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NXT Review 1/11/17: DIY Do It Again

NXT JANUARY 11TH 2017 The show started with footage of Asuka being attacked outside the building by Peyton and Billie, with Billie pouring a drink over Asuka. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce vs. Macey Evans and Sarah Bridges At least this explained why Billie was in her ring gear for the attack because outside of the ring it does seem a little odd. Bridges (formerly Crazy Mary Dobson) got some brief offence in and looked good, but a facecrusher onto Billie’s knee got Peyton the win. Afterwards, Billie and Peyton…

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NXT Review 1/4/17: Melbourne Legacy

NXT JANUARY 4TH Like last week it’s a double length episode, this time with matches from Melbourne. The Revival vs. Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli Pretty routine match. Moss and Sabbatelli showed flashes, but clearly they’re not there yet (nor should they be expected to be) and there were a couple of slightly off moments. They certainly got time here, more than they would in Full Sail. Moss and Sabbatelli played face here, but with Sabbatelli’s look and backstory I can’t see that lasting. They teased the upset, but The…

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NXT Review 12/28/16: The Osaka Show

NXT DECEMBER 28TH This week was a double length edition of the show with matches from the Osaka show, including the full Joe/Nakamura match which they showed in part three weeks ago. Oney Lorcan vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas Interestingly, Almas came out wearing the La Sombra mask for his entrance since they were in Japan. Almas kicked away a handshake to start. They wrestled a fairly basic match for the most-part but the work was solid. The most interesting moment was Almas using the Destino for a near fall, which…

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NXT Review 12/21/16: Glorious Fourway

NXT DECEMBER 21ST Billie Kay w/Peyton Royce vs. Daria Berenato Daria largely dominated, despite a Peyton distraction. Peyton and Billie tried to leave and Daria stopped them, but Billie took the referee, allowing Peyton to ram Daria into the apron and throw her back in for the big boot from Billie and the pin. Daria looked pretty good but I guess there’s an issue if she has an MMA gimmick and she’s not the hardest hitter on the roster. After the match Peyton threw Daria outside and Billie says that…

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NXT Review 12/14/16: Melbourne Supremacy

NXT DECEMBER 14TH A video hyping Nakamura and Joe, mostly covering the Osaka match, opened the show. This was probably more effective than the actual match was and at least meant we got some hype going into this week’s match. NXT CHAMPIONSHIP, STEEL CAGE MATCH Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe This was taped in Melbourne. As far as I can tell, or as far as Cagematch lists, this was Nakamura’s first cage match. Joe was first to use the cage, giving him the upper hand. When they came back…

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NXT Review 12/7/16: The Kinshasa In Osaka

NXT DECEMBER 7TH The show began with Ciampa and Gargano coming out. They came out normally before celebrating in the crowd. The crowd gave them a big reaction and they milked the moment for quite a while before The Authors Of Pain interrupted before they could speak. Ellering claimed their prophecy had come true because they were undefeated and had won the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, so their celebration was premature. The Revival interrupted them though, claiming they should be number one contenders and the only reasons the AOP…

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NXT Review 11/30/16: NXT Detour: Ottawa

NXT NOVEMBER 30TH Asuka vs. Nicole Matthews This show was recorded in Ottawa before a Smackdown. I’m not sure what percentage of the crowd knew Asuka because of that, but she got an okay enough reaction and some chants. Asuka won clean with the Asuka Lock. Recap of Sanity attacking Swann, Kona Reeves and then No Way Jose last week. Joe versus Nakamura was confirmed for December 3rd in Osaka. Joe was then interviewed by Dasha, saying Regal gave Nakamura a rematch quickly because he wanted the belt back in…

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NXT Review 11/23/16 and Takeover: Toronto Thoughts

NXT TAKEOVER TORONTO BOBBY ROODE VS. TYE DILLINGER. While not a great match by any stretch, it was carried by the crowd reaction and if the guys involved are getting that kind of reaction then somebody must be doing something right. I know there are other guys on the roster who people have been clamouring for a callup for for longer, but if the arguement is that certain guys don’t need NXT to get better then Roode might just be the most WWE ready guy they’ve ever had in terms…

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NXT Review 11/16/16: Onto Toronto

NXT NOVEMBER 16TH Liv Morgan vs. Peyton Royce w/Billie Kay A pretty short match, but to their credit, both worked the match like there was a grudge between them, which helped keep it interesting. Billie tried to get involved and got knocked off the apron. Liv then got a guillotine choke on Peyton, but Billie interfered for the DQ. Post match the Aussies beat on Liv until Aliyah made the save. Peyton and Billie were able to get the upper hand and Peyton gave Aliyah a facebuster onto Billie’s knee,…

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NXT Review 11/9/16: Semi Finals Week

NXT NOVEMBER 9TH Charly introduced the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic matches from the Performance Center again. DUSTY RHODES TAG TEAM CLASSIC SEMI FINALS DIY vs. The Authors Of Pain This was recorded in Los Angeles. This was probably the best match of the tournament so far and possibly the best Authors Of Pain match so far. After a fast start, there was a cool spot where the AOP caught Gargano on a dive, then when Ciampa attempted one, they threw Gargano at him as he was about to dive…

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