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NXT In A Nutshell: The Era Of Strongstyle

For the first time since NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, the guys and gals of NXT are back home at the friendly confines of NXT’s home base, Full Sail University. We get to see new champion Shinsuke Nakamura tonight, but we open the show with a brief spot of Samoa Joe, William Regal and someone from NXT’s medical staff, who is telling Regal that, aside from a dislocated jaw, Joe suffered other undisclosed injuries, and due to that, the trainer cannot clear Joe for contact. Interesting news, but not totally surprising considering how Joe sold Nakamura’s finisher.

And now, on with the show…

Best Match of the night:

Tye Dillinger and Buddy Murphy.

Don’t adjust your screens, folks, that’s really what landed the match of the night. Look-Dillinger has been turning in some solid work, once he got past the upsets this Summer. Murphy, for as much as fans want to rip him, is an established veteran in NXT and a solid worker. And tonight, for all intents and purposes, in order to land here, you needed to work a clean match. These two did. And, for what it’s worth, I can easily see Dillinger getting some serious opportunities in the coming months.

Worst match of the night:

With apologies to No Way Jose, I thought that Dawkins looked really sloppy in several parts of their match, and was bad enough to make this match the worst of the show, in my eyes. There just seemed to be a few missed spots, or spots that were not executed well, and looked like missed or botched spots.

I wasn’t a big fan of Aliyah and Liv Morgan, either. You knew that they were relatively new to the TV matches, but they’ve been around. The flow of the match didn’t feel clean throughout. Not a terrible bout, but there’s room for improvement. I chalk this up to the significant talent loss that NXT went through over the Summer, with a lot of talent being called up to the main roster. The good news is, a lot of new faces are getting exposure. The bad news? Sometimes, the bad spots get the spotlight. Growing pains is all.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Ten! Ten!

One! One!

Let’s go Tye

You’re a zero

Psycho Killer

No way Jose

let’s go Dawkins/Dawkins sucks


Let’s go Liv


You deserve it

Yes! Yes!

Star of the Night

A non-wrestling one. This was all about Nakamura, celebrating his newly one NXT Championship, and letting the home fans at Full Sail sing their praises of him.

Spot of the Night:

I do like the Tye Breaker. Might just be me, but I don’t think I heard it called that before. But I know I’ve seen it before.

Kenneth Crawford with a running Shooting Star. Wow.

Aliyah’s head scissor + kimura. Pretty nifty and fresh move, even if it didn’t lead to a submission.

Jobber of the Night:

There wasn’t one, really. I mean, Angelo Dawkins was probably about as close to one as there was, but in his match, even he had a shot.

Upset of the Night:

Nada. Zilch. Zip. No upsets tonight.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

The Revival beat the living Hell out of Ciampa, after interrupting his backstage interview. Ciampa started the aggression, but Dash and Dawson emphatically ended it tonight. Their fight spilled from backstage, to the announce position and the ring, where Ciampa got a Shatter Machine for his troubles.

Botch of the night:

Kenneth Crawford had a bit of an awkward landing after a back body drop that he was countering. Still did the trick, but even the announcers called out that the landing probably wasn’t quite how he had planned.

There were a few in Dawkins/Jose too. Dawkins looked not so good during several exchanges.

Commentary of the night:

Cutler just stomped on Crawford’s soul

I found out where Dawkins Island is. It’s like buying a star online, it’s all a scam I think.

Despite the fact that she’s from New Jersey, she’s incredibly talented. She might be the only talented person from New Jersey.

LOL Moment of the night:

For me, it was Dawkins and his multiple headbands. I’m sorry, but they made me laugh.

Noteworthy Moment:

Another week, another one of those rough-cut spots ending with the word “sanity” on a brick wall. Someone new is coming…hopefully soon.

Asuka will be back on NXT TV next week, off of her successful title defense.

Overall lowlights:

I hate calling these lowlights in the developmental ranks, which is what NXT is. But as I pointed out under worst of the night, a couple matches were not quite up to the usual high NXT standards. But, I have to take this all with an admittedly massive grain of salt, considering the huge names who have recently left. I mean, for the sake of the Women’s Division here, it was virtually decimated by the draft and then Bayley’s free agent signing after SummerSlam-of course, the poaching was needed in order for WWE to support two main-brand Women’s Divisions, and it opens up plenty of opportunities for the younger, greener women in NXT…but there will be growing pains at times.

Overall highlights:

Loving what Dillinger is bringing to the table.

Ditto No Way Jose.

Nice closing promo from Nakamura. Doesn’t set things up for a re-match, nor did it set up things for a new challenger-yet. But it was basically his coronation, if you will. And as the fans at Full Sail said-he deserved his moment.

After the final bell:

This, to me, was a re-boot of sorts. The announcers acknowledged it several times, and there’s no point in hiding it. Over the last 8 months or so, NXT has lost a ton of talent to the WWE main roster. That’s a good thing, in the grand scheme of things, as it means NXT is doing an exceptional job of developing talent. The downside being, they’ve seen a lot of their focal points get called up, leaving them a ton of new faces. Gone are Nia Jax and Bayley, replaced by Liv Morgan and Aliyah. Gone are Balor and Corbin and Sami Zayn and so many others, and we are left with Kenneth Crawford and Steve Cutler.

That’s not meant as a knock to those new faces and names. It’s meant more to say, this is their time to shine, their opportunity to be developed into the next big NXT talent to get drafted. We will see the established stars, like Asuka, Nakamura and The Revival, work things out with the newer names and faces, and before long, I am sure things will be humming along as always.


Tye Dillinger defeats Buddy Murphy, via the Tye Breaker

Ciampa was giving an update on Johnny Wrestling’s injury, when The Revival interrupted and a fight broke out.

Steve Cutler dispatches Kenneth Crawford.

No Way Jose defeats Angelo Dawkins

Liv Morgan takes out Aliyah

Nakamura cuts a promo on winning the NXT title.



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