This week NXT began with Bobby Roode coming down to the ring for a promo. He did his entire entrance on the way down. He stated that NXT in his “glorious image” had officially begun, and that he disposed of the last remaining remnant of the old NXT, that being Shinsuke Nakamura. He reminded everyone that while everyone was thanking Nakamura last week, he was not one of the wrestlers on the stage saying goodbye to him. He said that Shinsuke did not leave NXT, but rather Roode forced him to leave. That’s right, Bobby! You sure showed him, you gave your opponent a raise!
After running his mouth, Hideo Itami made his NXT return, he then stood and stared at Roode with a look of disgust, He finally extended his arm and slapped Roode across the face… unfortunately tearing his bicep in the process. Recovery time is expected to be around six months or so. I’m kidding of course, Itami is not injured, not yet anyway. He did, however, eventually hit the GTS on Roode to a great ovation from the Full Sail crowd before heading to the back.
Backstage, UK Champion Tyler Bate and Jack Gallagher were introduced. The two discussed facing each other next week. Gallagher praised the UK Tournament show and complimented Bate. He mentioned how honored he was to defeat him and win the title next week. In retaliation, Bate put over 205 Live and then proceeded to go on about how grateful he was to retain the title next week. This is what’s been missing in American wrestling, my friends; even when insulting each other, the Brits can’t help but be courteous in some form to each other. What a couple of extraordinary gentlemen! The two shook hands and will face off next week on NXT for the United Kingdom Championship.
After the break, Roode was still lying on the ground. He was being checked on by referees and other personnel, before he finally stood up and walked to the back on his own.
The show cut to a phone-recorded video over at the performance center. Otis Dozovic was filming said video, and was very enthusiastically watching his partner, Tucker Knight train. McIntyre was working out in the background until Andrade “Cien” Almas walked in and insulted him in Spanish. McIntyre said nothing but did not looked pleased. Almas and McIntyre will fight next week.
Back at Full Sail, Almas came down to the ring. The announcers, as well as Otis in the previous segment, referenced how fond Almas is of partying all hours of the day and night. I’m not sure what this is leading to, or if it could just be a jab at Almas from management.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Danny Burch –
Ah, yes. Matches! Forgot we had those on this show. Almas faced former NXT Superstar and UK Tournament competitor Danny Burch. The match itself was rather generic, but it was announced during this match that WWE is moving forward with a new UK show on the Network. I wouldn’t mind seeing Burch on there when that show starts. After going back and fourth, Almas hit a double knee-strike in the corner, then defeated Burch with the Hammerlock DDT.
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
A video package featuring every female on the NXT roster aired. In it, they each mentioned how powerful and cocky Asuka has become. They each vowed to be the one to end her undefeated streak.
Another video aired, this one showcasing the entire Eric Young/Tye Dillinger feud. It started when Young begged Dillinger to join Sanity, I sight that I still would love to see, and has since grown from there. They showed them beating Dillinger, injuring Roderick Strong and No Way Jose, and just showing how unstoppable Sanity has been. This was key for what was to come.
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay vs. Liv Morgan & Aliyah
All four of these women are still very much inexperienced, and it showed in this match. The two of them wrestled for several minutes with a rather silent crowd reaction. Neither team did anything particularly memorable. However, Aliyah eventually got the win over the duo, and the two Australians threw a hilariously over the top fit in the ring. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen somebody so upset to lose a match… on NXT… in a tag team match… that most people will forget about next week… that I have forgotten about already… what was I talking about again?
Winners: Liv Morgan & Aliyah
Eric Young vs. Tye Dillinger
In a rare NXT steel cage match, it began with Young stalling to get to the ring. Dillinger grabbed Young and forced him into the ring, and then shut the cage door himself. This wasn’t exactly the hard-hitting blowoff match that it probably needed to be, but it got the job done. Young bled during the match, which I felt did add some drama to it all. After kicking out of a elbow drop from the top of the cage from Young, Dillinger eventually hit the Tye Breaker. Unfortunately, the other members of Sanity prevented him from exiting the cage. Suddenly, Kassius Ohno and Roderick Strong came down to even the odds… and they failed. Nice going.
Somehow, Alexander Wolfe made his way to the top of the cage and fought with Dillinger. Killian Dain eventually entered the cage, and Dillinger dove onto all three of the Sanity members. He then did something no wrestler has every done before: crawl out through the cage door and don’t take so long to do it.
Winner: Tye Dillinger
The last few moments of the show had the member of Sanity looking on at Tye angrily from the cage. I guess that they were trapped inside of it, even though it is noticeably smaller than an actual steel cage. Anyway, Ohno and Strong lifted Dillinger onto their shoulders and celebrated as his music played. The fans chanted “thank you, Tye” as the show went off the air. It was a nice sendoff for a man who I once doubted would ever even join the main roster. I guess you could say that it was a “perfect 10,” I give the rest of the show a solid 5 or 6 though.