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NXT 3/22/17 Review: The Punk-Ragdoll Evens The Odds

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NXT on March 22, 2017 was a great show that is building up NXT Orlando next week. Let’s break it down:


We start off the show with a video package hyping up Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, and Roderick Strong Vs. SAnitY later on the show. This is good as it’s hyping up the match later on the show which should be a fun match. Well produced video package here.

Oney Lorcan Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas was an excellent match. Mark out moment! After what happened backstage between Oney Lorcan and Andrade “Cien” Almas. it led to this match and it was an excellent match where both men gave everything they had in this match where neither man didn’t look weak in the process.

Oney Lorcan did excellent in this match as he showcased his skills in the ring. His somersault senton to the outside on Andrade “Cien” Almas was done beautifully. His European Uppercuts and his running blockbuster on Andrade “Cien” Almas looked devastating. There was one point in this match where I thought Oney Lorcan would win this match as hit a half and half suplex on Andrade “Cien” Almas, but Andrade “Cien” Almas kicked out which shocked me. Excellent performance from Oney Lorcan here.

Andrade “Cien” Almas did excellent in this match too as he showcased his character and in-ring skills. His counter to Oney Lorcan’s blockbuster into a scoop powerslam to the outside was very impressive. His cartwheel backflip kick on Oney Lorcan was done beautifully. His running double knees to the corner on Oney Lorcan looked devastating. Excellent performance from Andrade “Cien” Almas here.

The ending of the match came when Andrade “Cien” Almas hit Oney Lorcan with the Hammerlock DDT for the pin and win. A great win for Andrade “Cien” Almas as he looks to go up the ranks of the NXT Championship picture. Even though Oney Lorcan lost this match, he looked excellent in defeat so he had nothing to be ashamed of. Tranquilo!

Excellent match and I’m looking forward to what’s next for Oney Lorcan and Andrade “Cien” Almas in NXT.

The backstage promo from #DIY was good. Tommaso Ciampa talked about how long they have worked to get where they are now as Johnny Gargano reflected their time on the independent circuit, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and how The Revival from Day 1 never liked them. Tommaso Ciampa then said that their dreams got taken away from them by Authors of Pain at NXT San Antonio. Johnny Gargano then said that Authors of Pain fight for money, but #DIY are all heart and they are at a state of mind due to the fans that supported them throughout the past twelve years.

Tommaso Ciampa said that they are stoked for NXT Orlando as they will be in the Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Johnny Gargano then said that they will have their moment at NXT Orlando.

#DIY are looking to become NXT Tag Team Champions again at NXT Orlando and it should be a great tag team match. Looking forward to it. Good backstage promo here.

We then get another vignette of Aleister Black and it was great. Great to see another different vignette for Aleister Black as he’s making his debut for NXT soon which I’m looking forward to. NXT will fade to black!

Just a reminder that Shock Me by Baroness is a theme for NXT Orlando and it’s a good song. NXT Orlando is next week and I can’t wait to see it. Should be a great show.

We then get a recap of what happened two weeks ago as Ember Moon hit The Eclipse (Diving corkscrew stunner) on Billie Kay that injured Billie Kay. We then saw a tweet from Liv Morgan where she said that if Ember Moon hits The Eclipse on Asuka at NXT Orlando, Ember Moon would be the new NXT Womens Champion because she knows how it feels too. Nice to see some hindsight on Ember Moon’s finisher with The Eclipse. Looking forward to the match between Asuka and Ember Moon at NXT Orlando for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Asuka Vs. Priscilla Zuniga was a great women’s squash match. Before the match started, Asuka asked for a microphone right after the bell rings as she had a message for Ember Moon by saying that this is her fate as she hit a nasty looking reverse roundhouse kick on Priscilla Zuniga. Man, that’s one way to start off a match. That was brutal.

Also, Priscilla Zuniga has an appearance on NXT! Mark out moment! For those of you who don’t know, Priscilla Zuniga is also known as Angel Rose who has competed in SHINE and recently has been signed to Impact Wrestling who is a part of LAX in that company. Great to see her on this show even though she is already signed with another company.

However, Priscilla Zuniga didn’t get much offense in this match as Asuka completely annihilated her in this match. Asuka finished Priscilla Zuniga off by locking in the Asuka Lock (Crossface chickenwing with bodyscissors) to make Priscilla Zuniga tap out for the win. Asuka looked like a beast in this match and she was showing some heel characteristics as well which was interesting to see.

After the match, Asuka got on the mic and spoke Japanese with her saying in English at the end, No Eclipse as she leaves the ring.

I guess Asuka is ready for Ember Moon at NXT Orlando. Ember Moon better be ready for this match because I think Asuka is going to give Ember Moon a hard time at NXT Orlando, but we’ll see.

Great women’s squash match and I’m looking forward to Asuka Vs. Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT Orlando.

The backstage promo from The Revival was good. Dash Wilder said that The Revival do what they say they are and that The Revival are top guys. He then said that they have studied the greats and brought the best of the past to the present which made them better. Scott Dawson then said that they’re better than Midnight Express, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, and The Hart Foundation. He then said that they don’t open hand slap or flip on people like #DIY and that The Revival are the only ones to get the best of Authors of Pain. He then said that nobody has worked harder or been better than The Revival has. Scott Dawson then said that it’s their fate to become the greatest tag team of all time and it will happen at NXT Orlando.

The Revival are looking to reclaim the NXT Tag Team Championships to become 3x NXT Tag Team Champions. Looking forward to the triple threat elimination tag team match at NXT Orlando. Should be awesome. Good backstage interview here.

We then get an announcement that next week, it will Johnny Gargano Vs. Akam Vs. Dash Wilder in a triple threat match. Should be a fun match next week and I’m looking forward to it.

Just a reminder that NXT is returning to the UK this June for the Download Festival so get your tickets now before it’s too late so you can see NXT live!

Just a reminder that Are You Coming With Me? by Crown The Empire is a theme for NXT Orlando and it’s a good song. NXT Orlando is next week and I can’t wait to see it. Should be a great show.

We then get a video package of what happened in the feud between Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura and it was great. Bobby Roode talked about how Shinsuke Nakamura has beaten everyone expect him and since he has beaten Shinsuke Nakamura, he now considers himself as a god in NXT. Shinsuke Nakamura then said that at NXT San Antonio, faith wasn’t on his side as he kicked Bobby Roode so hard that he injured himself. He then said that he doesn’t quit and will keep fighting. Shinsuke Nakamura then said that the era of Shinsuke Nakamura will rise again at NXT Orlando. Bobby Roode said that he will make NXT into his own image. Shinsuke Nakamura said that NXT belongs to the fans and that the faith of NXT lies on his hands. Bobby Roode then said that at NXT Orlando, he will once again make NXT glorious.

This was a great video package as it showed character for both Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura and what the NXT Championship means to them. I’m really looking forward to the rematch between the two at NXT Orlando which should be another excellent match. YeaOh! Glorious!

The backstage interview with No Way Jose, Roderick Strong, and Tye Dillinger by Kayla Braxton was good. No Way Jose said that the numbers game is not in SAnitY’s favor anymore because Roderick Strong is healthy. Roderick Strong said that he’s ready to get some payback on SAnitY after what they did to him three weeks back. Tye Dillinger said that you don’t mess with “The Perfect Ten” as they all leave.

No Way Jose, Roderick Strong, and Tye Dillinger are ready to take on SAnitY which should be a fun six man tag team match. Looking forward to it. Good backstage interview here.

We then get another vignette of Heavy Machinery and that they will make their re-debut on NXT next week. Looking forward to the re-debut of Heavy Machinery as they are a tag team that have a lot of potential in NXT. Looking forward to it.

The segment that happened between Kassius Ohno and Elias Samson outside by Dasha Fuentes last week was good. Dasha Fuentes caught up to Kassius Ohno outside as she asked Kassius Ohno on how he will regroup after his loss against Bobby Roode. Kassius Ohno said that it was disappointing that he lost and then Elias Samson came in and interrupted him as he was singing a song to Kassius Ohno. Elias Samson told Kassius Ohno that the title isn’t for him and it will never be his turn.

Kassius Ohno then told Elias Samson that he needs a beating. Elias Samson then told Kassius Ohno that he doesn’t belong here. Kassius Ohno then told Elias Samson that they should find out who belongs here as he challenged Elias Samson to a match where the Loser Leaves NXT where Elias Samson accepted.

So it seems like we’re going to get Kassius Ohno Vs. Elias Samson in a Loser Leaves NXT match in the near future. I personally don’t want any of those two to leave NXT as I think they’re both talented guys so losing one would be devastating. However, it should be an interesting match next week and I’m looking forward to it. Good segment here.

Just a reminder that Come and Get It by I Prevail is a theme for NXT Orlando and it’s a good song. NXT Orlando is next week and I can’t wait to see it. Should be a great show.

The backstage interview with Andrade “Cien” Almas by Kayla Braxton was good. Kayla Braxton told Andrade “Cien” Almas that at NXT Orlando, he will be facing Aleister Black in his debut. Andrade “Cien” Almas then said that he was fine with it and he’s going to beat him.

Oh my god! We’re going to get Aleister Black Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas at NXT Orlando! Mark out moment! Can’t wait to see the debut of Aleister Black at NXT Orlando. Should be awesome. However, I feel like both men need the win here, but it should be a great match regardless. Good backstage interview here and an awesome announcement.

Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, and Roderick Strong Vs. SAnitY was a good six man tag team match for what it was. I like how when Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, and Roderick Strong were making their entrances individually, they were all serious showing character development which was nice to see. Details like that really adds to a character so I appreciated that a lot.

Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, and Roderick Strong did well in this match as they have a common enemy in SAnitY so the teamwork between these three worked well. Roderick Strong’s corksrew plancha on SAnitY to the outside was well executed. No Way Jose and Tye Dillinger were very serious and didn’t do their usual shticks as they want to beat up SAnitY so that was nice to see. SAnitY did well in this match too as they tried to take out Tye Dillinger and his friends once and for all. They were their usual selves here in this match so that was great to see. Good performances from both teams here.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a finish as everyone in the match began to fight with each other in the ring which caused a no contest. This was a good decision from NXT as both teams didn’t suffer a loss here so I was fine with the finish. Killian Dain tried to hit Roderick Strong to the steel post, but Roderick Strong dodged it and Killian Dain hit the steel post. Tye Dillinger then stomped down Eric Young to the corner until Nikki Cross jumped on Tye Dillinger’s back and applied a sleeper hold on Tye Dillinger without letting go.

Then Heidi Lovelace came in and speared Nikki Cross, beat her up to the outside with a front face slam and a high kick to the face! Heidi Lovelace has made her debut in NXT! Mark out moment! For those of you who don’t know, Heidi Lovelace is known for her work in CHIKARA and SHIMMER who has recently been signed to NXT two months ago. Now, she finally made her debut in NXT and I’m proud of her.

Eric Young re-entered the ring to tackle Tye Dillinger, but Tye Dillinger reversed the tackle and Irish whipped him to the corner as Eric Young goes to the outside. No Way Jose then delivered a pop-up knockout punch on Alexander Wolfe to take him out. Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, and Roderick Strong then triple teamed on Killian Dain as Roderick Strong hit a running high knee to the corner, followed by a running forearm smash to the corner by No Way Jose, and Tye Dillinger knocked out Killian Dain with a superkick as Killian Dain got out of the ring. Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong, and Heidi Lovelace stood tall at the end as SAnitY looked on from the ramp.

As a result of this, I’m expecting a eight mixed tag team match at NXT Orlando between Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong, and Heidi Lovelace Vs. SAnitY which should be a fun eight mixed tag team match if it happened at NXT Orlando. This feud got a lot more interesting with Heidi Lovelace involved and I’m interested to see where it goes next.

Good six man tag team match and awesome post-match segment as I’m interested to see what’s next in this Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong, and Heidi Lovelace Vs. SAnitY feud in NXT.

Overall, great show that is building up NXT Orlando next week. Next week, we are going to have Johnny Gargano Vs. Akam Vs. Dash Wilder which should be interesting to see. Looking forward to it. NXT! NXT! NXT!


Mark Out Moments: 4


That is my review of NXT on March 22, 2017.

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