1/10/18 WWE NXT Recap: Baszler Debuts; Ohno and Sullivan in Action; Undisputed ERA vs. Black/Strong Main Event
NXT opens with the Undisputed ERA saying they are bringing in 2018 in style with the NXT Tag Team Championship. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish say they will take care of SAnitY tonight and Adam Cole says he will take out anyone who gets in his way of becoming the next NXT Champion. We then see the opening video for NXT and go into the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia where Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Percy Watson welcome us to the show. They remind up of tonight’s main event between The Undisputed ERA and SAnitY for the tag titles.
We see footage of Shayne Baszler choking out Jessie in the Performance Center last week while Dakota Kai tries to get her to stop. Baszler wishes them good luck in their training before leaving.
Match #1 – Singles Match: Shayna Baszler vs. Dakota Kai
Baszler quickly drops Kai to the mat and applies a double wrist-lock and then tosses her across the ring. Baszler steps on Kai’s hands and then stomps down onto Kai’s elbow and wrist and Kai gives the match up.
Winner: Shayna Baszler.
After the match, Baszler locks in a rear naked choke and chokes Kai out. Ember Moon rushes the ring and checks on Kai as Baszler releases the hold. Moon turns her attention to Baszler and Baszler just smirks and looks on at Moon and Kai as she leaves the ring.
We see The Authors of Pain backstage. Rezar says they are the most dominant force in the NXT. Akam says the winners of the SAnitY vs. Undisputed ERA match tonight will suffer. Paul Ellering says they don’t care when or how, but they want their titles back.
We see that Kassius Ohno will go one-on-one with Raul Mendoza up next.
We see that Asking Alexandria’s “Into the Fire” will be one of the official theme songs for NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia.
We see Shayna Baszler backstage and Christy St. Cloud stops her for an interview. William Regal walks up instead. Regal says he has been in the industry for 35 years and sees right through Baszler’s games. He says attacking people from behind will not get her an NXT Women’s Championship Match. Baszler asks him if they are done and walks away.
Match #2: Singles Match – Kassius Ohno vs. Raul Mendoza
Ohno and Mendoza shake hands to start and then Mendoza applies a side-headlock. Ohno lifts Mendoza up and over, but Mendoza rolla Ohno up for a two count. Ohno trips Mendoza up and tosses him into the corner. Mendoza comes back and takes Ohno down with a head scissors take over. Mendoza rolls up Ohno again, but Ohno kicks out. Mendoza goes for a few kicks, but Ohno comes back with a big elbow shot. Ohno chops Mendoza in the corner and goes for the cover, but Mendoza kicks out at two. Ohno applies a reverse Gory Special submission, but Mendoza rolls through and gets another two count. Ohno comes back and slams Mendoza to the mat and then connects with a senton. Ohno goes for the cover, but Mendoza kicks out at two.
Mendoza comes back with an arm drag, but Ohno delivers a forearm strike and a chop. Mendoza comes back with a kick to the head and then a corkscrew arm drag. Mendoza kicks Ohno in the face and goes for the cover, but Ohno kicks out at two. Ohno drapes Mendoza over the top rope and then kicks him in the face. Ohno delivers the High Tension elbow strike and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Kassius Ohno.
We see an interview with Zelina Vega. She says she and Andrade “Cien” Almas are more on the same page than ever before. She says they know work needs to be done for Almas to remain the NXT Championship. She says Johnny Gargano got lucky and is an opportunist. She says Almas has already beaten Gargano twice and says Tommaso Ciampa was the successful one of the team. Vega says she is not giving any anything else for the match at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia.
Christy St. Cloud is with Johnny Gargano. Gargano says words can’t describe what becoming the number one contender means to him. He is interrupted by Velveteen Dream. Dream tells him to say thank you and Gargano asks why. Dream says Gargano got lucky for beating a guy named Kassius Ohno. Dream says it took Gargano twenty minutes to beat Ohno, whereas he could beat Ohno in 30 seconds. Dream says Gargano got lucky to beat Aleister Black, but he won’t beat Andrade “Cien” Almas at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia. Dream says he deserves the spot and walks away.
We see Lars Sullivan walking backstage and then see that Asking Alexandria’s “When the Lights Come on” will be another official theme songs for NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia.
We see The Street Profits backstage shaking hands with a few people. They say they need to get more gold and go into William Regal’s office. Angelo Dawkins tells Regal they want to bring the gold to the street and they are undefeated, so they and the people want to know when they are going to get their shot. Regal says next week, there will be a number one contender’s match between The Street Profits and The Authors of Pain.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Lio Rush vs. Lars Sullivan.
Sullivan charges, but Rush ducks out of the way. Rush dodges Sullivan a few times and then delivers a heel kick to Sullivan. Sullivan catches him the second time and slams him into the turnbuckle. Sullivan slams Rush into the next corner and Sullivan charges, but Rush moves and Sullivan hits the turnbuckles. Sullivan is unfazed and backs Rush into the corner again. Sullivan charges again, but Rush moves and Sullivan goes shoulder-first into the ring post. Rush comes off the ropes, but Sullivan counters with a clothesline and then flattens Rush with the Freak Accident and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Lars Sullivan.
After the match, Sullivan says all of his opponents have fallen by his hands. He says he keep going back to two weeks ago when he dealt with a force that he had never felt before. He says that brings him joy because it is a force that he wants to destroy. He says he is talking to Killian Dain and then drops the mic. Sullivan grabs Rush and delivers a super Freak Accident from the middle rope.
We head backstage and see The Undisputed ERA attacking SAnitY backstage. The ERA walks away yelling that they make the rules as referees check on SAnitY.
The Undisputed ERA’s music hits and Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly make their way to the ring. Cole says they are missing something right now. O’Reilly asks where SAnitY is. Fish asks if they forgot about the match. Cole says they didn’t forgot; they kicked the chaos out of them. Nikki Cross runs to the stage as referees hold her back. William Regal’s music hits and he comes to the stage now. Regal says Fish and O’Reilly will defend their titles tonight and Roderick Strong comes to the stage. He says he will fight them. Aleister Black’s music hits and he comes to the stage. He says he will fight them as well.
Match #4: NXT Tag Team Championship Match – The Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs. Aleister Black and Roderick Strong
O’Reilly and Black start the match. Black delivers some kicks to O’Reilly and then sends Fish back to the corner. Black delivers quick strikes to O’Reilly and goes for a quick pin, but O’Reilly kicks out. O’Reilly goes to the floor with Fish and Strong takes them both out. Black gets O’Reilly back into the ring and applies an arm-bar down on the mat. Strong tags in and takes O’Reilly down to the mat again. Strong goes for the cover, but O’Reilly kicks out at two. Strong keeps control and applies a choke hold down on the mat. Black tags back in and charges, but O’Reilly low bridges him. Black lands on the apron and delivers a forearm, but Fish takes Black down on the apron as we head to a break.
Back from the break, Fish tags O’Reilly back in and he delivers rights and lefts to Black in the corner. Fish tags back in and delivers a shot to the midsection. O’Reilly tags back in and he and Fish double-team Black and then O’Reilly locks in a knee-bar. Fish tags in and delivers a senton and goes for the cover, but Black kicks out at two. Black begins to fight back, but O’Reilly takes him down and delivers left and right palm strikes. Fish tags in and applies a rear naked choke down on the mat. Fish sends Black off the ropes, but Black rolls him up for two with a sunset flip. Black drops Fish with a knee strike and both men are down.
O’Reilly and Strong tag in and Strong delivers a knee to Fish and a lariat to O’Reilly. Strong takes O’Reilly down with a dropkick and then slams O’Reilly into Fish in the corner. Strong drops O’Reilly with a back-breaker and then a release suplex to Fish. Strong delivers a knee strike to O’Reilly and goes for the cover, but Fish breaks it up. Strong tosses Fish to the floor and then drops O’Reilly with a knee strike to the face. Black kicks Fish in the face and against the steps on the floor. Adam Cole rushes out and decks Black in the face, but Black is not fazed. Black chases Cole through the crowd and Fish and O’Reilly drop Strong with Total Elimination and O’Reilly gets the pin fall.
Winners and still NXT Tag Team Champions: The Undisputed ERA.
After the match, Black rushes back tot he ring and takes out Fish and O’Reilly, but Cole follows him and slams him into the ring post. Fish and O’Reilly hold Black down as Cole begins to beat him down. O’Reilly goes to the floor and tosses a chair into the ring. Cole delivers the neck-breaker on Black onto the chair.
NXT comes to a close with William Regal coming to the stage to address The Undisputed ERA. He says Philadelphia has an extreme history. He informs Adam Cole that his match with Aleister Black at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia is now an Extreme Rules Match. Cole gets face-to-face with Regal and then backs away and smirks at Black, who is still down in the ring. The Undisputed ERA head backstage as the show comes to a close.