TJ Clair here bringing you the Play by play for NXT out of Full Sail University.
The show starts with Tom Phillips announcing that we will hear from NXT Women's Champion Asuka. Corey Graves announces a match with NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. We then get the entrance of TM61, followed by Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari from the Cruiserweight Classics Tournament.
TM61 vs. Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari
Right from the get go, Nese is showing some incredible athleticism, but Shane Thorne reciprocates. They both tag in to their partners Daivari slaps Miller in the face, which sets Miller off and they exchange some moves until Daivari tags in Nese. Double team on Miller but he sends Daivari outside. Nese flies over the ropes on MIller and Daivari, and then Thorne does the same on all three guys in an excellent flying move to the outside.
Nese and Daivari takes control of the match with some shenanigans (I can still use that word, right?). Nese hits a hangman dropkick from a hanging Thorne on the top rope. Daivari tags in and hits some strong kicks and goes for a pinfall, but only gets a two count. A headlock. Daivari taunts Miller but walks into an uppercut from Thorne. Nese comes in and interupts the tag, and takes control of Thorne. We go for a commercial break. (Oh, great!)
Back from break, Daivari hits a rolling clothesline and tags in Nese. Thorne gets the hot tag to Miller, and they exchange slaps and kicks, until Miller hits a clothesline and a running forearm. Two count. Tags back in Shawn Thorne. Running uppercut. They hit a double team sweep and clothesline combo. Pinfall and two count. Daivari gets a tag and hits a Frog Splash and a two count. Thorne hits a nasty looking clothesline and tags in Miller, and they hit Thunder Valley on Daivari or the three count and the win.
TM61 are showing to be a great team on NXT and have a bright future in the WWE. Tony Nese and Daivari are also great talent who will most likely end up on the Cruiserweight Divisionon Raw.
We are shown an interview with Tom Phillips and Asuka. She said the crowd was crazy. She respects Bailey, she was the heart of NXT. She said she fought hard, but Asuka fought harder. She says all the women that left NXT for the WWE roster, they ran so they wouldn't have to face her again. She said some stuff in Japanese. Tom asked her who is ready to face her for the title, she said "No one".
Then, they announce that tonight, we get Andrade Almas vs. Austin Ares. We also see a scene with Amber Moon, she is coming up next.
Back from break, Tom Phillips explains Connor's Cure. We are then sent backstage with an interview with Steve Cutler. He says Nakamura sacrificed nothing. He said he sacrificed four years to get here. He says he doesn't care if you like him or hate him, but you will respect him. We then get the entrance of Leah Von from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Hey there neighbour!). We then get the entrance of Ember Moon.
Ember Moon vs. Leah Von
The match starts up, and they both get some armbars and shows some agility. Two count from Leah, and she gets in some offense with some kicks and a clothesline, and a one count. Irish whip to the turnbuckle, but doesn't reach Ember on time. Ember reverses and takes over. She hits some offense and hits a running font flip splash, and then her top rope swinning Stunner and gets a three count. Corey Graves said she "Eclipsed" Leah Von. I think they should call her move, the Eclipse.
Winner: Ember Moon
With all the women gone, they need some new dominant ones to face Asuka. I hpe they build her well first, not to waste the change, because right now, no one is near on the level of Asuka.
We then see another interview, this time with No Way Jose. He says should he change because Bobby Roode disrespected him. He says "No Way". We then we are told Andrade vs. Austin Ares is next.
After the Revival commercial, we see Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano talking about having a tag team match at the cruiseweight classic and then they will have their sights on The Revival. We then get the entrance of Andrade "Cien" Almas, followed by "The Greatest Man that Ever Lived" Austin Ares. (Hey I thought I was the greatest... okay nevermind)
Austin Ares vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas
Huge "Austin Ares" and a continuation of others saying "...Sucks". Austin takes down Andrade and tells the crowd "Who sucks now?!". He has control of the match thus far. Andrade flips out of the armbar and hits a dropkick on Austin. Running Hurricanrana and a two count. Austin gets out of the ring to regain his composure. Andrade runs after him, and they get back in the ring. Andrade throws Austin out and hits face first on the apron. Slingshot over the rope tot he outside on Ares.
Andrade goes for high risk, and Austin pushes him off the turnbuckle to the outside, and we get a commercial break. (Again!?)
Back on NXT, Austin is on top of Andrade and hitting with some punches. He continues to dominant and showing some arrogance. Hits a second rope jump reverse elbow to the back of the neck of Andrade. Andrade tries to get himself out of a hold and gets a dropkick off the top on Ares. Andrade goes to rush Austin, but Austin rushes first and hits a dropkick to the face. Two count. Austin goes for a second rop back suplex, but Andrade hits him and sending him flying back. Goes for a Moonsault, but Austin moved, and Andrade jumps back for a second moonsault and hits him Two count.
Austin hits a hard elbow to the face of Andrade. A standing boot to the face of Ares. Back and forth between the two but Austin evades lots of Andrade's moves. Austin hits a Powerbomb on Andrade and counters on the Last Chancery. Anrade taps out.
Winner: Austin Ares
Austin Ares is a veteran in the ring already, and Andrade is showing to be an awesome talent as well. I liked this match. Fast paced and with some nice moves and reversals. We are told Steve Cutler vs. Nakamura is next and we also see Samoa Joe making his way there.
Back from break, it is announced that next week, No Way Jose will face Bobby Roode. Samoa Joe is at the announcers' table. Steve Cutler makes his way out. Samoa is talking about how he made mistakes and he owns up to losing to Shinsuke Nakamura. We get to hear "Rising Sun" and out comes the NXT Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura. (Best theme song ever!)
NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Steve Cutler
The camera keeps panning over to Samoa Joe. The match begins with the two circuling each other to lock in, Nakamura kicks Cutler in the face and laughs. Steve gets mad and rushes Nakamura. Steve pushes him, but Nakamura throws him down. He does that mudhole seizure choke. Cutler drops Nakamura on the tunbuckle and takes control. He gets a one count. Cutler goes for a suplex, but Nakamura his a knee on his way up and moves in with some strong kicks and punches. Hits a hard kick to the gut of Cutler and reverse Exploder suplex, and finishes him with the Kinshassa, and the 3 count.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
It was a quick match to show the dominance of our new champion. It was too short to enjoy, but I love Nakamura so I would watch him anytime.
Post-match, Nakamura taunts, as Samoa Joe looks on and leaves the table. The show ends that way.
It was a good show. I have to admit, I really wish to see more, but with so many new faces, it is difficult to show everyone.
Top Three Moments
- The opening match altogether. It was a great match to highlight TM61 and the Cruiserweights.
- Ember Moon's finisher. DAMN! That's all I need to say
- Nakamura. Again, all he needs to do is show up, and he is a win
Worst Three Moments
- Too many interviews. It's a one hour show, and we got three interviews the same way.
Why not an in-ring promo. Why not something else.
- Samoa Joe. The man is a killing machine, yet he acted like a sulking puppy.
- No Bobby Roode. He should be one of the top stars on NXT, and we barely see him.
Well, that is all for tonight! I hope you enjoyed, and as usual, please, like and comment!
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