Welcome to our weekly review of WWE NXT. Corwo here, filling in for Al this week. This show, like the two previous episodes of NXT, was taped at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center during WrestleMania Axxess. Newly crowned NXT Women’s Champion Asuka is scheduled to take on “All Red Everything” Eva Marie, while “The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura, goes one-on-one with “The Drifter” Elias Samson. Plus, we’ll take a look back at a recent house show that took place in Lowell, Massachusetts, where Samoa Joe unexpectedly defeated Finn Bálor to capture the NXT Championship.
Next, we get highlights of the Lowell, Massachusetts, NXT Championship match between Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe. What we saw was good, but I’m hoping that the full match surfaces at some point. Backstage, an interviewer asks for Joe’s reaction to his title victory. Joe says that Bálor barely survived their first two matches, but he didn’t tonight.
The Revival showed quite a bit of intensity here, even more so than usual. At one point, Lee, who was on the apron, yelled: “I’m respecting the rules!” which got a big pop from the crowd. From that point, The Revival methodically wore Parker and Lee down before picking up the victory with a Shatter Machine. Entertaining squash match, to say the least. After the match, Dawson & Wilder beat down both members of 3.0 and cut a promo claiming to be the best tag team in the world. The Revival then stakes their claim for the NXT Tag Team Championships, so it appears that they’ll get a rematch against American Alpha at the next TakeOver special.
Quick squash with The Hype Bros. picking up a pinfall victory over Blake. Graves noted that Alexa Bliss didn’t accompany Blake & Murphy to the ring. After the match, The Revival attacked Ryder and Rawley from behind.
This is Aliyah’s first singles match on NXT TV. She was regularly featured on the WWE Network’s original series, Breaking Ground, and competed in a battle royal to determine the #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship in January. This was dull. Lots of hair pulling and sloppily executed maneuvers. Carmella submitted Aliyah with a modified figure-four headscissors.
Backstage, Dasha Fuentes interviews Elias Samson about his upcoming match with Shinsuke Nakamura. Samson says that he will show Nakamura why he is “The Drifter,” and that he should’ve never drifted into NXT. Prior to the main event, we learn that “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” Austin Aries will be in action next week.
This went exactly as you’d expect. Samson got in a small bit of offense but was ultimately unable to gain an advantage. Nakamura did his signature spots before pinning Samson with the Kinshasa.
This show wasn’t horrible, but it’s far from the best hour of NXT TV you’ll see all year. If anything is worth checking out, it would be The Revival’s match against 3.0, as well as their post-match promo.