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WWE NXT #430 (1.17.18) Play-by-Play and Review



You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show. Tonight, the #1 contender for the NXT Tag Team Championship will be decided when the Authors of Pain face Street Profits.

Match #1: Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic) v. Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss

This match came about after Dozovic was going to try to lift up the Maserati. Can’t say I blame Sabbatelli. Otis overpowers Tino early, but Sabbatelli comes back with a drop kick to the face. Dozovic isn’t really fazed and levels Sabbatelli. Tucker Knight comes in with a senton over the top rope onto Sabbatelli. Knight locks in a front face lock and swings Tino around, but drops him near Riddick Moss because Tucker Knight is a fool. Moss eventually gets caught in the same terrible looking swing. I’m not drunk enough for this.

Dozovic tags in and the pair sandwich Moss. Heavy Machinery mimics the Bushwhackers and then Dozovic does the Worm and lands an elbow drop. Sabbatelli helps Moss get an advantage and then a chop block to Dozovic. The heels don’t last long as Dozovic gets a hot tag to Knight. Knight hip tosses Moss and drop kicks Sabbatelli. Moss eats an avalanche and then Sabbatelli gets clotheslined to the floor. Moss manages to roll up Knight during this and gets the pin with his feet on the ropes.

Winners: Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli via pinfall

Thoughts: There are a handful of people that chant for Heavy Machinery, but they’re still terrible. Even the attempts to get cheap pops with the Scotty 2 Hotty and Bushwhacker impressions were kind of poorly received. Sabbatelli and Moss finally pick up a win and that’s hopefully a sign that the Heavy Machinery experiment is coming to an end. I’d rather watch Kane main event in 2018. Wait, he is? What?

Backstage Promo: Undisputed Era cuts a promo regarding their TakeOver opponents/potential opponents.

Match #2: Roderick Strong v. Fabian Aichner

Strong outwrestles Aichner at the start and hits a leg lariat. Aichner catches Strong in mid-air and drives him down with a powerslam as NXT goes to a commercial. Back from commercial, Aichner has Strong locked in an abdominal stretch. Strong breaks the hold, but gets caught with another powerslam/back press. Strong gets out of a powerbomb and takes Aichner down with a leaping clothesline. Strong lights up Aichner with a chop, but Aichner counters the Angle Slam attempt. Strong comes right back with a cradle backbreaker, but only gets a 2-count.

Aichner catches Strong with his own tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and everyone is down. Aichner goes for a springboard move, but Strong catches him with a half-nelson backbreaker. Strong locks in the Liontamer and Aichner taps out.

Post-match, Strong has the microphone and says someone was looking for a fight last week. Strong then calls out Lars Sullivan. I suspect this will be the 5th TakeOver match when it is official.

Winner: Roderick Strong via submission

Thoughts: This was a pretty decent TV match. Aichner is still coming along and Strong needed another televised win. Unfortunately, his next opponent is Lars Sullivan, who is the current pet project. Hey, maybe I’m wrong and Roddy wins.  

Promo: TM61 is coming back. They show some outtakes and background to give them a little personality that they lacked during the initial run. A bunch of Explosive Pro Wrestling footage of them was shown and a focus on being trained in the United States by Harley Race as well as their time in Japan.

Match #3: Aliyah v. Lacey Evans

Well, it wouldn’t be an Aliyah match without a few botches and miscommunications. A series of drunken looking reversals leads to Evans landing a slingshot elbow drop. Evans lands a handstand into a Bronco Buster, but Aliyah just randomly makes a comeback. I guess she’s the babyface. Aliyah gets a near fall with a northern lights suplex. Evans catches her with a jawbreaker and then knocks Aliyah out with a punch and that’s all. Wait, Evans is surprised that she threw a punch. Now she covers for the win.

After the match, Evans has a microphone. She calls the women a bunch of trash and says she’s a proper woman in a terrible Southern accent. She calls out Nikki Cross, Ember Moon, and Kairi Sane. Shayna Baszler walks out to confront Evans, but Evans retreats. Unfortunately, Aliyah is still rolling around in the ring, so Baszler decides to choke her out and the world thanks her. Ember Moon comes out to cheer on Baszler. No, not really. She makes the save and Baszler retreats.

Moon grabs the microphone and dares Baszler to bully her and wants a match right now. Baszler says she isn’t dressed to wrestle and will do it when it’s for the title. Moon says to name the place and she will beat her ass. Baszler says she wants her in Philadelphia.

Winner: Lacey Evans via pinfall

Thoughts: Aliyah has been doing this for too long to still be this bad. Like, does she have blackmail material on someone? Thank god there are plenty of upcoming female stars like Moon, Royce, Baszler, Sane, and Kay so the future doesn’t depend on Aliyah. Anyway, the main goal of this was to give Baszler someone to choke out. There’s absolutely no way Ember Moon wins this match, which is exactly as it should be.

Backstage: William Regal says that he will give Ember Moon her wish and give her Shayna Baszler at TakeOver with the championship on the line. It’s not Asuka/Baszler, but still a huge match.

Zelina Vega jumps in and says Gargano has no chance at TakeOver and Velveteen Dream is more deserving of the title match. Regal doesn’t want to make Gargano put his title shot on the line, but he acts like he’s thinking about it.

Promo: No Way Jose says 2018 is going to be his year and it starts next week. Don’t be too excited, y’all.

Promo: Johnny Gargano heads to the ring without music. He says he just saw Zelina Vega’s comments to William Regal. Gargano says he’s sick of being doubted and no one will stop him. Gargano says he accepts and will put his title shot on the line against Velveteen Dream next week. He says he’s Johnny Freaking Wrestling and the next NXT Champion.

Match #4/Main Event: #1 Contender Match: Street Profits v. Authors of Pain (w/ Paul Ellering)

The winner of this will face Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly at TakeOver for the tag team championship. The Profits have new gear for this match. Akam and Ford start things with Akam showing off his strength. Ford gets caught in mid-air and beaten down in the corner. Rezar tags in and delivers several knee strikes. Akam is back and locks in a full nelson. There’s a surprising ‘AoP’ chant. Akam drills Ford with a uranage slam right on the back of his head. The Authors continue dominating as the show cuts to break.

Back from commercial, Akam is still beating up Montez Ford. Rezar locks in a guillotine. Ford manages to power Akam back toward Angelo Dawkins. Ford makes the hot tag and Dawkins comes in with a drop kick to Akam and a series of clotheslines to Rezar. Dawkins delivers the corkscrew Stinger Splash and then Ford leaps from the top rope for a double team spinebuster / drop kick combo. Akam makes the save and levels Dawkins with a clothesline. Ellering gets on the ring apron for some reason and calls for the Super Collider. The Authors connect with the Super Collider and then destroy Ford with the Last Chapter. That’s all for the Profits.

Winners: Authors of Pain via pinfall and #1 Contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship

Thoughts: To say I’m surprised would be a gross understatement. This was a total one-sided beat down. I suspect this is the swan song for the Authors before they head to the main roster. Anyway, Street Profits are good – especially Montez Ford. We’ll see what’s next for them. Maybe they didn’t want them to make it to TakeOver and lose whereas the Authors make more sense to do the honors. I certainly expected a longer and more competitive match, though.


  • Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss beat Heavy Machinery
  • Roderick Strong beat Fabian Aichner and called out Lars Sullivan
  • Lacey Evans beat Aliyah
  • Shayna Baszler choked out Aliyah until Ember Moon made the save and challenged Baszler to a match at TakeOver
  • Johnny Gargano accepted the challenge to face Velveteen Dream with his title shot on the line
  • Authors of Pain beat Street Profits to become the #1 contenders for the tag team championship

Advertised for Next Week

  • Part 2 of ‘Who is TM61?’
  • No Way Jose in Action
  • #1 Contender Match: Johnny Gargano v. Velveteen Dream


NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Card (as of 17 January)

  • NXT Championship: Andrade Almas © v. Johnny Gargano
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon © v. Shayna Baszler
  • NXT Tag Team Championship: Undisputed Era (Fish & O’Reilly) v. Authors of Pain
  • Extreme Rules: Aleister Black v. Adam Cole