Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE NXT: We continued our cripplingly slow march to NXT TakeOver: Dallas. We’re almost there, I swear.
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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE NXT for March 30, 2016.
Best: Tag Team Warmups
So this week’s show is the final episode from the batch of tapings that started in like, 1985. It’s the final show before TakeOver: Dallas (and WrestleMania weekend), so it’s a very “go-home Smackdown” sort of episode. A lot of video packages, a lot of TakeOver hype, and a few squash matches.
The best of these, in my opinion, are the tag team matches that serve as “warmups” for the NXT Tag Team Championship match at TakeOver. They’re so symmetrical that WWE Fan Nation put them in the same clip. In the first, American Alpha throw around John Skyler and Corey Hollis. It’s probably the best Skyler and Hollis have looked as enhancement talent, but that could be due to the fact that Jason Jordan can seemingly throw them into the sun. The Grand Amplitude looks better than ever here. Usually it’s like, “here, let me hand you this guy.” On this episode, it’s like they threw a dude down an elevator shaft.
In the second, The Revival take on Steve Cutler and Tucker Knight. This one’s built around the idea that The Revival can make any match their match, and that being outsized by their opponents isn’t a big deal. Jason Jordan’s a deceptively gigantic guy, so having Dawson and Wilder outsmart a 300-pounder in Tucker Knight and just kinda lure him into a trap before finishing him off is what we needed to see. American Alpha have all the talent and momentum in the world, but they’re unproven on the big stage, and The Revival’s all about formulating a gameplan and executing. Both matches feature the other team watching backstage monitors in the classic “shoulder-first” style.
I still think the only call at TakeOver is to have American Alpha take the gold, but I like that they’ve taken the time to show us exactly why either team could win.