August 2, 2017
Winter Park, Florida (Full Sail University)
Commentary: Mauro Renallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson
Report by Alex Kahrs of Wrestleview.com
“WWE: Then. Now. Forever.”
The NXT intro brings us to a packed crowd at Full Sail, as Johnny Gargano makes his way to the ring for our opening match…first using the DIY theme, before it changes to his new music! Out next is Raul MENDOZAAAAAAAAAA, and this match is underway!
Johnny Gargano vs. Raul Mendoza
Both men lock up, and Gargano with a wrist lock into an arm wrench that Mendoza reverses, but Gargano reverses with a float-over and a headlock. Gator roll gets Gargano a nearfall, and he gets Mendoza in a side headlock for another nearfall. Gargano still has Mendoza in a headlock as they get to their feet, but Mendoza pushes him off and kips up from a shoulder tackle. Leapfrog exchange leads into near falls by both men, before Gargano connects with a swift kick to the head of Mendoza. Gargano working the arm of Mendoza, reversal by Mendoza into a forearm. They run the ropes before Mendoza hits a dropkick for a nearfall. Forearms by Mendoza sends Gargano to the corner, but Gargano comes back with a vengeance, dodging Mendoza before hitting a slingshot spear through the ropes! Gargano now on the attack with some forearms, before hitting a big lariat on Mendoza that sends him down hard! Mendoza blocks Gargano with an enziguri before climbing up top, going for a 450 but Gargano locks him into the Garga-No Escape, forcing Mendoza to tap out!
Winner via submission: Johnny Gargano
Gargano celebrates in the ring as we get replays of the match. Commentary hypes Bobby Roode appearing tonight, as well as the return of Asuka which is coming up next!
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Back from break, we thank Code Orange for “Bleeding in the Blur,” one of the official theme songs of Takeover: Brooklyn III!
Commentary hypes Aleister Black in action later tonight, before going to last week where SAnitY made their presence known against the Authors of Pain. We find out that the Authors of Pain will defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against SAnitY at Takeover: Brooklyn, and we go to Paul Ellering and the AOP. Ellering says that SAnitY showed their sanity when they attacked the Authors of Pain. At Takeover: Brooklyn, we will write the chapter, but between now and then…be prepared, monsters are real.
Back at ringside, Asuka makes her way to the ring as commentary hypes the NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover: Brooklyn as Asuka is set to defend against Ember Moon. Asuka has a mic in hand, and says that at Takeover: Brooklyn, she will fight Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship. She reminds us that she’s beaten Ember before, and declares she will beat her again. Ember Moon is not ready for Asuka! This brings out Ember Moon, who stares the champ down as she makes her way to the ring with a mic of her own. Ever since Takeover: Orlando, I’ve been doing everything in my power to get back where I belong, fighting for the NXT Women’s Championship. You can sit here and say that I’m not ready, but I know that I”m ready. These people know that I’m ready, and you know that I’m ready. Deep down inside, underneath all of that arrogance, you know the truth and you are afraid of the truth…and the truth is, Asuka isn’t ready for Ember Moon. The two women stare each other down before Asuka offers a handshake. Ember reluctantly accepts, but Asuka pulls her hand back…before slapping Ember right across the face! This sets Ember off, and they start to brawl in the middle of the ring before Asuka connects with a kick to the head of Ember before throwing her out of the ring. Asuka gloats with the title, but Ember catches her from the top with an Eclipse that lays the champ out! Ember debates grabbing the title, but decides against it saying she’ll take it when she earns it before leaving the ring. She heads up the ramp and we see Asuka still out cold in the ring, as commentary transitions to the situation with the NXT Championship, with Bobby Roode demanding time to make a statement about Roderick Strong and the next challenger to his title, Drew McIntyre.
We go to the interview area, where Roode is asked about the statements he made about Roderick and his family. Roode uses the lottery analogy again, saying people from Roderick’s walk of life—in trailer parks—play the lottery, trying to be millionaires overnight. Roderick Strong tried to play the Bobby Roode lottery, but he didn’t have the right numbers and he lost. Of course, they’re gonna be sad and upset, but they’re gonna want to play the lottery again. The fact of the matter is, Roderick Strong doesn’t belong in my NXT. When asked about Drew McIntyre, he remarks that Drew says he’s a new man. Maybe he is, so I’ve got an idea…how about next week, the new man Drew McIntyre and the champion Bobby Roode have a sit-down conversation. He ends the interview when Roderick Strong appears, being held back by other NXT Superstars as Roode takes off running. Regal confronts Strong, who says he wants Bobby Roode. Regal says his hands are tied, at Takeover it’s Bobby Roode versus Drew McIntyre.
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Back at ringside, Sonya Deville makes her way to the ring for the next match. Her opponent, Jenna Van Bemel, is already in the ring as Sonya enters. The bell rings, and this match is underway!
Sonya dodges a charge by Jenna, once again and taunts Jenna by putting her hands behind her back. She dodges a punch by Jenna twice over, and then taunts Jenna some more before taking her down with a shoulder tackle. Jenna catches Sonya on the ropes, but Sonya responds with some hard knees to the midsection before yelling that Jenna is in her ring now! Another hard knee by Sonya, who charges right into a shoulder by Jenna in the corner. Jenna picks up some steam with an avalanche on the corner, but reverses a charge by Jenna into a triangle hold that forces Jenna to tap out!
Sonya celebrates in the ring as we go backstage, where Hideo Itami is asked about his recent change in attitude. Itami says that nobody is giving him respect, and he deserves better. Why should he show any respect? He starts speaking in Japanese when Kayla says they have to go back to the ring. Itami grabs the mic from her and walks out to the ring, where he demands respect from the crowd. He says he doesn’t care who’s next, talking more Japanese when Aleister Black’s music hits. Black makes his way to the ring, where he stares Itami down. Itami starts to leave the ring, but charges at Black…who responds with a Black Mass! That spinning heel kick to the head lays Itami out, and Black sits in the middle of the ring as we go to break.
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Back from break, commentary hypes a match between Andrade “Cien” Almas and No Way Jose, set for next week! We get reminded of what happened between Black and Itami before the break, and then go back to ringside where Black is sitting in the corner waiting for his opponent for tonight’s main event…and it’s Kyle O’Reilly! The crowd is loving the debut of O’Reilly, and this main event is underway!
Both men circle the mat before attempting to find an advantage with an exchange of strikes. Kyle goes for a hold but Black blocks and reverses, Kyle goes to the ropes for the break. Black goes for a kick that Kyle blocks, Kyle goes for a strike but Black blocks and locks in a front headlock. Sitout switch by Kyle, Black goes for a single leg takedown but Kyle locks in a triangle hold…only for Black to get him on his shoulders for a nearfall, breaking the hold. Black locks in an armbar, wrenching the arm of Kyle. Kick by Kyle, followed by a knee that gets him out of the hold…but Black reverses a rear chinlock into a hammerlock. Kyle gets to his feet, only briefly getting out of the hold before Black takes some damage from Kyle, sweeping Kyle’s leg out from underneath him! Black sits in the ring as Kyle gets back to his feet, dodging a kick by Kyle before hitting a knee that sends Kyle rolling as we go to break.
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Back from break, Black is up top as Kyle dodges a double foot stomp…but Black hits a hard kick for a nearfall! Kyle in the corner as Black lays into him with some hard strikes. Kyle gets out with a knee to the head, picking up steam again with a flurry of offense before sweeping Black’s leg! Kyle stays on the attack, locking in an Achilles lock…but Black counters, leading to exchange of blows as Black finally gets out of the hold. Kyle blocks the kick by Black, taking him down with an arm wrench takedown for a nearfall. Kyle kicks Black, doing a cartwheel to get Black locked in a pinning maneuver before switching to an armbar attempt that Black counters into a nearfall of his own. Kyle with a body scissors on Black, who finally gets out as they exchange kicks. Hammerlock by Kyle, driving his knee in the back of Black as we go to break.
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Back from break, Kyle is still in control as he lays into Black with some more kicks as Black yells at Kyle to hit him. Black counters, hitting some offense and a snap suplex before driving the knee into Kyle for a nearfall. Kyle gets on the apron, and slams the arm of Black onto the rope before going back to a wrist lock focusing on the elbow of Black. Black slowly gets to his feet, but Kyle hits a knee to the head of Black to bring him back down to the mat. Black back up to his feet, landing some hard kicks but Kyle locks in a chinlock. Kyle with an arm wringer but Black hits a kick to stop it. Charge into Kyle in the corner, and Black hits a moonsault off the ropes for a nearfall! Black sets Kyle up for Black Mass, but Kyle goes for an ankle lock…Black stops this, but Kyle blocks him from hitting that moonsault again and lands a hard axe kick and forearm for a close nearfall! Kyle picks Black up for a suplex, but Black blocks it and Kyle locks a face lock before letting go. Boot by Kyle misses, and both men exchange boots to the face followed by some hard strikes. Kyle dodges Black and hits a hard knee to the face, but Black ends up hitting the Black Mass for the win!
Black sits in the middle of the ring as the ref checks on Kyle. We get a replay of the match, and Black is still sitting in the ring as the show comes to a close.
* Johnny Gargano def. Raul Mendoza
* Sonya Deville def. Jenna Van Bemel
* Aleister Black def Kyle O’Reilly
That’s it for NXT this week, Wrestleviewniverse! What did you think of the show?
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