12/7/16 NXT Recap: Big Damo Debuts, Ember Moon in Action, Joe vs. Nakamura from Japan
This week’s NXT opens with a preview of Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship from the house show in Osaka, Japan a few nights ago. We then see the usual NXT opening video and then go into the NXT Arena at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, where Tom Phillips and Corey Graves welcome us to the show. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s music hits and the NXT Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring. The crowd chants “You Deserve It,” “D-I-Y,” “Johnny Wrestling” and “Psycho Killer” as Gargano and Ciampa circle the ring and celebrate with the fans.
Before Gargano and Ciampa can speak, The Authors of Pain’s music hits and Akam, Rezar, and Paul Elltering emerge on the stage. Ellering says the prophecy of the Authors of Pain has come through. He says they are undefeated and the winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Ellering says DIY’s celebration is a bit premature. The Revival’s music hits and Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder interrupt. The Revival and The Authors stare each other down, but then Dash and Dawson walk to another part of the entrance ramp. Dash says they are the real number one contenders and Dawson says the only reason the Authors advanced in the Dusty Classic is because of them. The Authors advance on The Revival and shove them down to the ground. The Revival retreats and Ellering says the next chapter will be written by the Authors of Pain and it will read “NXT Tag Team Champions.”
We join Graves and Phillips at the announce table, and Graves introduces the new third man for the NXT announce team, Percy Watson.
Match #1: No Way Jose and Rich Swann vs. Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe (w/Nikki Cross)
Before the match, Eric Young has Sawyer Fulton’s jacket and he tosses it on the ground and spits on it.
Wolfe and Jose start the match for their teams. Wolfe backs Jose into the corner, but Jose comes back with some hard chops. Jose drops Wolfe with a flapjack and then takes him to the corner and tags in Swann. Swann takes Wolfe down with a hurricanrana and Wolfe rolls to the outside. Young pep talks Wolfe and Nikki slaps him in the face and he rolls back into the ring. Wolfe counters the attack from Swann and catches him and hangs him upside down. Young tags in and sends Swann out to the floor. Young comes off the apron and stomps on Swann as we head to a break.
We’re back and Young takes Swann down and goes for the cover, but Swann kicks out at two. Young keeps Swann grounded and drops an elbow to Swann’s back. Young picks Swann up in the corner and chokes him from behind. Young delivers a tomahawk chop to Swann and goes for the cover, but Swann kicks out at two again. Young tags in Wolfe, who stomps away on Swann in the corner. Swann fights back briefly, but Wolfe slams him down to the mat. Wolfe goes for the cover, but Swann kicks out at two. Wolfe works over Swann’s arm, but Swann counters with a big kick and then both men take each other down with dueling clotheslines. Jose and Young tag in and Jose drops Wolfe to the floor. Jose drops Young with a few quick clotheslines and then delivers a TKO. Jose goes for the cover, but Wolfe breaks it up. Swann gets back into the ring and sends Swann to the floor. Swann takes Wolfe down with a modified 450 splash. Young tosses Jose to the floor and jumps off the apron, but Jose catches him with a right hand. Wolfe slams Swann into the steps and Big Damo emerges from the crowd and slams Jose into the ring post. Wolfe tosses Jose back into the ring and Young slams him down to the mat and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe.
After the match, Damo picks up Sawyer Fulton’s jacket and slams it down on the entrance ramp as SAnitY looks on from the ring.
We go backstage with William Regal and Dasha Fuentes. Regal announces that DIY will defend their titles against The Revival on January 11th, and the winners of that match will go on to defend the titles against The Authors of Pain at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio on January 28th. Tye Dillinger walks in and is on the verge of quitting NXT, but Regal informs him of a #1 Contender’s Tournament, where the winner will take on the NXT Champion at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio. Regal asks Dillinger if he wants to be in the tournament, and Dillingers says he absolutely does as walks away and then Regal puts on a pair of brass knuckles.
We are reminded that we will take a look back at the match between Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship in Osaka, Japan. We then take a look back at what we just saw in the match between SAnitY and No Way Jose and Rich Swann. We go backstage and see SAnitY. Young walks away quickly to dodge questions and Nikki Cross stares down the NXT Women’s Championship that is sitting on a crate. Asuka walks up and her and Nikki smirk at each other before Nikki walks away.
Match #2: Ember Moon vs. Kimber Lee
Kimber wants a test of strength and gains the advantage. Kimber takes Ember down with a sidewalk slam and goes for the cover, but Ember kicks out at two. Ember comes back and she and Kimber switch pin attempts, each kicking out at two. Ember delivers a big chop and goes for a clothesline, but Kimber pushes her away. Ember comes back and takes Kimber down with a hurricanrana. Kimber comes back and delivers clubbing blows to Ember’s neck and back and then knees her in the face. Kimber goes for the cover, but Ember kicks out at two. Ember comes back with a big dropkick and then delivers the forearm in the corner. Ember tosses Kimber to the mat and then delivers the top rope stunner and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Ember Moon.
We see all four of the #1 Contender’s Qualifying matches that will happen next week: Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young, Elias Samson vs. Roderick Strong, Oney Lorcan vs. Bobby Roode, and Andrade Cien Almas vs. No Way Jose. We will take a look at the NXT Championship Match between Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura from Osaka, Japan after the break.
We’re back and we head to Osaka, Japan for the NXT Championship Match between Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Match #3: NXT Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Joe and Nakamura go for kicks, but each guy dodges and we start with a stalemate. Joe backs Nakamura into the ropes and they tie up there. Joe shoves Nakamura away and Nakamura catches Joe with knees to the face. Nakamura connect with God Vibrations in the corner and Joe rolls to the outside. Nakamura goes after Joe, but Joe grabs him and rakes the eyes and chokes him over the top rope to gain the advantage as we head to a break.
We’re back and Joe has the STO locked in and then transitions into the cross-face. Nakamura is able to get to the ropes to break the hold. Nakamura goes behind Joe and trips him up. Nakamura goes for the arm-bar, but Joe blocks the hold and rolls Nakamura onto his shoulders. Nakamura gets his shoulders up and goes for a triangle submission. Joe gets to his feet and Nakamura connects with a German suplex. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa, but Joe counters with a power slam. Joe goes for the cover, but Nakamura kicks out at two. Joe delivers a huge knee to Nakamura and goes for the Muscle Buster, but Nakamura rolls free. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa again, but Joe dodges and locks in the Coquina Clutch. Nakamura gets free and Joe delivers a series of German suplexes. Joe delivers a T-bone suplex now and goes for the cover, but Nakamura kicks out at two.
The battle spills to the floor and Joe takes apart the steel steps, but Nakamura catches him with a knee to the back of Joe’s head. Nakamura rolls Joe into the ring and follows him in. Nakamura grabs Joe, but Joe counters with a kick to Nakamura’s knee. Joe delivers a series of elbows and goes for a left hand, but Nakamura counters and delivers a knee shot to Joe’s head. Nakamura picks Joe up, but crumbles under the weight due to his knee. Joe rolls to the outside and Nakamura rolls him back into the ring. Nakamura goes up top and delivers a knee to the back of Joe’s head. Nakamura connects with Kinshasa and gets the pin fall.
Winner and new NXT Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura.
After the match, Nakamura celebrates his victory as the crowd sings his theme song in the background.
NXT comes to a close with Nakamura leaving the ring with the title draped over his shoulder and slapping hands with the fans before he bows and heads to the back.
After the show, Charly Caruso reveals that Samoa Joe will get his rematch against Shinsuke Nakamura on December 8th in Melbourne, Australia and that the match will take place inside of a steel cage.