WWE NXT 09/06/17 is set to feature the official relinquishing of the NXT Women’s Championship – being promoted as “Asuka Returns” (despite WWE.com already running a story about Asuka surrendering the title). Also, we learned last week that Cezar Bononi gets a rematch with Andrade “Cien” Almas and Kassius Ohno takes on Hideo Itami in a No DQ match. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 09/06/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open tonight’s episode with a hype video for the Hideo Itami vs. Kassius Ohno match. Standard NXT credits (likely with Asuka as champ for the last time) and we’re taped (originally taped 08/24/17) from Full Sail. Mauro sets the stage for tonight and tells us that our main even is Itami vs. Ohno and says that Asuka also returns tonight.
Almas’ music hits and he’s out (w/ Zelina Vega). Vega heads over to commentary where she proceeds to slay Percy Watson for nearly the entire match. Cezar Bononi is out next.
Match #1: Andrade Cien Almas vs. Cezar Bononi
The purpose of this match appears to be an effort to show that Almas has completely turned over a new leaf after associating with Vega. Even though Vega hangs back and destroys Watson on commentary, Almas doesn’t lose focus. Bononi gets in a few spots, but before long Zelina is shouting “FINISH HIM” from commentary and Almas is hitting his finisher for the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – I prefer this iteration of Almas over the “party guy who doesn’t mind losing” version they were running with. Vega also proved she can talk with this brief appearance on commentary so I’m interested to see where they go with this.
Next, we see footage from the end of last week’s episode when Adam Cole & friends attacked Drew McIntyre. Angry Regal is in his office and cuts a promo on Cole, Fish, and O’Reilly saying that from here on they will be competing in the ring and the sneak attacks will end.
Meanwhile, Ohno is backstage getting ready for his match with Itami.
Back from break, Christy is outside Asuka’s dressing room. How do we know it’s Asuka’s dressing room? An Asuka mask hangs on the door. Velveteen Dream butts in and says the ambiance still isn’t right for him to speak. However, something he saw at TakeOver Brooklyn compelled him. So he will speak – soon.
Lars Sullivan is out next. Meanwhile, 3 random dudes are already in the ring.
Match #2: Lars Sullivan vs. 3 Random Dudes (3 on 1 Handicap Match)
What do you think happens here? Lars Smash.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – I get why they’re doing this as this is “get monster big guy over 101” booking. But so far, it’s very similar to how they built Strowman on Raw, something that happened fairly recently.
Post-match, Lars beats on a few of the guys until No Way Jose’s music hits. Jose heads to the ring and cuts a promo on Lars for “breaking up the biggest conga line to ever happen in Brooklyn”. The expected brawl breaks out and Lars handles Jose as well.
Next, Johnny Gargano is being interviewed by the “International Press” (aka – WWE employees with mics and smartphones) and cuts the same promo he did last week about owning his TakeOver loss and saying it won’t happen again. Sabbatelli and Moss randomly wander up from the side and start to tell Johnny he’s not going to cut it as a singles guy and he should find himself a new partner. Johnny offers to take on one of them in singles competition next week. Moss & Sabbatelli leave.
After that, a Sonya Deville hype video airs and we learn she’s up next.
Back from break, it’s not Sonya Deville – it’s more footage of the wake of destruction Cole & Co. did last week. This time showing SAnitY laid out on the ground. Meanwhile, Eric Young has sent WWE a video he and SAnitY made while laying on the ground somewhere. EY says that they “dance different” and that all SAnitY cares about it chaos. It appears that Nikki is filming this and she’s heard laughing a bunch. We video transition out of this by way of focusing on Wolfe’s mouth while he screams “chaos”. Okay, then.
Back in the arena, Zeda (from the Mae Young Classic) is out. Sonya Deville enters next.
Match #3: Zeda vs. Sonya Deville
Well, with Asuka “returning” in this episode I expected a squash match for the women due to time constraints and that is exactly what happens here. Zeda gets in almost zero offense and most of the match involves Sonya grappling with her on the ground. After a running knee, Sonya slaps on a submission and Zeda taps immediately.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Kind of a waste of a MYC competitor here. I get they’re trying to build up Sonya as a big deal by giving her dominating wins, but this was so short it didn’t really accomplish a whole lot.
Later tonight? Asuka returns.
Up next? Itami takes on Ohno No-DQ style.
Meanwhile, Regal is watching some guys working out in the ring with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Whoa. I wonder if this means they’re going to try the tag team thing with Lorcan and Burch? I would be behind that. Of course, this isn’t what this “earlier today” video is here for… it’s here because Ruby Riot approaches Regal and asks for a handicap match with the Iconic Duo. Regal won’t do it, but says she can have a tag match if she can find a partner. Fantasy booking has her involve Abbey Laith, but more realistically I’m assuming she forms an unholy alliance with Nikki Cross.
Time for the main event match. Ohno is out first, Itami enters last.
Match #4: Kassius Ohno vs. Hideo Itami (No DQ Match)
So, the whole reason it appears that Ohno demanded a no DQ match is so he could give Itami a low blow receipt and have it be legal. Beyond that, this is No DQ so they can have a few stairs spots and Itami do some sick stuff with a chair. Ohno rolling elbowing the chair and later getting a chair aided hesitation dropkick both looked like convincing spots that did go a long way for establishing Itami as a cruel heel. Of course, this boils down to Ohno getting his low blow in, the right comedic sell job from Itami, and Ohno going over with his finisher.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Not a bad match and we got enough crazy spots that it justified a No DQ match on the weekly NXT show. I imagine Itami moves on to something else as this felt like a blow off to the Ohno / Itami saga.
Asuka returns! Next!
Back from break, we get some teasers for next week. First up, Ruby Riot & ??? will be taking on the Iconic Duo. Also, Pete Dunne will defend the UK Title against Wolfgang. Not mentioned is Gargano versus either Sabbatelli or Moss.
Meanwhile, Regal is already in the ring and introduces Asuka. After her entrance, a suit wearing Asuka shakes Regal’s hand. Asuka gets on the mic and mentions she’s been at NXT for almost 2 years and says she loves NXT. She says how much she’s grown while there and that she’s grateful for the opportunity at NXT. Regal puts her over as one of the greatest champions in WWE history. Regal goes on to reveal that other people have begun to notice her and he’s here tonight to announce that they have started talks with the Raw and SmackDown GMs. This of course means that Asuka will be surrendering the NXT Women’s Championship.
Regal says that “now the rest of the world will know that”… and Asuka finishes the sentence by saying “No One is Ready for Asuka”. The entire NXT roster spills out onto the stage while the crowd chants “Thank You, Asuka!”. Asuka finishes by saying wherever she goes, NXT comes with her. Ember Moon enters through the roster on the stage and heads to the ring. She offers Asuka a hand shake, but pulls it away. They embrace and Triple H appears in the ring with roses. He shakes Asuka’s hand, they hug, and he holds up the title with Asuka while the crowd chants “You Deserve It”. Triple H puts over Asuka by announcing her “523 day undefeated streak”. We go off the air with the crowd and the roster chanting “Thank You, Asuka”.