I’d never been to a live WWE event until last Friday when NXT hit Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.
I got a ticket that skint me 45quid, but it was was worth every penny.
So.. NXT kicked off with a pre recorded video featuring Triple H, which got the crowd pumped up.
First match on the card was Tag team match: Enzo & Cass V Blake & Murphy.
When The former entered the arena, a few things were clear. Enzo & Cass are well over. When they picked up the mic, many of the fans knew every word they’d say. There was a lot of youth in the crowd too, which goes to show how popular NXT as a brand has become, especially when you consider the target audience.
This match kicked off the show well. There was a sequence where Big Cass got the hot tag and hit a lot of power moves that the crowd were really into.
Enzo & Cass got the win, much to the crowds delight.
Next up was Bull Dempsey v Tye ‘the perfect 10’ Dillinger.
This match seemed more about comedic value than wrestling, schoolboy stuff. Bull taking dillingers placard and raising it above his head as his opponent gets angry. Then there was a half arsed cartwheel from Bull. I don’t mind matches with a but of humour, and I guess it worked because if it hadn’t, then I doubt Dempsey’s wrestling ability could have made up for it.
‘Bull fit’ won the match.
The ring announcer quickly got used the the big ‘one fall!’ shouts when announcing the matches, a regular occurrence at any ICW event.
Alexa Bliss V Asuka
Asuka was made to feel welcome here. And she does give the women’s division a much needed spark. The pace of the match was more about Bliss going on the offensive until Asuka made the babyface comeback and applied the cross faced chicken wing for the win.
Baron Cornin V Neville
We were all pleasantly surprised to see Neville in Glasgow. The match has some pretty good moments. Neville being allowed to show his athleticism, which I was expecting less of given it was a house show.It was a good match but I’m not so sure how good Corbin actually is yet. I guess I need to watch more often. Neville sold a lot for Corbin and in the end, Neville nailed the red arrow for the pinfall.
Jordan & Gable v Dash & Dawson
Great match and a massive ovation for Jordan & Gable. They are an excellent tag team with tons of potential. Chants of ‘save the gable’ a reference to the New Day could be heard. The current champions got a dirty win in the end but I don’t think we’ll be waiting too long before Jordan & Gable get the gold.
Apollo Crews v Samoa Joe
When Apollo Crews’ music hit, the Glasgow audience gave him a decent reception but it didn’t quite compare to the reaction Samoa Joe received. He’s a guy who everyone knows and the crowd weren’t caring for the face/heel concept for this one. Another great match that culminated in a win for Joe after he’d hit the muscle buster. I really hope WWE don’t make a mess of things when Joe and Balor are moved to the main roster.
Bayley V Emma
I was genuinely excited about seeing Bayley after having seen the phenomenal matches she had with Sasha banks. On the night she squared off with another great talent in Emma. This was a really good match on a night filled with great matches. Perhaps Bayley didn’t understand the Scottish so well as we shouted ‘Bayley, Geez a hug, Bayley Bayley geez a hug’. The match gave the crowd what they wanted and Bayley won with the Bayley to Belly suplex. – I must say however, that A great wrestler like her needs to have a better finisher.
Finn Balor V Sammy Zayn
Chants of Olé filled the arena as fans anxiously awaited the arrival of Sami Zayn. Balor and Zayn had an epic main event match with great flurries of offence from both sides, near falls, and drama, all coming to an end withThe NXT Champion getting the pinfall and retaining his title. Balor had dealt out some references to Scotland’s own Grado, having mimicked Grado’s walk and shouting ‘It’s yersel’ – setting off the crowd with ‘IC Dub’ chants. It doesn’t seem so long ago that Balor who was known as Prince Devitt at the time, was wrestling in ICW. Balor knew exactly were he was and made sure we’d get a great main event.