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#1 Posted on 1.9.16 1130.54
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This week, NXT returns to it's regular format, although interruptions are the name of the game, as we'll see later on. Bit of housekeeping first, though. No recap next week. I'll be out of town for my brother's wedding, and will most assuredly be too busy to write anything up. I'm not even sure if I'll catch the show until much, much later. So if anyone else would like to fill in, be my guest.

We start off tonight with a quick backstage bit, as Joe is refused medical clearance, not only for his jaw, but for a "number of other injuries" which were not previously disclosed. This naturally makes me expect to see Joe later tonight.

After the show opens, our broadcast team sends us straight to the ring for Tye Dillinger vs. Buddy Murphy. The story remains Murphy attempting to one-up Blake, and at this point I think we all realize that splitting Blake, Murphy, and Bliss up was a catastrophically poor decision. All three of them are now floating around with zero direction, Blake and Murphy each have the personality of a wooden chair, and Smackdown (LIVE!) needs tag teams so badly it unearthed the Headbangers from their 1000-year slumber. Why didn't they just send all three of them up? Anyhoo, Murphy tries to make the best of it here, stealing Dillinger's snap mare 10-taunt. Dillinger does it back at him, adding a cartwheel that is so bad that Graves sounds legit pissed about it on commentary. Like, really, actually angry at how bad it was. As for the match itself, Murphy's on offense for most of the match, with his highlight being a top rope double knee strike, but Dillinger turns it around with a flying clothesline counter, eventually hoisting up Murphy, waggling his eyebrows, and delivering the Tye Breaker for the win.
Match Rating: Dem Brows!

A recap package spotlights the recent damage to Johnny Gargano's knee, first at TO, then in the CWC. If you regularly receive your official Johnny Wrestling Newsletter, you've probably figured out that this injury writes him out for his upcoming wedding. Congrats, JG! Less congrats to Tommy Ciampa, who is now partnerless. He starts to say something, only to get interrupted (see!) then jumped by the Revival, who beat the ever-loving shit out of him. They start to say something as well, only to be interrupted (see!) by Ciampa, who won't stay down. A Shatter Machine sorts that out, though.

Next up Steve Cutler (who?) takes on Kenneth Crawford (who?). I kid - I actually like seeing some of the Performance Center guys get a chance for the spotlight. You may remember Cutler as the guy who looks vaguely like Liev Schreiber's Sabertooth. I don't believe we've ever seen Crawford before. Crawford's got a fairly solid mat game, while Cutler is a big brawler. Crawford's strikes are pretty loose here, missing some of the snap and accuracy you'd see in a more polished performer, but he hits a very nice running shooting star press. That's not enough for a pin, though, and Cutler recovers to hit a Fisherman's Falcon Arrow/Cradle Michinoku Driver.
Match Rating: You Be The Judge!

Words from Hideo Itami. What did he do at TakeOver? "I kicked Aries in the head with my sockless loafers." Watch it, that's actually what he said. It's amazing. Then, he says that Aries has been complaining of a ruptured eardrum, so he calls him a baby and tells him that if he can't take the pain, get out of the ring. Shit, man, Itami's hardcore! I wouldn't interrupt this dude, either.

SAnitY vignette. My wife thinks this might be a Purge gimmick?

Spotlight package on TM61. You know, I like these guys, but they're missing something to put them over the top. Not sure what that is.

No Way Jose beats Angelo Dawkins in a Very Bad Match. Highlight is literally Corey Graves calling out Dawkins on his invisible cake batter.
Match Rating: Somebody Finally Called It.

Andrade Almas is no happy. But he gets interrupted (see!) by Austin Aries, who also would like to talk about Itami's sockless loafers and his damaged eardrum. He gets in Almas' face, and while my Spanish is, you know, basically non-existant, I can follow enough to know that he says that Andrade Almas ain't No Way Jose, and Almas will kick his ass. He challenges Aries in English, but Aries feigns inability to hear him and walks away.

Liv Morgan takes on...oh, no, Aliyah. These are two women I don't want to watch wrestle anyone, especially each other. I don't know what this company sees in Aliyah, because I have completely given up on her ever amounting to anything. The first few moments of this match attempt to prove me wrong, as Aliyah hits a very nice European uppercut, and they transition some solid punches and Live hits a headscissors takeover. Then this whole thing goes to shit, as Aliyah runs out of moves she can do, botches an arm wringer, which I've never seen happen before, and attempts some monumentally shitty forearms. Liv Morgan fires up, and you might be tired of me calling her out as a shitty Carmella knockoff, but she probably shouldn't actually do Carmella's "fired-up" yelling routine. She hits a dropkick and a couple clotheslines, then, just to prove to me that Aliyah isn't the only bad wrestler in the ring right now, does something that my notes describe as "?" but which I guess I would call a "cartwheel where her leg goes past Aliyah by nearly a foot and then Aliyah falls down." That's her move!
Match Rating: I Guess!

NWJ is in the back talking about getting back on track, when he gets interrupted (see!) by Bobby Roode. Roode says, "nice head," words which have never been spoken to another human being, either as compliment or insult. NWJ looks as confused as I feel.

Asuka returns for a sitdown interview next week.

Finally, the "main event" is Nakamura's celebration of his title victory. Joe is definitely going to crash this thing and murder him, right? Nakamura says that he's accomplished his dreams, by coming to NXT, where the greatest competition in the world is. He challenged the best, and he challenged himself. It was hard, but now he's the champion, and this title now means more to him than anything. Joe's era is over - the era of Strong Style has begun!

No Joe. No Joe? C'mon, the whole episode was setting it up! I mean, it's nice for somebody to actually get to celebrate a big win for once, but seriously? I guess we'll have to wait for next week. Hopefully we'll get some better matches too. This one set up a lot of stuff, and I can't say I didn't enjoy it overall, but I hope that you watched the CWC if you were looking for in-ring action.
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#2 Posted on 1.9.16 1618.49
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    Originally posted by Tenken347
    T He starts to say something, only to get interrupted (see!) then jumped by the Revival, who beat the ever-loving shit out of him.
/push up glasses and speak in Comic Book Guy Voice

Actually they tried to Mad Dog Ciampa who instead elected to try and beat the shit out of them, single handedly which makes the Psycho AMAZINGLY awesome
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#3 Posted on 4.9.16 0309.52
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Yup. Loved how Ciampa stood between them for a second and then just started throwing elbows.
The interviewer lady already figured it out, she was long gone.

I liked how the matches were 'undercard' people.
I assume Cutler will get a bit of a spotlight, since he got to do a promo too.
Liv & Aliyaah, meh it wasn't dreadfully horrible imo. Or maybe I just wasn't paying attention. But...Carmella's first few tv matches were terrible too. Hell, Charlotte was terrible at first. Give 'em time.

Oh and I liked that there was no Joe to interupt. It's different for once. Plus it sells the injury.

A good 'filler' episode to bridge the last Take Over and before we start building up stories again.

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#4 Posted on 4.9.16 1048.25
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I'm sorry, but I'm officially starting to get bored of Nakamura. And that was a TERRIBLE in-ring promo.

You gotta do a little more with this guy than a cool entrance, and 1-match feuds which end in barely-better-than-squash fashion. Doing your pose before hitting you finisher clean for the 3-count to win the Championship is getting into Hogan territory here.
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