The battle to become the #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship was decided in a Battle Royal. Find out what I thought in my 5/3/2017 WWE NXT Recap & Analysis!
Killian Dain w/ Eric Young vs. Danny Burch
NXT fans were treated to a match we’ve never seen before with a match between Killian Dain and England’s Danny Burch. As can be expected, Dain controlled the whole match and didn’t really give Burch anything besides a quick flurry in the middle of the match. Dain won this one fairly easily with the Ulcer Plantation. I was really impressed with Dain’s agility as a bigger guy. It’s crazy seeing someone like that doing Dropkicks and Sentons.
Patrick Clark Hype Video
Apparently, we’re re-introducing Patrick Clark as the Velveteen Dream. This is the character he portrayed the last time we saw him on NXT. It was a unique persona that I think could do well as a heel, but I’d need to actually see more of it to know how I feel about it.
Heavy Machinery vs. Ricardo Watts & Hector Kunsman
This was a straight up squash match and there isn’t a whole lot else to say about it. Tucker and Otis did happen to have a bit of a promo afterward talking about how they have an appetite for smashing bodies. They said that they want the biggest buffet, the want The Authors of Pain. The promo was laced with food references and it was kind of corny at times, but I could really get behind Heavy Machinery vs. The Authors of Pain. I think out of anyone in NXT, those two guys can at least match AOP’s size. We’ll see what happens here, but I’d caution against rushing these guys to the moon right away.
Don’t Forget DIY
DIY had a quick backstage interview reminding everyone that they’re owed a rematch with The Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team Championships. They said that the line starts behind them. I’m glad they reminded me because I really have forgotten what’s been going on in the NXT Tag Team Divsion. I would argue that the only reason DIY is still in NXT is because NXT is so thin on tag teams right now.
Hideo Itami vs. Kona Reeves
Kona Reeves always makes an impression on me every time I see him. He’s got a good aggressive mindset that I like to see. He started disrespecting Itami in the early portions of the match and Itami started hitting him with a rush of strikes. Itami’s strikes look vicious! Itami got the victory in a very quick match with the GTS. It looks like Itami hasn’t missed a step since coming back. Itami has a lot riding on this run because WWE has been very patient with all of his injuries over his NXT career. Other stars haven’t bounced back as well as he seems to each time and I hope that he’s back for good now.
Who is Roderick Strong, Part 2?
Part 2 of the look into Roderick Strong’s life was shown on this week’s NXT. As I said last week, I love these little glimpses into a Superstar’s life. This week focused on his days in IPW Hardcore Wrestling as well as his family life with his soon to be wife and child. It was very much a story of someone living their dreams. It was a pretty emotional story. Part of me wonders if this is the first part of Roderick’s journey to the NXT Championship.
Regal & Roode
William Regal and Bobby Roode talked backstage about the next contender to his NXT Championship. Bobby alluded that they should protect his face. Regal took that as Roode feeling that a title shot against him should be earned. Regal makes the match next week featuring Hideo Itami vs. Roderick Strong for the #1 Contendership to the NXT Championship. That should be a great match, I’m not sure if those two have ever faced each other before.
Battle Royal to Become #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship
I’ll start this off by saying that I had no idea NXT had this many women on the roster. There were a bunch of girls in there. The participants in no particular order were: Kimberly Frankele, Candace LaRae, Ember Moon, Liv Morgan, Aliyah, Nikki Cross, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Daria Berenato, Victoria Gonzalez, Ruby Riot, Lacey Evans, Bianca Blair, and Rachel Evers. I don’t think I missed anybody there. Anyways, this was a pretty interesting Battle Royal because there were so many ways that NXT could have booked the finish. They went with one that was kind of unexpected.
Asuka came out after it was down to Ember Moon, Ruby Riot, and Nikki Cross. She flung Ember out of the ring so far that Ember may have separated her shoulder on the landing. It was a nasty fall and Ember looked pretty mad at ringside indicating that she was indeed hurt. Asuka also beat down the other two women before strutting around saying that nobody is ready for her. The match was thrown out at this point which prompted GM Regal to come out and declare that all 3 women left in the match would face Asuka in a Fatal 4 Way Match for the NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover: Chicago.
I think that Takeover: Chicago needs to be Asuka’s swan song in NXT. This already feels like it has gone on too long. Every Takeover we have the same story of nobody being ready for Asuka and that she’s insurmountable. At this point, it’s just making the rest of the Women’s Division look like nothing. She’s held the title forever and I really think it’s time for her to move up to the main roster. If Ember is healthy, she’s ready to be the new face of the division and she has plenty of competition if she does win.
The Final Word
It was an ok episode of NXT. I do think that there are too many quick squash matches, but I understand the need with only an hour available. I thought the Battle Royal was kind of stupid if they were going to do that finish, but it accomplished the goal of getting all of those women in that match in one shot. That was really all that you need to see, everything else is pretty skippable.