By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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NXT Live Event
Toms River, New Jersey at Pine Belt Arena
Report by Dot Net reader Bill Pivetz
I’m not sure what time the door’s opened, but there were people waiting in a line which wrapped around the building. There were a few rows of chairs around the ring. The rest of the seats were gym bleachers. My brother and I were in the first row of bleachers at the end. No one in front of us but sitting on hard plastic for two hours hurt at the end.
1. The Street Profits defeated TM-61. TM61 were acting heelish throughout the match. There was a fun comedy spot to start the match between Montez Ford and Nick Miller. The match ended with Angelo Dawkins hitting his spinning forearm in the corner and Ford landing the frog splash. Again, a good fun opening match.
2. Nikki Cross beat Taynara Conti. Cross got a huge reaction, not so much for Conti. Conti was sporting a karate gi. It was a decent match but Cross was in control for most of it. She was acting like her crazy self and won with the twisting neck breaker. As Conti was leaving, she took a bow at the top of the ramp and the crowd applauded her. That struck me as odd because the last time I saw her, she was helping Undisputed Era.
3. Kassius Ohno pinned Fabian Aichner. Ohno got a nice reaction. Aichner was accompanied with someone we haven’t seen on TV yet so expect that to develop into something. This was the hard-hitting match of the night. They traded elbows and forearms and big boots. Aichner’s manager got involved a bit, too. Ohno pinned Aichner after the back elbow.
4. Authors of Pain defeated NXT Tag Champions Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly in a non-title match. This was the end of the first half of the show and a good way to end it. The Undisputed Era members were doing all the heel tactics in the book. O’Reilly focused on the legs of AOP, trying to take down the big men. AOP worked back and overpowered them to even the odds. AOP teased the Super Collider but Fish and O’Reilly were able to escape. They then went for the Last Chapter but Fish saved his partner. After going back and forth some more, AOP won with the Last Chapter.
5. Kairi Sane and Ember Moon defeated Lacey Evans and Shayna Baszler. This was the night of tag team matches. The heels worked together and kept Sane away from Moon. They kept the interactions between Baszler and Moon to a minimum, saving it for Takeover. There was a spot where all four women were in the ring, knocking each other down. Moon hit Evans with the Eclipse to get the win. The crowd was into Sane a lot. Her and Baszler for the title in the future should be good.
6. Aleister Black beat Adam Cole. This was my match of the night. I’m surprised they gave this away here when they fight at Takeover. I guess the caveat is that the important match is Extreme Rules. This was a fun match. Not fun like the opening match but fun to watch them hurt each other. They were landing regular kicks, super kicks, and vicious forearms. Cole wanted to use a chair a couple of times. The first time he obliged the ref and put it away. The second time it cost him the match. Watching Black hit Black Mass is a thing of beauty. I can’t wait to see these two at Takeover.
7. Roderick Strong and Johnny Gargano defeated Velveteen Dream and Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. The crowd was into this one. There were many dueling chants for Dream and Gargano. Strong probably got the least reaction from the crowd. I don’t blame them. Gargano and Dream traded poses in the corner, pandering to the crowd. Once the match got under way, like the others, the heels had control early and often. There were a couple of hope spots for Gargano, but he was unable to make the tag. Once he did, Roddy fired up and took down ACA and Dream. Dream and Roddy were going at it when Gargano launched himself for the spear through the ropes. There was a lot going on in the final minutes to keep up. Gargano made Dream tap with the Gargano Escape. A great main event to an overall good night of action.
Notes: The only down match of the night was the Cross vs. Conti match. It wasn’t bad, but I just wasn’t invested. I’ve said it before but if you can get to an NXT house show, go. They’re relatively cheap and the action is usually really good. A hot crowd helps, too.
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