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NXT Live Event
Richmond, Virginia at Carpenter Theatre
Report by Dot Net reader Michael Yoen
The venue was a theater with the ring set up on the stage, similar to watching a play. There were maybe 300 or so fans in attendance. Before the show started, they had a poll on which match to show on the big screen…Rollins vs. Jinder, Zayn vs. Neville, Bayley vs. Sasha…surprisingly Rollins vs. Jinder won.
1. Kassius Ohno defeated Cezar Bononi. Bononi was ripped, Ohno was not, and wrestled without a shirt. Short match…Ohno won with the roaring elbow.
2. Ember Moon and Ruby Riot beat Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Several mistimed spots…worst was Rose was sneaking up, trying to pull Moon off the apron to prevent the hot tag, and arriving late, so the hot tag was actually made when it wasn’t supposed to happen. Rose was in terrific shape, and I’m surprised she isn’t on the main roster already. Moon won with the eclipse.
3. Lars Sullivan beat Oney Lorcan. Good match.
4. Sanity beat Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli. Moss and Sabbatelli didn’t get much of a reaction; not sure why Sabbatelli is a babyface.
5. Drew McIntyre defeated Velveteen Dream. The crowd was into Patrick Clark’s act. The opening minutes were all stalling, with Clark avoiding contact, fans chanting “Purple Rain”, and McIntyre egging the crowd on. The last couple of minutes were good.
6. The Authors of Pain beat Heavy Machinery to retain the NXT Tag Titles. Nothing special
7. Asuka beat Nikki Cross to retain the NXT Women’s Championship. Asuka got a great reaction. A toned down from their Takeover matches, but well worked and good match
8. Aleister Black and Roderick Strong beat Bobby Roode and Andrade “Cien” Almas. Roode’s entrance got the biggest reaction of the night, and it wasn’t even close. Some comedy early with Black sitting down in the middle of the ring, and Roode hesitating to go after him, and ultimately failing. Roode did a great job working the crowd, and these four were by far more crisp working with each other than any other match on the show. Strong pinned Almas. After the match, Black and Strong took selfies with fans at ringside.