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WWE NXT preview (March 11, 2015): There is no planet B

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Last Week

Full Sail is a regular Grand Central Station these days.  Last week, the Exotic Express rode the rails back to NXT, and Adam Rose remembered what it was like to wrestle in front of people who give a crap about him.  That didn't help him win, but he got in a lot of offense against Tyler Breeze.  And the Rosebuds get an assist on one of the show's best moments when Prince Pretty drove them off with his selfie stick.

Poor Carmella is like a baby bird after the tag champs propositioned her.  Enzo and Big Cass aren't going to let Blake & Murphy talk to the Realest Girl like that, and they plan to come for the tag belts, too.  The Australian and the other one didn't do any gabbing last week, but they did put down the newly outfitted Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins, who were representing their amateur wrestling background more than...whatever it is they used to rep.

Baron Corbin continues to end the days of any enhancement talent he runs into in the ring, while his old rival Bull Dempsey kept up his losing ways in a match against the recently debuted Solomon Crowe.  While all that was going on, NXT champ Kevin Owens bullied Alex Riley a bit - which was enough to send A-Ry straight to the General Manager's office, where he agreed to turn in a microphone for mat work in order to earn a shot at KO.

Meanwhile, the former NXT titleholder is back from the Middle East.  But he had to return to his, and Owens', French-Canadian roots to get his thoughts, emotions and plans in order for a return to Orlando and renewed pursuit of the top belt.  Big Kev might want to keep his eye on that situation, but he did learn that he has a date with #1 contender Finn Bálor in the week preceding WrestleMania.

Jaded by her time on the main roster, Emma had some pessimistic counsel for Bayley after the Hugster tried to give Charlotte a pep talk.  That chat may or may not have helped, but the Nature Girl did have it in her to withstand a furious attack by Women's champ Sasha Banks.  Unfortunately, she didn't have it in her to kick out when The Boss used the ropes for leverage on a roll-up, and Charlotte's attempt to reclaim the belt she held for most of last year failed.

But why are you reading me writing about, when you could be listening to William Regal tell you why it was superb:

This Week

Banks may not have long to savor her win, because a little pixie whose nose she broke announced her plans to come after the Baddest Diva in NXT.  Alexa Bliss doesn't even care about the title, she just wants revenge.

It's been a mixed bag for the show since Rival - and that's without even processing the reports of former head trainer Bill Demott's methods.  While I'm still not sure how I feel about acts like Rhyno, The Brian Kendrick, Rose and Riley becoming more prominent features on Wednesday night, the Creative team deserves credit for addressing the very mid-card I was complaining about last week.

Last week gave Banks a challenger in Bliss, a potential tag title feud (and I may have ragged on the tag champs out of left field heel turn, but they did use a quick promo to set-up a legit program with the Enzo & Cass, so it's not all bad) and Dark Emma as the next phase in the evolution of Bayley.

If they don't relegate Jason Jordan to the forgotten ideas bin with Marcus Louis, and if he has something to do with Dawkins and Fulton suddenly embracing their Greco-Roman roots, we could even have a second tag storyline for the first time in a long time.

And if you noticed that I haven't talked about Alex Riley getting top billing this week as he tried to earn Regal's blessing to face Owens, it's because I'm blocking it out.  I will be rooting for CJ Parker for the first time in...ever...tonight, though.

(Note: I know some folks have come looking for a more definitive match listing - we strictly avoid NXT spoilers here at Cageside central. If releases or the performers tweet more information on anything that's officially going to take place on tonight's show, that'll be updated here.  If anyone wants to put a match listing in the comments, please use spoiler tags.)

What should the powers-that-be at NXT turn their attention to fixing next?

It's a good problem to have - wondering how a good wrestling show could be perfect.  Give us your thoughts on that, and be back here tonight for the open thread and reactions to another episode of NXT!

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