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.
Tom and Corey fill us in on the plans for tonight – the interview with Asuka and…A match between Steve Cutler and Shinsuke Nakamura? Are you bloody kidding me? That’s Shinsuke’s first match back? I mean, at least I know who I was supposed to care about last week, but c’mon.
Another week, another NXT episode! And we have returned to Full Sail and Shinsuke is going to talk to us tonight. Won’t that be nice? That’ll be nice. We will also presumably have wrestling and more fallout from Brooklyn. Proper fallout from Brooklyn, even, not just ‘This is what happened at TakeOver, oh, and we taped a few more matches, too, have an episode’ fallout.
Hey, y’all! TakeOver: Brooklyn is on Saturday and so it’s time for me to do some quick predictions! My sister, Casriath, is going to be predicting with me. She’s not a wrestling fan, but she is long-suffering, so she’s been watching NXT with me for the past few weeks. Heads up: she’s a legitimate attorney, so she’s being the devil’s advocate today.
Welcome to the last episode before TakeOver! Tonight, our main selling point is a face-to-face interview with Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. This is not ending well for someone – probably whatever interviewer gets sandwiched between them, poor darling.
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.
Earlier today, NXT’s official twitter page posted a video of Blake and Murphy arguing, setting up two of our matches tonight. Apparently Blake has a match against Shinsuke (God rest his soul. I hope he’s made his funeral arrangements) and Murphy has a match against “the favorite to win” the Cruiserweight Classic. I remember hearing that Kota Ibushi showed up at a NXT taping recently. Hmm…
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.