WWE NXT for August 3, 2016
Watch: WWE Network
Full Sail University/Full Sail Arena – Winter Park, Florida
Hideo Itami vs. Sean Maluta
He’s back, folks. We open with the return of Hideo Itami, who missed over a year of action due to a shoulder injury. Itami delivered some brutal kicks throughout the match. Maluta occasionally got some offense in, including the top-rope Codebreaker he used against Kota Ibushi in the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic. Hideo eventually picked up the win with a running knee strike. This was exactly what it needed to be and helped solidify Itami as a potential title contender in the future.
Backstage, Andrea D’Marco interviews The Revival, asking if there’s any pressure being the self-proclaimed best tag team on the planet. Dawson and Wilder are interrupted by TM61, who challenge them to a Tag Team Title match. Shortly thereafter, The Revival is interrupted by the team of Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa, who also stake their claim for the titles.
Chris Atkins vs. Mojo Rawley
Just as it appeared Rawley was going to win, Samoa Joe hit the ring and laid out both competitors. Joe says that he doesn’t feel the need to consult Regal when he wants to interrupt the show, and then vows to destroy Shinsuke Nakamura in Brooklyn. Before Joe could finish his promo, he was attacked by Rawley; a decision that Mojo would soon regret as he tapped out to a Coquina Clutch on the ramp. Not much of a match, but Joe continues to be one of the most intense guys in WWE, bar none.
Charly Caruso interviews Bayley about her upcoming match with Asuka. Bayley says that she’s mentally prepared and ready to take her title back. This brings out Asuka, who simply says: “If you think you’re ready, come get it.”
We learn that TM61 will take on The Revival later tonight.
Asuka vs. Aliyah
Bayley is on commentary for this match. Before the match, Asuka took out a chair, set it on the ramp, and invited Bayley to sit ringside. Bayley then got up from commentary, threw the chair aside and proceeded to stand on the ramp. As for the match, Asuka wore Aliyah down with hip attacks and such before submitting her with an Asuka Lock. Fun segment. Asuka came off as a bully and Bayley showed fire that had yet to be seen in her character.
Bobby Roode comes out to cut a promo, saying that he appreciated having the opportunity to attend TakeOver: Dallas on WrestleMania weekend. Roode claims that he wants to take NXT to the next level and says that he will introduce this company to the corporate world. Roode then turns full heel, calling the fans stupid and guaranteeing that he will make NXT glorious. This was an unusual promo, and certainly not what I expected from Roode’s debut. Should be interesting to see where this goes.
Next week, we will get a contract signing for the NXT Women’s Championship match between Asuka and Bayley in Brooklyn.
TM61 vs. The Revival
This was a good, back-and-forth tag team main event. For the majority of the match, Thorne played the face in peril while The Revival worked over his left shoulder. Dawson picked up the win with a DDT on Miller.
Post-match, The Revival cuts a promo, saying that it doesn’t matter where you come from, because this is the big leagues and they are the top tag team. They’re interrupted by Gargano and Ciampa, who try to cut a comedy promo by running down the tag teams Dash and Dawson have beaten, which allegedly includes The Hollywood Blondes, as well as Pikachu and Charmander. Once all of that is out of the way, Gargano and Ciampa challenge The Revival to a Tag Team Title match in Brooklyn. The Revival tries to duck out, but Gargano and Ciampa attack them before hoisting the titles above their heads to close the show.
Overall, this was a good show, but again, nothing was must-see. I liked Joe’s promo, Itami’s return match, and the main event, so those are worth checking out.