WWE NXT #388 (04.19.17) Play-by-Play and Review
You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show.
On the schedule for tonight: The blow-off match between Tye Dillinger and Eric Young inside of a steel cage. Also, my body is losing the fight against plant pollen, so this review might not be as thorough as usual. I know all 4 of you will be disappointed.
In-Ring: The show opens right into Glorious as the NXT Champion makes his way to the ring. Nigel and Percy are trading shots about each other’s outfits. Roode says he single-handedly sold out the Amway Center over WrestleMania weekend. He says he snuffed out the last of the old NXT (Nakamura) and the future of NXT is in his control. Roode says last week, he had to sit at home and watch Nakamura get into his ring and the locker room celebrated him. The crowd starts humming Nakamura’s song.
Roode says he wasn’t out of the stage last week because he wasn’t going to listen to the crap that came out of his mouth. Roode says Nakamura didn’t leave NXT on his own; Roode embarrassed him so badly that he had no choice but to leave. Roode says no one deserves to be in his NXT. Roode says you can either jump aboard Bobby Roode’s NXT or hit the bricks. Cue Hideo Itami’s music! Big Hideo chant as he gets into the ring. Roode acts all smug and Itami slaps him right across the face. One More Time chant as Roode sells it.
Roode sits the belt down and takes off his coat as he prepares to fight. Roode finally runs up, but Itami lifts him up and delivers the GTS! Roode is out cold as Itami holds the NXT title. Looks like we have our TakeOver Chicago title match.
Backstage: Tyler Bate and Jack Gallagher are backstage. Jack is challenging for the UK Championship next week and they trade pleasantries. They quickly begin to politely trade a few barbs and end up shaking hands.
In-Ring: Bobby Roode is still out in the ring and being helped by officials. Well, that’s one way to get a finishing move over.
Earlier Today: Heavy Machinery is pumping some iron. In the background, Andrade Almas is on his cell phone while Drew McIntyre is working out. McIntyre gets up and seriously dwarfs Almas. My God, I hate Heavy Machinery. Apparently Almas challenged McIntyre to a match next week.
Match #1: Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas v. Danny Burch
Almas starts out with his usual taunt in the ropes. Burch takes control with a toss across the ring and some kind of mid-air single leg takedown. Almas counters a suplex and hits a big clothesline. Almas tees off with an incredible chop to Burch and stomps him in the corner. Burch fires back with forearms and a European uppercut. Almas recovers as Burch celebrates and clubs him in the back of the head. Almas levels Burch with a running boot to the face. Almas charges into the corner with the double knees and then delivers the hammerlock DDT. That’s good for the win.
Winner: Andrade Almas via pinfall
Thoughts: Basic match to get Almas a win so he appears more credible for McIntyre. Once again, there was a focus from the announcers on Almas and his party lifestyle, so they will be getting some mileage out of that and maybe a redemption storyline down the road if there’s crowd buy-in. At least, that’s how I would do it.
Promo: The NXT women talk about how unstoppable and dominant Asuka has been. They go into how Asuka has been getting cocky and that it is a weakness. They all claim they will be the one to beat Asuka. LOLOLOL.
Promo: There’s a recap of the Tye Dillinger / Eric Young saga.
Match#2: Liv Morgan & Aliyah v. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
A fan in the crowd legit has cat ears on and is a fan of Aliyah. I thought that was worth mentioning. Billie Kay works a headlock and knocks Morgan down with a shoulder block. Kay hits a hip toss and tags in Peyton Royce. Wait, I guess it wasn’t a tag. Morgan does her rolling around the ring thing before settling in for a near fall. Aliyah tags in and comes off the second rope with a scary looking leg drop. I thought she was going to do an Earthquake Splash and kill Billie Kay.
Billie Kay finally turns it around with a forearm smash to Aliyah. Peyton tags in for real and does some girly flailing with Billie Kay. Aliyah gets a near fall on a roll up, but Peyton gets up and hits a spinning heel kick. Aliyah didn’t kick out before 3, so the referee stopped the count. Yikes. Aliyah ends up with a sunset flip and gets the pin on Peyton after some assistance from Morgan. Peyton and Billie throw a tantrum in the ring.
Winners: Aliyah & Liv Morgan via pinfall
Thoughts: That was just bad. Aliyah has managed to take another step backward and she’s dragging Morgan down with her. I’m confused as to why Royce and Kay are losing unless they’re headed to the main roster imminently. I mean, I get that the babyfaces get the comeuppance over the heels that bully them, but Aliyah is wrestling in front of a funeral when she’s in the ring. I don’t know. I’d keep her on the live events and off the tapings for now still.
Match #3: Steel Cage Match: Eric Young v. Tye Dillinger
The steel cage gets some ominous music as it lowers around the ring and Tye is out first. Can I just say that I hate the ‘escape the cage to win’ stipulation? It’s always blown me away how the babyface is supposed to sort of cowardly climb out and escape. And I get it – it gives the heel a way to be a heel (using the door). Isn’t the point to beat your opponent so badly that there is finality in the feud? Anyway, Eric Young is out with SAnitY, but they head to the back. Why not just climb in? Young goes right after Tye, but Tye knocks him down and slams the door shut. Why didn’t you just leave?! Ugh, WWE cage matches. Ok, I’m done bitching, I promise.
Dillinger and Young trade blows and block each other’s attempts to use the cage. Dillinger hits a big back body drop and scoops Young up for a Tye Breaker, but Young blatantly gouges his eyes. Young sends Dillinger face first into the cage as NXT goes to break. Back from break, Young hurls Tye into the cage again. Young goes for the door, but Tye stops him. Young is still in control, though. Tye fights back, but Young catches a super kick attempt and slingshots Tye into the corner. Dillinger lands on the second buckle and tries to scale the cage.
Young joins him on the top rope and Tye fights him off. Young recovers and delivers a sit-out powerbomb to Dillinger, who kicks out at 2. Young heads back to the door, but Tye is there again. Young tries to climb out in the corner, but Tye catches him and tosses him to the mat, Nature Boy-style. Cue a commercial. Back from break and it’s Young’s turn to eat the steel over and over. Tye viciously kicks Young and then super kicks his head into the cage and Young is busted open. I can’t tell at what point that happened.
Dillinger tries to climb out and gets a leg over, but Young drags him back inside. Now Young gets a leg over the top and trades shots with Tye. Tye falls off the top rope, but Young has crazy eyes. Instead of climbing out, Young flies off the top of the cage with a beautiful elbow drop. Young can’t make the immediate cover and Tye kicks out before 3. Man, Young is like the babyface here. He’s bleeding and doing the high spots. Young takes his time, so Tye surprises him with a Tye Breaker. Dillinger can’t make the cover, though, and both guys are down. Tye crawls toward the door.
Nikki Cross jumps on the referee’s back and Killian Dain stands in the way of the door. Dain shuts the door and locks Tye in there. Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, and Ruby Riot hit ringside to brawl with SAnitY. Killian Dain ends up smashing Ohno, Strong, and the referee into the cage. Big Dain is now trying to scale the cage, but Tye knocks him off. Wolfe is trying to climb the other side, so Tye whips Young into that side to knock Wolfe to the floor.
Dillinger tries to climb out again, but Wolfe fights with him. Dain is in the ring now and Tye takes both him and Young out with a cross body off the top of the cage. Wolfe climbs in and Dillinger mouths Oh Shit, but turns around and crawls out of the door to the floor and wins. Ohno and Strong hoist Tye up on their shoulders to celebrate as the show closes.
Winner: Tye Dillinger via Cage Escape
Thoughts: That was a really good match. A little overbooked, but it all made sense. After getting beaten over and over, the babyfaces FINALLY stand tall. That’s pro wrestling 101. It was a fitting send-off to arguably an NXT icon. Yes, I know he’s no Nakamura or Joe, but he’s been there a long time and fans got to see his ups and downs, etc. It’s a big deal.
- Hideo Itami confronted Bobby Roode and KO’d him with a GTS
- Andrade Almas beat Danny Burch
- Live Morgan & Aliyah beat Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
- Tye Dillinger beat Eric Young in a Steel Cage match
Advertised for Next Week
- UK Championship: Tyler Bate © v. Gentleman Jack Gallagher
- Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas v. Drew McIntyre
- Aleister Black in action