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NXT In A Nutshell: New Days, New Faces

Greetings fellow humans! OK, I have no idea what prompted me to say that, but what the heck, it’s staying. It’s a crazy week around my neck of the woods and many others, as the kiddies are heading back to school, Fall is in the air, Summer is winding down, football is starting up…change is in the air! And, of course, changes are afoot in NXT too, as the brand looks to re-establish itself after many of it’s roster worked their way up to the main roster shows. Of course, there are still the bigger names like Joe, Asuka and Shinsuke, but there’s a great opportunity for many new faces to emerge. And what better night than tonight?

Best Match of the night:

I am going with TM61 versus Neese and Daivari here. The action was well executed, had a great pace to it, and the moves were just impressive. A lot to like from this one, and on a card that was pretty even otherwise, this one came out on top.

Worst match of the night:

Really and truly? Nothing stunk to deserve this spot. Nothing at all. Every match had it’s redeeming qualities. The least best would probably be Ember Moon’s match, but it was still very enjoyable, especially as we get to know her in ring persona.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Ember Moon

Let’s go Ember

Austin Aries

Aries sucks

Austin Aries…sucks



Shinsuke’s gonna kill you

One more time

King of Strongstyle

Star of the Night

In ring? Wow that’s tough. I really want to give this one to TM61, as I felt they had a very strong performance and are due for recognition.

Out of the ring? All Joe.

Spot of the Night:

Neese, then Shane Thorne, with twisting over the top rope dives, one after the other. Impressive and athletic moves.

Ember Moon’s as-yet unnamed finisher is still amazing.

Cien’s corkscrew plancha was also quite pleasing. He’s cocky, sure, but he’s fun to watch.

Jobber of the Night:

Leah Vonn (apologies if I got that wrong) was about as close as we had to one, and she was still pretty game, nothing approaching the jobbers we get on RAW and SmackDown.

Upset of the Night:

None. Nada. Zilch. Nothing to see here, move along.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

I admit this right now, it’s a bit of a stretch. But the new demeanor of Samoa Joe, as he sat doing commentary during the Nakamura/Cutler match, was a complete 180 to the talk Joe was providing before and immediately after their bout at TakeOver.

I found that to be a nice switch. Either Joe is going to show he’s got that mean streak that he can turn off and on as needed, or he’s got a newfound respect for Nakamura, having been defeated by the King of Strongstyle in Brooklyn. But honestly, it was a breath of fresh air on commentary, because it wasn’t a bunch of trash talking and silly comments like we get so often. I expect that, once we start building toward Joe/Shinsuke round two, the mood will change…but for now, this worked for me.

Botch of the night:

Another relatively clean night in the ring, folks. If there was a botch, my eyes did not see it, my ears did not hear it.

Commentary of the night:

If you are gonna be dumb, you better be tough.

Have you ever tried to talk to Ember Moon, Tom? Or do you just read her Twitter all day?

No line, but a very subdued and analytical Joe on commentary. Impressive.

LOL Moment of the night:

No Way Jose mentioning he’s not changing, even though he’s wearing all white after Labor Day.

Noteworthy Moment:

Nice interview with Asuka, basically saying that she feels there is no woman ready to challenge for her NXT Women’s Champion. Sad thing is, right now with the cupboard so bare, she’s probably as right as she is confident.

Ember Moon makes her Full Sail debut.

Ciampa and Gargano are back, gunning for The Revival next week

Joe and Nakamura get things rekindled with a bit of a long-distance stare down at the end of the show, but Joe was very wise and calm while on commentary.

Overall lowlights:

Honestly, nothing to complain about. Pretty solid show top to bottom, felt like a lot of action in just under an hour

Overall highlights:

The action was fast and furious, so honestly pretty much every match was a positive. The interviews were good, the build up for the Fall feuds is slow and steady but effective.

After the final bell:

Another week, another chance for the new blood to rise.

TM61 looks like they could be the next big babyface team for NXT, and the fans are starting to really get behind them.

The participants from the CWC getting featured on NXT, prior to some debuting on RAW, is nice too. Cruiserweights work some amazingly athletic, pure wrestling matches. Fans will be in for a treat.

I am guessing Ember Moon rises to challenge Asuka at some point. Fans really into her and her style, easy to see why.

Joe/Nakamura II looks like it’s already simmering, and should be even more epic than the first.


TM61 defeat Daivari and Neese (from the CWC)

Ember Moon defeats Leah

Austin Aries taps out Andrade Cien Almas

Shinsuke Nakamura dispatches Steve Cutler

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