WWE NXT 10/11/17 features a TakeOver Brooklyn rematch between Johnny Gargano and Andrade Cien Almas. Also on tap is a triple threat match between Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, and Liv Morgan – the winner goes to NXT TakeOver War Games to work the Fatal Four Way match. Beyond that, I imagine we’ll have some form of run in from the Undisputed Era as they’ve been all over the show lately. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 10/11/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever.
I’m going to preface this recap by saying this episode was a chore to watch. Not due to the content, but because the WWE Network was choking HARD during the live broadcast. It took me over 90 minutes to finally watch the episode, most of it in the lowest stream quality, and I had to finish the episode via… dubious means… due to the Network not even loading after the live stream had finished. Glad to see the $9.99 I’m paying each month is going to good use!
We open with a dramatic video package highlighting the Women’s Championship situation. Standard NXT credits and we’re taped (originally taped 09/14/17) from Full Sail. We crash from the credits into the Iconic Duo mid-entrance. Liv Morgan is out next. Nikki Cross (w/ out SAnitY) is out last.
Match #1: Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay) vs. Liv Morgan vs. Nikki Cross (Triple Threat Match for a spot in the Women’s Title Fatal Four Way match at TakeOver War Games)
My heart wants Nikki to win the title but this match confirmed that probably isn’t going to happen. I suppose the consolation prize will be more RubyCross and getting to see Nikki Cross demolish Taynara Conti somewhere down the road. Why Conti, you ask? Well, for “reasons” she comes out with the Undisputed Era during this match and appears to have been instructed by them to mess with Nikki. Conti attempts to attack Cross on the apron and eats a fist for her troubles. A bit later, Cross is attempting to pin Morgan after a corner neckbreaker and Conti pulls Cross out of the ring to break up the pinfall. Cross does her best “monster face” at Conti and Conti’s response is the featured image on this week’s recap. Golden stuff there. Cross chases Conti around the outside, enters the ring, eats a big boot from Royce, and gets put away with the Fisherman’s Suplex to take the loss.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – With Kairi Sane a heavy favorite going in to the Fatal Four Way, I imagine Ember Moon could be the only other “maybe” option for the title match. Royce is good, don’t get me wrong, but she seems destined for the main roster sooner than anyone expected to work the Fatal Four Way. A Royce win makes sense here. The Undisputed Era randomly getting involved also makes sense due to their feud with SAnitY. Additionally, Conti will make a nice “aggression dummy” for Cross to squash in some future weekly episode.
Post-match, Royce and Kay pose in the ring.
Up next? Lio Rush finally debuts against the Velveteen Dream.
Back from break, Rush is out. Velveteen Dream follows.
Match #2: Lio Rush vs. Velveteen Dream
Rush gets in some of his acrobatics early on, but this is essentially a Dream showcase. Velveteen is still obsessed with making Aleister Black say his name – and verbalizes that several times during the match. Dream hits the Death Valley Bomb and finishes Rush off with the Purple Rainmaker.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Eh, not entirely different from what we saw when Dream rushed the ring during Rush’s “debut” a few weeks back.
Post-match, Dream shoves Rush out of the way and mouths that he wants Aleister to say his name.
Later tonight? Gargano takes on Almas!
Back from break, Lars is out. Burch is out last.
Match #3: Danny Burch vs. Lars Sullivan
Burch has the crowd behind him and begins things by power walking up to Lars and slapping him, but yeah… Lars Squash. Burch gets in a few fleeting European uppercuts, but we all know what happens here. After a strong clothesline, Sullivan hits his modified spinebuster finisher and gets a relatively easy win.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – I’m slowly starting to tire of the Lars Squash, like I did of the Corbin Squash before it. However, if this ends up with a handicap match against Lorcan and Burch I’d be okay with it.
Next week? We get an exclusive interview with Drew.
A Street Profits hype video airs and we learn they’re up next.
Back from break, Street Profits are out. They’re facing “already in the ring”.
Match #4: Street Profits vs. Damien Smith & Marcos Espada
Essentially an excuse to get Street Profits on TV to do their taunts. The match has almost zero offense and they hit their tandem spinebuster into frog splash finisher after doing almost nothing to their opponents.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – I like the Street Profits in theory, but this match didn’t need to happen.
Post-match, Ford and Dawkins get the ring announcer’s mic and run into the crowd while yelling into it.
Up next? Main event.
Next week? Ember Moon vs. Ruby Riot vs. Sonya Deville with the winner getting another spot in the Fatal Four Way at TakeOver.
Also next week? SAnitY vs. Undisputed Era.
Back from break, Gargano is out. Almas and Vega enter last.
Match #5: Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Cien Almas
A solid main even that helps save a rather middling episode of NXT. Gargano and Almas have compatible styles and while this isn’t quite as good as their TakeOver match, it’s not bad either. We get counters and crazy spots aplenty as expected. The crux of match once again revolves around Vega messing with Gargano’s mind. Johnny gets Almas locked into the Gargano Escape and when it looks like Almas may have to tap out, Vega removes her jacket to reveal she’s wearing a DIY t-shirt. That distracts Johnny just enough to allow Almas to force a rope break. I liked that instead of that immediately leading into a distraction loss, they gave Johnny a superkick hope spot. However, it was too little too late as Almas counters another Gargano Escape attempt and Gargano goes face first into the bottom buckle. After a pair of running double knees to the back of Johnny’s head, Almas hits the Hammerlock DDT to pick up the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Gargano taking the loss doesn’t bother me too much since he’s the new underdog at NXT so he has to lose to make the wins he does get feel more special. Also, I’m liking the direction they’re going with Almas. He floundered at NXT for a too long for a guy with his skill set.
Post-match, Gargano looks out of it after taking the loss. We go off the air on Vega and Almas posing in the ring.