WHAT HAPPENED @NXT

Posted November 3rd, 2016 by 1Wrestling News Team

NXT Recap
NXT Arena
Orlando Florida
Air Date: November 2, 2016

The opening credits run and we begin this week’s edition of NXT.

Tom Phillips welcomes us to the show and touts a recent successful tour of California where we had matches occur in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament. Phillips throws it to Charly Caruso in the performance Center to update us on the tournament happenings. She informs us that, tonight, we will take a look at all four of the second round bouts starting with TM 61 facing off against Austin Aries and Roderick Strong from sunny San Jose California.

The ring announcer announces Strong is out first with a solo entrance. Aries’ music hits and he comes out dressed in street clothes. TM61 makes its entrance next.

Aries takes the mic and says everyone needs to slow their roll for a second. He informs us that he suffered a broken eye socket in a match from a couple of nights ago and no matter how hard he begged the medical staff refuses to let him compete tonight. Aries turns his attention to TM61 and tells them the whole world knows that he and Strong are the better team and would have beaten them. Aries suggests that TM61 take the opportunity to forfeit the match and save them the embarrassment of Strong beating them both. TM61 tries to move on Aries but he tells them to walk on out.

NXT General Manager, William Regal comes out and confirms Aries is telling the truth about his injury. Regal then says that the great Dusty Rhodes was known for his competitive spirit and, since this tournament is named for Rhodes he has an idea. Regal suggests that there be a singles match between one member of TM61 and Roderick Strong and the winner’s team will advance to the tournament semi-finals. TM61 agrees and Shane Thorne will go against Strong.

Second-Round Match in The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament:

Match 1: Shane Thorne (representing TM61) vs. Roderick Strong (representing the team of Austin Aries and Roderick Strong)

Thorne grabs an early headlock and Strong quickly escapes. After some nice arm twists, they send each other into the ropes where Thorne comes out on top with a nice leg lariat to take down Strong. Thorne follows up with an elbow and a standing moonsalt. Thorne tries for a pin but Strong is out at two. Thorne goes up to the top turnbuckle but was distracted by Aries allowing Strong to take control. Strong drops Thorne, back-first, across the top turnbuckle sending him crashing to the floor as we take our first commercial time out.
Back from commercial, we see Strong with the upper hand. We see him charge the corner and Thorne gets the feet up to catch Strong in the face. Strong tries to make a move for control but eats a big dropkick.

Both men begin trading forearms with Thorne gaining control and throwing running European uppercuts. Thorne charges the corner but gets picked up and dropped in a major backbreaker. A pin from Strong results in a near fall as Thorne barely kicks out in time.

Strong sets Thorne up for superplex from the top rope but Thorne is able to fight out causing Strong to get hung up in the ropes. Thorne hits him with a double stomp to the chest to shake Strong loose and go for the pin. Thorne gets a near fall himself as Strong barely powers out. Strong comes back and catches Thorne under the chin with a knee and throws him face first, to the mat. Thorne kicks at after a second near fall.

Strong picks Thorne up and the two men start trading blows in the center ring. Strong hits a back elbow strike but Thorne comes right back with a massive clothesline and a Falcon Arrow and goes for the pin but Strong is out again at two. Thorne nails a power bomb into a pinning combination but Aries jumps up on the apron and distracts the referee allowing Strong to recover and nail Thorne with a knee to the head. Strong goes for a pin but Thorne powers his way free. Aries tries to hop back up on the apron but Nick Miller comes around and gets in his face. Strong hits a sliding kick to Miller to help his partner. Taking his eye off of his opponent proved costly as Strong turns around and gets rolled into a small package giving TM61 the win.

Winner Shane Thorne- TM61 advances to the semi-finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

Charly Caruso updates us that TM61 is in the semi-finals. She announces that we are going back to Full Sail to see Team DIY face off against The Revival. Corey Graves promotes the song “Come Back for More” from the band Turnstile. The song is one of the songs featured at NXT Takeover: Toronto. Phillips also hypes the match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship at Toronto. It is also announced that, next week, on NXT will be the live contract signing for that match.

Back in the NXT Arena, we get ready for our next match as Gargano and Ciampa make their entrance. The Revival is out next with Scott Dawson walking on crutches.

Dawson says he just got off the phone with the WWE doctors who told him he has suffered a possible career-threatening knee injury. Dawson said he told the doctor he was going to compete anyway. He said the doctor begged and told him that he would permanently damage his knee. So, at the advice of his doctor, The Revival is pulling out of the tournament.

Ciampa and Gargano look upset at the news but Dash Wilder grabs the mic and tells team DIY to wipe the upset look off their faces because this is a free pass and saves them the embarrassment of losing to the Revival again. Dawson and Wilder clink the belts and walk off to end the segment.

Second-Round Match in The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament:

Match 2: Team DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) vs. NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) in a non-title match

Winner: Team DIY advances to the semi-finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic via forfeit due to Scott Dawson injury.

Backstage, Cedric Alexander is being interviewed. He is asked how his experience in NXT has been so far?

Alexander says it’s been a real learning experience thanks to Andrade “Cien” Almas. He said Almas taught him that you can’t just be happy you need a mean streak. Alexander says he wants to thank him for that in the ring anytime, anywhere, anyplace.

A vignette is played that ended teasing, “The Return.” Graves touts another official song of NXT Takeover: Toronto, “Devils Calling” from the band, Parkway Drive.

Gargano and Ciampa are shown walking backstage when they are stopped and asked what they thought of the Revival announcement. Gargano says they are not surprised, if anything it has reminded them of their goals here. Ciampa says when they came to NXT they had a goal to win the Dusty Classic. He said then, they will go on to become the NXT tag team champions. They finish the segment with the line, “Top Guys Out!!”

Charly Caruso is shown giving us the recap of what we just saw and updating the bracket moving Team DIY to the semi-finals. Caruso sends us back to California for our next match. Rich Swann makes his solo entrance; he gets halfway down the ramp, then calls out his partner, No Way Jose. The two dance their way to the ring. Paul Ellering and the Authors of Pain make their entrance.

Second-Round Match in The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament:

Match 3: The Authors of Pain (with Paul Ellering) vs. Rich Swann and No Way Jose

Akom starts for the Authors against Jose. Akam starts to overpower Jose but Jose uses his dancing ability to stay out of trouble and even sidestepping Akom and sending through the ropes to the floor. Akom comes back in the ring and tries to clothesline Jose but Jose ducked only to get nailed with a hard shoulder block. Jose gets out of the way of a stomp and rolls up Akom for a quick one count. Jose keeps the pressure on with massive shots to the head of Akom . Jose tags Swann and performs a double-team hurricanrana.

Rezar tags in but can’t catch Swann either. Swann tries to stay away from Rezar but ultimately, Rezar is able to cut off the ring. Swann is able to squirt free and starts throwing rights at Rezar. Swann bounces off the ropes and gets caught in a bear hug. Swann quickly gets free,slaps Rezar and nails him with a dropkick to the face. Rezar charges at Swann, Swann leapfrogs and Rezar goes through the ropes to the floor. Swann tries to dive on the Authors but gets caught. Jose does a dive to the floor wiping out everyone.

The crowd chants for Jose and Swann while Ellering settles down his charges outside the ring. They reenter the fray and take over on Swann with Rezar hitting a big splash in the corner. Swann crumples to the mat. Rezar chokes Swann on the bottom rope and when the referee moved him back, Ellering took the opportunity to choke Swann from the outside. Rezar makes a cover but Swann powers out. Rezar puts Swann in a modified torture rack but Swann slips free and catches Rezar with a kick. Rezar is stunned but is able to make the tag to Akom. Swann catches Akom with two enziguris allowing him to make the tag to No Way Jose.

Jose comes in and fires up on both members of the Authors of Pain with axe-handle blows and wind up right hands. After knocking Rezar from the ring, he hits Akom with a TKO for a two count. Swann goes to tag in Swann but Swann is pulled from the apron and lands head first on the ring steps. Jose goes over to check on his partner then turns around and falls victim to the last chapter finisher giving the win ti the Authors.

Winners: Authors of Pain advance to the semi-finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

Charly Caruso updates the bracket and teases are next match pitting Kota Ibushi and TJ Perkins against Sanity for the final spot in the semi-finals. The show breaks for commercial.

Back from commercial, a Mickie James video airs promoting her match at Takeover: Toronto against Asuka. The announce team hypes the women’s title match for Takeover as well as the match between Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger. In addition, a semi-final match in the Dusty Classic is announced for next week as Team DIY will battle The Authors of Pain.

Back in the arena, we are set for the entrances for our next match.

TJ Perkins makes his entrance solo followed by Kota Ibushi. Sanity makes their entrance.

Second-Round Match in The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament:

Match 4: Sanity (Sawyer Fulton and Alexander Wolfe) with Eric Young and Nikki Cross vs. Kota Ibushi and TJ Perkins

Ibushi and Wolfe will start things off. Wolfe starts out punching the air as he waits to lock up with Ibushi. Fulton breaks the lock up with a right hand to Ibushi’s face. He starts to trash talk the Japanese superstar and Ibushi comes back with hard slaps to the face. Kota follows up with a kick to the chest and a dropkick. Wolfe tries to fight back but Perkins tries to cut that off with a blind tag but gets caught in mid air. Perkins hits the running cross body and tries a quick pin but Wolfe is out at one. Perkins floats right into a knee bar but Wolfe is close enough to make the tag to Fulton. Fulton tries to pick up Perkins but TJ slips down and locks Fulton into a knee bar. Fulton is too close to his corner and makes the tag. Perkins makes a tag and he and Ibushi double-team Wolfe driving him to the safety of his corner and taking us to our final commercial break of the night.

Back from break and Ibushi is in the ring unloading on Fulton in the corner. Perkins tags in and unloads with right fists to the head of Fulton. Fulton takes a double dropkick to the mush and goes rolling to the floor. Wolfe runs in and quickly gets taken to the mat before he rolls to the floor as well. Kota nails the triangle moonsalt from the turnbuckle on Wolf while Perkins tries to take out Fulton. Fulton catches him instead and slams him into the ring apron. Fulton follows up dropping on Perkins’ back. Fulton goes for the pin but Perkins slips out at two. Sanity makes a tag and they slam Perkins into the knees of Wolfe. Wolfe goes for a pin but Perkins slips out again. Wolfe clamps a rear chinlock on Perkins.

Perkins tries to fight back but falls victim to a quick backbreaker. He is able to kick out of a pin attempt at two. Wolfe drags Perkins to the corner and makes a tag. Sanity hits a double-team knee to the head and a gut-wrench suplex for a two count. Fulton locks in bear hug to try to wear down Perkins. Fulton and Wolfe try to recreate the double-team slam into the knees from earlier. They hoist up Perkins but he slips away and trips Fulton into the knees of Wolfe allowing him to dive to his corner and tag Ibushi.

Ibushi comes in off the hot tag and cleans wolfe’s clock with his hard kicks. Ibushi hits the standing moonsalt and covers but Fulton breaks it up. Perkins takes care of Fulton with a dropkick from the top rope sending him to the outside. Ibushi hits Wolfe with the Golden Star power bomb but Young and Cross distract the referee preventing the three count and allowing Fulton to sneak in and club Ibushi breaking up the pin. Fulton makes the tag and they hit their double-team finisher on Ibushi for the three count.

Winners: Sanity advances to the semi-finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

The tag brackets are updated to show Sanity will face TM61 in the semi-finals. Sanity celebrates on the stage to close the show for this week.

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