Remember when Spring Break meant something? You know, before you came of age with a job and bills to pay? Those were the days.
NXT wants to take you back in time with Spring Breakin’. Claire does what she does best, jotting down every punch, kick, and power slam, while I use my noggin to tell you what it all means.
Let’s talk spring break†
This is the year of the Grimey man, Ragtime
Is Cameron Grimes a true champion or just a lucky man? That was the question that came Spring Breakin’. De Grimey, trying to prove himself, took on Solo Sikoa and former North American champion Carmelo Hayes in a triple threat match.
How can it not be dope, right?
As is assumed by all eyes, unlike the post office lately, this match has been delivered. It started with Carmelo throwing shots at both men as he usually likes to assert his dominance as soon as we hear the drone. Instead of teaming up against the A Champ—yes, that’s what they still called him—Solo and Cameron quickly turned to fight each other the second Hayes was out of the picture. Melo’s insistence on beating everyone at their own game defined his run as a champion. Grimes focuses, at least so far, on doing everything alone. His emotional motivation to get the best belt from NXT motivates him to prove to his late father that he can really wear his own belt. Admirable, maybe a little silly, but I get it. In fact, that whole idea of doing it dolo carried through to the end.
But we’ll get there.
While the first two acts of the competition were good, the third act took it to big territory. Yes, we got false finishes and great counters, like Melo countering the Cave In with a Codebreaker or Sikoa easily overpowering both men, but it was the build-up of these moves that made a difference. Every gesture felt important and like a realistic ending. However, the actual ending was indicative of the man Cameron Grimes wants to be champions of, and the fact that a match of this caliber is still new territory for Solo.
Sikoa lost sight of Grimes and hoisted Hayes onto his shoulders for a Samoan Drop. Grimes, out of nowhere, hit Sikoa with a Cave In from the top rope, stunning the solo act and stunning the A champion.
1-2-3. Cameron Grimes retains in his first major test as North American champion. The audience and this writer – sorry, Sean – were incredibly pleased.
What does it all mean for the two losers? Solo grabbed the pin, meaning Melo is out for a one-on-one rematch IF they choose to go that direction. I think it’s time for him to move on to bigger and better things. Especially if it means giving Bron Breakker something good to do as redemption for this cross-dressing angle with Joe Gacy. Solo proved he can stay with the big boys, so look for him to stay in this title picture for the foreseeable future.
Diamonds are not forever
Malcolm Bivens is gone and the diamond mine continues to grow. Before we get into that, the tag match between the Brothers Creed and the Viking Raiders was quite the drool. The main story was that the Creeds were looking for redemption after their loss in the tag gauntlet a few weeks ago.
And they were about to do just that. Refusing to give up or give in, they took every shot the Raiders threw their way. Ivar and Erik even isolated Brutus for a few minutes and gave him the beating of his life. Ivar power bombarded Erik on Brutus followed by Ivar taking to the skies for a giant splash. Despite all that, Brutus refused to stop.
The Creeds eventually got the W, but that was thanks to the intervention of Roderick Strong. Neither the referee nor the Creeds saw Strong, so Julius and Brutus were beside themselves when they saw the replay.
This is Roddy’s way out of the mine eventually. Who can beat or beat him in a match to send him on his way? I wish the answer was Ivy Nile, but something tells me it won’t be her.
Nathan Frazer. That’s the man who gave the public something to cheer about when he defeated Grayson Waller, Public Enemy #1. And it was a decent game too. While the ending didn’t quite do it for me, as Andre Chase blew an air horn knocking Grayson out of his game, it was a great moment to watch Frazer hit the pin and the W.
Not really a team
Nikkita Lyons and Lash Legend wrote another chapter in their feud this week. Nikkita teamed up with Cora Jade while Lash hooked her wagon to the star that is Natalya. And it was a fun match with a lot of emotion from all the women involved. Sometimes it seemed like both teams hated each other, which I always appreciate.
Two things here: Nikkita can really move in that ring and is incredibly agile. Second, the ending played into Nattie’s arrogance perfectly. While Lash had the upper hand, Nattie went to extremes, giving her partner a dropkick instead of her opponent. That was the beginning of the end for Lash and Nattie, losing all their momentum.
Cora Jade took the win for her team.
this is stupid
Bron Breakker and Joe Gacy’s feud is, to quote the late great Big Punisher, “triznash.” That’s “trash” for you non-rap fans. I was hoping against hopes that their NXT Championship match would save their beef. Yes, it didn’t. Not only was the match incredibly abrupt, but it lacked pop. Nothing was sloppy, their timing was right and they did what they had to do. But the chemistry was barely there and the story in the match made it even more of a dud.
I don’t blame either man. Their hands were tied going into this match. Not to mention that they only had 10 minutes to tell a story which is really nothing for a world title match.
To make matters worse, the end! In addition to the match just finishing on the flattest note, we got more people in hooded robes. Did they do anything? Who knows. The camera stopped before we could tell if they were attacking Bron or if Bron was attacking them or if they were part of Gacy’s ghostly entourage.
The whole thing is a mess and it was a terrible way to end a pretty good show.
Godfather Part IV
I’m always up for mafia stuff. Even if it’s stupid mafia stuff with no defined stakes. What ‘issues’ are Santos Escobar and Tony D’Angelo arguing about? Not quite sure. take over NXT? Are they engaged in an import/export business? It’s not defined, but I love seeing it in action. Even though it took a little too long and both guys started repeating themselves.
There was no truce, even though both sides agreed. LdF kidnapped – of course – AJ Galante in a… parking lot… after their meeting. I’m not even getting my hopes up, there is a solution here.
Stella and I joke that sometimes NXT feels like a high school movie or sitcom. We fully realized that this week with everything to do with Toxic Attraction and Wendy Choo. Wendy ruined Mandy’s visit to a tanning salon, then Choo and Roxanne Perez ruined Jacy Jayne and GiGi Dolin’s beach trip.
No, don’t feel. The main storylines for the main belts in NXT are hardly written for children.
This was an uneven show. It started off incredible, as NXT often does. But was inconsistent at best after that, with a terrible main event that, sadly, resembles a battle of a lengthy and painful war between Bron and Gacy.
That’s my grade and I’m sticking to it. Your turn.