The 4/26/2017 NXT Recoil features a United Kingdom Championship Match as well as part one of Roderick Strong’s journey to NXT!
Cross Calls Out Riot
Nikki Cross came out to start off this week’s edition of NXT. She called out Ruby Riot and the two squared off in the ring before attacking each other. They would eventually be broken up by referees and security. This would lead to GM Willian Regal announcing a match between the two for later on in the evening. That match wouldn’t happen either as these two started brawling before the match again. I guess they don’t want to give this one away on free TV?
Ruby has been pretty good in this feud and she’s been very good on the mic thus far as well. It’s not often that you see someone put right into the spotlight in the NXT Women’s Division, but when they’re this good, it’s hard not to. She’s instantly added more competition to an area that has sorely needed it as of late.
There will be a Battle Royal next week to determine the #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship which sounds like it will include Ruby and Nikki.
McIntyre Defeats Almas
Drew McIntyre faced off against Andrade “Cien” Almas on NXT. Andrade was at his cocky best on this night trying many times to get inside Drew’s head. Drew would have none of it even kicking Almas through the ropes when he did his signature pose. McIntyre would win after a running boot for the pin.
I thought it was a great idea to have Drew cut through all the crap the Almas usually does and get a nice, clean win over him. This is just one of the steps that will lead Drew into the NXT Championship picture. I think that Roode will face Itami at Takeover: Chicago, win, and then go on to face McIntyre at the next Takeover event after that. It’s nice to see McIntyre coming in with a completely clean slate and being the Superstar that everyone knew he was. We’ve seen that with a few Superstars being released and then resigned a few years later. Sometimes, all someone needs is to go and make a name for themselves elsewhere for a while before making it big in WWE and NXT.
Roderick Strong’s Story -- Part 1
Roderick Strong has had a decent start to his NXT career, but to those who haven’t been ROH fans over the years, they probably don’t know much about him. I’m one of those people. I’ve always heard about strong, but I’ve mainly been a WWE guy for the past 4-5 years. I really appreciated this video giving some background on his life, it made him a lot more relatable and it made me respect him even more.
Roddy talked about growing up with a mother who was on drugs and a father who was a rocker. He spoke about having to babysit himself in a trailer park with a BB gun because his parents weren’t there to take care of him. His mother ended up shooting his father in the 90s and then everything started to turn around. His father started training to be a wrestler with Jim Neidhart and Roddy did as well. The video then showed Roddy’s mom cheering him on in NXT and how they’re in a good place today.
It was a great look into his life and it really put into perspective how much he had to go through to get to where he is today. I think they need to do more things like this with their characters. If you introduce a character and no one knows anything about them. They don’t care as much. Strong was already pretty famous, but lower end talent would benefit from something like this greatly.
Black Wins Again
Aleister Black kept his undefeated streak going on NXT as he defeated Kona Reeves with his Black Mass finishing move. I have to say that this guy has some of the best kicks I’ve ever seen! He has a minute long match and I’m somehow still impressed every week. It’s that aura that WWE creates with these new characters. They did it with Nakamura, Ember Moon, and now Aleister Black. I can’t wait for his first real feud as he’s just being showcased right now. I expect him to be a big deal in WWE in the coming years. These are the types of characters they need to continue to create.
Bate Retains The UK Championship
Tyler Bate and Jack Gallagher had a good match in the main event of this week’s NXT for the UK Championship. I’m starting to appreciate this UK style a bit more than I did in the first few matches I saw. There’s a lot of showmanship and a lot of quick moves and holds. I do like that they’re getting some title matches in here and there to keep this thing relevant for when the new show debuts.
I still can’t see this becoming a weekly show. It might take off in Europe on the WWE Network, but is the North American audience going to embrace that? We’re not even embracing the Cruiserweights, and that’s and exciting show. This style is a lot less exciting and the personalities are a lot less famous than some of those Cruiserweights are. My hope is that WWE doesn’t try too much only to release 40 people one day when they realize some of these new endeavours aren’t working.