Below is my recap of this week’s episode of WWE NXT which took place from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.
NXT opened with a video package and new theme song called ‘Rage’
Aleister Black vs. Corey Hillis
NXT opened up with Aleister Black opening up the show against Corey Hillis. The match didn’t take long, took 10 seconds to be exact as Aleister delivered the Black Mass and picked up the win.
Winner: Alesiter Black
Backstage Kayla Braxton interviewed Tye Dillinger who said he was thrilled about joining the Smackdown Live roster but has unfinished business with Eric Young and will face him next week in a steel cage match.
DIY vs. Dylan Miley & Michael Blais
Coming up short in their hunt to become 2x NXT Tag Team Champions at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, DIY looked to get back on the winning track against the duo of Michael Blais and the 300 pounder Dylan Miley.
Highlights included Miley running over Tommaso Ciampa with a clothesline, the caught Johnny Gargano with a stalling vertical suplex. Finish came with DIY making a hot comeback and delivering the Meeting in the Middle (running knee strike/kick) on Blais for the win.
After the match Miley snapped and took out Blais with the Iron Claw Slam followed by a powerslam.
Ruby Riot vs. Kimberly Frankele
Before the match Ruby cut a pre-match insert promo saying that she came to NXT to become Women’s Champion.
Highlights in the match included Riot delivering a leaping hurricanrana, but got distracted with Nikki Cross came to ringside to watch the match. Frankele pounced and took advantage by delivering Riot with a kicks and knife-edge chops. But in the end Riot recovered as the finish came with Riot dropping Frankele with a wind-up Pele Kick for the win.
Winner: Ruby Riot
We saw a short stare down with Riot and Cross after the match. Cross just laughed and walked to the back with the rest of SAnitY.
The ‘Iconic Duo’ Peyton Royce and Billie Kay were at the WWE Performance Center filming and making fun of everything. Royce and Kay found Liv Morgan and Aliyah and just mocked them. Morgan shoved Kay into a tub of water. I’m fan of both Royce and Kay. They are great together.
Drew McIntyre vs. Oney Lorcen
Highlights in this match included McIntyre tossing Lorcan with a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes and then catching him mid-flight with a gut-wrench suplex onto the ring apron. Lorcen recovered with strikes to the head and chest and delivered a very nice running Blockbuster neckbreaker. Finish came with McIntyre delivering a reverse Alabama Slam and finished of Locan with a big boot.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match McIntyre said he’s not going anywhere and he’s here to stay in NXT and wants to win the biggest price the NXT Championship.
Shinsuke Nakamura’s NXT Farewell
The show ended with Nakamura saying goodbye to the NXT Universe. Nakamura said “I will always be NXT,” Nakamura reaffirmed, “because We Are NXT.” Nakamura ended his speech by delivering a final “YeahOh” as the whole NXT roster including Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, Hideo Itomi and a surprise appearance by Finn Balor came out to cheer and clap for the former 2x NXT Champion.
After NXT ended, Nakamura ran around the crowd with his cell phone taking a video selfie with the NXT Universe which was pretty awesome. As it definitely seems like Nakamura really loves the NXT crowd and was touched by WWE fans cheers and response for him from chanting ‘Thank You Shinsuke’ to humming his tune. Will be awesome to watch my one of my all-time favourite wrestlers on Smackdown Live.
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