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NXT Orlando Review: NXT Fades to Black



NXT Orlando on April 1 was a great show. Now do I think that this NXT live special is the best one out of all of the NXT live specials? In my personal opinion, I think that answer is no as I still think NXT Dallas is the best NXT live special by far. However, this show was great in its own right as it had great to excellent matches, great moments, and great surprises throughout the whole show. Let’s break this down:

The pre-show was pretty good as always as we have Charly Caruso, Nigel McGuinness, and Sam Roberts doing the pre-show panel. Charly Caruso did great for these pre-show panels so she did her job. Nigel McGuinness did his job in the pre-show panel as he gives his thoughts and predictions on the matches.

Also, Sam Roberts appeared on the pre-show panel for NXT Orlando! Mark out moment! Sam Roberts is a radio broadcaster who has his own radio show known as SiriusXM Satellite Radio which is a pretty good radio broadcast where I recommend checking it out. He did alright here as he gave a different perspective on the matches for the show itself.

I thought all three of them did very well for analyzing and predicting on the matches later on giving the matches history and purpose on why it’s happening which is great to see. Seeing Ember Moon, Asuka, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Bobby Roode heading to the arena was cool to see as it shows how ready they are and they’re going to appear on the show. The interaction with the fans from Kayla Braxton was nice to see too as it looks like it’ll be a fun show with that crowd. The video packages of the matches were great to see as well as they made me hyped up for the show later on the show.

We saw footage of SAnitY taking out No Way Jose during Wrestlemania 33 Axxess as No Way Jose was taken away by a stretcher by paramedics. Nigel McGuinness then said that he spoke with William Regal about the news and told him that No Way Jose will not be able to compete. As a result, Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, and Ruby Riot will either have to find a partner to replace No Way Jose or they must go against SAnitY in a handicap match.

A shame that No Way Jose isn’t going to get his moment, but this gives an opportunity for another NXT star to take his spot so I’m interested to see who will take No Way Jose’s spot to face SAnitY later on the show. Looking forward to the match.

I also like how Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts, and Nigel McGuinness talked about Aleister Black as he’s going to make his NXT debut later on the show. This shows that NXT is really caring about Aleister Black and I’m glad they are because Aleister Black is a really talented guy who deserves to do well in NXT. Looking forward to the match later on the show. NXT will fade to black!

We then see The Iconic Duo on the panel as they join Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts, and Nigel McGuinness. They cracked jokes about Charly Caruso and then talked about how Ember Moon’s Eclipse (Diving Corkscrew Stunner) should be banned after what happened to Billie Kay a few weeks ago. Then they talk about Asuka as eventually, they will become NXT Women’s Champion.

Good to see that Billie Kay is okay after what happened to her a few weeks ago. Looking forward to the return of The Iconic Duo.

Pretty good pre-show to hype the matches for NXT Orlando. Now, let’s get onto the main card!

Now before I get into the show itself, the crowd in NXT Orlando was incredible. The crowd throughout the whole show were into it from beginning to end and I appreciated that a lot. Great crowd from Orlando for this show. Also, the commentary team for this show contains Tom Phillips, Percy Watson, and Nigel McGuinness. This was Nigel McGuinness’ first NXT live special with him commentating and I have to say that he did pretty well for himself here despite the few botches throughout the show so good work from Nigel McGuinness here. Great work from the commentary team here.

We heard Triple H‘s voice as we see an empty ring as he introduced the NXT crowd like he did in several NXT live specials before as he said this show is their show as they make history, determine their fate, and show the world why they are NXT as this show, they are home. Nice to hear Triple H on this show as this makes this show very special. Plus, the video package for this show was great as they were building up the matches for this show as well as showing the history of NXT. Very nicely done video package and I’m ready hyped for the show. Anyway, let’s talk about the show!

We start off the show with Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno & Ruby Riot Vs. SAnitY and it was a good eight mixed tag team match. We saw footage of what happened at Wrestlemania 33 Axxess as SAnitY took out No Way Jose which led to Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, and Ruby Riot trying to find a new partner and it turned out to be Kassius Ohno. A nice choice from them there and awesome to see Kassius Ohno get this moment. Also, Ruby Riot made her in-ring debut for NXT! Mark out moment! I will talk about her in the match itself so let’s get to it.

Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, and Ruby Riot did great in this match as they tried everything to finally take down SAnitY once and for all. I like how they all went inside the ring and brawled with SAnitY before the bell rang which shows the hatred between the teams so I appreciate that a lot. Ruby Riot did well in this match as she got to showcase her skills in the ring. The interaction with her and Nikki Cross in this match was well done as she hit a nice dropkick on Nikki Cross from the ring to the floor so that was cool. Kassius Ohno did well in this match as he was a good replacement for No Way Jose in this match. The interaction with him and Alexander Wolfe was fun. His elbows to Alexander Wolfe looked devastating. Roderick Strong did well in this match too as he tried to get revenge on SAnitY for attacking him backstage a few weeks back. His Olympic Slam to Alexander Wolfe, his side slam backbreaker on Eric Young, and his Sick Kick (Running Single Leg Dropkick) on Eric Young were well executed. Tye Dillinger did well in this match too as he tried to get revenge on SAnitY for what they have done to him for the past few months. His DDT on Alexander Wolfe, his suicide dive on Eric Young, and his superkick on Killian Dain were well executed. Good performances from all four individuals here.

SAnitY did well in this match too as they proved their dominance in NXT and tried to get rid of Tye Dillinger and his friends once and for all. Eric Young’s selling in this match was hilariously funny, but well done at the same time so props to Eric Young with his selling here. Killian Dain was the star of his team as he got to showcase his ability in the ring as he’s an agile man for his size as he hit a beautiful running front missile dropkick on Roderick Strong to the corner. Good performance from SAnitY here.

The ending of the match came when Killian Dain hit Tye Dillinger with Ulster Plantation (One Handed Electric Chair Driver) for the pin and win for his team. Man, Tye Dillinger can’t take a break with these losses when the match means so much. If this was his last match in NXT, then thank you Tye Dillinger and I wish you luck on the main roster. As for SAnitY, they continued to be dominant as an unit and I love that. It will be interesting to see who can take them down.

Good eight mixed tag team match and I’m interested to see what’s next for Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, Ruby Riot, and SAnitY in NXT. Also, if this Tye Dillinger’s last match in NXT, then thank you Tye Dillinger!

We then see Bobby Roode backstage with his NXT Championship as he’s getting ready for his match against Shinuske Nakamura later on the show. It looks like Bobby Roode is ready for Shinsuke Nakamura and I’m looking forward to that match later on the show. Should be excellent.

We then see Edge and Beth Phoenix at ringside, mark out moment for both! Awesome to see these two here as it shows people from around the world are watching this show so great to see them in attendance. Anyway, back to the show itself.

Aleister Black Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas was a great match. Aleister Black has made his debut for NXT! Mark out moment! Not only that, his entrance at NXT Orlando was amazing! Mark out moment! It looked like he was being rose up from the coffin/tombstone and it was awesome to see. If you haven’t already, please check out his entrance, it’s incredible and not only that, his theme is pretty awesome too as it’s like his theme when he wrestles in the UK so I appreciated that. Everything about him was pretty much Tommy End with a different name and I like that a lot. Thank you NXT for making Aleister Black for who he really is. Anyway, let’s get back to the match itself.

Andrade “Cien” Almas did great in this match as he got to showcase his character and charisma in the ring. Still loving the Los Ingobernables character that he was playing in the ring and it was great. I also love his in-ring psychology in this match as he worked on Aleister Black’s arm throughout the match so great in-ring psychology there. Great performance from Andrade “Cien” Almas.

Aleister Black did great in this match too as he’s looking to make a name for himself in NXT. The way he went for a springboard move to the outside on Andrade “Cien” Almas, but stopped midair and does his meditation in the ring was freaking awesome. That’s Tommy End right there so I love that. Also, his springboard moonsault on Andrade “Cien” Almas to the outside was beautiful. His jumping knee strike on Andrade “Cien” Almas looked devastating. Great performance from Aleister Black here.

The ending of the match came when Aleister Black hit a spin kick on Andrade “Cien” Almas for the pin and win. Great win for Aleister Black as he looked great in his debut. However, it came with an expense on Andrade “Cien” Almas who has lost another match in a NXT live special. He’s starting to become Tyler Breeze at this point where he only wins one NXT live special match and loses the rest. I really hope Andrade “Cien” Almas gets another win on a NXT live special because he’s extremely talented. Till then, this was Aleister Black’s first night in NXT and he did great. NXT will fade to black!

Great match and I’m interested to see what’s next for Aleister Black and Andrade “Cien” Almas in NXT.

We see Ember Moon backstage as she’s getting ready for her match against Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship later on the show. Ember Moon is looking ready against Asuka and she needs to be if she wants to beat her. Let’s see if Ember Moon can defeat Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Authors of Pain Vs. #DIY Vs. The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championships in a Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team match was excellent. Mark out moment! Before the match started, William Regal was in the ring as the referee took the belts from Authors of Pain where William Regal gave the referee new NXT Tag Team Championship belts! Mark out moment! Going to miss the old design of the NXT Tag Team Championships, but the new ones looked good so I’m fine with the change. So, let’s talk about this match as I will talk about the match into two parts so let’s get to it.

The match when all three teams were in the ring, it was excellent. There were so many awesome spots and moments in this match that it will be tough to call them all, but I’ll do it anyway as this was very fun to watch. The way Authors of Pain threw Johnny Gargano onto Tommaso Ciampa as he was going for a suicide dive and then threw Johnny Gargano onto Dash Wilder was cool to see. Tommaso Ciampa hit German suplexes on Akam and Rezar and it was amazing. His running knee strike on Akam looked devastating. The spot where The Revival pushed Rezar for #DIY to hit a double powerbomb on Rezar through a table on the outside was awesome to see. There was another cool spot where Scott Dawson locked in the inverted figure four leg lock on Akam and Johnny Gargano was about to break it up, but thought about it and ended up locking Akam with a chickenwing over the shoulder crossface as that was awesome. As Akam was about to tap out, Rezar pushed Dash Wilder and Tommaso Ciampa onto Scott Dawson and Johnny Gargano to break up the submissions, that was a cool moment and spot, I loved that.

The moments kept on going when #DIY and The Revival managed to team up against Authors of Pain where Johnny Gargano and Scott Dawson hit a running knee strike/superkick combination on Akam while Tommaso Ciampa and Dash Wilder hit a flapjack/double knee facebreaker combination on Rezar which was freaking amazing to watch. The suicide dives that Johnny Gargano and Dash Wilder did on Authors of Pain to the outside was awesome. However, the spot where Scott Dawson hit Tommaso Ciampa with a superplex on the outside to everyone was freaking spectacular! Mark out moment! Awesome spot and moment right there. Excellent performances by all three teams here.

The first elimination came when Authors of Pain hit Tommaso Ciampa with The Last Chapter (Russian Legsweep/Clothesline combination) to eliminate #DIY from the match. Even though #DIY got eliminated from the match, they looked excellent in defeat so they have nothing to be ashamed of.

Authors of Pain Vs. The Revival was excellent as they continued the momentum they had from the first elimination. The Revival were on fire in this match as they hit a European Uppercut/Bridging German suplex combination on both Akam and Rezar which was awesome to see. The double powerbomb that Authors of Pain did to The Revival looked devastating. Excellent work from both teams here.

The ending of the match came when Authors of Pain hit a Super Collider (Running powerbomb bump into a double powerbomb) on The Revival for the pin and to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships. Even though The Revival lost this match, they looked excellent in defeat so they have nothing to be ashamed of. If this was The Revival’s last appearance on NXT, then I have to say thank you to The Revival and I wished them luck on the main roster. As for Authors of Pain, they continued to dominate as NXT Tag Team Champions and I’m interested to see who can take down Authors of Pain for the championships.

Excellent triple threat elimination tag team match and I’m interested to see what’s next for Authors of Pain and #DIY in NXT. Also, if this The Revival’s lat match in NXT, thank you The Revival!

Asuka Vs. Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship was an excellent match. Mark out moment! Just like with the NXT Tag Team Championships, we got a new design of the NXT Women’s Championship from William Regal and it looks great! Mark out moment! Also, Ember Moon’s entrance at NXT Orlando was pretty cool as she got blue lights instead of red and her eyes are blue this time instead of red which was cool to see. Check out the entrance if you haven’t already, anyway, back to the match itself.

Ember Moon did excellent in this match as she tried to take down the undefeated Asuka. Her springboard crossbody onto Asuka to the outside was beautifully executed. Her leg hook exploder suplex on Asuka was well executed. Excellent performance from Ember Moon here.

Asuka did excellent in this match too as she continued to prove why she is the NXT Women’s Champion. Her hip attacks on Ember Moon looked devastating as well as her German suplex on Ember Moon too. Excellent performance from Asuka here.

The ending of the match came when Ember Moon was about to hit Asuka with The Eclipse, but Asuka threw the referee to the ring rope which made Ember Moon lose her balance as Asuka capitalized on it by hitting a roundhouse kick on Ember Moon for the pin and to retain the NXT Women’s Championship. Wow, Asuka used a cheap tactic right there to retain the NXT Women’s Championship. Asuka is slowly becoming a heel and I think it’s about time to pull that trigger on that turn because she has been acting like a heel as of late so I think it’s time. Even though Ember Moon lost this match, she looked excellent in defeat and I don’t think this is the end between Asuka and Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship because of the finish so hopefully we’ll get a rematch between the two down the road.

Excellent women’s match and I’m interested to see what’s next for Asuka and Ember Moon in NXT.

We then see Drew McIntyre at ringside, mark out moment! Is this an indication that Drew McIntyre had signed with NXT? If that’s the case, that’s awesome as Drew McIntyre was heavily underutilized during his first WWE run so if he’s getting a second chance, but in NXT, that would be amazing. However, awesome to see Drew McIntyre here and I hope to see him in NXT soon.

Bobby Roode Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship was an excellent match. Mark out moment! The entrance that Shinsuke Nakamura did was great, but not excellent compared to his other entrances, but it was awesome to see regardless with the curtain so that was nice. If you want to see his entrance, check it out below. YeaOh!

However, to me, Bobby Roode had an amazing entrance at NXT Orlando, mark out moment! The piano part of his entrance was done beautifully and the way he came out with the robes and everything was glorious. Awesome entrance from Bobby Roode here. Also, just like with the NXT Women’s Championship and NXT Tag Team Championships, we got a new design of the NXT Championship from William Regal and it looks great! Mark out moment! Anyway, let’s talk about the match itself.

Shinsuke Nakamura did excellent in this match as he tried to get back his NXT Championship. His knee strikes on Bobby Roode were devastating and his use of submission moves such as the rolling cross armbar and the triangle choke were applied here in this match and they were well executed. Also, the way Shinsuke Nakamura sold his leg throughout the match was excellent selling there so props to Shinsuke Nakamura on that. Excellent performance by Shinsuke Nakamura here.

Bobby Roode did excellent in this match as well as he did everything he could to remain NXT Champion. I love how Bobby Roode was working on the leg of Shinsuke Nakamura throughout the match which showed excellent in-ring psychology there and of course, his glorious pose will always be glorious. Excellent performance by Bobby Roode here.

There were certain points in the match where I thought it was over as it was very even among both men. Shinsuke Nakamura hit a Kinshasa (Running Knee Strike) on Bobby Roode, but Bobby Roode kicked out. The same thing happened again, but this time, Bobby Roode hit a Glorious DDT (Lifting DDT) on Shinsuke Nakamura, but Shinsuke Nakamura kicked out. Didn’t see that coming at all. Not only that, the way Bobby Roode tried to disqualify himself by trying to use the bell, but the referee pulled it away as Shinsuke Nakamura hit Bobby Roode with an inverted exploder suplex and was about to go for the Kinshasa, but Bobby Roode countered the Kinshasa into a spinebuster which Shinsuke Nakamura kicked out of which was cool to see as that was a great counter and I thought the match was over in that point.

However, the ending of the match came when Bobby Roode hit a Tornado Glorious DDT on Shinsuke Nakamura for the pin and to retain the NXT Championship. A great title defense from Bobby Roode here as he continues to make NXT glorious. As for Shinsuke Nakamura, even though he lost this match, he looked excellent in defeat so he had nothing to be ashamed. If this was Shinsuke Nakamura’s last appearance in NXT, then I have to say thank you Shinsuke Nakamura and I wish you luck on the main roster. Till then, NXT will continue to be glorious!

Excellent match as I’m interested to see what’s next for Bobby Roode in NXT and if this is Shinsuke Nakamura’s last match on NXT, then thank you Shinsuke Nakamura!

Overall, great show by NXT. Like I said before, even though I don’t think this is the best NXT live special that NXT has done so far since doing these NXT live specials as I think NXT Dallas is the best one, it was still a great show. The show was great with their special moments and matches.

Another successful NXT live special during Wrestlemania weekend for NXT and I can’t wait to see the next NXT live specials down the road. We are the Natural eXhilarating Talents! We are the next generation! We are the future and the future is now! We are NXT! NXT! NXT! NXT!

Mark Out Moments: 14

That is my review of NXT Orlando on April 1, 2017.

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