WWE NXT Results and Review: The Era of Strong Style Begins (August 31, 2016)

WWE NXT Results and Review

Air date: August 31, 2016

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The King of Strong Style returns to Full Sail and the rebuilding of the NXT roster continues. Let’s get in the ring!

Tye Dillinger vs. Buddy Murphy

Tye Dillinger continues his winning streak by beating the other half of former NXT Tag Team Champions, Buddy Murphy. Dillinger is reliably excellent and one of the most naturally lovable wrestlers anywhere in the WWE system. Murphy is impressively brutal and provides a suitable obstacle for The Perfect 10. Hopefully Dillinger will become more than fodder for incoming and more well-known talents or lost in the shuffle on the main roster. Recommended match!

Winner: Tye Dillinger (via pinfall following a Tye Breaker)

Steve Cutler vs. Kenneth Crawford

Sometimes the biggest villain in NXT is the crowd at Full Sail. Kevin Owens was on the nose when it comes to the fickle and fair weather nature of that specific audience. In order for NXT to remain NXT, new and often unknown wrestler have to compete. To do so in the face of unnecessary and snide chanting from holier than thou know-it-alls is distasteful at best and speaks to the character of the regulars that haunt Full Sail.

Both Steve Cutler and Kenneth Crawford are excellent wrestlers and put on a fine match. Crawford seems to be homing in on a solid gimmick beyond the Baron Cobinesque personality of his promo. Crawford is the real standout in this match. He is so smooth and he pulls of a really nice running Shooting Star Press. Crawford would do well in the CWC if there is another season. Time will tell on these two but they have promise.

Winner: Steve Cutler (via pinfall following a Fisherman Driver)

No Way Jose vs. Angelo Dawkins

Like Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose is completely beloved and able to back it up in the ring. While this match may be a bit by-the-numbers, the promise of NWJ vs. Bobby Roode is genuinely exciting. Angelo Dawkins, from the League of Former Jason Jordan Partners, seems lost in the shuffle amid the ever changing NXT roster. This match is proof that they can’t all be winners.

Winner: No Way Jose (via pinfall following a Full Nelson Slam)

Liv Morgan vs. Aliyah

The vacuum left by the departure of several wrestlers over the past year has forced the Women’s Division to place the emphasis on emerging talent rather than just rely on Bayley et al. Aside from the really new Ember Moon, there doesn’t seem to be any credible threat to Asuka. Still, Liv Morgan has a certain something even if she might seem like Carmella II at times.

All of the quibbling aside, Morgan and Aliyah do put on a good match and prove again that NXT has the best overall Woman’s Division matches in any mixed gender promotion. The baseline for the NXT wrestlers is higher than TNA or Ring of Honor (which seems to be the least progressive promotion for female athletes) and only sees a real rival in this area from Shimmer Women Athletes.

Winner: Liv Morgan (via pinfall following Reverse Roundhouse Kick)

Shinsuke Nakamura addresses the NXT Universe

While everything is debatable, it stands to argument that the NXT Championship (which should be called the NXT World Championship) is the most elite American Professional Wrestling championship. In Shinsuke Nakamura we find the bar for the level of charisma and star-power elevated substantially for any subsequent title holder. Nakamura adds even more prestige to the belt which is no small feat given the elevation the Owens/Balor match in Tokyo bestowed on the championship.

Whether or not we see a continuation of the Samoa Joe/Nakamura feud, we will no doubt see the NXT championship (and promotion in general) remain the gold standard for Professional Wrestling, Kenny Omega’s opinion be damned.

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