WWE NXT 04/19/17 is set to show us the blow off in the Tye Dillinger / SAnitY feud by way of a match between Tye and Eric Young in a steel cage. Tonight’s show is also expected to be Tye’s farewell to NXT, much like how last week’s show as the farewell to Shinsuke Nakamura. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 04/19/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. New NXT opening credits (soon to be standard) and we’re taped (originally taped 04/05/17) from Full Sail.
We’re immediately sent to Bobby Roode’s full entrance. Roode is out to cut a promo taking credit for selling out the Amway Center for TakeOver and making WrestleMania week “glorious” for the second year in a row. Roode alleges that the fate and future of NXT is in his hands. The champ buries the crowd and the roster for showing Nakamura respect in his farewell last week. The way Roode sees it, he embarrassed Nakamura so badly Shinsuke had no choice but to flee NXT. Seems legit. The crowd starts chanting for Nakamura and chanting his entrance theme. Roode is having none of this and claims the fans and anyone who celebrated Nakamura on the stage last week don’t deserve to be in “Bobby Roode’s NXT”. Roode lays down the gauntlet by saying that you can get on board with his NXT or hit the bricks like Nakamura.
Did Roode just offer to send everyone on the NXT roster to the main roster?
Before I can ponder that for too long, Hideo Itami’s music hits and he’s out (wearing a suit). Roode and Itami briefly face off before Hideo slaps Roode in the face. Roode calmly removes the NXT Championship and his jacket and begins to banter at Hideo for the disrespect he just endured. As Roode goes to approach Itami, he walks directly into a GTS. Hideo picks up the NXT Championship for a minute, puts it down, and leaves.
Later tonight? Eric Young vs. Tye Dillinger in a steel cage.
Also later tonight? Liv Morgan & Aliyah vs. the Iconic Duo of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.
We’re then sent backstage to Kayla Braxton who has an update on the UK Championship. Tyler Bate and Jack Gallagher enter and have the most good-natured back and forth between two guys fighting for a title next week in the history of pro wrestling. That match should be excellent – looking forward to next week already.
Back from break, Roode is still in the ring selling the effects of the GTS. I love that they did this. After all of the false starts, Hideo needs a huge shot in the arm to realistically have a shot in the main event scene at NXT. Putting over his finisher as totally devastating is a great way to do it. Roode eventually gets to feet but still sells that’s he feeling the effects of Itami’s GTS.
Earlier today, Heavy Machinery are at the Performance Center working out. By way of their phone, we see Almas and Drew McIntyre exchange words before McIntyre goes back to his workout.
Meanwhile, back in the arena. Cien Almas is out for a match. He’s facing Danny Burch.
Match #1: Andrade Cien Almas vs. Danny Burch
I suppose I could be wrong, but Almas’ new “party all the time and be a jerk” gimmick seems to be a not-so-subtle dig at Alberto del Rio. If it’s not, this is a HUGE coincidence. Either way, this is more of the same of what we’ve seen from Almas lately (when he’s not facing Lorcan at least). He sleepwalks his way through a match and eventually gains the upper hand. Almas puts Burch away with his Hammerlock DDT finisher.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Almas was a key name that everyone seemed to think would be a post-Mania call up. It didn’t happen and he’s back to languishing in NXT. If his new character motivation is “dude that is bored working squash matches at NXT so he parties all of the time”, then I suppose they’ve nailed it. Not sure what kind of future he has with this gimmick change though.
Post-match, Almas does the “whatcha’ thinkin’ ’bout” pose on the mat – seemingly without a care in the world.
Next, we see a video package that puts over how unstoppable Asuka is. Several members of the women’s roster (minus Nikki Cross) deliver soundbites saying they’re going to be the one to finally take the belt from Asuka.
Up next? Women’s tag team action.
Back from break, later tonight? Cage match. A video package on Tye Dillinger and his issues with SAnitY airs.
Next, Liv Morgan enters first for the tag match. Aliyah follows. The Iconic Duo enter together.
Match #2: Liv Morgan & Aliyah vs. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
Man, I’m starting to get tired of this program. Even the commentators mention it has been going on for months. WWE seems resigned to not consider any of these four women to be title contenders so they’re stuck in this eternal B-program feud. Nothing too spectacular happens here that we haven’t already seen. Kay and Royce do one of their interference spots, but Morgan is able to break it up, and Aliyah gets a surprise roll up win on Royce. No end in sight.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – Royce and Kay have done just about all they can do at NXT if WWE isn’t considering either for a title run. At this point they’d likely be more valuable to SmackDown’s small women’s roster than they are here. The fact that Ruby Riot is already elevated into the title picture also speaks a lot towards how “ready” Morgan and Aliyah are on the face side of the coin.
Post-match, Kay and Royce throw a temper tantrum in the ring. Either that or they’re emulating SAnitY’s entrance.
Meanwhile, Tye Dillinger is backstage getting ready. The main event is up next!
Back from break, most of next week’s show is revealed. Aleister Black will be in action, Drew McIntyre vs. Cien Almas, and Gallagher vs. Bate for the UK title are all confirmed.
Next, we see the already assembled steel cage (w/ steel cage theme). Dillinger is out first. SAnitY enter next, but Young sends the other three to the back. Tye drops Young the second he enters the cage and locks the cage himself.
Match #3: Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young (Steel Cage Match)
Wow. This was a great steel cage match. Eric Young bleeding profusely? Check. SAnitY appearing towards the end and climbing into the cage to help Young? Check. Kassius Ohno, Ruby Riot, and Roderick Strong showing up to help even things out? Check. Eric Young doing an elbow drop from the top of the cage? Check. Tye hitting a cross body on Dain and Young from the top of the cage? Check. Seriously, this match had it all and, of course, Tye manages to escape the cage and lock Young, Wolfe, and Dain inside after doing so. A great farewell to Dillinger!
Verdict: Thumbs Up – The best cage match we’ve seen on WWE programming in some time.
Post-match, Tye spams “10” taunts while Dain shakes the cage from inside.
We go off the air with Ohno and Strong holding Tye on their shoulders while the crowd chants “Thank you, Tye”. Perfect – a perfect “10”, if you will.