WWE NXT for July 27, 2016
Watch: WWE Network
Full Sail University/Full Sail Arena – Winter Park, Florida
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Wesley Blake
It appears that the Blake and Murphy split is now official, as Wesley has a new entrance theme. Before the match, we take a look at a Facebook video in which Blake challenged Nakamura and Murphy challenged Kota Ibushi. During the match, Blake mockingly blew a kiss at Nakamura, at which point Shinsuke caught them and stomped them into the mat. As for the match, it was pretty much standard stuff. Nakamura picked up a win with a Kinshasa.
Post-match, William Regal came out and announced that Nakamura will face Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II on August 20.
Billie Kay vs. Santana Garrett
With the recent main roster call-ups of Carmella, Alexa Bliss, and Nia Jax, the NXT women’s division needs some more star power. Hopefully, this means that we’ll be seeing the likes of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce more frequently. This was nothing to write home about. Kay picked up the win with a big boot in a relatively short squash.
Post-match, we take a look at last Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view, where Bayley made a one-off appearance, successfully teaming with Sasha Banks to defeat Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Afterwards, Bayley is shown with William Regal. She mentions that Regal has been there for all of the big moments in her NXT career, and asks for a match with Asuka in Brooklyn. Regal then agrees to talk to Asuka about making the rematch.
A vignette airs, presumably for Ember Moon, who was formerly known as Athena on the independent circuit.
TM-61 vs. Adrian Nails & Rob Ryzin
Ryzin and Nails briefly gained the advantage, but Shane Thorne made the hot tag to Nick Miller, who then decimated both competitors with a flurry of lariats. Eventually, TM-61 picked up the win with Thunder Valley. A solid showcase for Miller and Thorne.
Next, we take a look at the rivalry between Austin Aries and No Way Jose, which began when Aries attacked Jose last month. Up next, the fun-loving No Way Jose will be in action, but first, we get a vignette hyping the return of Hideo Itami next week.
No Way Jose vs. Steve Cutler
Cutler, making his return to NXT TV,, got an entrance, while also debuting a new look and a new attitude. Jose quickly pinned Cutler following a Cobra Clutch slam. Post-match, Jose calls out Aries. Jose says that Aries took advantage of him, and he will show Austin that he can “turn the fiesta into a fight.” Good promo.
Kota Ibushi vs. Buddy Murphy
Ibushi recently made his WWE debut by defeating Sean Maluta in the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic. The crowd loves Kota…he’s an absolute star! A golden star, if you will. This was surprisingly fun, and possibly the best match on the show. Both competitors implemented some good near-falls, but it was clear that Murphy wasn’t on Ibushi’s level. Ibushi eventually picked up the win with a sit-out powerbomb.
Backstage, NXT Champion Samoa Joe is interview by Charly Caruso, who asks for his reaction to upcoming match with Shinsuke Nakamura. Joe states that he’s tired of being disrespected, and heads to the ring to make things right.
Commentary announces that Bobby Roode will make his NXT debut next week.
Next, Samoa Joe comes out for a promo, stating that Regal didn’t run the title match with Nakamura by him. Therefore, it will not take place. He then proceeds to call Shinsuke an unworthy opponent, which brings out Regal. They bicker for awhile before Regal decides that Joe will relinquish his title if he doesn’t accept the match with Nakamura in Brooklyn. Joe agrees to these terms, but says that Nakamura won’t make it to Brooklyn. At this point, Nakamura comes out and taunts Joe from the ramp. Both competitors have a staredown as the show goes off the air.
Overall, this was a skippable show. If you’re pressed for time, be sure to check out No Way Jose’s promo, as well as Samoa Joe’s.