Read tonight’s NXT results and our review.
Was William Regal able to control Samoa Joe’s wrath? Did Liv Morgan defeat the Empress of Tomorrow Asuka? What’s next on the list for team DIY? Did Mandy Rose live up to her word and eclipse Ember Moon? Who is making their NXT debut next week? The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament returning? Find out now and more!
This week the show beings with NXT general manager, William Regal, announcing the return of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The tournament commemorates the late legend Dusty Rhodes. Last year, the inaugural winners were former NXT Champions Samoa Joe and Finn Balor, who both have clearly come a long way since the tournament. It was revealed that the first two of 16 teams competing will be announced to kick off the classic next week. The two final teams will then compete for the prestigious trophy at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.
Tye Dillinger Vs. Angelo Dawkins
The first match on the card tonight was Tye Dillinger Vs. Angelo Dawkins. I, for one, am always happy to see Dillinger on my screen. He’s got to be one of the last bit of the original NXT. If you haven’t listened to me rant, you’ll slowly start to catch on that I tend to favor Corey Graves and his commentating. He has a certain knack for entertaining commentary even mentioning the recent Wells Fargo incident. However, I don’t know what he was talking about when he said Tye is slowing improving from an 8 to a 9 but not 10. I’m still a little indifferent about Dawkins’ gimmick because I picture a basketball player in a wrestler’s body. Each time I see him we are seen the James Harden “stir the pot” hand gesture and headbands resembling the King Lebron James. I don’t know…maybe it’s just a coincidence? Dawkins begins cooking to which Dillinger responds with his own recipe by performing a cartwheel and reminding everyone that he is a perfect 10 and in the mix Dawkins loses one of two headbands and eventually the other as Dillinger gains momentum near the end. Dillinger sets Dawkins in a “Tye-Breaker” and three count pin for the win.
Result: Tye Dillinger defeated Angelo Dawkins via pinfall
Out of nowhere Bobby Roode – GLORIOUS – comes out! As Dillinger makes his way up the ramp Roode praises Dillinger on his “impressive” win. He goes on to say that, while Dillinger is not the perfect ten, he is looking for the “perfect partner” for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Dillinger accepts with a handshake and thus Perfectly Glorious or, as the crowd chanted, Glorious Ten is born.
We then see Liv Morgan and her match against the NXT Women’s Champion Asuka previewed as well as Ember Moon taking on Mandy Rose later on.
Backstage, Hideo Itami’s match with Lince Dorado is promoted. Itami says Dorado is a great fighter and has heart, unlike his current rival Austin Aries, claiming he is a “coward” and “baby” and who he will have to put to sleep…again.
The Ealy Brothers Vs. The Revival
The Ealy Brothers are the first pair of twins of the WWE Performance Center. The two were notably impressive in stature. However, what was supposed to be a tag team match between the two teams, it was disrupted by a still angry Samoa Joe, who runs down to the ring as Dash & Dawson were making their entrance. The Revival got out of this match easy. Taking out the Ealy brothers with senton after senton, Joe proclaims that he will continue to “lay waste to the roster” until Regal strips Nakamura of the NXT title and be returned to Joe. It was clear that the Ealy brothers were just the first two of many victims.
Result: No Contest
Next, we get a preview of an upcoming talent, Dan Matha, who debuts next week.
Ember Moon Vs. Mandy Rose
I think we all know where this match was headed once we saw the match card. We haven’t seen much of Rose on a live taping of NXT but we know of her from last year’s Tough Enough competition. From what I heard, Moon wanted to bring up a new wave of the Four Hoursewomen and I think I said she couldn’t really do that or foresee such a thing. Although, I believe she can bring a new wave by herself rather than recruiting three other women. She seems to be over with the crowd, with the exception of Asuka. In the end, Moon eclipsed her way to a win with her signature pinning top rope stunner.
I’ll give Rose where credit’s due. I was impressed with her counter into a face plant. She did good offensively and even though I get a little Eva Marie vibe from her, there’s a factor she has that makes her at least bearable to watch in the ring.
Result: Ember Moon defeated Mandy Rose via pinfall
We are taken backstage with team DIY a.k.a. Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. They shared with the universe that they have a checklist of things to do including: entering themselves in the Dusty Rhodes Classic, beat the Revival and winning the NXT Tag Team titles.
Also, we get one last quick look of the Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka, warming up before her match with Liv Morgan. Then, we get another preview of the upcoming stable Sanity. We still haven’t been given a set date of their debut but we do know that the stable is composed of Eric Young, Nikki Storm, Alexander Wolfe and Sawyer Fulton.
Authors of Pain Vs. Local Wrestlers
Accompanied by Paul Ellering, Akum and Rezar, the Authors of Pain hit the ring to fight against, I would assume, locals. This was basically an enhancement, dare I say even, squash, match. The majority of the match had Akum and Rezar completely dominating the entire time winning with a double-team finish.
Post-match up, a pleased Ellering enters the ring to deliver a quick story of AOP: Chapter 1: The Arrival and a preview into the next chapter hinting a “plethora of pain,” and that was all we need to know.
Result: Authors of Pain defeat locals via pinfall
A backstage interview with Regal reveals that he hasn’t been able to contact Nakamura or deal with the Joe’s recent actions. Before he would go on to talk more about the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Blake & Murphy appear. Blake explains that they are ready now that Murphy “cleaned up his act” thus ensuing an argument until they are shooed away by Regal.
Liv Morgan Vs. Asuka
A few weeks back after a little winning streak, Liv Morgan gained the confidence she needed in herself to call out the NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka.
I bought into the hype a bit and thought this match was going to last longer than it came out to be. Everything Morgan threw at Asuka only fueled the Empress of Tomorrow quickly locking Morgan in a submission, in which Morgan immediately taps out. It was said that her dominance has sent the NXT women’s division to the main roster. During the entrances, I found the back and forth commentary of Phillips and Graves quite entertaining. At one point Graves compared Phillips to Saxton (at least it wasn’t Otunga…) Anyways, Graves stated, while watching Morgan’s entrance, “what kind of psycho path wrestles with suspenders in their gear?” Phillips would respond with, “you did.” They went there!
Post-match, Asuka is asked who her next victim will be. Asuka simply stated, “nobody is ready for Asuka,” and I couldn’t agree more. I’m anxious to see who the next challenger will be. Asuka has been undefeated since her arrival. Who do you think is capable of knocking Asuka off her throne?
Result: Asuka defeated Liv Morgan via submission
The next promo revealed to us the first match set to start the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. They are the teams of Cedric Alexander & Andrade “Cien” Almas against The Revival.
Hideo Itami Vs. Lince Dorado
The feud between Austin Aries and Hideo Itami just continue to build up. I really like seeing both as I am a fan of their previous work prior to WWE but I’m still looking forward to seeing these two go head-to-head and finally settling on who is the better, or should I say greatest, man. (Wow, I know. I don’t have a way with words…)
I always get excited when I see Itami on my screen. He was one of the biggest signees during the rise of the NXT era and like Dillinger, for me, is the last bit of the original NXT era. I know we have a lot to see from Itami and I think he’s one of the few that can keep the spark of NXT alive what with most of the roster being called up.
Dorado gets a good pop from the crowd having seen his work on the Cruiserweight Classic and recent RAW debut. I say this very often but I love watching the competitors of the recent CWC because of their quickness, agility and technical maneuvers. Who doesn’t love watching high flying aerial assaults and shooting star presses?! We even get to see original Itami antics such as his kick sweeps. In the end, Dorado’s efforts weren’t enough as Itami catches him in a GTS and going for the win.
Result: Hideo Itami defeated Lince Dorado via pinfall
Last, with the smack promos finally out of the way, we finally see some fists as Aries attempted to attack Itami post-match. Itami is able to escape an Irish whip and like a true wrestling veteran, Aries is able to quickly sense danger and heads back to the ramp before falling into a GTS. The show fades out as Itami is seen standing tall.
What did you think about this week’s NXT? Which team revealed to be in the Dusty Rhodes Classic tournament has a high chance of moving to the finals? Who may pose as a potential threat to Asuka? Who is greater: Austin Aries or Hideo Itami? What do you think Joe’s repercussions will be if he doesn’t stop his “killing” spree? Let us know! We’d love to hear your thoughts.