Absolutely loved this match. The more I see the Authors of Pain work, the more I become a fan. These are two big dudes who can hang and work with just about anyone. DIY once again prove that they know how to put on some great tag matches. On multiple occasions it looked like DIY was going to be able to hand AoP their first loss especially when they hit RAZAR with their Meet Me in the Middle finisher. The referee was distracted by Paul Ellering raising hell on the apron. From underneath the ring The Revival appear and beat down Johnny Gargano! Ciampa loses focus because of the scuffle allowing Aop to capitalize and hit their Last Chapter finisher for the win. Authors of Pain advance to the Finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semi-Final Match: SANITY vs. TM 61
This match wasn’t as good as the one before but still was executed very well. SANITY are some weird folk. They dominated the match even before the bell rang and did some nice tag work closing off the ring and working on one single opponent. They did a number on Nick Miller before the match and anytime he would try and reenter SANITY would cut him off. This set up a great hot tag. SANITY looked to almost have this one in the bag when Shane Thorne breaks up the action allowing Miller to get the win using a quick rollup pin.
Looks like the Finals for the Dusty Rhode Tag Team Classic will be the Authors of Pain vs. TM 61 at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. Should be a stellar Finals match.
NXT GM William Regal announces The Revival will defend the NXT Tag Team Championships against DIY in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. Also taking place that night will be Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger.
Rachael Evers vs. Ember Moon
Wow Ember Moon is so good. Super smooth transitions, innovative counters, and some of the stiffest strikes I’ve ever seen. This girl brings something new to the game and I don’t think we are even close to seeing what Ember Moon can do. Not to mention that top rope twisting Stunner finisher is freakin’ cool.
Next week Andrade “Cien” Almas takes on Cedric Alexander
The contract signing between Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura closed out tonight’s episode. The ring is full of security however Joe decides he will do business at the top of the stage. He says it’s for the safety of Nakamura. Joe says he will give Nakamura his chance at revenge at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. He demands William Regal walk up the ramp and hand him the contract to sign. Total show of disrespect from the challenger. Before signing the contract Shinsuke goes absolutely berserk on security completely disposing of them. Shinsuke takes one member of security, stares down Joe, then powerbombs the security guy through a table! Insane. Nakamura and Samoa Joe have an intense staredown before the show ends.
Good episode of NXT highlighted by another fantastic match from Authors of Pain. What did you think? Comment below or reach out to us on social media: