Previously on the Best and Worst of NXT: Apollo Crews tried to prove himself in a non-title match with the NXT Champion but came up short. He’s promising a “new Apollo Crews,” which we’re hoping involves a full astronaut suit and some people following him around with cameras. Also, Carmella continued her rise to the top to face her best friend for the Women’s Championship, The Hype Bros had an existential realization and Enzo and Cass refuse to accept the fact that American Alpha’s eventually going to make them obsolete.
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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE NXT for Feb. 10, 2016.
Best: Baron Corbin Vs. His Infant Son
This week’s opener is Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano, and the size difference is so extreme it might as well be JBL vs. Hornswoggle. Gargano looks like he should Krang and live inside Corbin’s weird torso.
It’s a lot of fun, though, and I continue to love Corbin’s outstanding beef with anyone who made a name for themselves on the indies. Having Corbin work with guys like Gargano, Rich Swann, and even Sami Zayn is great for him for a lot of reasons. He gets to work with smaller guys, so his natural size gets amped up and he can play the “dominant” card. Those small guys tend to be fast and dynamic, which allows the surprisingly dynamic and always-getting-better Corbin to try some fun stuff like turning a Chad Gable tornado DDT into the End of Days, and look like a million bucks. He also gets an ongoing story that’s relevant for the times and real in the context of the show. Far too often WWE gets a big guy and decides he should only wrestle other big guys. Look at The Undertaker. He didn’t start having what anybody’s consider “great matches” until he traded in Kamala, King Kong Bundy and Giant Gonzalez for Jeff Hardy, Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio.
The more I think about the finish, the more I like it. Corbin dominated most of the match, but Gargano fired up and started putting together some offense and got him on the run. Corbin bailed and took half a lap around the ring getting punched. He had to retreat back into the ring, and that moment of high ground allowed him to recover, hit the End of Days and win the match. It’s dominance without making your opponent look like he can’t hang.
Baron Corbin is my jam.