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WWE NXT 06/07/17 Recap - Roderick Strong
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WWE NXT 06/07/17 Recap

Roode confronts Strong, Itami loses it versus Lorcan, and Dain gets a main event showcase.

WWE NXT 06/07/17 has two matches announced ahead of tonight’s broadcast. We’ve been promised Killian Dain vs. No Way Jose and Hideo Itami vs. Oney Lorcan. Let’s get to the recap!

WWE NXT 06/07/17 Recap

WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open with a video package hyping up the two announced matches tonight. New standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped 05/25/17) from Full Sail.

Heavy Machinery are out first. They’re facing Victor Andrews and Lars Sullivan. I believe Lars Sullivan was seen recently as “Dylan Miley” and attacked his partner after taking the loss. We get an “earlier today” with Andrews and Sullivan enters and slaps him on the shoulder, freaking out Andrews. I bet this ends well for Andrews.

Match #1: Heavy Machinery vs. Victor Andrews & Lars Sullivan

Hey, go figure, I didn’t hate Heavy Machinery in this match. Perhaps it’s because Sullivan met their offense beat for beat and things only fall apart when Andrews tags in. From there, it’s the typical Heavy Machinery squash with belly attacks and their team finisher (now apparently called the Compactor – okay, that’s clever!). Sullivan never gets back in the match, but how Tucker worked with a guy of comparable size bodes well for the inevitable clash with AoP.

Verdict: Thumbs Up – Like I said, seeing Heavy Machinery work with someone their own size made me appreciate what they bring to the table.

Post-match, Sullivan glares at Heavy Machinery as they leave. He then enters the ring and beats the crap out of Andrews and puts him in a modified torture rack. I’m glad that even after the name change, they’re keeping with this gimmick for Sullivan. It could play out in a couple of different entertaining ways.

Next, we see footage of No Way Jose’s return last week. We see footage from after last week’s show where Killian Dain claims that no one is safe – especially No Way Jose.

Later tonight? Jose vs. Dain.

Up next, Strong addresses the NXT Universe.

Back from break, Strong is out and cuts a promo putting over the fans for hearing his life story and still accepting him. He’s thankful for all that he has, but he still needs the NXT Championship. Cue “Glorious” and Bobby Roode with crocodile tears. Roode mentions that things are looking up for Strong due to him finally winning some matches, having a marginally hot fiancé, and a somewhat normal son. But, Roode warns Strong not to play the “Bobby Roode lottery” because Strong isn’t man enough to win. Roode says “Best of luck, kid” and leaves.

Meanwhile, Nikki Cross is on some random rooftop screaming for Ruby and Asuka and thrashing around with her jacket against an air conditioning unit. Much like how SmackDown finds a way to make me like Mahal more each week, NXT manages to do the same for Nikki Cross.

Next week? Asuka defends her title in a triple threat elimination match against Riot and Cross.

Later tonight? Itami faces off against Lorcan.

During the break, another Paul Ellering narrated hype video on the Authors of Pain airs.

Back from break, Sarah Logan (aka Mary Dobson) is out with a new “born on a farm and wrestled a goat once” gimmick. It’s… okay. I’m glad she’s getting TV time at the very least. Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay) is out next.

Match #2: Sarah Logan vs. Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay)

I imagine we’ll get a few more matches like this one over the coming weeks to hype up some of the women in the Mae Young tournament. I say that because you’d think this would be another Royce squash, but they allow Logan to get in quite a bit of offense and nearly put Royce away with a running knee. However, Royce fires back with some suplexes and eventually hits a Fisherman’s Suplex to pick up the win.

Verdict: Thumbs Up – Nice to see a relatively new face in the women’s division have a competitive match.

Meanwhile, we see Almas leaving the arena after his loss last week without a care in the world. An unnamed woman (Thea Trinidad) appears and calls out Almas saying “is this who you are now?” and she slaps him.

Up next? Hideo vs. Oney.

Back from break, Hideo is out. Christy interviews Hideo “earlier today” and asks if he’s going back to Japan. Itami says he’s staying at NXT and one loss doesn’t mean he has to go back to Japan. Lorcan enters next.

Match #3: Hideo Itami vs. Oney Lorcan

Not quite the amazing match I expected, but the story they’re telling with Itami still makes this a compelling watch. Oney goes on a roll until Hideo starts no selling chops. From there Lorcan is able to build up more steam with some running uppercuts and dive off the ropes to take Itami out on the floor. Itami plays possum in the corner to get the ref to back Lorcan off and uses that to go on a strike run to take down Oney. Itami then hits Lorcan with three “Go To Sleep”s without covering him and goes for a fourth when Ohno comes out. Itami shoves Ohno, Ohno looks conflicted, but answers that with a shove that drops Itami. Hideo leaves and the ref throws the match out.

Verdict: Thumbs Up – I think gradually turning Itami heel like this is about the only they could do for him at this point after the injury false starts. I imagine we’re getting Ohno vs. Itami at some future Full Sail taping or even in Brooklyn if they really slow burn this.

Up next? Main event time.

During the break, a Drew McIntyre hype video airs.

Next week? Drew will be in action.

Also next week? A triple threat elimination match for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Next, we see Christy interview Ember Moon. Ember says she lost her first opportunity at the title, missed her second due to injury, but the third opportunity will be THE opportunity. Even though she’s still got the Iconic Duo to deal with, she’ll be watching next week’s title match closely.

No Way Jose enters next (w/ footage of SAnitY attacking him at Axxess two months ago). SAnitY (without Nikki Cross) enter next to what I assume is Dain’s solo entrance music. Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe leave after the entrance.

Match #4: Killian Dain vs. No Way Jose

This appears to exist to continue the establishment of Killian Dain as a force to be reckoned with. Jose gets in enough offense to make this competitive, but this is clearly a main event showcase for Dain. After a series of elbow drops, countering Jose’s wind up punch with a head butt, and a running dropkick, Dain puts Jose away with the Ulster Plantation. After the impressive showing by Heavy Machinery against a larger guy this week, I’d love to see them take on Dain and Wolfe as a warm up for their eventual title match against AoP.

Verdict: Thumbs Up – A solid showing from Dain here and I can see why he’s getting a singles spotlight despite being part of a faction.

Post-match, Dain poses in the ring as we go off the air.

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