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WWE NXT #408 (8.23.17) Play-by-Play and Review



You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show. The show starts out with a recap of TakeOver Brooklyn III. It’s a new era in NXT with the exit of Bobby Roode and the emergence of Fish, O’Reilly, and Adam Cole. What hasn’t changed? No one is ready for Asuka. This week’s episode will just be some fallout and pre-TakeOver matches that were filmed. The main event will see UK Champion Pete Dunne and Wolfgang take on Tyler Bate and Trent Seven. Peyton Royce will also take on Sarah Logan.

Match #1: No Way Jose v. ?

As No Way Jose is dancing with crowd members, Lars Sullivan attacks him in the aisle. Sullivan throws Jose into the barrier and drops him face-first on the ring apron. Sullivan continues the assault in the ring and finally leaves.

Winner: No Contest

Thoughts: I’m not sure if Sullivan is starting a program with Jose or if this is just the start of Sullivan attacking random people. I’m not sure either of these guys has much of a future with these characters.

Earlier Today: Johnny Gargano was interviewed earlier and he accepts blame for losing to Andrade Almas. He says that was far from the end of Johnny Wrestling.

Backstage at TakeOver: The media asks Asuka about the match and she says she was never worried about Ember Moon. She says she is still champion, but she acted out of it. If you haven’t heard, Asuka broke her collarbone in the match and will be out 6-8 weeks (Don’t worry, she isn’t vacating the championship).

Backstage: Pete Dunne and Wolfgang give some pre-match comments. Wolfgang tells Dunne he wants a shot at the UK Championship and Dunne tells him to not get too far ahead of himself.

Match #2: Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay) v. Sarah Logan

Sarah Logan was raised in the mud, apparently. After trying to establish a headlock master, Royce gets tripped by a drop down. Royce then levels Logan with a spinning heel kick. Royce continues the beating and locks in a submission using the ropes. Royce gets cocky and Logan ducks another spinning heel kick.

Logan hits Royce with a hanging release German suplex. Logan fires up with some offense. Logan tries for another German, but Billie Kay holds Royce’s hands so she can’t get suplexed. Kay ends up getting shot off the ring apron, but Royce still manages to hit the Perfect Plex for the win.

Winner: Peyton Royce via pinfall

Thoughts: I’m a broken record, but Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are so marketable. No, they aren’t going to some 5-star match rating, but they don’t have to. They’re attractive, catty, mean, and cheat to win. I suspect that once the new female talent comes in after the Mae Young Classic, they will be going to the main roster.

Backstage at TakeOver: Bobby Roode has a meltdown after the match at TakeOver and won’t take questions. From the doorway, Roderick Strong blows him a kiss and says he’ll see him soon. Roode is beside himself. Obviously, you likely know by now that Roode is on SmackDown.

Backstage at SmackDown: A calmer Bobby Roode says he doesn’t leave unfinished business, so he says he’s going to humiliate Strong and then take his NXT Championship to SmackDown.

Backstage at TakeOver: Aleister Black ignores media questions as he leaves the building.

Match #3: Main Event: UK Champion Pete Dunne & Wolfgang v. Tyler Bate & Trent Seven

Keeping with the broken record theme, I have to keep complimenting that beautiful UK Championship belt. Bate and Dunne start things off with some amazing mat wrestling that ends in a standoff. NXT heads to commercial.

Back from break, Bate hits a drop kick on Dunne and tags in Seven. Bate tags back in and hits a unique senton off the second rope. Seven tags back in, but Dunne takes a cheap shot to take control. Wolfgang tags in and eats some Seven chops followed by a big DDT. Dunne distracts Seven and enables Wolfgang to hit a giant spear for a near fall. Dunne is back in to work over Trent Seven’s arm with some painful looking stretches.

Wolfgang tags back in and hits a couple of takedowns. Seven responds with a nasty dragon suplex that drops Wolfgang on the side of his head. Bate and Dunne get tags as Bate comes in on fire. Dunne lands on his feet after a dead lift release German suplex, but Bate rebounds with a sick lariat that fires up the crowd. Bate gets Dunne in the airplane spin, but Wolfgang breaks up the pin. The match breaks down a little until Wolfgang gets a blind tag. Bate doesn’t see it and hits Dunne with the Tyler Driver 97. Wolfgang comes off the top rope with a senton onto Bate and gets the win.

Winners:  Pete Dunne & Wolfgang via pinfall

Thoughts: Good, short match. The purpose was to start to establish Wolfgang as the next contender to Dunne’s title. There wasn’t much else to it.


  • Peyton Royce beat Sarah Logan
  • Wolfgang & Pete Dunne beat Tyler Bate & Trent Seven

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