For the second week in a row, we are getting the gift of a two hour NXT broadcast tonight. Last week, of course, was the Osaka show. Tonight we are getting to take in the Melbourne show, which featured Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe in the steel cage, along with DIY versus Australia’s own TM61. If the cage match from a couple weeks back is any indication, the rest of this two hour feast ought to be quite enjoyable. Get comfortable, folks!
Best Match of the night:
Before I go any further, let me get this one out of the way. Nakamura and Joe aren’t eligible, same as last week, since we already consumed that match. OK? Good.
Besides, this evening was chock full of good matches, and I dare say a couple wowed me more than the NXT title match.
Tonight was all about good tag team matches. First I’d say I was surprised by Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli in a losing effort to The Revival. Really good match. Next, and even better, was Roode/Sampson versus Dillinger/Buddy Murphy. Seriously, this match was really good.
But the best? The best has to be TM61 versus DIY for the titles. This one had it all. The crowd was super into it, and it was a nice, long, well executed match. DIY retained, and the match was capped off by a nice show of sportsmanship. One thing that hit me during all of these tag matches is that, while Authors of Pain may very well be the heirs apparent, I cannot picture them working a 15 or 20 minute match like DIY and TM61 did, without being seriously gassed. That’s not a knock on them, per se, but just the reality that you don’t expect wrestling clinic type matches out of their particular style. In other words? Appreciate matches like these.
Worst match of the night:
Nothing fit the description this evening. It was a strong show. I love shows when there really wasn’t a bad match.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
I apologize if I miss some, or get any wrong. Some were hard to pick up, and some I could tell were Aussie slang, so if I slaughter any of them…go easy on me.
You are a wanker (this one has to be my favorite)
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Ten! Ten! Ten!
The mash-up of Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi, with the Oi being Ten, for when Buddy Murphy and Tye Dillinger teamed up.
This is wrestling
That was three
Star of the Night
OK, you are going to say I am lame, but the stars of the night, for me anyways? Had to be the Melbourne fans. They were every bit as vocal and hot as any other NXT crowd that I can recall, and any time you can get a crowd to chant at someone that he’s a wanker? That’s star worthy right there.
From the wrestling side of things? I would have to go with Team DIY. Nice work in their defense tonight. But if you chose to go with, say, Tye Dillinger? Or even Buddy Murphy? I wouldn’t fight you on it.
Spot of the Night:
How can you not enjoy Ember Moon’s Eclipse?
Miller, powerbombing his partner who was suplexing Ciampa. Or something like that. It was an awesome spot.
Jobber of the Night:
None really. On a night where you had no bad matches, you had no jobbers.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing happening, but there was a near one in the opening match, as Moss and Sabbatelli gave The Revival all they could have wanted from the upstarts.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Tonight was lacking in this area. The one spot in the tag title match, where Miller sacrificed Thorne to get Ciampa? That’s about as close as we got to one tonight. But tonight was so strong, from top to bottom, that the card and show did not suffer from a lack of such a moment.
Botch of the night:
Sabbatelli set up Riddick Moss for a double team on The Revival, and for whatever reason, Moss didn’t bounce right off the ropes but rather held up. Somewhere, this relatively new pairing was off on their timing. There was also a spot where they were doing stereo Irish whips out of the opposing corners, and it didn’t seem to go as smoothly as it should have. It just comes down to experience. It didn’t look horrible-it wouldn’t have gotten a “you f’d up” chant in the old ECW, but it is what it is.
Commentary of the night:
It does not feel like a concert, it feels like a tragedy. I’d rather be struck deaf right now.
That’s what it would look like if a kangaroo attempted a cartwheel.
LOL Moment of the night:
I give this one to the crowd interaction, especially with Elias Sampson. They wanted no part of his singing, they called him a wanker, and when he threatened to leave, they erupted in Yes chants-which got him to stay.
The Revival are exercising their rematch clause next week, when NXT returns to Full Sail. Also on the show will be Asuka, as we no doubt start getting more matches announced as we rapidly approach NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.
Honestly, I have nothing to complain about from tonight, outside of a lack of Asuka on the show. But until I just thought about it, I had not really noticed. Because the other matches were very satisfying.
The whole card really. Excellent tag team matches from start to finish.
After the final bell:
Really strong ending to the overseas tour for NXT. Fans had to be pretty stoked by what they got to see, because I know as a fan I was enjoying the footage from both Osaka and Melbourne.
The Revival outlast a very game Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli
Tye Dillinger and Buddy Murphy defeat Bobby Roode and Elias Sampson
Ember Moon Eclipses Liv Morgan and Billie Kaye
DIY and TM61 wrestled a great match, with DIY retaining
Nakamura defended his title against Samoa Joe in the steel cage.