Shocking Violence: Nakamura steals Samoa Joe’s Nose!
The Bayley/Asuka Contract Signing
Asuka is NXT’s most dominant wrestler. She is a champion and undefeated. Bayley likes to pick fights for the challenge. It is a cornucopia of Professional Wrestling at the moment and in Brooklyn we might be in for a Match of the Year candidate.
Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering vs. Adrian Nailz & Rob Ryzin
Crafting a compelling Tag Team division is complicated. Establishing an outward boundary for unstoppable violence is important when your tag champions are already established roughnecks. Drafting the Authors of Pain as the chaotic evil element of NXT with the (delightfully) sinister presence of Paul Ellering is genius. As a beachhead for the waves of competitors to crash against, the Authors will crush lesser teams and season the better ones.
Winner: Authors of Pain (via pinfall following a Legsweep/Clothesline)
Andrade Cien Almas vs. Angelo Dawkins
Despite the excellent technical wrestling the crowd is oddly flat, thus deflating the match. The crowd came alive to Bobby Roode, however. The establishing of Roode as a modern-day Rick Rude is really great and ideally an Almas/Roode match will produce some heat.
Winner: Andrade Cien Almas (via pin following a Hammerlock DDT)
Billie Kay vs. Liv Morgan
Billie Kay continues her winning streak and remains the preeminent Goth Monster in NXT. This match shows off her ring acumen nicely. Kay finds a worthy opponent in Liv Morgan. Morgan could possibly be much more utilized than she is…she has explosivity and is very scrappy. The Woman’s Division has much potential but needs to expand.
Winner: Billie Kay (via pinfall following a Big Boot)
Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Tucker Knight & Patrick Clark
Much like Authors of Pain establishing a bar for ultra-violence, Gargano & Ciampa have established a new level of slickness that fills the void left by American Alpha. The Sicilian Psychopath and Johnny Wrestling have had quite the fortnight: the Cruiserweight Classic and their independent dates shine a spotlight on how compelling and mightily talented they are. If the Cruiserweight Renaissance will be built around anyone, it’d be natural to start with Gargano & Ciampa.
Tucker Knight and Patrick Clark actually worked well together and displayed some semblance of a team dynamic. While somewhat under the radar, Knight and Clark are worthy of more attention. Recommended match!
Winner: Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa (via pinfall following a High Knee Strike/Superkick)
Samoa Joe vs. Mojo Rawley
If Mojo Rawley was going to get jumped out of NXT by anyone, the NXT Champion should be the one to do it. Taking the Hype Bros rocket ship to the main roster seems to be Mojo’s lot in NXT as no one seems to be able to take the strap from Samoa Joe. If Finn Balor couldn’t do it twice, Mojo certainly can’t.
Far from a knock against Rawley, his defeat like many before him was inevitable. The wake of his path of destruction provides the grounds for Joe’s indignation at William Regal and Shinsuke Nakamura. Joe is right: he jumped through hoops to get his title shot, but the better metaphor would be he choked the hoops in front of him into submission and Muscle Busted them back down the roster or out of NXT altogether.
The promise of glorious violence inherent in a Samoa Joe/Nakamura match is delivered as the King of Strong Style makes his way down to the squared circle and humiliates the champion in the middle of the ring. These guys will probably kill each other. No sleep ’til Brooklyn.
Winner Samoa Joe (via submission following a Coquina Clutch)
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