Watch: WWE Network
Air Date: June 22, 2016
Full Sail University/Full Sail Arena – Winter Park, Florida
Since debuting at TakeOver: The End, The Authors Of Pain, accompanied by Paul Ellering, have been on a warpath. Will they continue to wreak havoc in the NXT tag team division, or can they be stopped? Last week’s show saw Andrade “Cien” Almas pick up his second consecutive victory over Tye Dillinger. Plus, Shinsuke Nakamura issued a challenge to former NXT Champion Finn Bálor. Speaking of former champions, this week, former Women’s Champion Bayley will compete on NXT TV for the first time since her loss to Nia Jax over one month ago.
The show opens with a recap of Finn Bálor’s promo from last week, which ended in him accepting a match with Shinsuke Nakamura.
Lorcan is the former Christopher Girard/Biff Busick. Much like Lorcan’s other NXT matches, this was a stiff, fun sprint. Mid-match, Lorcan mocked Dillinger, attempting to start “ten” chants of his own. Lorcan eventually picked up the victory with a running blockbuster. Perfectly acceptable opener, and a fine debut for Lorcan under his latest ring name.
Post-match, we head to the backstage area, where Cathy Kelley conducts an interview with Austin Aries. Aries says that greatness isn’t achieved in a moment. He then adds that greatness is not defined by your victories, but by your losses, referring to his TakeOver match with Shinsuke Nakamura. Aries is soon interrupted by No Way Jose. Jose tells Aries that he should stay positive, then says: “When life tells you no, say no way!”
Next, we take a look back at the recent match between Nia Jax and Bayley, in which Bayley appeared to tweak her knee. This segues into a brief segment outside of the Full Sail Arena, where Bayley reveals that she will be in action later tonight.
This was a quick, one-sided match in Jose’s favor. Jose pinned Woods with a spinning side slam. After the match, Austin Aries comes out and reiterates the points he made in his interview with Cathy Kelley. Aries then goes on to say that Jose came up to him after his loss at TakeOver, mentioning that he learned a lot from watching that match. Aries thanks Jose for teaching him that “NXT is about having fun” before dancing with him around ringside. Just as they approach the backstage area, Aries blindsides Jose and submits him with the Last Chancery. Backstage, William Regal meets with announces that the match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Bálor will take place in three weeks. The meeting is then interrupted by Buddy Murphy, who claims that Regal isn’t treating him like the top star that he truly is.
This was another quick match, with Purrazzo getting much more offense in than expected. Bayley pinned Deonna after hitting a Bayley-to-Belly.
Backstage, Andrea D’Marco interviews Carmella about her victory last week, asking if it puts her another step closer to achieve her dream of becoming NXT Women’s Champion. Carmella says that the women’s division is on fire, and she wants to be the face of it. Alexa Bliss intervenes, saying that Carmella is nothing without Enzo & Cass. Carmella fires back by saying that Bliss is nothing without Blake & Murphy. The interviews ends with Carmella stating that she will not let Bliss get in her way of the title. Next, we get a video package showcasing the rise of Samoa Joe as the NXT Champion. Afterwards, we’re shown highlights from the TakeOver match between Asuka and Nia Jax. A video package hyping The Authors Of Pain airs shortly thereafter. We then learn that American Alpha will return to NXT next week.
Not much to say about this one. Jax took her time dismantling Morgan before picking up the win with a powerbomb.
Nakamura got in all of his signature spots. Although Murphy got in sporadic offense, it never felt like he could win the match. Nakamura eventually defeated Murphy with a Kinshasa.
Although there weren’t any matches I’d go out of my way to see again, this show was a breeze to watch. If pressed for time, watch the opener and skip everything else. As always, thanks for reading.