9/7/16 NXT Recap: TM-61, Ember Moon, Aries in Action; Nakamura Main Events
We see the NXT opening video and then we go into the NXT Arena at Full Sail University in Winter Park Florida where Corey Graves and Tom Phillips welcome us to the show. We see that we will hear from Asuka in an exclusive interview tonight and see that Shinsuke Nakamura will take on Steve Cutler in tonight’s main event.
Match #1: TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) vs. Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese
Thorne and Nese start the match for their teams. Thorne applies a wrist-lock and goes behind Nese. Thorne sends Nese into the corner and charges, but Nese counters with a back elbow. Nese springboards off the ropes and takes Thorne down to the mat and goes for the cover, but Thorne kicks out. Thorne comes right back and delivers a hesitation dropkick to Nese. Daivari and Miller both tag in and battle in the corner. Daivari connects with a big boot, but Miller comes back with a short clothesline. Daivari comes back with a jaw-breaker and tags in Nese. Miller sends Daivari to the outside, followed by Nese sending Miller out to the floor. Nese flies over the top and takes out Miller and then Thorne flies over the top and takes out Nese. Miller tosses Nese back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out. Miller tags in Thorne, who connects with a senton and goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out at two. Daivari distracts the referee and Nese takes control with an uppercut to Thorne. Nese tags in Daivari, who keeps Thorne grounded on the mat. Daivari chokes Thorne down on the mat and tags in Nese. Nese lifts Thorne up and drapes him over the top rope and connects with a running knee. Nese goes for the cover, but Thorne kicks out at two. Nese tags in Daivari, who delivers an elbow drop. Daivari goes for the cover, but Thorne kicks out at two. Daivari applies a headlock down on the mat. Thorne gets to his feet, but Daivari slams him down again. Miller distracts Daivari and Thorne connects with an uppercut. Nese tags in and drops an elbow on Thorne before he can tag in Miller as we head to a break.
Back from the break, Daivari decks Thorne with a rolling elbow shot. Nese tags in an pulls Thorne away, but Thorne counters with an elbow and tags in Miller. Miller slaps Nese across the face and then drops Nese with a clothesline. Miller delivers a flying forearm to Nese’s chest and goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out. Thorne tags in an uppercuts Nese and drops Daivari to the floor. TM-61 hits a high-low on Nese and Thorne goes for the cover, but Daivari breaks it up. Nese tags in Daivari and Daivari superkicks Thorne and Nese slams him to the mat. Daivari delivers a splash and goes for the cover, but Miller breaks it up. Miller sends Nese to the floor and Daivari sends Miller to the floor. Daivari goes for the roll-up on Thorne, but Thorne kicks out. Thorne tags in Miller and they deliver Thunder Valley to Daivari and Miller gets the pin fall.
After the match, we see highlights from the match and then Phillips and Graves talk about the season finale of the Cruiserweight Classic, which is next Wednesday night.
We see an exclusive interview with Phillips and Asuka. Asuka says the crowd in Brooklyn was crazy and she was excited. She says she respects Bayley and she was the heart of NXT. Asuka says Bayley fought hard, but she fought harder. Asuka says she has cleared out the NXT women’s division and the women who are now on Raw and Smackdown got saved because they don’t have to face her anymore. Asuka says the championship is the most important thing to her and she defends it for herself and her country. Asuka speaks in Japanese for a bit and then says that no one in NXT is ready to face her.
We see that Andrade “Cien” Almas will face Austin Aries later tonight. We then see Ember Moon getting ready for her Full Sail debut, which is next.
We’re back and we see Steve Cutler backstage. Cutler asks what Shinsuke has actually sacrificed. He says he has sacrificed four years of his life in order to have this opportunity. He says he doesn’t care if people like or hate him, but people will respect him.
Match #2: Leah Von vs. Ember Moon
They tie up and Ember applies a wrist-lock. Leah counters into her own wrist-lock, but Ember counters into a headlock. Leah sends her off the ropes, but Ember takes Leah down with a shoulder block. Ember applies another side headlock, but Leah counters into one of her own. Leah sends Ember off the ropes, but Ember comes back with a cross-body. Ember goes for the cover, but Leah kicks out at two. Leah comes back with a forearm shot, a stiff kick, and a flying clothesline. Leah goes for the cover, but Ember kicks out at one. Leah applies a rear choke down on the mat and then slams her down. Leah sends Ember to the corner and charges, but Ember counters with a roll-up and gets a two count. Ember kicks Leah in the midsection and then delivers a knee to the face. Ember charges Leah in the corner and suplexes her down to the mat. Ember handsprings into the corner and drives Leah down to the mat. Ember goes up top and delivers the top rope stunner and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Ember Moon.
We go backstage and see No Way Jose. Jose says Bobby Roode comes in with his nice shoes and nice jacket and calls himself glorious. Jose says he doesn’t play that game. Jose says he doesn’t change his ways for anybody and Roode will find out that nobody messes with No Way Jose.
We see that Andrade “Cien” Almas will go one-on-one with Austin Aries next and then see a video hype package for the reigning NXT Tag Team Champions, The Revival.
We see Tommaso Ciampa getting checked out by a trainer backstage and Johnny Gargano walks up. Gargano says Ciampa is cleared, they will have a tag team match at the live, two-hour Cruiserweight Classic finale next Wednesday night against The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Match #3: Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Austin Aries
They tie up and Almas takes Aries down to the mat. Aries comes back and sends Almas off the ropes, but Almas counters with a head scissors take down. Aries rolls to the floor for a breather and Almas goes out after him. Aries gets back into the ring, as does Almas, and delivers a kick to the chest. Aries tosses Almas to the ropes, but Almas catches himself and poses and then sends Aries to the floor. Almas delivers a corkscrew plancha to Aries and then tosses him back into the ring. Almas goes for the cover, but Aries kicks out at two. Aries comes back and sends Almas to the floor hard as we head to a break.
We’re back and Aries is still in control. He takes Almas to the corner and delivers a knee to the midsection. Aries delivers an elbow from the second rope and goes for the cover, but Almas kicks out at two. Aries applies a headlock down on the mat. Aries goes for a knee-buster, but Almas flips over and lands on his feet. Almas goes to the apron and delivers a kick to Aries’ face. Almas delivers a springboard dropkick to Aries. Almas delivers a forearm in the corner and takes Aries down to the mat. Almas goes for the running knees, but Aries meets him in the corner with a running dropkick. Aries goes for the cover, but Almas kicks out at two. Aries sets Almas on the top rope and goes up top as well. Aries goes for a back suplex, but Almas fights back. Almas punches Aries down to the mat and then connects with the shooting star press. Almas goes for the cover, but Aries kicks out at two. Almas goes behind Aries, but Aries counters with an elbow. Aries comes back with a chop across the chest and goes for the discus clothesline, but Almas counters with a big boot. Almas takes Aries to the corner and goes for the double-knees again, but Aries moves. Almas goes after Aries with a head-scissors, but Aries catches him with a power bomb. Aries then locks in the Last Chancery and Almas taps out.
Winner: Austin Aries.
We are reminded that tonight’s main event of Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Steve Cutler is next, and then we see Samoa Joe walking backstage, and he will be ringside for the main event.
Back from the break, we see the Sanity vignette and then see that Bobby Roode and No Way Jose will go one-on-one next week. Samoa Joe joins Phillips and Graves at the announce table and says that he underestimated Nakamura and that’s why Nakamura is the champion and he is not right now. Joe says Nakamura was the better man and deserves the title. Joe says his jaw is healing and is coming along but he is looking at getting back into the ring as soon as possible.
Match #4: Steve Cutler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura goes for a quick kick, but Cutler dodges it. They grip hands and Nakamura kicks Cutler in the face. Cutler backs Nakamura against the ropes, but Nakamura counters. Cutler shoves Nakamura away, but Nakamura catches him with a knee to the midsection. Nakamura takes Cutler down in the corner and delivers Good Vibrations two times. Nakamura charges at Cutler, but Cutler elevates him and slams him into the turnbuckle. Cutler delivers right hands to Nakamura in the corner and then slams him down. Cutler goes for the cover, but Nakamura kicks out. Cutler applies a rear chin-lock and goes for a suplex, but Nakamura counters with a knee to the head. Nakamura delivers more knees and kicks and then places Cutler on the top rope. Nakamura connects with the running knee and then the exploder suplex. Nakamura connects with Kinshasa and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura.
After the match, we see highlights and then see Joe staring Nakamura down from the announce table. Joe gets to his feet and Nakamura looks at him. Joe leaves the table and walks backstage as Nakamura celebrates and NXT comes to a close.