Air Date: September 28, 2016
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The show begins with NXT Commissioner William Regal standing in the ring in the empty Full Sail arena. He announces that NXT will be doing the second year of the Dusty Rhodes Invitational Tag Team Tournament and the bracket will be announced in the coming weeks. The first match of the tourney will take place next week.
“The Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger vs Angelo Dawkins
Dawkins, who is going by “Curse of Greatness”, has been anything but great for a long, long time now in NXT. In fact Dawkins and Dillinger both have been in NXT longer than anyone else on the current TV roster (apart from Dash and Dawson the NXT champions). Tye Dillinger seems to have found a character that the NXT universe can get behind, but Angelo Dawkins has bounced from gimmick to stable and wallowed in mediocrity for years now. His current persona, an amalgam of every popular African-American athlete, doesn’t seem to be the key that finally unlocks some success.
They match itself was over with very quickly. Dawkins spent most of it stirring imaginary batter and shedding head bands. He did manage to get in a bit of offense early in the form of some respectable elbows. Dillinger finished him off with his Time Breaker, the fireman’s carry over to a neck breaker, in just over two minutes.
Winner: Tye Dillinger
As Dillinger is exiting we are treated to the Glorious hit of the summer. Bobby Roode comes out and he has a few words for Tye Dillinger. Roode says that Dillinger is not quite the perfect ten, but he has potential and that he would make the perfect partner in the Dusty Invitational.
Bobby Roode, with the help of his theme music, has been getting the biggest pops in NXT lately. This alliance with the Perfect 10 may be the start of him turning face. Then again he may stab Dillinger in the back as soon as things aren’t so glorious.
Next we get the debut of the Ealy brothers, Uriel and Gabriel, a couple of behemoth twins. They are set to take on the The Revival, but before the NXT tag champs can even make it to the ring Samoa Joe storms in and continues to make good on his promise to annihilate the NXT roster. He single-handedly takes out the brothers and then gets on the mic. He tells Regal, “Bring me Nakamura or hand me my championship.”
Mandy Rose vs Ember Moon
After some brief early offense from Rose, Ember repays her with some stiff kicks and a beautiful springboard cross body. Mandy fought back a bit, but was then caught with a head scissors into the turn buckle and Ember Moon’s stunner from the top rope which she calls the Eclipse.
Winner: Ember Rose
More than anyone who has come through NXT as of late Ember Rose seems like she’s most perfectly match to give Asuka a good fight for the NXT Women’s championship down the line. Mandy Rose (Amanda Saccomanno from last season’s Tough Enough) had a really good showing as well for only her second televised match. She seems extremely comfortable for someone who has been wrestling for just over a year. The bicycle knee she hit looked effortless and the transition and timing were flawless. Maybe she spent a lot of time working a few certain moves or sequences, but it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Mandy Rose will be on the main roster sooner rather than later.
The Authors of Pain vs Jesus de Leon and Jon Cruz
The AOP haven’t had much competition since debuting June’s Takeover and the two local talents they faced tonight did not stray from that pattern. After dumping de Leon out of the ring with a gorilla press slam they end the match with their lariat/Russian leg sweep combo finisher. Afterwards we finally hear Paul Ellering address the NXT crowd. He let’s them know that the first chapter began with the arrival and the next chapter spells “a plethora of pain.”
Winner: the Authors of Pain
Liv Morgan vs Asuka
With this match being the only one of the night to feature an NXT champion, it was odd that it wasn’t the main event. That reason was made clear fifty-four seconds later. After only a dropkick and a couple of elbows from Morgan, Asuka tapped her out with an arm trap submission.
Lince Dorado vs Hideo Itami
Lince is a great matchup for Hideo and a great fit for the NXT roster. After dropkicking Itami off of the top rope and a pitch perfect Asai moonsault, Dorado had the match well in hand. That was until he missed on a shooting star press allowing Hideo to capitalize with a corner missle dropkick. The NXT universe called for the GTS and Itami obliged.
Winner: Hideo Itami
After the match Aries attacked Hideo and then ran out. The two stared each other down to end the show.