Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NXT 4-12-17

It's been a long time since I've checked out a regular NXT show - but Takeover's hiring of Drew definitely makes me more interested again. A new edgy intro shows off the modern-day roster, and the new theme is pretty lackluster compared to the last one. Aleister Black rises and Hollis just jumps around like a goof. Black kicks his head off and that's it. Now that's how you get a guy over. Tye clips from SD air and Tye says he has unfinished business in NXT - he'll face EY next week in a cage.

Drew McIntyre vs. Oney Lorcan is hyped up. DIY faces a monster named Dylan Miley and Michael Blaze, who looks like a Hot Topic pro wrestler. Miley comes off like a total monster here and hits a nice delayed suplex. Blaze eats a corner knee before they meet in the middle to KO him. Fun stuff. Miley beats up Blaze afterwards with a deadlift chokeslam and a backbreaker rotating powerslam.

Asuka-Ember Moon recap leads to Ember chatting for a bit. Ruby Riot comes down to face Kimberly Frankele. Ruby hits her double knee face driver in the buckle before a wind-up Pele kick ends it. Pretty weak finisher - makes the Eat Defeat seem devastating. The evil girls insult Liv and Aaliyah in the performance center. Peyton gets thrown into a tub and this renders her completely unable to move except to flail around. Okay then. Orney comes down to face Drew, who has his old tron, but a new bagpipe theme that works pretty well for him.

Percy talks about Drew being a tag and IC Champion in WWE before Nigel hypes him up as one of the best in the world. These two beat the piss out of each other and Drew hits an inverted Alabama slam. Orney is busted up big-time and the Claymore hits and ends it with a flip. Nakamura comes out and says goodbye before getting a standing ovation from the roster - this did feel like a perfect reboot show of sorts, and was a lot of fun.

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