WWE NXT Recap: Shinsuke Nakamura’s Swan Song!


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.

Winner: DIY

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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WWE Smackdown Live Ratings sky rockets post Superstar Shakeup!


Last night’s episode of Smackdown Live revolved around the continuation of the “Superstar Shakeup” as 3,105,000 million viewers tuned into Smackdown Live on the USA Network. Last night’s episode was up by eight percent compared to last week’s post-WrestleMania edition of Smackdown Live. 

Last night’s episode of Smackdown Live was the most highest Smackdown episode since last year’s WWE Draft special show which averaged 3,170,000 million viewers.

The following WWE superstars made their way over from Monday Night Raw to Smackdown Live following night two of the “Superstar Shakeup”

  • WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Charlotte, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods) Rusev, Lana, Sin Cara, Jinder Mahal, The Shining Stars and Tamina
Also on Smackdown Live we got to see a terrific main event which featured A.J. Styles defeating Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin in a triple-threat match to become the number 1 contender for Kevin Owens United States Championship.
  • Kevin Owens will face Chris Jericho for the WWE United States Championship at WWE Payback and the winner be on Smackdown Live.

We also found out on Smackdown Live that Shinsuke Nakamura’s first WWE main roster program will be against Dolph Ziggler.

  • We also know that Smackdown’s Randy Orton will defend the WWE Championship against Raw’s Bray Wyatt in a ‘House of Horror’ match at WWE Payback.

So this leaves the WWE title picture on Smackdown is in holding pattern for the time being. If Orton wins it will be interesting to see who he defends the WWE championship against with Styles involved in a feud with Owens for the time being. If Wyatt wins this could open the doors to Brock Lesnar bringing the WWE Universal Championship over to Smackdown Live.

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WWE Superstar Shakeup Continues on Smackdown Live!


Below is my coverage from the continuing coverage of the WWE Superstar Shakeup which took place tonight on Smackdown Live from Boston.

Smackdown Live kicked off with the WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens who announced that he has joined Smackdown Live.

Owens was interrupted by Baron Corbin, and soon after by Sami Zayn who also announced that he has joined Smackdown Live.

Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan announced that the winner of the WWE United States Championship match between Owens and Chris Jericho at WWE Payback will defend the US title on Smackdown Live.

After the Usos defeated the American Alpa to retain the Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions, The Shining Stars came from the crowd and attacked American Alpha.

Jinder Mahal is now part of Smackdown Live who lost to Mojo Rawley after doing another angle with New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski who was sitting front row. Gronk tossed a beer at Mahal in return as Mahal did the same to Gronk at WrestleMania 33.

Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon introduced 4X Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Tamina during the ‘State of the women’s division’ segment.

WWE also showed a pair of graphics announcing the arrivals of both Rusev and Sin Cara to the Smackdown Live roster.

In the show WWE later aired a “Coming Soon” video for Lana who is also joining the Smackdown Live roster and appears to be getting repackaged?

WWE also aired a video packed for ‘The New Day’ which says ‘Coming Soon’ who are also joining the Smackdown Live roster.

My thoughts on the Superstar Shakeup for Smackdown Live

The addition of Kevin Owens on Smackdown Live is excellent as his first program will be against A.J. Styles who is staying on Smackdown. Their feud and matches will be excellent. Don’t mind Styles being in the US Title program because the WWE championship program is in a holding pattern with Randy Orton facing Bray Wyatt at WWE Payback in a ‘House of Horror’ match.

After the feud with Orton and Wyatt ends it will be interesting to see who Orton faces next for the WWE title or if Brock Lesnar appear on Smackdown Live with the WWE Universal title.

Also really like that Shinsuke Nakamura’s first program is against Dolph Ziggler as Nakamura will get the chance to showcase all his moves and is already completely over with the crowd and treated like a superstar.

Really like the addition of Charlotte as she can elevate the Smackdown Live Women’s Division and have terrific matches with Naomi, Becky Lynch and Natalya. Also like the addition of the New Day as they can freshen up the Smackdown Live tag division. Interested to see what WWE does with both The Shining Stars and Jinder Mahal on Smackdown Live.


Really like how Smackdown Live has come out after the Superstar Shakeup as I look forward to continue watching Smackdown every week to see how the storyline progress. Smackdown Live was a thumbs up show.

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NXT TakeOver San Antonio Recap: The ‘Glorious’ era of NXT is upon us as Bobby Roode is champion


NXT Takeover took place from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Charly Caruso and Corey Graves hosted the NXT pre-show. Biggest news to come out of pre-show was Graves announcing that this was his final broadcast on NXT and introduced Nigel McGuinness as his new replacement, and will join Tom Phillips and Percy Watson to call NXT each week.

Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young

Dillinger came out and received a huge reaction. Young came out to the ring with Killian Dane and Alexander Wolfe. Highlights include Dillinger scaling to the top and suplexes Young off the top and but only gets a two-count. Dillinger hits the Tye Breaker on Wolfe, then superkicks Dane. Dillinger hits the Tye Breaker on Young but Wolfe puts on the bottom rope to stop the count. Dillinger dives to the floor and takes out both Dane and Wolfe. Dillinger attempts to spin-the-cat but Young counter and connects with the wheelbarrow neck breaker and gets the win. 

Winner: Eric Young 

Roderick Strong vs. Andrade Cien Almas 

Almas worked on the left arm of Strong. But Strong comes back with a Gord Buster and a running knee in the corner. Almas went back working on the arm of Strong and applied a modified Fujiwara armbar but Strong gets to the bottom rope. Strong blocks the hammerlock DDT and hits a flying knee, a suplex onto Almas’ chest and then lands the Sick Kick and pins Almas.

Winner: Roderick Strong

NXT Tag Team Championship: Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors of Pain

Highlights include: Gargano and Ciampa connecting with suicide dives to both on opposite sides of the ring. Ciampa delivered German suplexes to both Akim and Rezar and to a big reaction. Gargano and Ciampo both speared Akim through the ropes into the ring. The Authors connected with a combination of a sit out powerbomb / reverse neck breaker to Ciampa but he kicked out. 

Ciampa applies the armbar to Akim, Rezar returns and Gargano applies the crossface to him for the double submission attempt (playing of the NXT TakeOver: Toronto finish with The Revival) Rezar powers out and slams Gargano on top of Ciampa to break out of the submission. Ending comes with the Authors, countering the double knees who catch them and powerbomb into each other and then hit the Last Chapter to Ciampa for the win.

Winners: The Authors of Pain are the new NXT Tag Team champions

Seth Rollins calls out Triple H 

NXT TakeOver came to a halt as Seth Rollins ran into the ring and demanded that Triple H comes out and faces him (crowd went crazy) Triple H eventually came out from the back and sent security to escort Rollins out. Rollins attacks security but was eventually taken away. This angle was terrific which sets up the build for their WrestleMania match. 

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross

Highlights include: Asuka connecting with a double German suplex on both Kay and Royce for a big reaction. Cross nailed Asuka with draping spinning neck breaker off the apron to the floor. Cross connected with a crossbody off the top to Kay and Royce to the floor. Cross, Kay and Royce brawled near the announce table as both Royce and Kay vertical suplex Cross through another table. Kay and Royce, ran back to the ring and continued to double team Asuka as Royce nailed the Widow’s Peak but Asuka kicked out. Finish came with Asuka nailing spinning wheel kick to both Kay and Royce for the victory.

Winner: Asuka retains the NXT Women’s championship

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode 

Bobby Roode came down to the ring with eight women in gowns. While, Nakamura came down to the ring on a small platform. Crowd went insane for Nakamura entrance. Crowd was super hot for the match. 

Highlights include: Nakamura hitting Roode with a running knee from the floor then drops a knee to the back of the head. Nakamura then connected with a running knee in the corner then had Roode set up for the Kinshasa. But Roode played possum as he rolled up Nakamura and then with a back stabber. Nakamura attempted another Kinshasa but Roode countered with a roll up and used the ropes for leverage but the referee caught him. 

Nakamura mounts a comeback with with knees to the head and stomps and then into a flying armbar into a triangle. Nakamura finally connects with the Kinshasa but doesn’t get all of it and Roode kicks out. Roode was on the edge of the apron as Nakamura connects with another Kinshasa as both wrestlers were on the floor. Nakamura returns to the ring and connects with another Kinshasa but is favouring his knee from the injury he suffered on the floor as Roode is laid out. 

The trainers checked on Nakamura’s knee but insists on continuing with the match as Roode takes advantage and hits the Glorious DDT for a terrific near fall. Roode then applied a half-crab to the injured leg but Nakamura counters and attempted a triangle but couldn’t apply the hold because of the injury. Roode hit another Glorious DDT on Nakamura and gets the win.

Winner: Bobby Roode is the new NXT champion. 

Overall: Nakamara and Roode had the best match of the night. DIY looked great in the loss and Asuka continues to impress and remains undefeated. 

After loosing to Young, looks this this maybe Dillinger’s swan song from NXT and Samoa Joe who was seen chilling in the crowd and may also be on his way to the main roster and could make his debut at the Royal Rumble. 

NXT TakeOver: San Antonio was a pretty good as TakeOver never doesn’t disappoint despite the lack of the superstars compared to the main roster. But the quality of wrestling on NXT remains solid thoughtout the roster.

Rating: 7 out of 10.