WWE NXT 06/28/17 marks the first episode in the most recent batch of tapings from Full Sail. Since I’m really only writing about NXT on the site now, I’ve avoided the spoilers so everything from these tapings are as fresh as they can be. WWE promotional materials have revealed that tonight’s main event will be Asuka defending her NXT Championship against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match. Should be incredible. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 06/28/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open with a hype video for tonight’s Last Woman Standing match. Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped 06/23/17) from Full Sail. Nigel welcomes us to the show because, surprise, Mauro Ranallo has replaced Tom Phillips at the announce desk. DanielBryanYes.gif
We’re reminded that tonight’s main event is Asuka defending against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match. From there, we’re send to the Velveteen Dream’s entrance. Dream has stepped things up and his entrance is even more over the top than the last time we saw him at Full Sail. He now finishes his entrance by writhing around in the ring. The gimmick may be a combination of “old hat” and just weird – but I respect Clark’s committment to it each time we see him. Ho Ho Lun is out next.
Match #1: Velevteen Dream vs. Ho Ho Lun
A total squash. Lun looks miniature next to Dream, which definitely works in Dream’s favor here. Velveteen Dream hits a vertical delayed jackhammer and puts Lun away with the elbow drop from the top rope.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Judging from Twitter I may be the only one, but so far I’m enjoying the Velveteen Dream.
Later tonight? Last Woman Standing match. Earlier today? Someone is attempting to interview Asuka in a vehicle on her way to the building. They’re stopped by a wild Nikki Cross launching herself on the hood of the SUV and pounding on the windshield. Asuka exits the car and security floods the area and drags Nikki Cross away. Meanwhile, in real-time, we see Asuka prepping for the title match by attacking some heavy bags backstage.
Next, we’re send back to three weeks ago to watch Itami hit Lorcan with 3 GTSs.
Up next? Lorcan gets a rematch against Itami.
Meanwhile, we’re sent to Regal’s office. He’s joined by the Authors of Pain (w/ Paul Ellering) and Heavy Machinery (w/ Stone Cold Steve Austin leather vests). Regal makes a title match between the two teams two weeks from now. Heavy Machinery are excited and leave. Ellering wonders where Regal found HM and Regal puts them over as formidable opponents for AoP.
Back in the arena, Hideo Itami enters. Oney Lorcan is out next.
Match #2: Hideo Itami vs. Oney Lorcan
Lorcan attacks Itami with an uppercut out of the gate and shoot breaks Itami’s nose. Blood everywhere. The ref forces Lorcan away, trainers come out, and the bell rings.
Verdict: No contest – Hideo has the worst luck.
Next week? Bobby Roode defends the NXT Championship against Roderick Strong. We see a video package hyping up their feud so far.
Meanwhile, Hideo wanders back out to the ring with his nose stuffed with cotton. He signals for Lorcan to come out, he does, and we’re on for another match.
Match #3: Hideo Itami vs. Oney Lorcan
The magic of this being a pre-taped show worked in NXT’s favor here. I imagine this second match was taped later on in the night after Hideo’s nose was tended to and he was deemed okay to compete. One of the rare instances where this show NOT being live added something to the show. Hideo comes out on fire in this round. Oney gets a few nice spots in, but it seems apparent that this is a showcase for Hideo. Lorcan develops an injured knee, but tells the ref that he can continue, and is immediately picked up into a GTS. Hideo goes over while looking like an opportunistic heel. Well done.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Making lemonade out of lemons here. Itami is bloody again by the finish of the second match, but they still managed to recover some of the “is he a heel now?” vibe by having him hit the GTS on a wounded Lorcan.
Post-match, Hideo gets on the mic and asks Ohno to head to the ring. Ohno comes out, with music, and he and Itami start to talk in the ring off mic. A wild Nikki Cross appears on the apron, distracting both men, who are then attacked by SAnitY (minus Eric Young). Itami is dispatched to the outside and Wolfe and Dain hit a double team finisher on Ohno. Wolfe gets on the mic (!) for what I believe is the first time ever. He cuts a promo essentially saying that through “chaos”, SAnitY will right the wrongs of NXT – starting with Nikki Cross tonight. Cue Nikki Cross flailing around the ring. A remix of the SAnitY theme (w/ Nikki Cross screaming) plays. Oh, hey, this entire thing is Nikki Cross’ entrance for the title match. I’m not joking. Nikki Cross’s Last Woman Standing match entrance is Wolfe and Dain taking out Kassius Ohno. Bravo.
Back from break, Asuka enters for the main event.
Match #4: Asuka (c) vs. Nikki Cross (Last Woman Standing Match for the NXT Women’s Championship)
So, this match is just awesome. I mean, we’ve got Mauro calling it (which… perfect timing NXT!) and that makes it feel just that much more epic. But honestly, this one just ticks all of the boxes. Nikki pummeling Asuka while she’s trapped in the ring skirt? Check. Chair spots? Check. Nikki ending up with a trash can over her upper body receiving multiple kicks from Asuka? Check. A final spot that involves Asuka suplexing Cross off of a ladder through the announce table? Check. It seems at this point that they either have to storyline kill Asuka or call her up to the main roster with her having vacated the NXT title. Nothing else would be believable. Both women excelled in this match and even though she takes loss, Cross looks like a total bad ass – being just a one count away (several times) from taking the crown from the longest reigning champ. Asuka continues to elevate the women she works with and it’ll be a shame when she’s finally promoted to the main roster (but definitely an earned promotion).
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Absolutely incredible match.
Post-match, refs check on Cross who is laughing on the ground. Asuka raises the title belt in victory. We go off the air with Asuka posing on the stage over the fallen Nikki Cross.