WWE NXT 11/15/17 is the “go home” show for TakeOver: War Games. With the card already set, we’ve been promised a “face to face” between Drew McIntyre & Andrade Cien Almas and Ember Moon vs. Mercedes Martinez. Beyond that, it’s been chaos at NXT lately so I expect some War Games faction warfare. It’s definitely faction warfare season in the WWE right now. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 11/15/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped 10/04/17) from Full Sail. Mauro welcomes us to the show and hypes up TakeOver War Games.
Later tonight? Drew McIntyre and Andrade Cien Almas go face to face.
Also, later tonight? Ember Moon vs. Mercedes Martinez.
Street Profits’ music hits and they’re out. I’m assuming this is the resulting match from the backstage segment last week involving Tino Sabbatelli’s suit. Sure enough, Moss & Sabbatelli are out next. Commentary is great during the entrances since it’s Mauro and Percy making hip hop references and Nigel playing the confused outsider. Also, Percy tells us that Nigel “wears a silver spoon in (his) mouth”. Hey, it was the style at the time!
Match #1: Street Profits vs. Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli
Your standard NXT tag match on the weekly show. Not bad, but somewhat predictable. This one falls into the “Tino won’t stop the trash talking and it hurts the team” category. The constant trash talk at Dawkins allows Ford to escape peril and make the hot tag. After a brief “on fire” sequence, Dawkins drops Tino with a single punch and gets the three count.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – About what I expected to come from this. I doubt this program is over with.
Post-match, Street Profits celebrate in the crowd.
Next, we get a hype video for the Velveteen Dream vs. Aleister Black TakeOver War Games match.
Lars Sullivan is a thing. He’ll be in action, next!
Back from break, Mauro hypes up the Lars Sullivan vs. Kassius Ohno TakeOver War Games match.
Next, Lars is out for his match. Raul Mendoza enters next. Good luck, Raul.
Match #2: Lars Sullivan vs. Raul Mendoza
Mendoza attempts to use his speed with a bunch of quick strikes – but they have no effect on Lars. Sullivan meets a Mendoza “leap off the ropes” attempt with a head butt and it’s all over from there. Lars gets all of his stuff in and apparently his finisher is called the “Freak Accident” as per Mauro.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – It’s a Lars squash. Points though for using the post match to give the TakeOver match any sort of point.
Post-match, Lars goes to attack Mendoza and Ohno is out to make the save. Ohno stares down Lars. Sullivan reacts by laughing – and it’s a creepy laugh. Lars leaves while Ohno looks intense in the ring.
Meanwhile, William Regal is holding court in his office. Johnny Gargano enters and pleads his case for still belonging at NXT after his losing streak. Regal knows he belongs there and he asked him to his office because Pete Dunne has issued an open challenge for the UK Title. Regal thought of Johnny for the spot and offers him the match. I’m glad we’re getting to see this match after all. Yay!
Back from break, we get a War Games match preview video.
Later tonight? Drew faces off with Andrade.
Up next? Ember Moon vs. “newcomer” Mercedes Martinez.
Back from break, Mauro hypes up the Fatal Four Way match at TakeOver War Games.
Meanwhile, Mercedes Martinez enters for her match. Ember Moon is out next.
Match #3: Mercedes Martinez vs. Ember Moon
Easily the best match on this week’s show. Moon goes over, predictably, with the Eclipse at the end – but Martinez has a good showing here. Mercedes gives Moon a run for her money and hits a Three Amigos at one point, finishing the spot with a delayed vertical suplex. Good stuff and it showed that these two have worked together before. No complaints and I’m glad we got to see one more match with Martinez after the Mae Young Classic.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A well worked match from two competitors that are clearly familiar with each other. Also, a mini-feud like this gave Ember something to do ahead of the Fatal Four Way match. Details like this matter!
Post-match, Nikki Cross is out through the crowd. This brings out Peyton Royce, followed by Kairi Sane. We get a brief look at all four competitors in the title match.
Up next? The face off between McIntyre and Almas.
Back from break, next week? Dunne vs. Gargano for the UK Championship.
Also, next week? Ruby Riot vs. Sonya Deville.
That’s a solid “Kickoff Show” for TakeOver War Games!
Meanwhile, Drew McIntyre is out in street clothes with the title. He cuts a promo on Almas saying that Zelina’s plan worked and Almas now has his title shot. But, when the pressure is on will Andrade know what kind of man he is? Drew knows what kind of man he is. Drew continues by calling out Zelina’s references to mountains – Drew IS the bloody mountain! Drew calls out Almas and when nothing happens – he suggests that Zelina won’t let him off the leash.
Andrade’s music hits and Zelina is out first. Almas follows a bit later, in a suit. Andrade takes off his suit jacket and rushes the ring. A brawl breaks out. Drew has the upper hand, but wait! Zelina jumps off the ropes and Drew catches her and sets her down. Andrade uses this distraction to chop block Drew and go to work. One Hammerlock DDT later and Drew is left laying and Zelina is holding up the NXT Championship. Zelina Vega looks good holding NXT gold – just sayin’.
We go off the air with Zelina dropping the belt on Drew’s fallen body and heading to the back with Andrade.
Well, that’s that. See you at TakeOver War Games!