Welcome to the first entry of my new series, ‘This Week on NXT’, a weekly recap of the best WWE Show (excluding Raw and Smackdown Live) for all you people to enjoy. If you have any feedback on how to improve this series then leave a comment below and I’d be happy to respond. Now with intro’s out of the way, let’s get this show on the road.
Kicking off this week’s show was the first semi-final match of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament which saw #DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano) take on the Authors of Pain (Rezer and Akam). For myself this was the match of the night. Several entertaining spots were present, such as, Rezer throwing both Ciampa and Gargano backwards onto the mat to seal the victory. What was certainly fun about the match was that it wasn’t one-sided with both tag teams managing to get co-ordinated attacks on each other leaving room for the possibility that either team could win. However, hiding under the ring to screw over DIY was, The Revival (How long were they under there exactly?), who blindsided Johnny Gargano leaving AOP to pick up the win.
Moving on we get a video interview promo from Tye Dillinger for his match with GLORIOUS!… Bobby Roode. Tye stated that he is sick of Bobby “back stabbing guys in the back”. Because when you backstab someone through the front of the chest it’s just rude really.
The second semi-final match saw TM61 take on Sanity who attacked early before the match starts to gain immediate advantage. With Nick Miller from TM61 left on the outside in pain this left Shane Thorne in somewhat of a handicap match. However, despite a long fought domination from Sanity, Nick Miller managed to steal a pin, securing their position in the final versus the Authors of Pain. While I would’ve liked to see what Sanity could’ve done against the Authors of Pain in the final, it was a decent match and I’m look forward to what they might do in the future.
William Regal addressed the Revival sized elephant in the room and declared due to their interference they will defend their title at NXT Takeover Toronto in a 2 out 3 falls match. Another element of the PPV to look forward to and hopefully DIY will secure the win.
GLORIOUS!… Bobby Roode retorted with his own video interview promo saying that Tye Dillanger is not in fact the perfect 10, he is a “perfect loser”. So does that mean he’s perfect at failing but then that must mean by being perfect he’s winning at the fact he’s losing… maybe I’m reading too much into this?
Speaking of perfect, out comes Ember (put me in a match with Asuka) Moon as she dominates Rachael Evers. She does well to fight back but eventually succumbs to the might of Dat Stunner. Really enjoying Ember’s style in the ring and hopefully she gets a challenge to face in Toronto.
This week’s NXT ended with a contract signing between the two biggest people on the show making you wonder why they haven’t been shot up to the main roster by now. Samoa Joe refused to come down to the ring as he wanted to do business on his terms at the top of the ramp, even going so far as to have William Regal walk all the way to the desk for Joe to sign the contract. When Shinsuke Nakamura got his turn to the sign the contract, he dropped the paper, and took out all the security in the ring. He even put one of the men through a table. Regal really needs to stop hiring these guards from whatever agency he’s getting them from as they have been torn apart and stomped on very consistently as of late.
Well that was NXT for this week. A good episode in my opinion and various spots kept me and the audience entertained as well as some intriguing developments with the tag teams. Can’t wait for what will happen next week.