9/21/16 NXT Recap: Austin Aries, Billie Kay in Action; Cedric Alexander vs. Andrade Almas Main Event
NXT opens with a look back at last week’s episode and Samoa Joe’s promo where he called out Shinsuke Nakamura and then beat him down and caused him to be stretchered out of the NXT Arena. We then see the NXT opening video and go into the NXT Arena at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Samoa Joe’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Joe says he is out to address the altercation between himself and Nakamura from last week. He says because of his actions, Nakamura is in quite a bad way. He says he has a copy of Nakamura’s medical report and reads from it. It says that Nakamura has several contusions in his lower lumber, a clavicle separation, a shoulder separation, but Nakamura’s injuries will not require surgery and will require recuperation for 6 to 12 weeks. Joe says patience is a virtue, but he is not a virtuous man. Joe says he is not waiting six weeks or twelve weeks and calls out William Regal. Joe tells Regal to give him Nakamura or to strip Nakamura of the NXT Championship. Regal’s music hits and the NXT General Manager comes to the stage. Regal says, unfortunately, the paper that Joe has is correct and says that Nakamura is seriously hurt. Regal says the NXT Championship and everything in NXT is his problem and he will take care of it all, including Samoa Joe. Joe says he didn’t want it to come to this and storms up the stage toward Regal. Joe says he is giving Regal an opportunity to fix this situation, otherwise the entire NXT roster will look like Nakamura. Joe slams Nakamura’s medical report into Regal’s chest and walks to the back as we join Corey Graves and Tom Phillips at the announce table.
We take a look back at an episode of the Cruierweight Classic last month and the match between Cedric Alexander and Kota Ibushi, which was won by Ibushi. We see the footage of the crowd chanting “Please Sign Cedric” and then Triple H coming from backstage to greet Cedric and give the crowd a thumbs up. We go backstage with Dasha Fuentes, who is with Cedric Alexander. He says it took him seven years of scratching and clawing on the independent circuit to get where he is. He says he went to Mr. Regal and asked him to give him the very best, and he will prove to Andrade “Cien” Almas that he is the best and will come out on top.
We see that Austin Aries will go one-on-one with Oney Lorcan after the break.
We go backstage and see Liv Morgan. Liv says she has jumped over hurdles her entire life and is not going to back down to Asuka or any chick in NXT. She says if she has to hit the gym harder or do some extra squats, but Asuka interrupts her. Asuka says if Liv thinks she is ready, let’s find out. Asuka smiles at Liv and walks away as Liv looks on.
Match #1: Oney Lorcan vs. Austin Aries
They tie up and Lorcan backs Aries into the corner. Aries comes back and takes Lorcan down and applies a side-headlock. Lorcan tries to send Aries off the ropes, but Aries holds onto the headlock. Lorcan gets to his feet and backs Aries into the corner and the referee breaks them apart. Aries poses in the corner and Lorcan slaps him across the face. Lorcan applies a side-headlock and grounds Aries. Aries delivers a few elbows and sends Lorcan in the corner. Aries charges, but Lorcan elevates him to the apron. Lorcan applies the side-headlock through the ropes and then drags Aries into the ring. Aries sends Lorcan off the ropes, but Lorcan comes back and takes Aries down with a side-headlock take down. Aries gets to his feet and backs Lorcan into the corner and then both men exchange chops. Aries lifts Lorcan up and dumps him to the floor as we head to a break.
We’re back and Aries chokes Lorcan in the corner with a knee to the throat. Aries backs away and charges and connects with a back elbow. Aries stomps down onto Lorcan and then drops down onto his neck. Aries goes for the cover, but Lorcan kicks out at two. Aries applies another headlock down on the mat, but Lorcan gets to his feet and backs Aries into the corner. Aries delivers forearms and elbows to Lorcan and then slaps him across the chest. Lorcan comes back with chops and slaps of his own. Lorcan delivers an uppercut and then a few quick chops in the corner. Lorcan sends Aries into the opposite corner, charges, and delivers a few hip attacks. Aries moves on the third attempt and sends Lorcan to the floor. Aries comes off the ropes with a sledge and takes Lorcan down on the floor. Aries tosses Lorcan back into the ring and comes off the top rope, but Lorcan counters with a European uppercut. Lorcan delivers another uppercut and goes for the cover, but Aries kicks out at two. Aries backs Lorcan into the corner and delivers a back elbow. Lorcan comes back with an elbow of his own and comes off the ropes, but Aries moves out of the way. Aries delivers an elbow shot and a dropkick in the corner. Aries delivers a jaw-breaker on his knee and then locks in the Last Chancery and Lorcan taps out.
Winner: Austin Aries.
After the match, Aries grabs a microphone and says last week wasn’t about Shinsuke Nakamura or Samoa Joe, but it was all about where he was. He says he was at home because he had more important things to do. He says he would call Hideo Itami out to the ring, but everyone knows Itami won’t show up. He says behind the tough-guy bravado, Itami is a coward. Itami’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Itami gets into the ring and Aries ducks and runs out of the ring. Aries goes up the ramp and walks to the back as Itami looks on from the ring.
We take a look at NXT’s newest signee, Dan Matha, who will debut in two weeks. We then are reminded that Cedric Alexander and Andrade “Cien” Almas will go one-on-one later tonight.
We take a look back to last week’s Cruiserweight Classic finale and get an interview with Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa after their match. The Revival interrupts and all four men brawl in the parking lot. Ciampa and Gargano get the better of The Revival and send them running as guys come out to hold Ciampa and Gargano back.
Match #2: Aliyah vs. Billie Kay
They tie up and shove each other away. They tie up again and Billie takes Aliyah down and applies a wrist-lock. Aliyah gets to her feet and sends Billie off the ropes, but Billie takes her down with a shoulder block. Aliyah comes back and takes Billie down to the mat and then sends her into the corner. Aliyah charges and wraps her legs around Billie’s arm and neck around the ropes. Aliyah sends Billie down to the mat and delivers a leg drop from the top rope. Aliyah goes for the cover, but Billie kicks out. Aliyah applies a headlock down on the mat, but Billie counters and delivers a gut-buster and then a discus forearm. Billie takes Aliyah to the corner and stomps her down to the mat. Billie goes for the cover, but Aliyah kicks out at two. Billie lifts Aliyah up in a Torture Rack-like submission and then slams her into the top turnbuckle. Billie goes for the big boot, but Aliyah dodges it and delivers a few kicks of her own. Aliyah takes Billie down with a neck-breaker and goes for the cover, but Billie kicks out at two. Aliyah comes off the ropes, but Billie catches her with the big boot and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Billie Kay.
We see Cedric Alexander and Andrade “Cien” Almas warming up for their match as we head to a break.
We see another “Sanity” vignette.
We go backstage with Mandy Rose. She says Ember Moon doesn’t have what it takes and will make sure that Ember is totally eclipsed when they get into the ring together. We then see that Liv Morgan and Asuka will go one-on-one next week.
Match #3: Cedric Alexander vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
They tie up and Almas goes behind with a waist-lock. Alexander gets free and applies a wrist=lock, but Almas counters into his own wrist-lock. Alexander gets free and takes Almas down and applies a headlock. Almas counters into a head-scissors submission hold, but Alexander kicks up and gets free of it. They tie up again and Almas applies a headlock. Alexander sends Almas off the ropes and eventually takes him down with a head-scissors. Alexander goes for a dropkick, but Almas counters and takes Alexander down with a springboard head scissors. Almas goes for a roll-up, but Alexander kicks out and both men are at a stalemate. They counter wrist-locks and Almas gets the better of Alexander. They keep exchanging wrist-locks and Alexander sends Almas into the ropes, but Almas catches himself and poses. Almas sends Alexander to the floor and then delivers a corkscrew plancha to the outside. Almas tosses Alexander back into the ring as we head to a break.
We’re back and Almas has Alexander in a headlock down on the mat. Alexander gets to his feet and backs Almas into the corner. Alexander delivers a jaw-breaker to break the hold and then drops him with a clothesline. Almas comes back and sends Alexander off the ropes, but Alexander counters with an enzuiguri and Almas rolls to the outside. Alexander launches himself over the top rope and onto Almas. Alexander tosses Almas back into the ring and delivers a clothesline from the top rope. Alexander goes for the cover, but Almas kicks out at two. Alexander applies a waist-lock, but Almas counters with elbows. Almas lifts Alexander up and delivers a modified spine-buster. Almas goes for the cover, but Alexander kicks out at two. Alexander delivers a straight right hand, as does Almas, and then they exchange right hands. Alexander catches Almas coming off the ropes and sets him on the top rope. Alexander climbs as well, but Almas takes him down with back elbows. Almas goes for the moonsault, but Alexander rolls out of the way. Almas delivers a standing moonsault instead and goes for the cover, but Alexander kicks out at two. Alexander backs into the corner and Almas beats him down in the corner. Almas goes for the double-knees, but Alexander counters and takes Almas down with the back-breaker and gets the pin.
Winner: Cedric Alexander.
After the match, Almas and Alexander shake hands and then Almas pulls Alexander in close and they hug it out. Almas raises Alexander’s hand in the air and ten they shake hands again as NXT comes to a close.