NXT TV Taping
Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University
Report by Dot Net Staffer Zack Zimmerman
The will-call only strategy to cut down the secondhand market for NXT tickets seems to have effectively cut down on NXT attendance in general.
Dark Match: Jack Gallagher beat Noam Dar. Gentleman Jack smashed Dar with a headbutt and a corner dropkick for the win. Very fun little match. A shame it was dark.
September 21 Episode
Samoa Joe came out with a copy of Shinsuke Nakamura’s medical report. Nakamura hurt his back, elbow, clavicle, and shoulder due to Joe’s attack that aired on last night’s television show. He said no surgery was required, but Nakamura will be out 6-12 weeks. Joe won’t wait that long and called out William Regal. Joe isn’t happy with what Regal had to say, so he’s going to do the same to the whole roster.
1. Austin Aries beat Oney Lorcan. Aries did a suplex lift into a GTS (which the crowd didn’t understand) and then won with Last Chancery. Decent match. Aries said he makes people tap out while Hideo Itami puts people to sleep. Aries said he would call out Itami, but he knows he won’t show. Itami came out, Aries bailed and took a victory lap around the ring before heading backstage. Itami was left with his dick in his hand.
2. Billie Kay beat Aliyah. Oh, boy, this is where the women’s roster is. Billie won with a kick out of nowhere. Aliyah did a cool leg drop but that’s about it.
3. Cedric Alexander beat Andrade Almas. Almas had the Ingobernable logo on his gear!!! Turn him!! Cedric won with a Lumbar Check. A super fun match that did more to get Almas over than anything they’ve done yet.
September 28 Episode
William Regal came out and announced the second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. The finals will take place in Toronto.
1. Tye Dillinger beat Angelo Dawkins. Dillinger won with the Ushigoroshi. Ugh, why? Oh, this is why. Bobby Roode came out and said Dillinger isn’t a ten yet, but he can be. Roode and Dillinger are a team in the Dusty Classic. “Perfectly Glorious” was born.
The Ealy Brothers vs. The Revival looked like it was gonna kick off the Dusty, but Samoa Joe came out and killed the Ealys during The Revival’s entrance. Joe said they were the first victims of Regal’s indecisiveness, and it will continue until he gets either Nakamura or the title on a platter.
2. Ember Moon beat Mandy Rose. This wasn’t a squash. Mandy took 75 percent and looked pretty good. Ember won with the Eclipse.
3. The Authors of Pain (w/Paul Ellering) beat Mr. 450 and Cruz (of Los Bendejos). This didn’t appear to be a Dusty Classic match. AOP killed Cruz with a military press to the outside before pinning 450 with the clothesline and leg sweep. Ellering finally spoke. He said chapter one began with their debut, and chapter two continues with pain. “That’s all you need to know.”
4. NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Liv Morgan. Poor Liv. Asuka tapped her in a minute. Blink and you missed it. Asuka used Rings of Saturn this time rather than the Asuka Lock. Afterwards, Asuka was asked about a next challenger. She said nobody is ready for her.
5. Hideo Itami defeated Lince Dorado. Sloppy match. Disappointing considering the talent involved. Itami won with the GTS. Aries attacked Itami from behind post-match.
October 5 Episode
1. The Authors of Pain defeated The Bollywood Boyz in the first match of the Dusty Classic.
2. Rich Swann beat Patrick Clark. Clark is doing a new exotic gimmick where he licks his hand and rubs himself… Yep. Swann won with a handspring moonsault, then they played Patrick Clark’s music for some reason. Swann is very over.
3. Peyton Royce (w/Billie Kay) defeated Danielle Kamela. Royce got her first television win a bridging exploder. Glad to see some new ladies pick up wins.
Dan Matha is tall, jacked, handsome, and the next victim of Joe, who asked when Regal would allow the beatings to end.
4. The Revival defeated Andrade Almas and Cedric Alexander in a Dusty Classic match. Another very fun match. Revival went over, but in their first showing Almas and Alexander showed a lot of prowess as a team. Ingobernable Almas attacked Cedric post-match, and admittedly I marked out hard. Almas needed that heel turn so badly. I’m so glad. El #Ingobernable is here!!
October 12 Episode
1. Sanity defeated Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger in a Dusty Classic match. Roode walked out on Dillinger. Sanity won with a suplex/powerslam. The masked Sanity group wore masks and then revealed themselves to be Sawyer Fulton, Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Nikki Storm. Fulton and Wolfe worked the match. They have a cool look and cool entrance.
2. Billie Kay (w/Peyton Royce) beat Liv Morgan. Billie went over with a boot.
3. TM61 defeated Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss in a Dusty Classic match. Thunder Valley sealed the W and a spot in the second round for TM61.
4. Blake fought Murphy to an apparent no-contest. Samoa Joe came out and destroyed both men. “Regal, time is up,” Joe said. “Bring me Nakamura or bring me my title!” Joe said he would hold the show hostage until he got what he wanted. Shinsuke Nakamura came out wearing a neck brace. Nakamura ripped off the brace and hit the ring in a hurry. Nakamura and Joe brawled and were pulled apart. Nakamura beat the shit out of security and attacked Joe up the ramp. They were separated on the stage again and finally pulled backstage. Psych! The brawling continued back into the ring, where Nakamura connected on the Kinshasa.
Awesome taping set. Maybe the best they’ve done as far as pure volume of quality matches and stories.
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