WWE NXT #387 (04.12.17) Play-by-Play and Review
You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show.
While no championships changed hands, it sure does feel like a new era starts tonight. Furthering that feeling, NXT has a brand new opening theme and video. I can’t say I like the song. On the schedule for tonight: Aleister Black, Shinsuke Nakamura’s NXT farewell, #DIY, and Drew McIntyre versus Oney Lorcan.
Match #1: Aleister Black v. Corey Hollis
On the opposite end of the music spectrum, Aleister Black is out first with his badass theme and entrance. The comments from the announcers could have been lifted right from TakeOver. This poor guy across the ring from Black is about to be slaughtered. Hollis hops around while Black stands poised with his hands behind his back. Hollis runs straight into a brutal Black Mass and that’s all for Mr. Hollis. Post-match, Black takes a seat in the ring and continues looking calm and emotionless.
Winner: Aleister Black via pinfall
Thoughts: That Black Mass kick is so visually impressive. It was a quick squash match that put emphasis on how Black is patient and deadly accurate. I’m not sure what his next feud will be – maybe Eric Young/SAnitY?
Backstage Promo: Tye Dillinger’s SmackDown Live debut is shown along with his win over Curt Hawkins. Tye Dillinger is part of SD Live, but he isn’t done with Eric Young in NXT. Dillinger says he spoke to William Regal and he has one last match with Eric Young next week – and it’s in a steel cage.
Match#2: #DIY v. Dylan Miley & Michael Blais
Dylan Miley is a mountain of a man and he’s a homegrown talent right out of the Performance Center. I don’t know much about Blais aside from a quick search showing he’s been wrestling on the independent circuit since about 2005.
Anyway, Ciampa starts things off and Miley wants to shake hands. Ciampa shakes and Miley makes it a point to squeeze enough to make Ciampa uncomfortable. Ciampa digs in with a side headlock until Miley tosses him away. Miley hits the ropes and runs right through a chop by Ciampa, and then levels Ciampa with a shoulder block on the rebound. Miley presses Ciampa over his head, but Ciampa gets free and tags in Gargano. Gargano leaps over the top, but Miley catches him. Miley manhandles him from that position into a hanging vertical suplex. Miley walks in circles with Gargano until Gargano starts to come down, then lifts him back up and holds him even longer before finally hitting the suplex. Cool spot.
There’s a Johnny Wrestling chant as Blais excitedly hops around on the apron calling for a tag. Blais works over Gargano in the corner, but misses a charge into the other corner. Gargano does his roll-up head kick combo and delivers a leaping neckbreaker. Ciampa gets a tag and #DIY crushes Blais in the corner with a double team kick/knee. Miley gets knocked off the ring apron and Blais gets the Meeting in the Middle and that’s good for the win. Post-match, Miley is angrily looking at Blais. The crowd chants Delete. Miley just obliterates Blais. I may have heard a Broken Rollins chant in reference to Blais’s Shield-era Seth Rollins hair, I assume.
Winners: #DIY via pinfall
Thoughts: Miley could be impressive one day. Of course, he could just be a no-charisma muscle head. #DIY put him over, though, and he by no means looks bad on the losing end of the match. More importantly, what’s next for #DIY? I thought for sure that they’d end up on a main roster show. Maybe they’re sticking around to try to help reload the NXT tag team division.
Recap/Promo: Asuka versus Ember Moon at TakeOver highlights are shown. Long after TakeOver, as the Amway Center is being cleaned up and the ring is gone, Moon solemnly walks out and says it was supposed to be her moment, opportunity, and destiny. She says Asuka proved she’d do anything to keep the title (cheat). She says she will still be the one to beat Asuka. Come on, Ember Moon, you still have no conviction at all when you talk.
Match #3: Ruby Riot v. Kimberly Frankele
Frankele is probably better known to some as Kimber Lee. Riot and Frankele trade throws to start until Frankele hits a chop and sends Riot into the buckle. Frankele eats a boot while charging into the corner and Riot comes off the second rope with a hurricanrana. Meanwhile, Nikki Cross is in the audience slamming the ringside barrier around because that’s what Nikki Cross does, I guess. Frankele takes advantage of the distraction and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, but only gets a 2-count.
Frankele delivers a nasty kick to the back of Riot followed by a chop. Riot blocks the next chop and unloads with 4-5 chops of her own. Riot scores with a couple knockdowns and a drop kick as Nikki Cross is now on the ring stairs. Riot does a Sasha Banks-style head scissors that drives Frankele’s face into the buckle. Riot pulls Frankele out of the corner and right into a Pele kick for the win. Post-match, Nikki Cross decides to not get in the ring.
Winner: Ruby Riot via pinfall
Thoughts: Not bad. Kimberly Frankele looked more comfortable in the ring than Ruby Riot. Riot’s pre-match vignette wasn’t overly impressive either. She sounded very timid, which doesn’t match the look of her character. I think Nikki Cross has more potential, so I think she’s going to go over in the eventual feud and match.
Backstage: Peyton Royce is filming Billie Kay walking around being an asshole. They come across Liv Morgan and Aliyah and decide to bully them some more. Liv Morgan ends up pushing Billie Kay backwards into a water bath/tank thing. She isn’t pleased.
Match #4: Drew McIntyre v. Oney Lorcan
No, McIntyre didn’t come out to the 3MB theme song. He gets a Welcome Back chant from Full Sail. Both guys are aggressive early on and McIntyre catches Lorcan coming off the ropes with a belly-to-belly that sends him to ringside. McIntyre is deceptively tall. Lorcan explodes into the ring and hits a European uppercut. A second one sends McIntyre to ringside. Lorcan dives over the top rope with a somersault plancha. Lorcan heads back to the top rope and dives to ringside for a cross body, but McIntyre catches him (!) and flips him around in order to slam him down on the ring apron. Oney is hurting as NXT goes to commercial.
Back from break and McIntyre unloads with a chop to Lorcan followed by an overhead release belly-to-belly out of the corner. Lorcan kicks out at 2, so Lorcan eats another huge chop. McIntyre takes a boot in the corner and Lorcan surprises him with the running Blockbuster for a near fall. McIntyre hits a head butt to freeze Lorcan on the top buckle. McIntyre is seriously like a foot taller than Lorcan. McIntyre goes for a superplex, but Lorcan stops it and McIntyre falls into a Tree of Woe. McIntyre sits up, though, grabs Lorcan by the neck, and hurls him into the middle of the ring. That was cool.
Lorcan is back up and slaps McIntyre right in the face. And again. Like 10 times, wow. Lorcan gets caught and sort of flap jacked on his face over Drew’s shoulders. McIntyre fires up in the corner and hits the Claymore and Lorcan is finished.
Winner: Drew McIntyre via pinfall
Thoughts: That was pretty impressive. My only Drew McIntyre exposure has been during his first WWE run (yeah, I live under a rock), so this was surprising for me. Bobby Roode has his next opponent, I would say
Post-Match: McIntyre is interviewed on the ramp. He says he has the Raw talent and could put the SmackDown on anyone, but he wants to be in NXT.
In-Ring: Nakamura is out for his NXT farewell. Sadness. Nakamura says he came to NXT 1 year ago with experience and as a former champion in Japan. Now he calls NXT his home. He says he learned a lot from the NXT superstars, coaches, and you (the crowd). NXT is its own brand and has its own energy. He says the NXT Universe is crazy (NXT chants). He says it’s the innovation and passion. He says he will always be NXT because We are NXT. The NXT roster empties onto the stage and claps for Nakamura. At the very end, Finn Balor shows up to give him a hug. Very cool scene and no BS.
- Aleister Black beat Corey Hollis
- #DIY beat Dylan Miley & Michael Blais
- Ruby Riot beat Kimberly Frankele (Kimber Lee)
- Drew McIntyre beat Oney Lorcan
- Shinsuke Nakamura said his farewell to NXT
Advertised for Next Week
- Tye Dillinger v. Eric Young in a Steel Cage