You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show. Tonight is the first of a couple big weeks for NXT TV. Tonight, Asuka is going to defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match, which I’m really looking forward to.
Before getting to the action, in case you were living under a rock, Mauro Ranallo is the new voice of NXT (replacing Tom Phillips – who has just been excellent, by the way). He, of course, joins Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson. I’m a big fan of his and I’m glad he’s back and with NXT.
Match #1: Velveteen Dream v. HoHo Lun
The Dream has tweaked his entrance a bit and gotten even more flamboyant. I don’t think this is Lun’s first NXT appearance, but you may definitely remember him from the Cruiserweight Classic.
The Dream easily overpowers Lun early on due to the size difference. Lun gets a few strikes, but the Dream hits a big boot to the face before nailing Lun with a hanging Jack Hammer. The Dream flies off the top rope with a huge elbow drop and that’s all for Lun.
Winner: Velveteen Dream via pinfall
Thoughts: This was just a basic enhancement match for Velveteen Dream. He pulled out a new move in the Jack Hammer and Lun was in a much better position for his elbow drop off the top rope. Not a bad showing for the Dream and I suspect the enhancement matches will continue for a while.
Earlier: Asuka was in a car on the way to NXT earlier and all the sudden Nikki Cross was on the windshield and then trying to open Asuka’s door. That was great. Security pulls Cross away before anything physical happens.
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3 Weeks Ago: We see a recap of Hideo Itami just destroying Oney Lorcan with multiple GTSs. Up next, Lorcan gets a rematch with Itami.
Backstage: The Authors of Pain and Heavy Machinery are arguing in William Regal’s office. Regal says that in 2 weeks, the Authors of Pain will defend the titles against Heavy Machinery. After Machinery leaves, Ellering asks Regal what Jurassic Cocoon he found those guys in.
Match #2: Hideo Itami v. Oney Lorcan
Lorcan sprints across the ring for a big European uppercut as the bell rings and unloads with chops on Itami. The referee separates them as Itami is bleeding pretty heavily from the nose. Medical staff tries to clean him up, but the referee calls for the bell to stop the match.
Winner: No Contest?
Thoughts: No thoughts. I guess they couldn’t get the bleeding to stop, but they didn’t try for very long.
Recap: A great video package for Bobby Roode and Roderick Strong and the build-up for next week.
Match #2b: Hideo Itami v. Oney Lorcan
Hideo Itami marches to the ring with his nose plugged up and no music. Lorcan’s music hits and here we go again! Itami nails Lorcan with a big boot at the bell and just kicks the life out of him in the corner. Itami hangs Lorcan across the top rope and dives off the top with a knee to the back of the head. Lorcan tries to fight back, but Itami just clotheslines him off the turnbuckle and Lorcan takes a nasty bump to the floor as NXT goes to break.
Back from break and they are trading strikes. Lorcan ducks a spinning back fist and hits a running Blockbuster for a near fall. Itami pretends to be hurt again and uses the referee distraction to hit a cheap kick to Lorcan’s knee. Lorcan counters a GTS, but runs into a boot in the corner and then a top rope clothesline by Itami. Lorcan forearms Itami in the face several times, but Itami no-sells it. Lorcan gets out of another GTS and Lorcan acts like he tweaked his knee (the same one Itami kicked earlier).
Lorcan says don’t stop the match and the referee confirms he is OK to continue. Itami drags him up and knocks him out with a GTS and that’s the end. Itami still has blood all over his face.
Winner: Hideo Itami via pinfall
Thoughts: NXT continues to plant the seeds for a full-blown Itami heel turn. It’ll be a challenge since he’s pretty much a legend to the audience. He will need to do something Ciampa-like to really turn the crowd. It was a really physical match and Itami comes off looking like the tough one after coming back out after injury.
Post Match: Hideo Itami asks for Kassius Ohno to please come to the ring and he obliges. As they stand in the ring, Nikki Cross appears on the ring apron. Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe hit the two from behind and beat them down. Wolfe gets the microphone and basically challenges Itami and Ohno to a tag team match, I think. That was an absolutely terrible promo from Wolfe, so he has plenty of room to improve.
Main Event/Match #3: NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match: Asuka © v. Nikki Cross
I decided that I don’t ever want to see Asuka lose. The only way to win is to incapacitate your opponent to the point where they can’t answer a 10-count. No pinfalls, submissions, count outs, or DQs, obviously. They start out aggressive as Asuka strikes Cross as she’s against the ropes. Cross takes a basement drop kick to the face, but counters an Asuka baseball slide by getting her caught in the ring skirt. She uses the opportunity to beat Asuka down.
Cross goes under the ring and pulls out chair after chair as NXT cuts to break. Back from break, they are trying to suplex each other on a pile of chairs. Cross hurls Asuka into the steps, but she gets up. Asuka returns the favor, but Cross is back up at 5. Asuka then repeatedly slams Cross’s face into the stairs. Asuka pulls a trash can out from under the ring. Here’s an ECW chant. Asuka hits Cross in the gut and puts the trash can over her head and just kicks the hell out of it. Asuka hits a top rope drop kick to Cross with the trash can over her head still, but Cross gets up at 8.
Now Asuka throws several chairs into the ring, but Cross jumps off the ring apron right into an insane knee to the face. Asuka is just kicking her some more now and there are about 10 chairs in the ring. Cross gets Asuka on the ring apron and hits an inverted DDT. Asuka catches Cross on the top rope with a spinning heel kick and then flings her by her hair off the tope rope and onto the chairs. Ouch.
Cross then counters and nails a brutal back suplex on Asuka onto the chairs and they are both down. Both women are back up at 6 and NXT cuts to break as they reset. Back from break and Cross is laughing as she absorbs body kicks from Asuka. Cross counters a back fist and levels Asuka, but now Asuka is no-selling and getting fired up. Cross ducks a knockout kick and eventually hits Asuka with the fisherman’s neckbreaker. Cross hits a second, third, and fourth one! Asuka staggers to her feet as Cross tries to hit her with the title belt.
Asuka kicks Cross in the face as she charges with the belt, but Cross won’t stay down. Asuka hits a spinning heel kick, but Cross again beats the count. Asuka tries to suplex Cross out of the ring and onto the chairs at ringside, but Cross counters. Cross slips out and powerbombs Asuka on the chairs on the floor and her head may have bounced off the ramp. That was brutal. Asuka gets up at 9, though!
Asuka tries to German suplex Cross off the ramp to the floor, but Cross counters. Asuka knocks Cross off the ramp and jumps off with a hip attack. Cross ducks another big kick and Asuka’s leg hits a stage light used for the set. Cross then hits a spinning neckbreaker on the floor. Asuka manages to get up at about 9.5. Cross comes out of nowhere with a ladder shot to Asuka’s stomach. Cross now positions a table in front of the announcer’s desk.
Cross sets up the ladder by the table and puts Asuka on the table. Asuka meets Cross on top of the ladder and suplexes her off the top rung and through the announcer’s desk! Good lord. Both women are down, but Asuka gets up at 9 while Cross is still unconscious! Asuka wins and Nikki Cross laughs deliriously as she is tended to by medical staff.
Winner: Asuka via TKO
Thoughts: No one is ready for Asuka. That was really, really good. There were several spots where I bought into Cross possibly winning and it was just a really well put together match. There were several crazy bumps that you’ll never see on the main roster. Overall, this was a PPV-quality match that I almost wish they had saved for TakeOver after having watched it.
- Velveteen Dream beat HoHo Lun
- The Authors of Pain will defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against Heavy Machinery in 2 weeks
- Hideo Itami and Oney Lorcan ended in a No Contest after Itami was bleeding from the nose/mouth
- Hideo Itami beat Oney Lorcan when the match started again
- SAnitY beat down Itami and Kassius Ohno
- Asuka retained the NXT Women’s Championship in a Last Woman Standing match
Advertised for Next Week
- NXT Championship: Bobby Roode © v. Roderick Strong
- Kassius Ohno & Hideo Itami v. SAnitY (Wolfe & Dain)