5/24/17 WWE NXT Recap: Aleister Black in Action, Velveteen Dream Debuts; McIntyre vs. Blake Main Event
NXT opens up with highlights from NXT TakeOver: Chicago this past Saturday night. We then go into the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois where Tom Phillips, Percy Watson, and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show.
Match #1: Aleister Black vs. Curt Hawkins
Hawkins kicks Black in the midsection and sends him off the ropes. Black flips over Hawkins and sits in the ring. Hawkins goes to kick Black, but Black rolls him up for a two count. Black kicks Hawkins in the midsection, but Hawkins comes back and sends Black into the apron and punches him in the ribs. Black comes back and knees Hawkins in the chest and then goes up top. Black connects with a knee to the jaw and then goes for the Black Mass, but Hawkins rolls out of the ring. Black goes after him, but Hawkins catches him and backs him into the ring apron. Hawkins tosses Black back into the ring and stomps down on him on the mat. Hawkins drives a knee into Black’s back and applies a submission down on the mat. Black gets free and kicks Hawkins down to the mat a few times. Black catches Hawkins with a forearm and then takes him down with a springboard and then the Black Mass for the pin fall.
Winner: Aleister Black.
We see that Drew McIntyre will go one-on-one with Wesley Blake later tonight, as well as a recap of the match between Bobby Roode and Hideo Itami from NXT TakeOver: Chicago. But coming up next, D.I…Why?
We take a look back at the match between The Authors of Pain and DIY from NXT TakeOver: Chicago, and the aftermath which saw Tommaso Ciampa turning on Johnny Gargano. We take a look at footage after TakeOver showing Gargano being taking to a local medical facility and Phillips says updates will be given when they become available.
We take a look back at Ember Moon before TakeOver. She says she thought she would come to terms with being injured, but it sucks. She says time heal all wounds, but battle scars last forever. We then take a look back at the match between Asuka, Nikki Cross, and Ruby Riot, in which Asuka retained her NXT Women’s Championship. We see Asuka after the match. She says nobody can stand toe-to-toe with her and says “It’s mine” while pointing at the title before walking away.
We see a vignette for “The Velveteen Dream” Patrick Clark, who will debut next.
We take a look back at the match between Roderick Strong and Eric Young at TakeOver, which was won by Strong. We then see Strong backstage after the match. Strong says not to sound cliche, but overcoming the odds is something he has done all his life. He says once his family was brought into it, there was nothing that was going to stop him from ending SAnitY and it was one more step towards the NXT Championship.
Match #2: The Velveteen Dream vs. Robert Anthony
They tie up and Drea applies a headlock. Anthony sends him off the ropes, but Dream takes him down with a shoulder block. Dream connects with a dropkick, but Anthony comes back with a right hand. Dream backs him into the corner and beats him down. Dream takes Anthony down with a Thesz Press and then clubs him in the back and chokes him over the middle rope. Dream goes to slam Anthony in the corner, but Anthony blocks him. Dream stays in control and slaps Anthony across the face. Dream comes off the ropes and drops Anthony with a right hand. Dream grabs Anthony and drops him with a neck-breaker. Dream goes up top and delivers an elbow drop and gets the pin fall
Winner: The Velveteen Dream.
We take a look back at the match between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne from TakeOver, which saw Dunne defeat Bate to win the WWE United Kingdom Championship. We see Dunne backstage after the match. He says he had to watch Bate living a dream since Janaury. He says he told everyone he would walk away with the title and now everything is his.
We take a look back at the match between Bobby Roode and Hideo Itami from TakeOver, which saw Roode retain the NXT Championship. We see Roode after the match. He says Itami has been under contract for a while, but he didn’t realize he was still around. Roode says he earned it, but Itami isn’t in his league and he proved it. Roode says his next challenge will be whoever he decides it will be and he will defend it whenever he feels like it because he is taking some time off. He says his NXT will continue to be glorious.
We see that Bobby Roode will have a Glorious Celebration on next week’s NXT.
Match #3: Drew McIntyre vs. Wesley Blake
They tie up and McIntyre goes behind and shoves Blake away. Blake goes hind and applies a headlock. Blake turns it into a wrist-lock, but McIntyre gets free and drops Blake with a shoulder block. Blake comes back and backs McIntyre into the corner and delivers a chop, but McIntyre shakes it off and drops Blake with a right hand. McIntyre chops Blake in the corner, but Blake comes back with a kick to the midsection. Blake gets McIntyre in the corner and delivers a knee, an uppercut, and a short clothesline. Blake sends McIntyre across the ring, but McIntyre turns the momentum and drops Blake with a clothesline that sends Blake to the floor. McIntyre goes after him, but Blake drapes him over the top rope. Blake drops McIntyre with a shoulder tackle and goes for the cover, but McIntyre kicks out at two as we head to a break.
We’re back and Blake is still in control and works over McIntyre’s arm. Blake applies a wrist-lock down on the mat, but McIntyre picks him up and places him on the top rope. Blake flips over and takes McIntyre down to the mat. Blake applies an arm-bar submission, but McIntyre gets to the ropes. Blake wraps McIntyre’s arm around the ropes and then backs away and charges, but McIntyre sends him to the floor. Blake gets back into the ring and grabs McIntyre’s arm, but McIntyre counters with right hands. Blake sends McIntyre to the corner, but McIntyre comes right back with a boot to the face. McIntyre beats down Blake in the corner and then delivers a clothesline in the corner as well. McIntyre goes up top and takes Blake down with an axe handle sledge. Blake comes back with forearm shots, but McIntyre plants him with a spine-buster. Blake goes to the corner and knees McIntyre as McIntyre charges. Blake sends McIntyre into the ring post and rolls him up, but McIntyre kicks out at two. Blake locks in the cross-face submission, but McIntyre gets to his feet. Blake goes to slam McIntyre into the corner again, but McIntyre catches him and delivers an inverted Alabama Slam. McIntyre goes for the cover, but Blake kicks out at two. McIntyre goes for the Future Shock DDT, but Blake counters with an arm-breaker. Blake goes for the cover, but McIntyre kicks out at two. Blake goes up top, but McIntyre kicks up and punches Blake in the face. McIntyre goes for a superplex, but Blake knocks him down and hangs him upside down in the corner. McIntyre flips Blake down to the mat and goes for the big boot, but Blake ducks. McIntyre drops Blake with a headbutt and then takes Blake down with the Yakuza and gets the pin fall
Winner: Drew McIntyre.