By Jacky Chen
I guess I should introduce NXT.Not all WWE fans watch it. NXT is the developmental territory of the WWE. It was supposed to be the show that nobody really watched, but that isn’t really true. There are just as many NXT fans as there are WWE. Some people think that NXT has a different aura. It’s more intense, more emotional, more high-flying, and competitive. It’s not just jobbers that go through NXT. Many legends have started their WWE career in NXT including TNA star Eric Young and NJPW star Shinsuke Nakamua. Other great superstars include Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen), Roman Reigns, Finn Balor (Prince Devitt), Sami Zayn (El Generico), and Seth Rollins.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Wesley Blake
The night starts off with a match between The King of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura faces Wesley Blake. After the match starts, Blake blows two kisses to Nakamura with the latter catching it and smelling it (it smelled bad). He stomps on it and Blake goes for a clothesline. In the end, Nakamura hits the Kinshasa on Blake for the win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfall (Kinshasa-Running knee strike)
Match rating: 8/10
After the match, General Manager William Regal announced a match at the next NXT Takeover (Back to Brooklyn) between Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship.
Billie Kay vs. Santana Garrett
This match was very short and went back and forth between the two superstars. Garrett lands a body splash into the turnbuckle on Kay. Kay ducked out of a clothesline and hit a big boot to pick up the win.
Winner: Billie Kay by pinfall (Big boot)
Match Rating: 2/10
Bayley asks Willliam Regal for her rematch against Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship. Regal agrees and sets up Bayley vs. Asuka at NXT Takeover: Back to Brooklyn for the NXT Women’s Champion.
TM61 (Shane Thorne and Nick Miller) vs. Adrian Nails and Rob Ryzin
TM61 was known as “The Mighty Don’t Kneel” in Noah, NJPW, ROH, and TNA. Also known as TMDK (Torture, Murder, Destroy, Kill), the group consisted of Shane Thorne (Shane Haste) and Nick Miller (Mikey Nicholls). The match was a showcase against jobbers Nails and Ryzin. TM61 picked up a quick and easy win over the duo with their finisher Thunder Valley
Winner: TM61 by pinfall (on Adrian Nails-Thunder Valley-Double-team press slam)
Match rating: 3/10
No Way Jose vs. Steve Cutler
The match began with Cutler and 2013 Xavier Wood on Steroids, I mean, No Way Jose is dancing around with a confused Cutler trying to take down Jose. Cutler had No Way in a headlock and the latter throws him against the ropes. Cutler bounces back and shoves him. Jose gets really mad and things went downhill for Cutler. No Way ended the match with a Cobra clutch slam.
Winner: No Way Jose by pinfall (Cobra clutch slam)
Match rating: 7/10
After the match, No Way Jose cut a promo on Austin Aries, his rumored opponent at NXT Takeover: Back to Brooklyn.
Buddy Murphy vs. Kota Ibushi
Kota Ibushi is a competitor in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic and a wrestler from NJPW. He made his NXT debut against Buddy Murphy. As Murphy went for a superplex, Ibushi slid down and power bombed him to pick up a win in his debut.
Winner: Kota Ibushi by pinfall (last ride powerbomb)
Match rating: 8/10
Earlier GM William Regal announced a match for the NXT Championship between champion Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. Samoa Joe says that Nakamura is not deserving of the title. William Regal comes out and says that while Joe is the champion, Regal is the General Manager and he calls the shots. Regal also says that if Samoa doesn’t defend his championship, he would be stripped of it. Joe accepts the match and says that he will destroy Nakamura.
Thanks for reading my article, tune in next week for the August 3rd episode of NXT.
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