knee breaker into an inverted suplex and the Last Chancery for the win.
Winner, by tap out, Austin Aries
After the match, as Aries celebrates his easy win, No Way Jose storms out and attacks Aries to pay him back for the sneak attack a few weeks ago. The officials try to break things up but NWJ just keeps coming after Aries until Aries is able to escape by jumping over the ring barricade.
Bayley Vs Nia Jax
Early on Bayley tries several different moves on Nia but with not much success as Nia pretty much just shoves her away every time. Nia catches Bayley out of the corner and drops her down with snake eyes. Jax followed that up by aggressively tossing Bayley into the middle rope and out then out of the ring. Bayley gets back in and takes two elbow drops from Jax before a 3rd elbow drop misses. Jax gets Bayley into a corner and dishes out shoulder to the abs. Bayley fights back, repeatedly slamming the head of Jax into the top turnbuckle. Bayley continues to work over the head of Jax until Jax snatches her and tosses her down like a rag doll. We go to a commercial break and when we come back Jax is stretching Bayley backwards over the middle rope from the outside. Jax puts Bayley in a Million Dollar Dream but Bayley elbows her way out. Bayley goes up top and Jax catches her trying to deliver a cross body and instead drops the former champ in a backbreaker and then tosses Bayley to the outside. Bayley nails Jax with a clothesline off the ring apron. Nia regains control but charges at Bayley, missing, and goes shoulder first into the steps. Bayley catches Jax coming into the ring with a forearm and then snaps Jax down across the middle rope. As Jax continues to struggle to get back in, Bayley gives her a dropkick in the ropes. Nia finally makes her way back in and regains control only to miss a shoulder tackle in the corner and strikes the ring post. Bayley delivers knee lifts to Jax who is laying across the middle rope to the outside, ala Paige. Bayley hits a cross body off the top rope for a two count. Jax blocks an attempt at a Bayley-to-belly and lifts Bayley up for a powerbomb. Bayley reverses that into a pin attempt that gets only two. Bayley ducks two clothesline attempts by Nia only to go down after a full-body attack. Jax drops Bayley down with a JackHammer but only gets two. Jax is stunned. Jax goes for a leg drop and thinks better of it. Jax goes up to the middle rope to deliver the leg drop. Bayley jumps up out of nowhere and delivers a middle rope Bayley-to-belly for the pin.
Winner, by pin fall, Bayley
This episode of NXT ends with Bayley celebrating in the ring as we fade to Filmed in Florida.
Hour Two: WWE Cruiserweight Classic, Episode 2
Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan welcome us to Episode 2 of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. Mauro congratulates Bryan on being named as the new General Manager of Smackdown. Bryan says thank you but he is not here to talk about that but about the CWC. They quickly kick it over to Corey Graves in the WWE CWC Control Center who goes over highlights of last week and previews the action to come in this episode.
WWE CWC First Round Match: Tajiri vs Damien Slater
Tajiri, probably because he is one of the most well-known performers in the tournament, is the first performer to not have a short bio video shown about him prior to a match. Slater and Tajiri shake hands and here we go. Action starts with a collar and elbow tie-up. Slater takes over with a wristlock. Tajiri maneuvers Slater into the ropes and then Tajiri maneuvers himself through the ropes, in the process reversing the wristlock into one of his own. This really impressed the fans in the crowd and the announcers. Later on Slater impressed everyone when he quickly turned a single-leg takedown into a roll through that finished with an inverted bridging fireman’s carry pin attempt. Tajiri takes back control of the match with a palm strike and some kicks. Tajiri locks Slater in a double wrist lock but Slater makes the ropes to break the hold. Slater hits a roundhouse kick to send Tajiri to the outside and then wows the crowds with a corkscrew pescado. Back in the ring and both men exchange kicks until Slater ends the kick battle with a Tornado DDT. Slater delivers a basement knee strike and dropkick. Tajiri regains control only to have Slater take him down with a leg sweep. Tajiri locks Slater in the Tarantula to the delight of the crowd. This was quickly followed by a handspring back elbow and the Buzzsaw Kick for the win.
Winner by pin fall, advancing to Sweet 16, Tajiri
WWE CWC First Found Match: T.J. Perkins Vs Da Mack
Both men get a highlight video prior to the match as would the other four men in the two matches to follow. Perkins, for those that don’t know, is only 31 and has already been wrestling for 18 years. Da Mack is from Germany, calls himself the “Urban German” and wants to be the Michael Jackson of pro wrestling. Perkins considers himself a wrestling Yoda. The action is pretty back and forth to start. Perkins takes Mack down with a twisting headscissors takedown. Perkins does this again and dabs after, popping the crowd. Mack backs Perkins into a corner and chops Perkins, spinning each time he delivers a chop. Perkins shows his tremendous wrestling skills off by turning a Boston Crab into a pendulum. Later Perkins slaps Mack in a Muta Lock. Perkins with a spinning heel kick. Mack with basement dropkick and then gets a near fall following a spin kick. Perkins gets Mack in the corner and delivers a wrecking ball dropkick. Mack later misses a 450 splash, hurting his knee, allowing Perkins to lock in a knee bar for the tapout.
Winner by tapout, advancing to the Sweet 16, T.J. Perkins
WWE CWC First Round Match: Mustafa Ali Vs Lince Dorado
Instead of shaking hands, Ali slaps the hand of Dorado and then attacks Dorado to start the match. Dorado with a headscissors takedown sending Ali out of the ring. Dorado misses a cross body to the outside and Ali follows that with a running knee off the apron. Back in the ring, Dorado misses a dropkick in the corner but hits his feet on the top turnbuckle to flip over and land on his feet. Ali takes Dorado down with a enzuigiri from the outside. Neck breaker by Ali who later misses a double jump moonsault. Enzuigiri by Dorado followed by a springboard hurricanrana. Springboard dropkick by Dorado onto Ali who was standing on the apron. Dorado then with the move of the show, a headscissors off the apron, sending both men crashing to the floor followed by an Asai moonsault. “Holy S—“ chant from the crowd. Back in the ring, Dorado hits a cross body for two. Ali with a jawbreaker. Dorado with a back elbow, roundhouse kick and reverse hurricanrana for two. Both men battle their way up the ropes, standing on opposite sides of the same corner. Ali jumps up from the middle rope on his side of the turn buckles to the top rope on the other side of the turn buckles and takes Dorado down with a Spanish Fly for only a two count. Ali goes for an inverted 450 splash but misses allowing Dorado to hit a shooting star press for three.
Winner by pin fall, advancing to Sweet 16, Lince Dorado
WWE CWW First Round Match: Akira Towza Vs Kenneth Johnson
Both men shake hands before the match. Towza with a wristlock into a headlock. Johnson takes over with a wristlock. Towza tries to roll out of the hold but Johnson rolls with him to maintain it. Towza eventually regains control. Johnson uses ropes to break a wristlock and applies a headlock. Towza rolls through a sunset flip and levels Johnson with a Shinning Wizard for two. Both go back and forth exchanging chops. Towza fakes a chop and instead decks Johnson with a hard right hand. Towza with a senton for two. Towza stuns Johnson with a spin kick followed by a neck cravat takeover into a short abdominal stretch. Towza nails Johnson with a roaring elbow strike. Johnson with a single-leg dropkick. Towza goes for a German suplex but Johnson flips through it to land on his feet. Both men drop each other with a clothesline. Forearm battle in the middle of the ring until Towza fires off a series of forearm strikes. Johnson ducks a roaring elbow and hits a code breaker like move for a very near fall. Johnson misses a 360 knee drop off the middle rope. Towza with a snap German suplex followed by a dead-lift German suplex for the win.
Winner by pin fall, advancing to Sweet 16, Akira Towza
-Samoa Joe is simply on another level from almost everybody else in NXT and he has been for a long, long time.
-The video of the NXT talent getting drafted was very good, but it made me sad to see Bayley hugging those going up before her.
-American Alpha is going to be HUGE on Smackdown. As good as they are, I have a feeling we have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their abilities as a duo.
-Jason Jordan was born for the hot tag! The term “house of fire” was probably created for him.
-Authors of Pain have a chance to really be something special if allowed to be. They have the size that will allow them to be monsters, not just in NXT but also on the main roster. They can be what they tried to make the Ascension into and failed, a team to follow in the footsteps of the Road Warriors and Demolition.
-I have to say it again but The Revival is very under-rated on the mic.
-I’m ready to have Hideo back!
-Austin Aries should be in for a bigger spot in NXT once this draft dust settles.
-Ticked of No Way Jose is a welcome way to create depth for his character.
-Bayley is almost too good for her own good. I know a lot of people are upset that she wasn’t drafted but I think that means bigger things for her. I personally would rather her not be drafted and then show up say the night after SummerSlam, on Raw, and confront Sasha Banks after both women win gold over the weekend. Then have Bayley work NXT some more to get the new crop ready and then let us have Bayley vs Sasha for the Women’s Title at WrestleMania 33.
-Damien Slater needs to be signed to a WWE deal, ASAP.
-Ditto for T.J Perkins, Da Mack, Mustafa Ali, Lince Dorado and Akira Towza.
-Well, maybe not Kenneth Johnson.
-For the second straight week the NXT/CWC 2-hour block was a major success.
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