April 19, 2017
(taped April 5, 2017)
City: Winter Park, FL
Venue: Full Sail University
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson
Ring Announcer: Dasha Fuentes
“Rage” by CFO$
Bobby Roode makes his way to the ring. He says that he single-handedly sold out the Amway Center and made Wrestlemania weekend glorious. He snuffed out the last star of the old NXT at Takeover, but he’s frustrated with the reception Shinsuke Nakamura received during his farewell speech last week. Nakamura didn’t choose to leave NXT, Roode forced him out. Roode sets an ultimatum: get on board Roode’s new era, or leave NXT. At that, Hideo Itami interrupts and heads to the ring.
Itami stares at Roode for a bit, then slaps Roode in the face. Roode takes his time, removing his jacket and preparing for a fight. As Roode talks, Itami hits Roode with a GTS. Itami then takes a look at the NXT title before leaving the ring.
** I really hope Itami can stay healthy this time. **
Kayla Braxton welcomes Tyler Bate and Jack Gallagher. Jack and Tyler compliment each other and are very polite, but things get a little tense and awkward when they talk about their title match next week.
Bobby Roode is being attended to in the ring. He makes it to his feet
Earlier today at the WWE Performance Center, Heavy Machinery lifted weights. Near them, Adrade Almas briefly confronted Drew McIntyre.
** These WWE Performance Center cell phone recording segments are a little odd for their brevity, but I kind of like them. It adds a touch of realism which is often missing from backstage segments. **
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Danny Burch
(referee: Darryl Sharma)
Result: Andrade Almas wins via pinfall after a hammerlock DDT
I like the match. It was short, but I liked how it developed. Burch started out looking good, foiling a lot of Almas’ attempted moves. Then Almas got angry and came back strong.
Highlights and interviews from the women’s division talking about how dominant Asuka is. Everyone is coming for her.
Clips of the feud between Tye Dillinger and Eric Young.
Liv Morgan & Aliyah vs Peyton Royce & Billie Kay
(referee: Tom Castor)
Result: Aliyah pins Peyton Royce with a rollup
Pretty good match. It was fun. I really like what Kay and Royce are doing, and Morgan and Aliyah played good foils for them in this match. This was another short match, but I think it will probably lead to more later on.
Steel Cage Match
Tye Dillinger vs Eric Young
(referee: Drake Wuertz; outside referee: Eddie Orengo)
Result: Tye Dillinger wins by escaping through the door
Time: 11:07 (2 breaks)
Good match. Eric Young started the match by sending SAnitY to the back, and he and Dillinger had a good battle going. They worked up to where each guy got to do a dive from the top, Young’s being slightly more impressive. Young actually looked really good in this match, and I’m glad he’s the one sticking around NXT for a while. Eventually SAnity came out to the ring and chaos ensued, then Ruby Riot, Roderick Strong, and Kassius Ohno evened the odds.
This show felt important because of the cage match, and Dillinger’s NXT exit was easily more exciting than Nakamura’s. This was a good show.
Match of the Night
Tye Dillinger vs Eric Young
Easily the best of the night. This was a good end for their feud, and a great NXT send-off for Dillinger.