I am skipping the live Masterchef finale to watch NXT tonight, so this better be good! Our night kicks off with former NXT champion, Samoa Joe. Joe isn’t yet medically cleared to compete, but is still due his rematch. The crowd boos him as he talks about his loss and how it made him reflect on himself. He calls himself a disgraceful champion, and acknowledge the friendships he ruined during his quest to become champ. Even so, Joe has no regrets, because his goal was to hold that championship and be the standard that NXT was held to. He then invites Shinsuke Namakura to the ring, saying he won’t leave until the champ faces him.
After a long pause, Nakamura makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone. Joe tells Nakamura that he meant everything he said before Takeover: Brooklyn. They went to war, and he has learned that not only was Namakura a deserving contender, he is a worthy champion. Joe says that as soon as he is medically cleared, he wants his rematch. Nakamura goes to respond, but decides to keep Joe in suspense before telling him that it’s on! Joe goes to leave, but returns to shake Nakamura’s hand. As Nakamura walks towards the back, Joe reappears and attacks our champion. He slams Nakamura into the steel steps, leaving him motionless on the ground as the referees beg him to leave. Joe screams “I DID THIS TO YOU!” A stretcher is brought out to tend to our injured champ and the crowd chants his name as he is strapped in by the medical staff.
Our first match features Liv Morgan versus Rachel Fazio. The two lock up, with Morgan trying for a roll-up early on but missing the mark. Morgan flips over Fazio, brushes off her shoulder, then hits her with an arm drag. Fazio gets back in the match, pinning Morgan in the corner. Morgan hits a drop kick and starts to get hyped up, but Fazio manages to counter and get her up on her shoulders. Morgan is then able to lock Fazio in a submission and get a quick tap for the victory. A shaky match for both women. Morgan grabs a microphone and calls out Fazio for tapping out. She then says that she wants to fight for the NXT Women’s Championship.
Drew Gulak from the Cruiserweight Classic is up next to face Hideo Itami. Gulak is ready to go; amped up and in Itami’s face before the bell rings. The two lock up, and Gulak delivers a vicious slap cross Itami’s face. He responds with one of his own before taking Gulak down with knees to the midsection. Itami mocks Gulak with a kick to the head, and tries to charge him, but Gulak slips in a dropkick. Gulak locks up Itami’s leg to force a tap, but Itami manages to break free only to get his arms wrenched behind his back. Itami is getting hit over and over again, but just getting angry about it. He lands a strong kick to Gulak’s throat and the crowd begins chanting “GTS!” Itami hits it, and pins Gulak for the win. A very solid match by both men.
Up next, the Authors of Pain have a tag match against local talent. The Authors gang up on their unfortunate opponent while shooting glares at the other back in his corner. Akam of the Authors attacks one man while Rezar looks after the other. The two gang up to deliver a bodyslam, then hit a clothesline for Rezar to get the pin for the victory. An incredibly fast squash match, but I don’t know much about the Authors other than they’re big and don’t seem to speak much English.
No Way Jose and Bobby Roode are in our main event tonight, and Roode is so shiny! The fans are chanting “That was Glorious!” They move on to singing his song as Roode gets Jose in a headlock. He knocks Jose to the mat, but Jose counters and hits an arm drag, dancing in victory. The crowd is not saying “You’re Not Glorious!” Jose drives Roode from the ring, then dives from the apron to take him down again. Back in the ring, Roode is able to hit a spine buster and regain control of the match. He gets Jose caught on the rope, shoving his chest into it. Jose is hit with a suplex and looks to be in trouble. Jose hits a crossbody into a pin, but can’t finish the match. Jose starts hitting punches in the middle of the ring, then gets Roode on his shoulders and nearly gets the win after slamming him into the mat. Jose tries to finish the match, but Roode counters with a neckbreaker. He yells GLORIOUS and hits a DDT for the win! This was such a fun match; I’m glad it was the main event.
Tonight started off fantastic with Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe’s confrontation. It was a little shake in the middle, but ended in such a GLORIOUS way! I hope the women’s division gets beefed up; they are going to have to find some serious competition for Asuka. Follow us on @facetoheel on Twitter for updates throughout the week, and let us know what you think about the “injury” to Nakamura in the comments below.
Article by Mrs. Jamie Baker