The Next Day NXT Review – James Storm Debuts

Episode Air Date: 10/21/2015

Welcome to the newest series here on Nerdopotamus, “The Next Day NXT Review.” It’s exactly what it sounds like. NXT airs on the WWE Network on Wednesday. So, from now on, every Thursday, I’ll drop another one of these.

Since that’s out of the way, let’s move on.


Apollo Crews is the big story coming out of last week. He won a battle royal, and became number one contender for Finn Balor’s NXT Championship. That is a feud I am beyond excited to see play out. The matches should be stellar.

The show begins. 

Our first match is Asuka vs. Billie Kay. Through a pre-recorded promo, we learn that Billie Kay and Asuka have actually wrestled before, which was an interesting development. Unfortunately, it didn’t factor in very much.

Man, Asuka is terrifying (Courtesy of
Man, Asuka is terrifying (Courtesy of

They had a solid back and forth for a few minutes, and then Asuka took control, and won. She’s on a clear path to the top right now. She’s far too good not to be. I mean, her wrestling Bayley would be a show stopper. People would certainly be talking, and the #WomensWrestling movement would only gain more steam.

Before the next match, we were treated to a promo by Tyler Breeze, who called out Samoa Joe. They’re going to go toe to toe on next week’s show, and it should be dynamite.

Onto the next one:

The Realest Guys in the Room (Enzo Amore and Big Cas) and The Mechanics (Dash and Dawson) are two of my two favorite tag teams right now. I’m a little disappointed at the match they put on. It wasn’t bad, it was just quick. Before I knew it, Enzo Amore rolled up one of The Mechanics, and scored the three count, winning the match for him and Big Cas.

With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the post-match. After they caught the loss, Dash and Dawson flipped, and tore through Enzo and Big Cas. They laid them both out, making one hell of a statement.

The Mechanics take it to Big Cas (Courtesy of
The Mechanics take it to Big Cas (Courtesy of

After that, we were “treated” to a promo from Eva Marie. The WWE clearly wants her to stay relevant, but they also seem to have realized that it’s too soon for her to be earning that relevancy in televised matches. Let her work with Brian Kendrick for another decade or so, and then I’m sure she’ll get there.

From there, it was time for James Storm to make his debut (as you can see from the title and featured image). This was the first time I ever saw him wrestle. I’ve seen him push Mickie James in front of a train, and I have to be honest – that made a bigger impression on me. That was hilarious.

James Storm destroys his opponent (Courtesy of
James Storm destroys his opponent (Courtesy of

His match here wasn’t terrible, but it was nothing to write home about, either. Don’t get me wrong, though, I am excited to see where he goes. Hopefully they put Storm up against somebody interesting. That way, I can understand all this hype.

Once the storm subsided in Full Sail, Alexa Bliss and Peyton Royce took to the ring for a singles match. This was quick and easy. Peyton got some offense in the beginning. Then Alexa Bliss turned it around, and eventually put her opponent away with a Sparkle Splash. After she got the three count, Bliss picked up the microphone and called out Bayley.

Alexa Bliss spitting hot fire (Courtesy of
Alexa Bliss spitting hot fire (Courtesy of

I’ll be hyped if that’s Bayley’s next feud. I think Alexa Bliss is great.

Finally, we’ve reached the main event of the episode: Baron Corbin vs. Rhyno.

This wasn’t a wrestling match – it was a brawl. Those two big dudes went into the ring, and hit each other hard for a while. If that’s what you’re into, then you’ll love this main event.

Personally, I wasn’t into it. So much so, that I genuinely can’t figure out anything nice to say about the match. Instead of continuing to try, and then angrily deleting everything I type – I’m going to finish this article out. Overall, this was a good episode of NXT. I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen episodes of Monday Night Raw that were a million times worse. So, you know…take that for what it’s worth.

Anyway, I’ll see you guys next week for Tyler Breeze vs. Samoa Joe. That’s actually how this episode went off the air. Corey Graves segued to Samoa Joe, who then went and cut a blistering promo on Prince Pretty. Can’t wait to see them get in a ring together.

Until then, I’m out!


Joseph Finnegan