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NXT In A Nutshell: The King Reigns Supreme

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A week after closing the show with the electric confrontation between Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura, what better way to open this week’s show than by getting a quick video recap, which I must say did it justice.

Best Match of the night:

If for no other reason than because it had Shinsuke Nakamura in it, the main event gets this spot. He is so much fun to watch, and so charismatic in the ring, and the crowd eats it up. The crowd reaction alone warrants the match landing here.

Worst match of the night:

No Way Jose and Josh Woods. The match was OK, but the action here was all about setting up Jose’s first program of substance, as he’s now got something going with The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, in Austin Aries. This is going to be a big step up for the relatively new Jose, so it will be interesting to see how things go.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

NXT

10

Perfect 10

That was 3

No way Jose

Aries sucks

Austin Aries

Bayley

Nakamura

Shinsuke

One more time

Star of the Night

Two stars tonight.

Austin Aries, looking to break out and be recognized as one of the top stars again, took out some frustration on poor No Way Jose.

And then, of course, there was the King of Strongstyle. Nakamura has quickly won the NXT crowds over, and while I get it, they are smaller crowds, the NXT talents in general seem to connect better to the crowds, even after making the roster jump (cases in point, Enzo and Cass, or Sami Zayn). So every time he’s out, it’s a sight. A spectacle.

Spot of the Night:

I was especially fond of the beating Aires laid on No Way Jose. The punch from the table, the leap off of the table, the Last Chancery on the steel ramp? Nice, brutal beating to start a feud.

And, I am always a sucker for a good Kinshasa.

Jobber of the Night:

Josh Woods. As Graves said, it looked like they picked the guy up at the local gym, which would be all the experience he’d need to serve as a jobber for No Way Jose.

Upset of the Night:

Oney Lorcan knocks off Tye Dillinger in a stunning opening match.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Aries attacking Jose. He came out following their backstage encounter, and seemed to embrace his positivity. He danced around with him. He did a great job making us all think he wasn’t going to snap. And then he snapped, clubbing him off of the top of the announce table and beating him around the arena.

Botch of the night:

Honestly? All the botches belong to the announce team, primarily Graves. He was good, he took it in stride and it was not horrible. He made it entertaining.

Commentary of the night:

Sometimes you find yourself in a slump, so you need to find yourself a slump-buster to get you back to your winning ways.

You know you can watch these back on the Network, right?

That means I’d ignore you twice in a week.

Tye Dillinger just dropped 5 points in my book. He’s approaching Tom Phillips territory.

With all the tattoos, I figured they got him from the local crossfit gym

Did you know, it’s a proven fact, that people from New Jersey actually drive property values down just being in other states.

Graves giving Phillips grief, saying “you’re from the second worst city”. Phillips, in perfect deadpan “yeah, I’m not from Pittsburgh”.

LOL Moment of the night:

No Way Jose, interrupting Austin Aries by telling him to be more positive. “When life tells you no, you tell it…no way!”

Noteworthy Moment:

Tonight seemed to be a night of recaps, as we spent probably a quarter of the show recapping last week’s Nakamura/Balor showdown, and then later recapping the Asuka/Nia Jax match from TakeOver:The End. Not complaining about the coverage, as both were big moments, but at the same time, I am partial to seeing new matches when possible.

American Alpha returns next week, following their beat down at the hands of the Authors of Pain during TakeOver:The End.

Overall lowlights:

On any other show (like, RAW, for example) I would complain about too many recaps. And in theory I could now too, but as I said above, since the action was really good, I let it slide.

Overall highlights:

The return of Bayley

The setup for Nakamura and Balor

The promo for The Authors of Pain, relative to American Alpha returning

No Way Jose will finally be tested by folks other than enhancement talent.

After the final bell:

A pretty good show. A lot of stuff being set up for down the road, which is the formula, and that’s fine. Looking like we can expect some pretty good matches coming at us over the summer, including Balor/Nakamura I in three weeks’ time. Here’s betting we might just see a return match in Brooklyn (contingent upon the main roster draft, of course.)

Results:

Oney Lorcan beats Tye Dillinger

No Way Jose knocks off Josh Woods

Bayley returns victorious over Deonna Purrazzo

Nia Jax destroys Liv Morgan

Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Buddy Murphy

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  • Darda Cook

    I was too especially fond of the beating Aires laid on No Way Jose

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