Location: Orlando, FL
Date: August 10, 2016
NXT results, Aug. 10, 2016: Nakamura’s mind games send Joe into a rage
With less than two weeks until their NXT Championship showdown at TakeOver: Brooklyn II, Shinsuke Nakamura engaged in some psychological warfare with NXT Champion Samoa Joe. What did The King of Strong Style do to the titleholder? Plus, four more huge matches were added to NXT’s highly anticipated special on Saturday, Aug. 20, on WWE Network.
Asuka and Bayley signed their NXT Women’s Championship Match contract
The NXT Women’s Championship Match at TakeOver: Brooklyn II, between reigning champion Asuka and her challenger, Bayley, was made official in an emotional and intense contract signing. Both competitors signed on the dotted line, but not until after a heated exchange that included the challenger shunning the titleholder’s sign of respect.
Bayley’s refusal to extend her hand riled up the usually calm Asuka, but The Empress of Tomorrow regained her composure amid a tense staredown with the No. 1 contender. The contract signing, although absent of physicality beyond a shoulder bump from Bayley to Asuka, proved to be rife with mind games. In the end, Asuka made the final statement by raising her title up high in the face of her determined rival.
Authors of Pain def. Rob Kimball and Adrian Nails
The Authors of Pain continued to destroy their opposition after soundly defeating Rob Kimball and Adrian Nails. Once it became clear that the Authors planned on continuing their assault well after the bell, TM61 rushed the ring to try and cut off the potentially devastating post-match attack.
Unfortunately for the well-intentioned Shane Thorne & Nick Miller, they were no match for the behemoths standing before them. As WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering watched, the black-clad monsters brutally disposed of the talented Australian tag team.
Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Angelo Dawkins
Andrade “Cien” Almas continued his impressive introduction to NXT by defeating Angelo Dawkins with an emphatic DDT. However, the decorated luchador’s post-match celebration was cut short by NXT’s newest Superstar, Bobby Roode.
Roode proceeded to inform Almas that General Manager William Regal made a match at TakeOver: Brooklyn II on Saturday, Aug. 20, between the two of them that will help make an already stacked show glorious.
Billie Kay def. Liv Morgan
Liv Morgan showed off an exceptional set of moves, but she could not overcome the red-hot Billie Kay. The New Jersey native employed a fast-paced attack, but in the end, a vicious big boot from Kay proved to be the difference maker in yet another impressive victory for the former basketball player.
Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa def. Tucker Knight & Patrick Clark
After learning from Regal that they will challenge The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn II, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa took on up-and-coming competitors Tucker Knight & Patrick Clark.
The talented tag team appeared to be as united as ever after their hellacious battle in the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic, swarming their opponents with an impactful offensive arsenal en route to victory.
NXT Champion Samoa Joe def. Mojo Rawley (Non-Title Match)
After being blindsided by NXT Champion Samoa Joe last week, Mojo Rawley came storming out of the gates, taking the fight to the titleholder with an overpowering burst of intensity. Despite an impressive showing from the SmackDown Live Superstar, the titleholder ultimately forced him to tap out to the Coquina Clutch.
The Samoan Bulldozer then sent a message to Shinsuke Nakamura after the contest, locking in the devastating submission move once again on his fallen opponent. The King of Strong Style would soon arrive, followed by a swarm of security guards determined to keep these TakeOver: Brooklyn II opponents separated until their huge NXT Championship showdown.
Security ultimately had to use their entire taskforce to hold back an enraged Joe as Nakamura toyed with the titleholder, first by grabbing Joe’s nose, then by slapping him in the face. While these two warriors will battle it out on Saturday, Aug. 20, live on the award-winning WWE Network, Nakamura has already set the stage for an explosive showdown, thanks to his pre-match psychological warfare.