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WWE NXT #405 (8.9.17) Play-by-Play and Review

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You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show. Tonight, Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre will cut promos on each other, Andrade Almas will face No Way Jose, and Street Profits make their TV debut.

In-Ring: Nikki Cross is randomly in the ring yelling toward the locker room challenging the Authors of Pain to come out to the ring. Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain come from the crowd to join her in the ring. It doesn’t take long for AoP to answer the challenge. Akam hits the ring, but Rezar gets blindsided by the returning Eric Young. Akam is outnumbered in the ring as Young zip-ties Rezar to the railing.

Akam continues to take a beating in the ring until Rezar rips the railing off and drags it to the ring. Rezar is helpless, though, and SAnitY destroys him as well. Young finishes by hitting a huge jumping neckbreaker from the second rope on Akam. Nikki Cross gives Wolfe and Dain the tag titles and they pose in the ring with them.

Thoughts: I can’t remember ever seeing the AoP on the end of a beat down like that and they’re arguably the underdogs going into TakeOver. They are also in a more babyface role now. It’s refreshing and it was well done. Am I looking forward to the match? Not really, but they’re doing everything right in the build-up to it.

Recap: Last week, Asuka and Ember Moon brawled and Asuka was KO’d with an Eclipse. Next week, the two women will have a contract signing for TakeOver.

Earlier Today: The Iconic Duo is going to give us a make-up tutorial. Behind them, Ruby Riot walks by and they make fun of her and say she ruined the tutorial. That’s the end of that.

 

Match #1: Metro Brothers (J.C. & Chris) v. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

One of the Metro Brothers could be Dean Ambrose circa 2014. I already like Montez Ford. Chris Metro starts off with Dawkins. Dawkins loses the headband early after some offense and tags in Ford. Ford is athletic AF. They hit a double team running kick/splash. Ford hits a big back suplex, but gets caught in the Metro corner. Ford flips out of a suplex attempt by J.C. and makes a tag to Dawkins, who cleans house with a back elbow and a spear.

Dawkins hits a cyclone Stinger Splash in the corner into a spine buster. Ford comes off the top rope with a frog splash and that’s good for the win.

Winners: Street Profits via pinfall

Thoughts: I’m tentatively optimistic. The characters and presentation are good and they aren’t corny like Heavy Machinery. So far, so good and the live crowd seems to be into them.

Backstage Last Week: Aleister Black was leaving the arena when Hideo Itami tried to attack him outside. Black ducked him and knocked him back before officials separated them. This has led to the TakeOver match that should be phenomenal and I’m really excited for it.

In-Ring: William Regal is in the ring to introduce Drew McIntyre and Bobby Roode. Bobby Roode is accompanied to the ring by an army of security, presumably to protect him from Roddy Strong – I love it. Roode confirms that his personal security detail is here for that reason. Roode says he is entitled because he never needed a second chance in WWE. Roode reaffirms that this is his NXT and he never had to be ‘Chosen’ as he’s ‘The One’.

McIntyre says Roode is a complete ass and he pities him. He says the higher the pedestal Roode puts himself on, the more it’s going to hurt when McIntyre brings him back down. As this point, Roderick Strong’s music hits and Roode panics. From the ring, Regal tells Strong to back off. Strong says he doesn’t care if he gets fined, but he’s not done with Roode. He says it’s not about the NXT title; it’s about Roode disrespecting him and his family.

Strong says he’s calling Roode out as a man and wants to fight. Roode cuts off Regal and says he’ll fight Strong. Roode says he’ll fight him any time and he’ll put the title on the line, but Strong has to go through Drew McIntyre first. That match will be next week! Roode says if Strong can beat McIntyre, Roode will ‘see him after TakeOver’. Regal cuts off Roode and says he’s the one who makes the matches.

McIntyre tells Regal to make the match, as he’ll fight Strong next week and then Roode 4 days later. He says Roode won’t even be the champion after August 19. Roode and the crowd urge Regal to make the match and he finally agrees. He says that next week’s match doesn’t affect TakeOver’s title match, though. The announcers sell it as Roode pulling one over on McIntyre by having him compete against Strong 4 days before the title match.

Backstage: Johnny Gargano is asked about how he felt last week. He was a little nervous, but it went away. He says he doesn’t want to miss a TakeOver, so he says he wants a match.

Match #2: Danny Burch v. Oney Lorcan

This is a rematch from a few weeks ago. Yes, this will be physical. They begin with an aggressive tie-up and a clean break. They wrestle to another stalemate and continue being very cautious. Burch works a neck crank before Lorcan breaks the hold. Burch turns a Lorcan leapfrog into a flapjack. They trade European uppercuts until Lorcan picks up Burch and drives him into the corner. After a 2-count, NXT goes to commercial.

Back from commercial, Lorcan hits a back suplex. Lorcan unloads in the corner with some brutal chops until Burch collapses. Burch gets a boot up in the corner and hits a missile dropkick to Lorcan. Burch hits a release German suplex and a big clothesline for a near fall. Lorcan counters a suplex, but Burch gets him with the Tower of London, but can only get another 2-count.

Lorcan hits a series of running European uppercuts and a running Blockbuster, but Burch kicks out at 2. Burch is just absorbing shots now and tells Lorcan to keep hitting him. He ducks a punch and flips Lorcan over and knees him in the face. Burch stands Lorcan back up and paint brushes him several times.

Lorcan goes for a single-leg crab and can’t turn Burch over, so Burch up-kicks him about 10 times. Lorcan holds on and locks in a traditional Boston Crab. Burch forces out of the move and locks Lorcan into a pin and gets the 3-count! Burch wants a handshake, but Lorcan slaps it away. Lorcan reconsiders and gives Burch a handshake anyway.

Winner: Danny Burch via pinfall

Thoughts: This was a good match and worth going back to watch if you missed it. I was hoping that it would maybe turn into a summer series best of 5 or something, but they might be going in a different direction. Anyway, they’re at 1-1, so there needs to be a rubber match, right?

Match #3/Main Event: No Way Jose v. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)

At the start, Almas acts arrogant, so Vega pulls him out and straightens him out. Back in the ring, Almas eats a flapjack and then does his rope spot before getting kicked to ringside. Vega is again furious that he was showboating and tells him to use his head. A now-serious Almas gets back in the ring and beats down Jose.  Almas unloads with a huge chop and a big boot to the face.

Almas hits the running knees in the corner, but goes for a one-handed pin. That earns him more scorn from Vega. Almas nails the hammerlock DDT and gets the pin. Post match, Vega goes to the announcer’s desk and says Almas deserves the spotlight and accepts Gargano’s challenge for TakeOver.

Winner: Andrade Almas via pinfall

Thoughts: I think it’s clear that the No Way Jose project is coming to an end. It was fun at first, but not so much now. Almas finally has some direction. He’s incredibly talented, so he deserves it. The story is obviously that Vega has made Almas take wrestling seriously again. He and Gargano should tear it down at TakeOver.

TLDR

  • Eric Young & SAnitY beat down the Authors of Pain
  • Street Profits beat the Metro Brothers
  • If Roderick Strong can beat Drew McIntyre next week, he gets a match with Bobby Roode after TakeOver
  • Johnny Gargano wants a TakeOver match
  • Danny Burch beat Oney Lorcan
  • Andrade Almas beat No Way Jose
  • Zelina Vega accepted an open challenge from Johnny Gargano

TakeOver: Brooklyn III Line-Up (Official as of 09 August)

  • NXT Championship: Bobby Roode © v. Drew McIntyre
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka © v. Ember Moon
  • NXT Tag Team Championship: Authors of Pain © v. SAnitY
  • Aleister Black v. Hideo Itami
  • Johnny Gargano v. Andrade Almas (Unofficial)

Advertised for Next Week

  • Drew McIntyre v. Roderick Strong (If Strong wins, he gets a match against Bobby Roode in the future)
  • Asuka and Ember Moon TakeOver contract signing

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