Greetings, assorted rasslin’ people. I am Survive’s sister, Casriath. Because Survive is a)sick and b)facing a pile of homework and tests the approximate size of Samoa Joe’s capacity for violence, I am filling in for her today. She will be back for next week’s recap. This is a good thing, because my understanding of wrestling is limited to what I pick up from watching NXT once a week with my sister, and it’s tough to learn a ton when you’re busy critiquing the WWE costuming department and coming up with snarky nicknames for various people.
In our main event tonight, the man who does not get hyped looks to instead get murdered by Samoa Joe tonight – erm. I mean, Mojo Rawley is apparently looking for “revenge”. Yeah, that’s gonna work out in his favor. Has he cleared this with Zack? Considering Emma’s out injured, I don’t think Zack’s a fan of Mojo getting injured either.
Tonight’s NXT episode promises to be a good one, with the triumphant return of Hideo Itami from his shoulder injury and the glorious debut of Bobby Roode. There will also be an Asuka match and a match from The Revival.
“Tonight, NXT brings you -” The Bayley fix you can’t get on the main roster because we apparently needed Mojo Rawley instead. What the narrator wanted me to take away from it is the three huge matches we’re getting: Samoa Joe vs. Rhyno, American Alpha vs. Authors of Pain and Bayley vs. Nia Jax.
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.
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”.