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NXT Live Event
Boston, Massachusetts at Agganis Arena
Report by Dot Net staffer Zack Zimmerman
Before the show, there were maybe 700-800 in attendance at a building that holds 7,000. They should be running smaller boutique venues such as the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. There were between 1,200 and 1,500 before intermission, but it’s still not the right venue to run.
1. TM61 and No Way Jose defeated Sanity. Eric Young was the star of the match to this crowd, but they liked Jose too. Jose pinned Alexander Wolfe with the One and Only. Fine opener. Jose vs. Bobby Roode was listed on the poster, TM61 was scheduled to face Wolfe and Sawyer Fulton, and Young vs. Tye Dillinger was advertised.
2. Onie Lorcan beat Elias Samson. The crowd chanted “Delete” at The Drifter. Lorcan (a/k/a Biff Busick) interrupted Samson’s pre-match promo when Samson turned on Boston. Lorcan won with a running blockbuster and sliding uppercut. It was odd that they even bothered with a poster for the show given how much it had already changed by this point. Lorcan was scheduled to face Roderick Strong.
3. Nikki Storm beat Liv Morgan. Nikki got the win with a fisherman’s neckbreaker. Not good, not bad, just there.
4. Cedric Alexander defeated Roderick Strong This was a heck of a make good for the scratched Strong vs. Lorcan match. Cedric got the win with the Lumbar Check.
5. Asuka beat Ember Moon and Peyton Royce in a three-way to retain the NXT Women’s Championship. A boring first half of the match, but the pace picked up down the stretch. Peyton tapped to the Asuka Lock after also taking Ember’s Eclipse.
6. Tye Dillinger beat Bobby Roode. Dillinger stomped the hands of Roode, who shook them out inadvertently doing the “10” thing to get the crowd to chant. Funny. At one point, the ref started a count-out count, but every number he yelled was drown out by the crowd yelling “TEN.” They have some fun stuff worked out for the Takeover match. Roode mocked a fan, so the fan popped his shirt off and invited a fight. Mostly a fun comedy match, which frankly is much better than if the two just got in the ring to wrestle. Dillinger won with the Tye Breaker.
7. Shinsuke Nakamura, Tommaso Ciampa, and Johnny Gargano beat Samoa Joe, Scott Dawson, and Dash Wilder. This was the only match listed on the poster that actually took place as advertised. Another guy in the crowd wanted to brawl, this time with the Revival. The guy was over, as the crowd chanted “old guy,” “we want old guy,” “old guy rocks,” “ooooooold guyyyyy” (like Goldberg), and even “hey, we want some old guy.” Meanwhile, the legal wrestlers in the match just laid in a headlock while waiting for the silliness to end. The babyface trio hit their finishers to get the win and send the crowd home happy.
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