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Monday, September 19, 2016

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EOTR Ringside Reviews: NXT Live 9/18/16

By @Headliner5 

Hello from ringside of the EOTR universe, I am Nathan here to present something a bit different this week. It's been a while since I've written anything because I've been so busy with everything and haven't been able to provide any ROH reviews, so I wanted to do something and I wanted to do something a bit different.

I attended an NXT house show on Sunday afternoon at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium so I wanted to provide some thoughts on it. The last time I was in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium was almost sixteen years ago for ECW Anarchy Rulz 2000 and I haven't been back since, but this was a great way to come back. Without any further hesitation, let's get down to business.

Match #1
Rich Swann vs. Tino Sabbatelli 

I'm not sure if this match was intended to be a dark match, but considering that this entire show wasn't on TV, I guess it doesn't matter either way. Rich Swann is fresh off of his great performances in the Cruiserweight Classic and this was my first time seeing Tino Sabbatelli live. This match was pretty good for what it was, Rich Swann was able to pick up the win at the end, but Tino had a great showing during the match even with a loss.

Match Result: Rich Swann defeated Tino Sabbatelli

Match #2
Peyton Royce vs. Daria Barenato 

This was the first of two women's matches and this match was very rough and to me was the only downside to a pretty good show. Peyton Royce had to carry the less experienced Daria who looked totally lost during the entire contest. There's a reason why NXT is the developmental league within WWE (it still is) because it's clear that Daria needs a lot of work and it should be a while before she's ever on live TV or even NXT on Wednesday nights. Peyton did what she could, but she couldn't save this match from being a total dud from me.

Match Result: Peyton Royce defeats Daria Barenato via pinfall with a Northern Lights Suplex

Match #3
Austin Aries vs. Hideo Itami 

Okay, so let me first say this I'm not a fan of Austin Aries as a human being based off of the stories I've heard but the dude is a fantastic wrestler and I respect the hell out of him for that. This was my first time seeing Hideo Itami live and I'm pretty sure it was a lot of folks first time seeing him live unless they traveled to Japan for a Pro Wrestling NOAH show. Austin Aries wrestled a match in Zubas which is totally amazing, and this match was really fun to watch as both guys put in an equal amount of work to put on a really good contest. The match came to a conclusion when Hideo Itami hit Austin Aries with the Go To Sleep.

Match Result: Hideo Itami defeats Austin Aries via pinfall after the Go To Sleep

Match #4
Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger

This match was probably my favorite match of the night, Bobby Roode is a total pro and I became a fan of Tye Dillinger after seeing him live for the first time tonight (I've seen him on NXT but he's way better live). Tye was insanely over with the "10" chant and Bobby Roode was nothing short of GLORIOUS. They played off of each other very well to make for an exciting match that I really enjoyed.  In the end Bobby Roode got the win via pinfall after hitting Tye with the GLORIOUS DDT. Tye Dillinger lost but he's on his way to becoming a star in my opinion.

Match Result: Bobby Roode defeats Tye Dillinger via pinfall after the GLORIOUS DDT

Match #5
Shane Thorne vs. Dash Wilder

So we were supposed to get a tag match here, but it turned into a singles match when we found out that Scott Dawson was "hurt", thanks to a promo that he cut before the match began. This match was okay but the crowd was super dead for it, but that's what happens when you're the fifth match on the show and people are starting to get tired. Not much I can say about this match other than Shane Thorne defeated Dash Wilder. I missed the exact finish because it seemed to come out of nowhere, but Shane got the win here.

Match Result: Shane Thorne defeats Dash Wilder

Match #6
Asuka vs. Ember Moon

As weird as this may sound, this was the match I was most looking forward on this show. I wont say that I was disappointed because I wasn't, as the match was good but the only problem I had with it that it seemed like it was shorter than it could have been. Again I got to see Asuka live, which is something I never thought I would have been able to do and Ember Moon is absolutely amazing so getting to see this match live was a pleasant surprise. The match came to an end when Asuka defeated Ember Moon via submission via the Asuka Lock.  Solid action from two of the best women in NXT, but it could have been a tad bit longer than it was.

Match Result: Asuka defeats Ember Moon via submission after the Asuka Lock

From here, we went into the main event of the night.

Main Event - Match #7
Samoa Joe and Riddick Moss vs. No Way Jose and Shinsuke Nakamura

Thoughts: So I finally accomplished the goal I've had since I first laid eyes on the man that I consider to be the greatest professional wrestler alive today in Shinsuke Nakamura tonight when I got to see him live and I wasn't disappointed.  Yes I may have had a gripe with Riddick Moss being in this match and not someone else that is a regular on the roster, but I don't care because I got to see Shinsuke Nakamura live. This match was really good and they built to the hot tag really well by having No Way Jose take the heat during the entire match before Shinsuke Nakamura received the tag and the place when absolutely crazy. Riddick Moss was okay in the match but was nothing short of basic as he did some basic heel things, which is fine. The match came to an end when Shinsuke Nakamura hit Riddick Moss with the Kinsasha Knee Strike to pick up the win via pinfall. That's the only reason why Riddick was even there because there's no way that Joe was taking a pin here.

Match Result: Shinsuke Nakamura and No Way Jose defeat Samoa Joe and Riddick Moss via pinfall after Shinsuke Nakamura hits the Kinsasha Knee Strike on Riddick Moss.

This show was really good but I honestly didn't care about the first two matches much, also Shane Thorne vs. Dash Wilder seemed a bit out of place, but it served a purpose. Again NXT is developmental to me still, so I don't want to be too harsh on the product because overall it was a good show and once again I got to see three people live that I never thought I would get the chance to see. Getting to see Asuka, Hideo Itami, and Shinsuke Nakamura live was an  experience I'll never forget and made this show worth it.



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