The Best And Worst Of WWE NXT 11/20/14: We’re Just Creating Awareness

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Please click through for the Best and Worst of WWE NXT for November 20, 2014.


Worst: A Whole Lotta Nothing

The worst episodes of NXT are the ones where nothing happens.

That’s one of the things I love most about the show. Stuff happens. People debut, they change, they get characters, they have motivations. They win, they lose, they finish up their stories and the “graduate,” or they stagnate and start the process again. That’s a sense of purpose to it. But sometimes you get these filler episodes that’re more or less a “resthold” for a 4-hour taping. They’re infuriating, but not because they’re bad; it’s because they exist in place of a real episode.

The show opens with Bayley vs. Becky Lynch. Normally, that should be pretty good. They’re sorta serving as the Number Twos of the NXT Women’s Champion and her top challenger. They both can go. Instead of getting a good match (or something that moved along the story, or anything), we get a short, Raw-esque match with a finish that barely makes sense and goes nowhere. Bayley goes up top to hit a move, but Becky’s already up and moving out of the way before she’s ready. So Bayley kinda jumps off with a knee to nothing and Becky wanders out onto the apron. There’s no reason for her to, mind you, besides “it’s part of the finish.” Sasha gets on the perpendicular apron and distracts nobody, allowing Becky to choke Bayley across the top rope, roll her up and pin her with a handful of tights. After the match they tease her, and Charlotte runs them off.

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