NXT – October 17, 2018

NXT
Date: October 17, 2018
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness

It’s time for another title match because NXT is smart enough to set these things up in advance. This time we have the Tag Team Titles on the line as the Undisputed Era puts the titles on the line against the War Raiders. That sounds like a recipe for destruction but NXT likely has a few tricks up its sleeve. Let’s get to it.

The opening video looks at the Tag Team Title match.

Opening sequence.

Tag Team Titles: War Raiders vs. Undisputed Era

Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong are defending. Rowe drives Strong up to the ropes but gets pounded down by both champs. That just means a double clothesline and it’s off to Hanson so the champs can be knocked to the floor without much effort. Back in and Rowe slams Strong before slamming Hanson on top of him. A cheap shot to the back of Rowe’s knee slows him down though and Strong hits the first backbreaker for two.

The leg is bent around the rope and you know Kyle can kick at a bad leg with the best of them. More shots to the leg set up some strikes to the chest in the corner and Kyle adds a dragon screw legwhip. Rowe staggers to the corner and catches a charging O’Reilly with a spinebuster, finally allowing the hot tag to Hanson. House is cleaned in a hurry and the Bronco Buster gets two on Strong. For some reason it’s back to Rowe and Strong slams O’Reilly onto the bad leg.

Rowe is fine enough to springboard up for a clothesline as Hanson holds O’Reilly up in a German suplex but here’s Adam Cole….for nothing as he’s beaten down before he can do anything. The match continues with Strong getting two off an Angle Slam and O’Reilly slaps on a kneebar. Hanson powerbombs Strong onto O’Reilly for the save and it’s a suicide dive onto Strong and Cole. Fallout connects but Bobby Fish comes in with a chair for the DQ at 12:43.

Rating: B. I can’t say I’m surprised at the ending as you can almost guarantee a rematch at the Takeover after WarGames and that should be the title change. The Raiders looked like their usual dominant selves and I’m not sure how much longer the Undisputed Era really needs to be around here. They’re not going to grow enough to do anything else on the main roster so they might just take their chances up there.

Post match the Era wrecks the Raiders and poses.

Nikki Cross is in a hall way with a bunch of papers saying she knows what happened.

Shayna Baszler vs. Britt Baker

Baszler isn’t playing this week and takes Baker down into an armbar, followed by the big elbow stomp. The referee stops the match at 1:22.

Post match Shayna lays her out again.

William Regal needs to talk to Nikki Cross soon and will address this after her match.

Tian Bing/Rocky vs. Danny Burch/Oney Lorcan

Lorcan and Bing start things off with Bing chopping away before grabbing the arm. Rocky comes in for a full nelson but Lorcan shrugs it off. Burch comes in and starts slugging away, including the headbutts to the chest. The double hanging DDT is good for the pin on Rocky at 2:29.

Bianca Belair vs. Nikki Cross

They head straight to the floor to start with Belair being reversed into the steps. Back in and a monkey flip sends Belair flying but she catches Nikki with an elbow. The neck crank goes on until Belair throws her down by the neck. The double chickenwing is reversed into a rollup for two and Cross ties her in the Tree of Woe for a lot of stomping. Belair can barely stand so a bulldog takes her right back down.

The high crossbody gets two and Cross chokes away, only to get powerbombed in half for two more. Belair is stunned on the kickout so Nikki goes up, only to get gorilla pressed for a long time. There’s too much trash talk though and Cross slips down into a sleeper. A reverse DDT gives Cross two but she gets hair whipped down. Belair takes too much time (a common problem for her) going up so it’s a superplex to bring her back down. The lights go out before a cover though…and Aleister Black is sitting in the middle of the ring. Since Belair is nowhere to be seen, we’ll call it a no contest at 11:22.

Rating: C+. They beat each other up rather well here and there’s more than enough reason for a third match between the two. That could be either a big TV main event or a Takeover match and either would be just fine. Black being back is more important though as the big story finally gets to take the giant step forward.

Black stares at Nikki and beckons her over so Nikki makes the slow crawl. Black growls at her to tell him so Nikki whispers something in his ear. He starts shaking and gets up as Nikki leaves to end the show. And let me guess: Black will somehow not say a word about this to anyone in the next week.

Overall Rating: B. The title match was rather good and the storyline advancement makes me want to see what happens next week. I’m not sure what else you can ask for out of a 53 minute show and I don’t need much more than this to have a good time. I want to see what happens next week and with Takeover coming up, they’re getting close to peaking at the right time. Again.

Results

War Raiders b. Undisputed Era via DQ when Bobby Fish interfered

Shayna Baszler b. Britt Baker via referee stoppage

Danny Burch/Oney Lorcan b. Tian Bing/Rocky – Double hanging DDT to Rocky

Nikki Cross vs. Bianca Belair went to a no contest

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