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NXT 9/6/17 Review: Thank You Asuka!



NXT on September 6, 2017 was a good show that is building up characters as well as possibly building new feuds and storylines in the near future. Let’s break it down:

We start off the show with a video package highlighting the feud between Kassius Ohno and Hideo Itami as they will face off in a No Disqualification match later on the show. This is good as it’s hyping the match later on the show which should be great. Well produced video package here.

Cezar Bononi Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas was a good squash match. Zelina Vega was on commentary for this match as Andrade “Cien” Almas looks to avenge his loss with Cezar Bononi a few months back.

Cezar Bononi did get a bit of offense against Andrade “Cien” Almas in this match, but the new aggression of Andrade “Cien” Almas was too much for him as he hit the Hammerlock DDT on Cezar Bononi for the pin and win. Ever since Zelina Vega is on Andrade “Cien” Almas’ side, he begins to get wins back and hopefully that will lead him to the NXT Championship picture. Tranquilo!

Good squash match and I can’t wait to see the progression of the new Andrade “Cien” Almas in NXT.

We then get a recap of what happened last week when Drew McIntyre raised his title up high towards Roderick Strong after his match with Bobby Roode and was attacked by Adam Cole and reDRagon as they made their retreat once William Regal and security came in. This is good as it shows what happened last week and it ties into the next segment which I will talk about next.

The backstage promo from William Regal was good. William Regal was in his office as he talked about how that there will be no more jumping people in the parking lot or in the Performance Center as all the fighting will happen in the ring. He then said that Adam Cole and reDRagon can be a part of NXT, but they have to do it in the ring.

William Regal must be pissed off of what happened last week and I don’t know if Adam Cole and reDRagon will listen to William Regal, but we’ll see as time goes on. Good backstage promo here.

We then see Kassius Ohno and Hideo Itami warming up backstage as they’re getting ready for their No Disqualification match later in the show. They looked focused and ready to win so let’s see who will walk out the victor.

The backstage interview with The Velveteen Dream by Christy St. Cloud was good. Christy St. Cloud was supposed to be interviewing Asuka, but then The Velveteen Dream came in and told Christy St. Cloud that he would not speak until the ambiance is right and it’s not. He then talked about how he watched NXT Brooklyn III and he was compelled by it where he will speak soon as he left.

It seems like we’re going to have some kind of direction for The Velveteen Dream, but who will he be feuding with first? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Good backstage interview here.

Max Stardom, Joe Blake & Jax Vs. Lars Sullivan in a three on one handicap match was good. This was supposedly Lars Sullivan’s punishment for what he did to No Way Jose, but that didn’t matter as he managed to take down all three men by himself.

The ending of the match came when Lars Sullivan hit a uranage on Max Stardom for the pin and win. A good showing by Lars Sullivan as he showed that he’s a man that shouldn’t be messed with.

After the match, Lars Sullivan continued to attack Max Stardom and Joe Blake until No Way Jose came into the ring. He said that he attacked him from behind at NXT Brooklyn III and ended his biggest conga line. He then told Lars Sullivan that he’s tough, but questions if he’s tough enough when his back isn’t turned and looking straight at him.

No Way Jose punched Lars Sullivan in the face, but Lars Sullivan countered back with a clothesline and applied a crossface to No Way Jose followed by an uranage as he stood tall.

I admired No Way Jose’s guts here, but going against Lars Sullivan may not be the right decision for him. A match between these two is bound to happen eventually and I’m intrigued on how that will play out.

Good handicap squash match and good post-match as the match between No Way Jose and Lars Sullivan should be interesting to see.

The segment between Johnny Gargano and God-Gifted Athletes at the Performance Center earlier in the show was good. Johnny Gargano talked about how NXT Brooklyn III was amazing and it was a show that he’ll never forget. He then talked about how he lost focus when Zelina Vega threw a #DIY shirt at him and that is why he lost as he felt that it was his fault.

God-Gifted Athletes showed up and told him that they haven’t seen him since #DIY split up. They believed that Johnny Gargano can’t make it as a singles wrestler as Johnny Gargano told them to watch him from their couch as he made a challenged towards them. He then said that it doesn’t matter who faces him and he will beat them both.

It seems like God-Gifted Athletes want to make a name for themselves and they’re looking to do that with Johnny Gargano. Don’t know if they will succeed, but we’ll see how it turns out as Johnny Gargano is trying to make a name for himself. Good segment here.

We then see a vignette of Sonya Deville as she will have a match next in NXT. They’re really making Sonya Deville a huge deal and she has been improving as of late. We’ll see how she does in her next match.

We then get a recap of what happened last week when SAnitY was attacked by Adam Cole and reDRagon at the parking lot. This is good as it showed what happened last week and it ties into the next segment which I will talk about next.

The promo that SAnitY cut outside was great. Eric Young talked about he welcomes Adam Cole and reDRagon to NXT as he believes what they did at NXT Brooklyn III was a huge mistake. He then said that it doesn’t who they are, where they’re from, or who they think they will be as they only care about one thing as Alexander Wolfe said it was chaos.

The way it was shot was unique and kind of creepy too so if they were going that route, it was effective. It will be interesting to see how Adam Cole and reDRagon will react to SAnitY coming after them. Great promo here.

Zeda Vs. Sonya Deville was a good women’s squash match. Zeda was a part of the Mae Young Classic which I will have reviews of them once I finished them so check them out once they’re done.

Zeda did try to fight off Sonya Deville, but Sonya Deville was too much for Zeda as she locked in a triangle choke on Zeda to make her submit for the win. Sonya Deville is looking to make her name in NXT and it’s only a matter of time when she does it.

Good women’s squash match as I’m intrigued on what’s next for Sonya Deville in NXT.

The segment between Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch, William Regal, and Ruby Riot at the Performance Center earlier in the show was good. We see Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch working out at the Performance Center as William Regal watched them on until Ruby Riot came in and demand a handicap match against The Iconic Duo. William Regal told Ruby Riot that he can’t-do that, but can do a tag team match where Ruby Riot needs to find a partner where Ruby Riot said that if she can The Iconic Duo in the ring, then she accepted.

I wonder if we’re going to get a tag team between Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch after what we saw here as a tag team with those two could be lethal. As for Ruby Riot trying to take down The Iconic Duo, I admire her guts, but I question if she can do it. We’ll see when the match happens. Good segment here.

Kassius Ohno Vs. Hideo Itami in a No Disqualification match was excellent. Mark out moment! These two have issues with each other for the past few months and they finally did it once again in the ring, but this time, anything goes.

Hideo Itami did excellent in this match as he tried to make Kassius Ohno respect him. His fisherman suplex on Kassius Ohno on the entrance ramp looked painful as heck and his running hesitation dropkick on Kassius Ohno to the corner with a chair looked devastating. Excellent work from Hideo Itami here.

Kassius Ohno did excellent in this match to tried to get revenge on Hideo Itami for putting him out of action for a while. His elbows to Hideo Itami looked vicious and brutal. The discus elbow smash that Kassius Ohno did to Hideo Itami made him rolled out of the ring. Excellent work from Kassius Ohno here.

The ending of the match came when Hideo Itami was about to hit Kassius Ohno with a low blow, but Kassius Ohno countered it with his own low blow followed by a discus elbow smash for the pin and win. A great win for Kassius Ohno as he got revenge for what Hideo Itami did to him. When you see Kassius coming, you say Ohno!

Excellent match as I’m interested to see what’s next for Kassius Ohno and Hideo Itami in NXT.

We then get an announcement that next week, it will be Ruby Riot and a partner of her choosing Vs. The Iconic Duo and Pete Dunne Vs. Wolfgang for the WWE United Kingdom Championship. Both matches should be interesting next week and I’m looking forward to them.

The promo segment between William Regal and Asuka was great. William Regal was in the ring as he introduced Asuka to the ring as Asuka made her way to the ring. Asuka said that she has been in NXT for almost two years and has fought many wrestlers in NXT. She said that she loves NXT, grew up so much here in NXT, and is grateful for what NXT has done for her.

William Regal then said that since Asuka became NXT Women’s Champion, she has defended that title with honor and she has been willing to risk everything to defend that belt. William Regal said that Asuka is one of the greatest champions in WWE history where the NXT Universe have seen it and other people have noticed it too.

He then said that he and Asuka are starting negotiations with the General Managers of Raw and SmackDown where it’s a bittersweet moment for them as Asuka will be stepping down as NXT Women’s Champion. He then said that this is a wonderful opportunity for Asuka and the rest of the world as Asuka said that nobody is ready for her.

This led to the NXT locker room coming down to the stage and show their respect to Asuka as Asuka said that the crowd is NXT, she is NXT, and wherever she goes, NXT goes with her.

Ember Moon then made her way to the ring as she offered her hand towards from Asuka, but pulls it back as she hugged Asuka instead. Triple H then made his way to the ring with the official NXT rose caddy as Triple H gave Asuka the roses and hugs her as he gave her the farewell.

A shame that Asuka is leaving NXT and I wish she has put Ember Moon over on her way out, but with her collarbone injury, it’s very unlikely for her to do so as she will be on the main roster once her injury is healed off. I just have to say, thank you Asuka for what you have in NXT and you will be missed in the NXT Women’s division. I wish you luck on Raw or SmackDown. This is an opportunity for the other NXT women to become NXT Women’s Championship so let’s see who gets it. For one last time, nobody is ready for Asuka!

Great promo segment and I wish Asuka luck on Raw or SmackDown and thank you Asuka!

Overall, a good show that is building up characters as well as possibly building new feuds and storylines in the near future. Next week, we are going to have Ruby Riot and a partner of her choosing Vs. The Iconic Duo and Pete Dunne Vs. Wolfgang for the WWE United Kingdom Championship which should be interesting to see. Looking forward to it. NXT! NXT! NXT!

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That is my review of NXT on September 6, 2017.

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