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NXT In A Nutshell: Joe Snaps

It’s hump day, ladies and gentlemen, so you know what that means….it’s time for another NXT!

This week, we open with Samoa Joe heading to the ring to say some words, and address NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and scroll down to the bottom to see just how explosive that meeting was.

Best Match of the night:

Bobby Roode and No Way Jose.

The crowd loves Roode, but they also love Jose. Obviously, Roode is an established veteran and WWE no doubt has big plans for him. But I’d bet they have big plans for Jose too. Both men worked a good match tonight.

Worst match of the night:

Don’t make me pick one. Please. For the other two shows, it’s an easy spot to fill.

For NXT, tonight in particular? It’s more like which match accomplished the least. I mean, Liv Morgan had herself a quick match, but she challenged Asuka, so that’s big.

Which then leads me to the Authors of Pain. We already knew they were a force, so this match only reinforced that. But, it’s not the worst match, and even if it were? I am not telling them that.

Crowd Chants of the Night:



Lets’ go Jersey



Bobby Roode

you’re not glorious

that was glorious

Star of the Night

I am torn. So, what do I do when I am torn? I split the award.

In the non-wrestling category, I go with Joe. He had me actually forgetting the likely swerve for a moment, thinking he was going to relax and mellow out a bit. So, well played, sir. Well played.

In ring? This is all Bobby Roode. I have to think that, once Joe uses up his re-match for Nakamura’s title, that Bobby Roode might find himself on the short list of next challengers up.

Spot of the Night:

Not a whole lot wowed me tonight, but there were a couple.

One, I liked Liv Morgan’s interesting submission move and how she got there. Not too shabby.

And the Authors of Pain-not a bad double-team finisher…but I think for their size, something other than a double team side Russian leg sweep plus a clothesline should be in order. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a terrible move…but I want something much cooler from these guys.

Jobber of the Night:

This one? This goes to those two sad sacks who stepped in and fought the Authors of Pain. Dough Cessa was one. The other? Does it really even matter? No. No it does not.

Upset of the Night:

Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

The opening segment beating. I think most people were expecting the swerve, but over the last two weeks, Samoa Joe seemed to be remorseful, a new and somber Joe, not the usual intense and bombastic one. He called out Shinsuke tonight to politely ask for his rematch and give Nakamura his due-which went fine. They shook hands and Joe appeared to head to the back. Except, he was waiting to attack Nakamura, which he did with such tenacity, ultimately leading to Shinsuke exiting on a stretcher.

Botch of the night:

I have nothing here folks. I didn’t see one, I wasn’t obsessing for one, and none jumped off the screen at me.

Commentary of the night:

Wearing a striped shirt doesn’t make you a tiger

Liv Morgan might truly have a death wish

Phillips, I am curious how you even knew about the Orange County Chopper guys. You always struck me as a Vespa guy

Note to self: Don’t slap Hideo

LOL Moment of the night:

Not a whole lot of comedy tonight. I think the funniest stuff came from the interaction between the broadcast team, like the above Vespa remark. But outside of that, there wasn’t a comedic act on the show, nor did it beg for one.

Noteworthy Moment:

Liv Morgan, after a nice tapout victory, decides she should call out Asuka. Bold move, maybe not the wisest, but someone has to fight her, right?

Overall lowlights:

Nothing, really. If I had to say anything at all, it’s probably the lull until the next big TakeOver. Like, right now it’s less about building toward a specific event. It’s more toward building stars so they can be seen as legit, so that they can be booked in a big event. And NXT has been quite candid about the decimated women’s division, so there is a lot of building to do. Hardly a lowlight though. Just growing pains.

Overall highlights:

Liv Morgan, deciding to be next woman up.

Samoa Joe is back to being one mean SOB, just a week removed from what appeared to be a total change in personality.  Nicely done.

Bobby Roode. AND No Way Jose. Each man, I do think, can do some great things in WWE.

After the final bell:

As I said in another section, this is the calm before the storm-the storm being the next NXT special. The brand is, effectively, in rebuild mode, especially for the women. As I have said in weeks prior, and the announce team says it too, it’s just opening up opportunities for the rest of the roster. In that scenario, we as fans win, because it’s such a theoretically wide-open roster now, with only a few legit, top level stars established and still on the roster. Competition will bring out the best, and the cream will rise to the top.


Liv Morgan takes care of Rachel Fazio

Hideo Itami puts Drew Gulak to sleep.

Authors of Pain dispatch of two jobbers.

Bobby Roode is victorious over No Way Jose.

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