Okay, this should be a quick one. Following Takeover, we always get a recap show, and this is no exception. I'll gloss over the recappery, as is my custom, but we've also got a couple of good matches this week.
First, we head down to the ring. NWJ is set for action, but he never makes it to the ring. He gets jumped by Lars Sullivan, who wrecks him up with an urinage. Not much to see here, but this is finally taking some direction.
Recap of Gargano/Almas, followed by comments from Johnny Wrestling, who is sporting a stylish new shirt, if anybody wants to buy me a present. Johnny refuses to make excuses for himself, and he wants us to know that one loss isn't the end for him - it's just the beginning.
Recap of the women's title match. Asuka has a press conference where she acknowledges that Ember Moon was strong, but Asuka's the strongest there is. She doesn't know what's next for herself, but we do. Suffering a broken collarbone in the match, Asuka's set to be stripped of the title, but via Twitter, she wants us to know that, "like the Terminator, I'll be back." Nice.
Wolfgang and Pete Dunne will be taking on Trent Seven and Tyler Bate in the main event, but before hand, they want us to know that they don't predict any problems. Well, I guess Wolfgang sees a problem, in that he's not the UK champ and would very much like to be. He suggests to Pete that a win tonight should net him a title shot.
I like the UK guys, a lot actually, but if they have a failing, they tend to be a little vanilla in terms of character, and not especially good on the mic. I think they've all got pretty good potential, so I'd really like to see them pick that element up a bit.
Anyhoo, our next match is Peyton Royce vs. Sarah Logan. I really think Logan's fundamentals have tightened up a lot over the last year or so she's been part-timing in NXT. The match opens with some headlocks and reversals, which goes into a rope-run spot ending with a shoulder tackle from Royce. She comes off the ropes again, but Logan counters with a drop toehold, followed by a fireman's carry takeover into an armbar. Royce comes back with a roundhouse kick, then applies a deep heel choke in the corner. A knee strike lets her set up for the Venus Flytrap, and yes, I will continue to call it that even though no one on camera has ever referred to it by any name at all, ever. Ahem. Anyhoo, after the rope break, Royce decides a taunt is a good idea, and it is not. Logan snaps off a German suplex, then some chops and forearm shots, followed by a shoulder tackle and a dropkick for two. She comes out of the cover, and tries a rollup for another two, but Royce reverses it into a two count of her own. She stuns Logan with another knee, which is enough to land the fisherman's suplex for the pin. Match Rating: Very Good.
Now, we quickly recap both the tag and NXT title matches. We'll get Drew's first comments next week, but this week, we catch footage from just after the match, where an absolutely distraught Bobby Roode wants nothing to do with anyone. That makes it a great time for Roddy Strong to show up and blow him a kiss.
I'm beating a dead horse here, but they just keep lobbing softballs for Strong, and he fails to connect EVERY TIME. That should have been gold, but his body language was so stiff and unconvincing. He needs somebody else to do all of his talking for him. All of it. They gave somebody to Almas, and his only problem was that he doesn't speak great English. This is way worse.
Anyhoo, we've also got some comments from Roode following his Smackdown debut, and man, let me just jump the rails one more time. Roode came to NXT, did nothing for half a year, won the belt and was a piss-poor champion for four months, and he's gone. What a waste.
Recap of the Itami/Black match, and man, let me tell you, that hard-way blood down Black's face made him look bad-ass. They tried to catch up with Black following the match, but he didn't have nothing to say.
Finally, our main event tag match. We start with Bate and Dunne in the ring doing a bunch of neat mat work, ending with a very cool double kip-up spot. Bate hits a dropkick and brings in Seven, who hits a Wasteland. He tags back out, and the two of them set up a funky kind of top rope senton move that's hard to describe, and that gets two. Seven comes back in, but Dunne takes a powder, and Wolfgang comes at Seven hard. Seven counters with a DDT, but lets himself get distracted by Dunne, leading to a spear from Wolf. Wolf lays in a cravat and brings Dunne back in, who mangles Seven's arm for a while. Wolf comes back in to do some power takedowns, but Seven manages a standing switch that gives him an opportunity to hit a dragon suplex on the big man. Holy shit! That lets him make the Hot Tag to Bate, who catches Dunne mid-air and dumps him with a suplex. He goes for a German, but Dunne lands on his feet. Dunne tries to toss Bate out of the ring, but Bate reverses off the ropes and hits a clothesline, followed by the airplane spin. That almost puts Dunne away with two, but Wolf makes the save. Seven wants the Seven Star, but gets cut off by Wolf, and Dunne plasters him with a forearm shot. Dunne comes after Bate, but Bate counters with Bop and Bang, but Dunne counters with an enzuigiri, but Bate counters with an overhead heel kick! You can't take your eyes off these guys for a second! Tyler wants the Tyler Driver, but Wolfgang makes a blind tag, and murders Bate with a top rope senton as he's trying to pin Dunne. That's enough for three. Match Rating: Pretty Great.
The champ celebrates while Wolfgang makes eyes at his title. I wish they were on more episodes of NXT.
That's it. Between the women and the Brits, I think this is probably the best post-Takeover episode they've ever done, but that is a pretty low bar to clear. Still a fun show!
This story was picked up earlier today by UK tabloid The Sun - see LUTHER REIGNS: I HAD A STROKE (thesun.co.uk) - which is where I first saw it. Man, I'M older than that dude - I should have had THREE strokes by now.