WWE NXT 09/13/17 is set to feature a UK Championship bout between champ Pete Dunne and challenger Wolfgang. Also on tap for tonight’s show is a tag team match between the Iconic Duo and Ruby Riot and a mystery partner. Beyond that we may get a few more details on the match at TakeOver Houston in November featuring Kairi Sane and ??? for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 09/13/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever.
Updated NXT opening credits (aka – no more Asuka and a bunch of Adam Cole & Co. added in) and we’re taped (originally taped 08/24/17) from Full Sail.
Mauro welcomes us to the show and the announce team ruminates on last week’s Asuka situation and tonight’s main event of Pete Dunne vs. Wolfgang for the WWE UK Title.
The Iconic Duo are out first tonight (w/ footage from two weeks ago of Royce beating Ruby Riot & footage from last week of Riot asking Regal for a handicap match). Ruby is out next – solo. Somehow this is allowed even though Regal was explicit that Riot needed to find a partner. Well… okay then.
Match #1: Peyton Royce & Billie Kay vs. Ruby Riot & Nikki Cross
Yeah, this starts as a handicap match and features non-stop double teaming by the Iconic Duo. As I predicted last week, Nikki Cross ends up at ring side and starts wandering around. I don’t read the NXT tapings spoilers, but with WWE seeming to want SAnitY as face-leaning neutral characters right now, Cross made the most sense here. Anyway, the double-team continues until Kay accidentally hits Royce during another double team and Riot looks for a hot tag. Cross ends up on the apron, tags herself in, and goes on a run. After she hits her fisherman’s neckbreaker finisher on Kay, Cross comes over and tags herself out. Cross leaves, Riot looks conflicted, but hits a senton off the ropes and picks up the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Exactly what I had hoped this would turn out to be. Keeping Cross as this chaotic force in the women’s division is perfect with how they’re trying to paint the entire SAnitY faction right now. Well done.
Post-match, Ruby sells confusion about what just happened.
Next, more footage from last week. We see Tino & Riddick messing with Gargano at the PC and that leading to the match we’re getting next. Johnny Gargano vs. Riddick Moss.
Back from break, a Mauro-voiced promo for Connor’s Cure airs.
Meanwhile, Christy is backstage with No Way Jose. Jose’s promo focuses on Lars Sullivan and Jose calls Lars crazy. Jose alleges that random attacks are “not how we do things at NXT”… uh, tell that to Adam Cole & Co. (and many before them). Either way, Jose throws down a challenge to Lars for a match on next week’s show.
Gargano enters next. Moss and Sabbatelli enter last. Notably, Tino is out in his gear even though he’s not wrestling in the match. Maybe he has the same aversion to pants that Randy Orton clearly has?
Match #2: Johnny Gargano vs. Riddick Moss (w/ Tino Sabbatelli)
The booking of Gargano “post-DIY” is interesting. It’s like they want him to be this serious underdog, but they’re not entirely ready to put all of those eggs in one basket. Here, Moss manhandles Gargano for most of the match, but then – even after Gargano’s finisher fails to tap out Moss and he shows shock – Gargano gets the big babyface comeback. Sure, having him lose to a tag team wrestler here would be a bad idea, but the end game here with Ciampa’s return so far out is somewhat murky. After evading some interference from Tino on the outside, Gargano hits his slingshot spear to get the 3 count.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – I’ll give this the benefit of the doubt. It felt like a standard “underdog babyface” win, but the pause Gargano took after his submission finisher didn’t tap out Moss is likely going to play some factor down the road with Johnny Wrestling’s confidence going into a match with more stakes.
Later tonight? Pete Dunne vs. Wolfgang.
A Street Profits vignette airs and they’re up next.
Back from break, Street Profits enter and dance in the ring. The Ealy Brothers are out next.
Match #3: Street Profits vs. The Ealy Brothers
The Street Profits are incredibly over at Full Sail and WWE seems to be capitalizing on that. The Ealys get in a minor amount of offense here, but it’s definitely another Street Profits showcase. After a rather liberal allowance of double-teaming from the ref, the Profits go over with their team finisher.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Another strong victory from a team that appear to be the current darlings of Full Sail like Heavy Machinery before them. It will be interesting to see if they end up factoring into the tag title picture in the near future.
Post-match, Street Profits celebrate their victory amongst the Full Sail crowd.
Next, a “farewell” video package airs for Asuka.
Meanwhile, Christy is backstage with Regal. Once again, NXT TV is behind the curve with this situation. Regal says he’ll have an answer in the “coming weeks” about how he’s going to handle the vacated title. Anyone who pays attention online knows that WWE announced everywhere that Kairi Sane punched a ticket to be in the NXT Women’s Championship match at the next TakeOver. Of course, no mention of any of this on tonight’s NXT episode.
Shifting gears, we look at the UK Division tag match from three weeks ago. The UK Championship match is up next.
Back from break, Mauro does voice over on a Hurricane Disaster Relief / Red Cross promo.
Next week? Aleister speaks!
Meanwhile, Christy is backstage with Wolfgang. He’s ready for this match because he pinned Tyler Bate three weeks ago and he’s leaving with the title tonight. Wolfgang enters. Christy is backstage with Dunne. She asks Dunne for his comments on the mouth. Dunne simply puts the belt in his mouth and leaves. Awesome. Dunne enters.
Match #4: Pete Dunne (c) vs. Wolfgang (WWE UK Championship match)
Another solid affair from the UK Division. Wolfgang gives Dunne a run for his money here, but this is just a hair less compelling than Dunne’s war with Bate. The post-match business here suggests WWE may finally be giving in and using the UK signees on NXT TV since there is still no official word on the “UK Show” that has been much rumored for a while now. I’m all for it. Every match featuring the UK talent to be featured on NXT has been good. Tonight after trading some signature spots, Dunne is able to counter Wolfgang with an elbow strike and hit the Bitter End to squeak out a victory and title retention.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – More solid work from the UK Division. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys soon.
Post-match, Dunne celebrates in the ring with the title. Adam Cole & company head to the ring and circle Dunne. Pete eventually attacks O’Reilly and the dogpile begins. Wolfgang enters and comes to Dunne’s aid, allowing Dunne to escape to the ramp. Dunne looks like he’s going to head back to the ring and help Wolfgang, but he’s really only going for the title, grabs it, and leaves to boos. Cole drops Wolfgang with a Shining Wizard and the Cole faction pose in the ring over the fallen Wolfgang.
We go off the air with Cole, Fish, and O’Reilly leaving through the crowd. Notably, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate head to the ring to check on Wolfgang. Hmm.