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NXT In A Nutshell: Samoa Snap

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It’s another fine NXT Wednesday, and there’s much to cover now, especially with the dastardly and vicious act perpetrated by Samoa Joe last week. Shinsuke Nakamura was carted off to the hospital, and we’ve yet to learn any news on his condition. So, hopefully that’s on tap in this latest hour of NXT nirvana. So, on with the show!

Best Match of the night:

Cedric Alexander and Andrade Cien Almas.

Almas may be a bit cocky, but that’s his showboating persona. Alexander? He’s just all business. Together, we got a really nice, fresh, enjoyable main event.

Worst match of the night:

Billie Kaye and Aliyah.

Usually, I go on a rant about none of the matches from a short crowd deserved “worst of the night”, but tonight this match wasn’t horrible, but didn’t excite me. That isn’t so much a knock on the match itself, but a question of if that match should have been different. Billie Kaye isn’t doing much to make me say wow.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Joe! Joe!

Regal! Regal!

Oney! Oney!

Aries Sucks

Let’s go Orney

Austin Aries

Let’s go Cedric

Cedric

Star of the Night

Cedric Alexander. A week ago, he was showered in cheers even though he lost during the CWC. Heck, the kid even got consoled by HHH. Now? He steals one from Cien Almas, and looks great in the process.

Spot of the Night:

Love the moves out of both Alexander and Almas. To me, it’s proof positive that WWE seems to be embracing the more athletically gifted stars, as opposed to the muscled up freaks.

That being said, no single spot wins this tonight.

Jobber of the Night:

This is tough, as there wasn’t a true jobber on the show. But for taking another loss, I am going to give this one to Andrade Cien Almas.

Upset of the Night:

Surely you jest. Just three matches tonight. And none of them even remotely resembled an upset.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Joe is warning of impending doom for the NXT roster if the madman doesn’t get his wish. So, we are left waiting to find out what happens next.

Botch of the night:

Sorry folks. Nothing to see here.

Commentary of the night:

Usually, this feels fresh. Tonight? I won’t go so far as to say it got stale, but I do wonder if getting Graves for four hours is starting to water down things, or bore me when it comes to the commentary. Probably neither, but either way, as I watched and listened, nothing that was said or done felt like it needed to be here.

LOL Moment of the night:

Just wasn’t anything funny happening tonight.

Noteworthy Moment:

Samoa Joe opens the show, reading off Nakamura’s “medical status”, concluding that per the doctors report, Nakamura could miss between six and twelve weeks. Once Joe got to that point, he erupted and told Regal that either he gives Joe Shinsuke tonight,or Regal strips Shinsuke tonight and return the title to it’s “rightful owner”.

Regal came out, saying he’d fix Joe’s mess, which lead Joe to say if Regal doesn’t do as told, he’s going to decimate the rest of the NXT roster, much like he did with Shinsuke.

Buff looking Dan Matha makes his NXT debut in 6 weeks. Kind of resembles Batista, from a build perspective.

Overall lowlights:

Not a ton of star power on the show tonight. Joe appeared in a speaking roll only. The Revival and DIY tangled, but only in the form of “what happened last week”. I mean, they worked well with what they had. But it would have been nice for another match to have happened, or for some other big names to be involved. But, this is a sort of re-birth of the roster, so nights like this are going to happen.

Overall highlights:

Oney Lorcan may have lost, but he proved, to me at least, that he’s going to deserve a chance to really make an impact.

Cien Almas. Cedric Alexander. Strong showing by both.

Joe, cutting a tremendous heel promo to open the show.

After the final bell:

Another rebuilding effort for NXT tonight. Not even close to a horrible show, but a long way from shows just a few months back when the shows were driven by Bayley or Nia Jax or Apollo Crews or Baron Corbin. So, given how many new faces we were seeing, a down week was to be expected. We just deal the hand we are dealt, and all that jazz.

The upside? The newer faces are responding to the exposure by improving, week over week. It was never going to be an instantaneous transition, and while it was indeed not an attempt to pull a fast one on us, it was an opportunity for folks to start to rise as a result of things. So it was a good night for that.

Results:

Austin Aries makes Oney Lorcan tap out.

Post match, Aries rants about Hideo Itami, which brought Itami down to the ring. Aries bailed before anything came of it.

Billie Kay pins Aliyah

Cedric Alexander claims victory over Cien Almas

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