WWE NXT (July 27) – Results and Review
In which Blake & Murphy both get their asses handed to them, No Way Jose doubles down on his new aggressive side and Samoa Joe’s indignance makes William Regal’s face involuntarily twitch with rage which is delightful. Let’s ring that bell!
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Wesley Blake
It is easy to pity the task ahead for Wesley Blake. Following the dissolution of his formerly title-holding tag team and the departure of Alexa Bliss, Blake finds himself needing to reinvent his particular wheel. He finds himself from the nearly unstoppable force of Shinsuke Nakamura, a competitor that beat the former NXT champion Sami Zayn his first day. While Blake handles himself admirably, the unusual and brutal style of Nakamura is too much for Blake.
This match and subsequent granting of an NXT Championship match by William Regal nicely bookends Samoa Joe’s appearance at the end of the episode. Joe’s (possibly righteous) indignation and Regal’s fuming response is helping Samoa Joe vs. Nakamura shape up to be a potentially show-stealing match at Takeover: Brooklyn 2.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura (via pinfall following a Kinshasa)
Billy Kay vs. Santana Garrett
With mainstays Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax off for greener pastures, the roster of the Women’s Division is looking to be replenished. Thankfully there have been wrestlers training away at the Performance Center that are hungry for more action and a shot at climbing the championship ladder. The long-suffering Billie Kay (who made an appearance last month on Smackdown) seems to be taking tentative steps towards becoming the top heel of the Women’s Division. Her sneering brutality is aided by her height. She has the potential to be a formidable contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.
The same can be said about the Wonder Woman-esque Santana Garrett. Her instantly likeable personality and her ring acumen beg the question of why is NXT seemingly hesitant to commit to proven independent wrestlers like Garrett, Leva “Blue Pants” Bates of Crazy Mary (Sarah) Dobson? There is likely a world of information we are not privy to (nor should we be) but in order to truly remain a forward leading promotion there should be wrestlers who come fully assembled. In Santana Garrett’s case she has the bearing of a wrestler capable of carrying the weight of main event status. That is no small feat since many wrestlers come across as white noise and are easy to tune out. Not so with Garrett, or Billie Kay for that matter.
Winner: Billy Kay (via pinfall following a Big Boot)
TM61 vs. Adrian Nailz & Rob Ryzin
This episode of NXT is tag team-light relative to recent weeks. TM61 have almost instantly established themselves as #1 contenders to The Revivals belts. They have a slick and harmonious team style and possess stand out personalities that set them on the elite level needed to capture a championship. Adrian Nailz and Rob Ryzin are at a disadvantage, not for lack of skills. The beauty of tag team wrestling appreciates with shared drive and united outlooks. TM61 are happily on a violent crash course with the Authors Of Pain, Ciampa & Gargano (again) and The Revival.
Winner: TM61 (via pinfall following Thunder Valley)
No Way Jose vs. Steve Cutler
Everything about the feud between No Way Jose and Austin Aires is Professional Wrestling gold. The simplicity of the drive behind their consternation is balanced by the precision violence of Aires and the loose and explosive style of Jose. This match is very much geared to establishing the depth of NWJ’s personality and it is working. His promo following the match was terrific and the crowd reaction he is conjuring is a sight to behold.
Winner: No Way Jose (via pinfall following a Spinning Full Nelson Slam)
Kota Ibushi vs. Buddy Murphy
In his NXT debut, Kota Ibushi arrives as an instant star. There is a kick/German Suplex combination towards the latter portion of this match that is shocking for its quickness and the ease with which it was delivered. The devastation that Ibushi bestows upon Buddy Murphy is elegant. To his credit, Murphy leans into his grumpy jerk persona with much enthusiasm and shows continuing promise.
Hopefully after the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, Ibushi will plant roots in NXT. With the return of Hideo Itami looming, there is the very real chance of some of the best professional wrestling of all time occurring in front of us. Mind boggling, maaaaan. Recommended match!
Winner: Kota Ibushi (via pinfall following a Sit-Out Powerbomb)
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