NXT (June 21, 2017)

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It’s time for another installment of NXT, coming at you previously recorded from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Tonight our main event pits two of NXT’s best strikers against one another as the undefeated Aleister Black takes on Kassius Ohno in the main event.

After the opening credits we go to the ring for our first match of the night.

Match 1: Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay) vs. Ember Moon

Royce and Kay are out first. Billie Kay is hanging all over Royce as they make their way down to the ring. I’m still not convinced that this isn’t a lesbian gimmick. Ember Moon is out second. People chant “Welcome back!” at her.

They lock up and do some mat work before Royce hits some forearms. Moon hits some arm drags and then hits a dropkick. Moon whips her into the corner and hits a clothesline before heading up top. She gets cut off by Royce who teases a fisherman’s suplex.

Distraction from Kay allows Royce to send Moon into the ringpost and roll her up for one. Royce sends Moon into the ringpost a second time looking to damage her previously injured shoulder. TAPE MACHINES ARE ROLLING!

We return from break to find Royce in control. She’s grounded Moon and is working over her arm. Moon manages to escape and gets Royce in a cradle for two. Royce kicks out and starts laying in some kicks, but Moon cuts her off with knee strikes and then hits a springboard cross body block for another two count.

Royce tries for a running boot, but misses and gets rolled up by Moon for another near fall. Moon heads up top, but Kay pulls Royce out of the ring to the floor. Moon takes out Kay on the outside with a cross body block from the top rope, evening the odds. Back in the ring, she hits a crucifix for yet another near fall.

Royce hits a widow’s peak for a near fall. Moon fires back with a back elbow and then slams Royce into the turnbuckles. Moon heads up to the top rope and hits the Eclipse to pick up the win.

Winner: Ember Moon

This match didn’t really work for me. Moon and Royce didn’t really seem to be on the same page for most of the match, and by the time they finally did they were coming down the homestretch to wrap things up.

The match served its purpose though: Ember got revenge on Royce and Kay and picked up a big win so she can get back into the title picture. [*⅝]

Meanwhile Backstage…

Kassius Ohno gets warmed up for his match and Hideo Itami shows up and apologizes for being a dickbag. He’s had a hard time in NXT and hasn’t been as successful as he was in Japan and felt frustrated.

Ohno says he knows how Itami feels since he’s had some setbacks as well, but it’s not to late for both of them to turn things around. Ohno says he’s going to get his start tonight.

Match 2: The Ealy Brothers vs. Sanity

Sanity has their original theme song today, so I guess the remix from a couple weeks ago is just the Killian Dain special. Wolfe and Young are representing Sanity this week. They come down to the ring on their own.

Wolfe starts things off one of the Ealy Brothers, working him over with strikes. Eric Young tags in and they hit some double team moves. Young unloads with some rights and then tags Wolfe back in.

Ealy One makes the tag to Ealy Two who runs right into a big boot. Wolfe hits a running uppercut and then Young tags in. Lots of quick tags from Sanity. Wolfe gets one of the Ealy Brothers in a chinlock, and then hits some strikes.

Wolfe charges, but misses and whatever Ealy Brother was in the ring with him makes the HOT TAG to his brother who runs wild…oh wait, no, he didn’t. He got caught in a double team neck breaker thing and Sanity won the match.

 

Winner: Sanity

A rehab win for Sanity who had lost a few in a row to get Roderick Strong over. The Ealy Brothers are muscle twins, so they’ll probably get a push at some point in the future, but right now they’re still very green which made this match a little rough at points. [*]

 

Highlights for Children!

We are shown highlights of the women’s triple threat match from last week and the wild brawl that took place backstage between Nikki Cross and Asuka. Next week those two women will meet in a last woman standing match for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Video Package!

We get the same Sonya Deville, “Put your hair up and square up!” video from last week. They seem to be going all in on her which is alright by me. She’s got a good gimmick and has looked pretty good in the ring in the few matches I’ve seen her in.

Match 3: Rachel Evers vs. Sonya Deville

Rachel Evers is the grappler formerly known as Rachel Ellering. Her dad is Paul “I Manage Invincible Tag Teams” Ellering. She is all over the goddamn place these days. I feel like I just saw her on Impact a couple weeks ago and now here she is in NXT again.

Deville starts off with some kicks but gets tossed by Evers. Deville gets annoyed by this and fires off some kicks and knee strikes and muscles Evers into the corner. More kicks from Deville before she gets Evers in a body scissors. Evers manages to escape but Deville takes her down with a double leg takedown and goes for the cover.

 

Evers kicks out at two and mounts a bit of a comeback. She hits a jawbreaker and a kick that she follows up with forearms. Deville smirks and says, “You messed up!” and then hits a kick to the midsection and takes off her gloves and proceeds to punch Evers a bunch of times in the gut. She then gets Evers in a seated double wrist lock and Evers has no choice but to tap.

Winner: Sonya Deville

This was a fine squash match. I’m glad that WWE/NXT is using these sort of matches to make dudes and dudines look like absolute monsters before they throw them up against other serious challengers.

Deville looked pretty good here, but is going to need some more work before she’s ready for prime time so to speak. [*⅝]

Early Today at Full Sail University…

Bobby Roode was hanging out doing a photoshoot in the lobby, like you do, when Roderick Strong arrived with his wife and kid. Roode said something about having to upgrade their trailer to a double wide before telling Strong’s wife if she ever wanted to be with a real man she should come over to his place.

Roderick goes fucking apeshit and beats the fuck out of Roode. Roode’s shirt gets torn asunder and he might have gotten cut on the bridge of his nose…or maybe he just has a really deep crease there I never noticed.

Roode vs. Strong for the title will happen in two weeks.

 

Match 4: Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black

Ohno is decked out in Chicago Bulls “inspired” ring gear tonight. Black is here in all his heroic satanist kickboxer finery. Commentary talk about how Ohno and Black know each other well and that Ohno had a hand in training Black. I like that NXT kind of acknowledges the wrestling world outside of the WWE Universe.

The match starts off kind of slow with standing switches and hammerlocks. Nigel is in his glory. At one point Ohno gets Black in the corner and backs off because he has good sportsmanship. More wristlocks and such.

Ohno scores an early near fall, but Black gets him in a front facelock. Neither man has the clear advantage here. Ohno gets out of the facelock and takes Black down to the mat, but Black kips up and gets Ohno in a hammerlock that takes the big man down but he manages to get to the ropes.

Ohno forces Black into the corner and hits a big chop but Black fires back with a kick and some knee strikes that send Ohno rolling out to the floor. Black runs toward the ropes for a dive, but NOPE, it’s the Aleister Black backflip and sit in the center of the ring deal.

Ohno collects himself and heads back in but Black lays into him with some strikes. Ohno hits a massive forearm and both men are are down. Black rolls out to the floor. TAPE MACHINES ARE ROLLING!

We come back from the break and see Ohno light up Black with chops and a big kick in the corner. He covers for but Black kicks out at two. Ohno takes down Black and gets him in a chinlock that he follows up with a huge senton that earns him another two count. Ohno takes a seat in the middle of the ring, mocking Black.

Black gets pissed off and kicks the fuck out of Ohno. Ohno makes a comeback and hits a kick to a grounded Black. He follows it up with more strikes. Black cuts him of and hits a running double stomp to take control. He hits some more kicks and knee strikes and then lands an awesome springboard moonsault press. He follows up with a sping kick and covers Ohno for a two count.

Ohno goes on a tear and hits a big knee, a forearm and then hits a bicycle kick for another near fall. Ohno hits some more forearms but Black gets him in a cradle for a two count and then hits Ohno with a bunch of kicks and strikes of his own for another two count. Ohno comes back with an enziguri and then kips up an hits a cyclone kick for another near fall.

The elbow pad is down. Ohno and Black trade elbows and knee strikes for awhile until Ohno hits a dump suplex. He sets up for the rolling elbow, but Black hits a Black Mass Kick from OUTTA NOWHERE to put Ohno away.

Winner: Aleister Black

This was an awesome match. Hard hitting action and good pacing throughout. Black seems poised for bigger and better things now. Ohno will probably end up feuding with Itami still. All is right with the world. [****]

 

Final Thoughts

This was a pretty decent episode and is well worth a watch for the main event alone. The Ember Moon/Peyton Royce match didn’t do it for me, but the tag team match and Sonya Deville’s match were both fun enough squash matches.

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