Advertised for tonight’s show is the NXT Championship rematch between Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura which took place in Osaka, Japan. The result has been widely publicised, and is even stated on the show preview. It’s a shame they didn’t make it a network special, but I guess we can’t have everything. We will also get to hear from the new NXT Tag Team Champions, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa.
SAnitY def No Way Jose and Rich Swann
Ember Moon def Kimber Lee
Shinsuke Nakamura def Samoa Joe to become new NXT Champion (recorded in Osaka, Japan)
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa kicked off the show by making their way to the ring, and then taking a trip through the crowd before returning and holding aloft the titles to ‘you deserve it’, ‘DIY’ and ‘Johnny Wrestling/Psycho Killer’ chants. Before they had time to talk they were interrupted by Authors of Pain and Paul Ellering. Ellering told them that the prophecy of the Authors of Pain has come true, Authors of Pain are undefeated and winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic DIY’s celebration was premature. The Revival appeared, skirted round Authors of Pain to stand at the bottom of the ramp, and stared to talk as Authors of Pain made their way slowly down the ramp. The Authors’ shoved Dash and Dawson over and, as The Revival scrabbled out of the way, Ellering stated Authors of Pain’s intention to be the next tag team champions.
Corey Graves announced he had got the commentary team some help and we were given a video package for ‘Showtime’ Percy Watson, before he joined commentary as the third man. His first job was to dance along to No Way Jose’s theme as Jose made his way to the ring.
No Way Jose and Rich Swann vs SAnitY’s Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe
After the enthusiastic and energetic entrances by Jose and Swann, SAnitY arrived. Sawyer Fulton was conspicuous by his absence as they made their way to the ring. Eric Young was carrying Fulton’s jacket. He threw it down in the centre of the ring, stomped on it then chucked it onto the ramp before the start of the match. SAnitY aren’t establishing themselves as a particularly wordy faction so I wonder if we’ll get to find out what happened to Fulton.
Anyway, No Way Jose started things off against Alexander Wolfe. He and Swann had the early momentum, but it didn’t last long. After Alexander Wolfe escaped to the outside, he got himself together and quickly took control of Rich Swann. Both men tagged in their partners, Wolfe broke up Jose’s pin attempt on Young, Swann came in to deal with Wolfe and they all ended up outside the ring.
They paired off on the outside for a while then No Way Jose was attacked and pushed into the ring post by a hooded figure, who turned out to be Damo. If you’re not familiar with Damo, he’s a Belfast born wrestler and recent signee to NXT. Surprised his TV debut was so quick, but very pleased to see him. Find out more here and check out a few of his independent matches.
The interference allowed Eric Young to take advantage and pin No Way Jose.
Damo picked up the discarded jacket of Sawyer Fulton, looked at it and threw it down before walking out.
In William Regal’s office, Regal was asked about the tag team division. He said The Revival will get their rematch against #DIY on the 11th January NXT episode winners will face Authors of Pain at NXT TakeOver San Antonio. Tye Dillinger asked to speak to Regal about the fact he lost the match against Samoa Joe which was supposed to prove if he belonged in NXT. He appeared to be about to tell Regal he didn’t think he should be there, but William Regal announced a number one contender’s tournament starting next week, and asked Dillinger to be part of it. He said he knows Dillinger has had a rough time but he believes in him and the people believe in him. After Dillinger left Regal picked up a knuckleduster from his desk and put it on with a sigh.
An attempt was made to interview SAnitY but they just pushed past. Nikki Cross caught sight of the NXT women’s title belt and eyed it with undisguised longing. Asuka grabbed the belt and the two looked at each other for a few moments. Nikki Cross vs Asuka now looks likely and that’s going to be fantastic.
Ember Moon vs Kimber Lee
I want to be annoyed about this match introducing yet more new women instead of building the ones they have, but I like Kimber Lee so I can’t be. That said, I would rather have seen her debut in a winning effort instead of against the undefeated Ember Moon. It was a good match though. Kimber Lee was presented as legitimate competition and actually had at least 50% of the offence. You can find out more about Kimber Lee here. Not a long match, but a nice showcase for both of them, which finished with Ember Moon eclipsing Kimber Lee.
The tournament William Regal mentioned was officially announced. Tye Dillinger vs Eric Young, Elias Samson vs Roderick Strong, Oney Lorcan vs Bobby Roode and No Way Jose vs Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. The winner of each match will go into a fatal four way, and the winner of that will become number one contender.
Samoa Joe (C) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Even if you hadn’t already read the result of this, which would have involved avoiding the internet completely for the past few days, surely this was a foregone conclusion. The competitors faced off, forehead to forehead, before the bell while the crowd filled the ring with streamers.
The match played on how well these two know each other with both men repeatedly anticipating and countering each other’s moves. It was a good match, and a worthy main event, but we already knew what was going to happen and it was very similar to their last two matches. I know they’re both great but I just can’t get excited by them fighting each other, sorry.
They both worked hard and hit each other with everything they had. Nakamura resisted Joe’s attempt to slam him on the steps again, and used them to his own advantage by kicking Joe in the back of the head and driving him face first into them.
Eventually Nakamura hit the Kinshasa and it was all over. Shinsuke Nakamura is now the second person to become two-time NXT Champion.
Charly Caruso announced the rematch will take place next week, in Melbourne Australia, and will be shown on next week’s episode of NXT. It will be a steel cage match.
Strange and busy episode tonight. I’m really not a fan of having a title fight take place off screen and the result being widely publicised before we get to see it. The match itself didn’t feel like anything special, but that could just be my interpretation. I’ve said before I just don’t feel the chemistry between Nakamura and Samoa Joe, and repetition hasn’t improved it.
It was great to see Damo, and Kimber Lee. And it looks like Asuka’s next competition will be Nikki Cross. With Cross’ current persona that will be an interesting match to say the least. The number one contender’s tournament seems to indicate that whoever loses the rematch next week will be headed to the main roster, but we’ll have to wait and see.
However it pans out, it looks like NXT is going to be interesting for the last few weeks of 2016.