WWE NXT on April 19, 2017
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Full Sail University – Winter Park, Florida
After the intense debut match of Drew Galloway last week, and the departing of Shinsuke Nakamura, we’re in store for an equally brutal and door closing main event. Tonight’s NXT features a steel cage match between the departing Tye Dillinger and the insane Eric Young. NXT starts off in glorious fashion, with the NXT Champion Bobby Roode making his presence felt. Roode talks about how the fate and future is solely in his control, and how he snuffed out the dim burning star of Shinsuke Nakamura. Last week, Nakamura was shown respect by the entire roster, and Roode makes it clear that he wasn’t going to be part of that. Hideo Itami shows up and slaps the taste out of Bobby Roode’s mouth, firing the champ up. After mouthing off, Roode is the recipient of a Go To Sleep from Itami.
Andrade Cien Almas vs. Danny Burch
I’m happy to see that Almas has really found his stride as one of the better heels on NXT. For a while, Almas’ future with the company looked pretty bleak, partly due to his misguided face run upon entry. Almas is the picture perfect heel, and the picture perfect opponent is here in Danny Burch. Unfortunately for Burch, his night is relatively short as Almas puts him away in quick fashion with a hammerlock DDT.
Aliyah & Liv Morgan vs. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
Well….uh, this match happened. I’m not really sure what else to say about it. Liv Morgan and Peyton Royce are the superior workers of the teams involved in the match and we didn’t really see any interaction between the two of them in this match, which is a shame. I really didn’t care for that match, to be honest.
Steel Cage Match: Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young
This is it for Tye Dillinger. The road through NXT ends here in a steel cage versus Eric Young. After an incredibly physical battle, Tye Dillinger ends his NXT career on a high note, securing the victory over Eric Young. This match was absolutely crazy, having just about every wacky spot you could think of involving a cage. The interference from Sanity, as well as Ohno and Strong didn’t hamper the match at all. An excellent end to the feud between Dillinger and Young.
NXT REVIEW ON APRIL 19, 2017
Good - 6.5/10
This week's episode of NXT was a wild rollercoaster, starting off incredibly strong with the return of Hideo Itami, dropping down to some pretty odd lulls with the the Almas & women's tag team matches, and going right back up to the peak of excitement with the main event. A solid effort, but fell a little bit short.