Tonight promises to be an amazing night, with American Alpha returning, Carmella and Alexa Bliss having a match and more lead up to Shinsuke vs. Finn in two weeks.
This week’s episode of NXT starts with a recap of last week’s episode of NXT. We get an abbreviated version of Finn’s final speech last week, complete with a shot of his adorable grin during the “Thank you, Finn!” chant. The recap ends on the shot of Finn and Shinsuke clutching hands in the ring.
The narrator with a very deep voice comes in – I’m fairly certain this is a very, very abbreviated version of the one we got during the TakeOver. Straight after that is a short recap of the TakeOver; Andrade won his match against Tye, American Alpha lost to the Revival then got their asses handed to them by a pair of debuting wrestlers, Shinsuke Nakamura Kinshasha’d his way to win against Austin Aries, Asuka beat Nia Jax to retain and Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor to retain his NXT championship.
Renee Young greets us from Full Sail, with the best dressed commentator in the entire company, Corey Graves, and Lita, WWE Hall of Famer and absolute badass, joining her at the pre-show table. They talk about how there’s a different energy – Corey says he’s “not sure how to feel” about being on the pre-show for something called “The End”.
It’s here! The Grandaddy of them all, not that Vince likes us saying that! I’m very, very happy to be here for your pre-show, at least, because I’ve been in hospital for the last three days! I’m still in the hospital, doped up and full of meds, but I’m so glad to be here and sharing this with you all, I really am.