NXT Arrival is the first mega show for the NXT developmental league. A huge milestone for the future stars of WWE to show us just what they’re made off. I’m not going to lie. Before this, I barely ever watched NXT so I decided to flick on NXT Arrival to see what the deal was with it. And boy was I blown away in as early as the first match!
Sami Zayn vs Antonio Cesaro
You want to talk about a match that can tell a story? This was a fantastic representation of Zayn and Cesaro’s long-running rivalry. The underdog Zayn trying to earn the respect of the accomplished athlete Cesaro in what billed as the “Final Chapter” of their feud. The two put on a wrestling clinic at Arrival which had the NXT fans buzzing all over the place! This match was a great opportunity for these two incredibly talented wrestlers to show us what they’re made off. These two got a good 20 minutes to give us one hell of a performance. I enjoyed the storytelling of the match. Zayn trying to earn the respect of Cesaro by refusing to give up, refusing to die by kicking out of brutal uppercut after brutal uppercut. This match was really a match that hit all the right notes. To those that enjoy the storyline telling of wrestling, to those hardcore fans that just enjoy the technical wrestling part of it, this match is simply up your street. Fantastic finish to the feud.
Mojo Rawley vs CJ Parker
OK, CJ Parker is a very… interesting character. A heel hippie? I’m not sure if this character is going to go that well, especially if he’s a heel. But only time will tell. I love Mojo Rawley’s gimmick of being ultra-hyped all the time! This is definitely the type of guy that would have lucozade with his bowl of Cheerios in the morning! This match wasn’t much good and it really was the breather for fans after that stunning opener between Cesaro and Zayn. I don’t like the fact that Mojo won the match by just sitting on him with his “Hyper Driver”. Again, these two characters are probably characters that are definitely going to be hard for people to get into. It was for me anyway.
Ascension (c) vs Too Cool for the NXT Tag Team Championship
Boy, the returning Too Cool got nothing but the shit kicked out of them in this match against the team of Ascension for the NXT Tag Team titles. This was basically Too Cool being feed to the wolves. I don’t think a squash match like this would help the prestige of the NXT Tag Team Championship when they just beat up two old timers who had like 10% of offense in this match. Also, 75% of the match was just Grandmaster Sexay getting beat up by these two! Then again, Sexay wasn’t exactly as slick as he once was. You can’t really dish out a “You Still Got It” chant at Sexay like!
Paige (c) vs Emma for the NXT Women’s Championship
First of all, I loved Stephanie McMahon coming out and putting over the NXT women’s division. She did a real good job at hyping up the match and the competitors. Also I loved her response to the “You Still Got It” chant by simply stating, “Ladies and gentlemen, I never lost it”! No woman could act as boss as Stephanie in a WWE ring.
The match between Paige and Emma was really good. The fans weren’t into it as much as the Cesaro/Zayn, largely due to the pace being slowed down to show off the skill of these two divas. NXT is the best place to go nowadays if you want to see actually good women’s matches these days. We had a lot of back and forth, and a lot of great spots like Emma’s Sit-Out powerbomb. Somehow, Paige was able to kick out! Interesting to note that Emma’s powerbomb got a “Better Than Batista” chant! I loved that! Also, Emma was a lot more ruthless in the ring as you’d expect. Acting a bit heelish when she was slapping around Paige near the end. Maybe that was just to show that she’s not just some happy-go-lucky diva. She’s got just a mean streak within her as Paige. Paige won with the “Scorpion Cross-Lock” submission hold. I’ve actually seen that move before and it’s really rare to see it in wrestling because it’s so difficult to pull off. But Paige could and Emma was not getting out of that and submitted. Really good match which I think lasted 10+ minutes which I loved to see.
Xaiver Wood vs Tyler Breeze
Errrr… actually this match never actually took place because of a certain tank of a Bulgarian, Alexander Rusev, taking out both men with ease. Making a clear statement before he embraces the main WWE roster with his presence.
Bo Dallas (c) vs Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship
I was a bit disappointed with this ladder match considering all the hype that went into it throughout the show and before that. Neville was awesome in the ring and in a ladder match environment, but the same can’t be said for Bo Dallas. I really don’t get how he lasted 200+ days as champion. In the ring, he seemed really awkward in this match which is a shame for such a historic ladder match.
Bo Dallas, with his face like a rhino’s backside, was not able to stop the flying Geordie from grabbing the title after a “Red Arrow” onto Dallas on the ladder which looked like a pure peach of a finisher. Neville was able to become the fourth ever NXT Champion and ushered in a new era under a champion in NXT.
Definitely a great show! If you haven’t watched it yet, go watch it! It’s basically the show to watch if you’re like me. You never really watched NXT that much and want to know what the fuss was all about. The first match on the show was the greatest indication about why you should tune it. If this is an indication of the future of WWE, then we’re in for one hell of a ride boys and girls!