This should be a very exciting episode of NXT as the Main Event is a triple threat match featuring Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, and Samoa Joe to determine the new #1 contender for the NXT Championship.
American Alpha vs. Blake & Murphy
Jordan and Gable are sporting a new name and new gear. These guys are awesome. Murphy and Jordan start things off. Murphy tries to sweep the leg and Jordan counters with a big German suplex. He works Murphy’s arm and tags in Gable, who continues working the arm. The crowd is chanting “Gable” to the tune of Kurt Angle’s theme song. It’s pretty great. Murphy creates some space and tags in Blake but Gable is able to take both of them down and works the arm of Blake. Blake reverses but Gable counters with a snapmare. The two go back and forth running the ropes and Gable hits him with some gorgeous armdrags followed by a headscissors. Gable is a machine!
Blake manages to tag out to Murphy and Gable armdrags him as well followed by a schoolboy for a two count. Murphy leapfrogs over Gable and comes down hard on his knee. He feigns injury and Blake takes out Gable while the ref is distracted. Murphy capitalizes and takes out the knee of Gable. Blake and Murphy are firmly in control off of that distraction.Murphy continues working over Gable’s knee. Gable manages to power out and launches Murphy over the rope. He goes for the tag but Murphy tags Blake in and Blake stops him. This only turns out to be temporary as Gable gets the hot tag to Jordan. Jordan nails Blake and Murphy with dropkicks and hits a huge German suplex on Blake who lands on Murphy. He follows this up with a big shoulder tackle into the corner on Blake. Jordan and Gable hit their assisted slam finisher and Gable gets the three count for the win. This was a great match and American Alpha continue their rise to the top of the NXT tag team ranks.
Emma and Dana Brooke are interviewed backstage. Emma will be facing Carmella next week. Dana says Carmella hasn’t done a thing in NXT and Emma says Carmella doesn’t have the skills to beat Bayley, let alone Emma. Emma says Carmella has gotten lucky and next week her luck will run out. Good promo work by Emma and Dana.
We get a video showing Asuka’s success in NXT and her feud with Dana Brooke and Emma. Asuka is amazing and definitely the future of the NXT Women’s division.
Nia Jax vs. Liv Morgan
Nia is accompanied to the ring by Eva Marie. Liv Morgan looked pretty good in the Battle Royale but I’m not sure we’ll be seeing much of her tonight. Jax gets Morgan in an airplane spin. Morgan tries to counter with a sunset flip and Jax slams her to the mat. She then gets Morgan in a sleeper hold. Morgan manages to counter with a jawbreaker and hits a couple dropkicks but Nia stays on her feet and tosses Morgan to the mat. Nia hits a sidewalk slam followed by a big leg drop and the pin for the win. Nia looked pretty good here.
Carmella, Enzo, and Cass give a promo backstage. Carmella says she’ll beat Emma next week all by herself and that the Emmalution is a joke. Enzo and Cass say they heard what Dash and Dawson said last week about them. Enzo does his usual thing. Pretty great as always.
Bull Dempsey vs. Alex Riley
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Bull Dempsey and it’s been even longer since we’ve seen Alex Riley. Riley has been out with an injury and he looks pretty good. Riley starts off with some big kicks to Dempsey. Riley then backs him into the corner and nails him with a series of punches. He then hits a neckbreaker and gets a two count on the pin attempt. Riley doesn’t let off and gets Bull in a headlock. Bull reverses and hits a series of lefts to the head of Riley but Riley surprises Bull with a huge spinebuster. Very impressive. Riley then hits Bull with a big running knee and gets the three count. This is definitely a different side of Alex Riley and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.
After the break we get an interview in the locker room with Alex Riley. He says he’s had a lot time on his hands and has contacted the office multiple times about his return but no one cares. He complains that Sami Zayn had a much hyped up return but everyone is surprised to see him here. Pretty good stuff.
Elias Samson vs. John Skyler
Poor Skyler didn’t even get a title card. Samson hits some kicks and stomps to start things off. No one seems to know what the deal is with Samson but I’m not sure why we’re supposed to care. He plays the guitar and is a drifter. Skyler attempts a comeback but Samson nails a knee to the side of the head and then hits his spinning neckbreaker finisher to get the pinfall. I want to like Samson but so far he hasn’t shown us much of anything. He’s not scary, that’s for sure. The announcers are trying to say he’s scary and that’s not really working.
The Hype Bros are backstage and they talk about the Vaudevillains new videos which are dark and feature them just staring into the camera. Mojo is wearing some amazing Zubaz. They hype up their match with The Vaudevillains next week. This wasn’t too bad and that’s saying a lot for these guys. I think I might actually be warming up to them. Maybe.
We are shown a recap of the great match between Apollo Crews and Finn Balor a couple months ago that was stopped by Baron Corbin. Balor will take on Crews next week in a non-title rematch. That should be great.
Baron Corbin vs. Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn (NXT Championship #1 Contender Match)
I am really surprised we haven’t seen Samoa Joe on the main roster yet but I guess they are biding their time. Makes sense. It looks like Joe and Corbin are going to double team Zayn but Corbin surprises Joe with a punch to the head. Corbin tosses Zayn into Joe, knocking Joe out of the ring. Corbin then works over Zayn but Zayn comes back with some forearms. Corbin goes for a running attack but Zayn ducks and Corbin goes over the ropes and to the floor. Zayn goes for a diving attack but is tripped up by Joe. Joe and Zayn brawl on the outside. Joe nails Corbin with a huge boot and then nails Zayn with a headbutt. He tosses Zayn back into the ring and hits a series of fists in the corner. Joe is looking great here, very fierce. Joe and Zayn trade forearms. Joe nails him with an uppercut and hits a snapmare followed by a chop to the back of the neck and a kick to the head. Joe attempts a kneedrop to Zayn but Zayn rolls out of the way and hits a dropkick to the head. Joe rolls out of the ring and Corbin surprises Zayn from behind. He hits some stomps and punches on a grounded Zayn. He follows this up with a toss into the turnbuckle as we go to a break.
When we come back from break Corbin has Zayn in the corner and lands a big punch. Zayn comes back and then Joe takes down Corbin with a punch. Joe and Zayn go at it and Sami takes him down with a big clothesline. He then sends Corbin to the outside with another huge clothesline. He then dives over the top rope and nails both Joe and Corbin. Sami tosses Corbin back in the ring and goes for a spinning DDT but Corbin slams him to the mat. Joe takes control, hitting Corbin with a boot to the face and then a senton on both Corbin and Zayn. He nails a powerslam on Zayn and gets a near fall.
Joe drags Zayn to the corner and smashes his face into the turnbuckle. He hits a series of strikes and then goes for the Muscle Buster. Sami breaks free but Joe nails an enziguri. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster again but Corbin breaks it up and then goes for a superplex on Zayn. Zayn fights out of it and pushes Corbin off. He leapfrogs over Corbin and then nails him with the Blue Thunder Bomb. Corbin manages to kick out and Zayn is winded against the ropes. Joe comes from behind and drags Sami to the floor. He gets Zayn in the Kokina Clutch on the ramp and Zayn is out. Joe gets back in the ring and nails Corbin with a knee to the head in the corner. Corbin goes for a running attack and Corbin counters with the End of Days. Zayn dives back into the ring and breaks the pin.
An angry Corbin unloads on Sami Zayn in the corner. He goes for a clothesline and Zayn counters with an exploder suplex. Zayn then hits the Helluva Kick and goes for the pin but Joe breaks it up from the outside. Joe and Zayn brawl on the outside and Zayn ends up throwing Joe into the ring steps. Zayn gets back in the ring and goes after the downed Corbin. Corbin tries to kick him from the ground but Zayn locks him in a Sharpshooter. Corbin is almost to the ropes but Zayn drags him back into the middle of the ring. Joe then runs in and gets Corbin in the crossface while Zayn still has the Sharpshooter locked in. Corbin taps. Both Joe and Zayn think they are the winner. Regal comes down to try and sort things out. Both Zayn and Joe argue their case with Regal. Regal says he is going to have to go and review the tape. Joe says there is nothing to review and he leaves the ring in disgust. It looks like we’ll find out Regal’s decision next week. Great match and a great cliffhanger ending to the show. I really dug it.