For those that don’t remember Mendoza, he was a competitor during the Cruiserweight Classic. While guys like Cedric Alexander and Akira Tozawa became stars as predicted, the relatively unknown Mendoza had a pretty good showing which I personally hope leads to seeing him in NXT more often. This happens to be Gargano’s first match back since being put on the shelf by his former best friend and tag team partner Tomasso Ciampa. This was a great match. Mendoza did a great job keeping up with Gargano but in the end, a misstep allows Johnny to lock in the Gargano Escape for the submission victory.
Paul Ellering and the Authors of Pain have an ominous warning for Sanity. Beware, monsters are real.
The NXT Women’s Champion Asuka makes an appearance and lets the Full Sail crowd know that even though she will be taking on Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. Ember takes exception to that claim as she makes her way down to ring side. Ember says underneath all the arrogance and confidence Asuka is afraid of Ember. Asuka extends her hand to Ember almost like an olive branch but takes it back making Ember out to be the fool. Asuka then smacks Ember with full force. Asuka disposes of Ember but in the end, Ember catches her with the Eclipse Stunner. This one at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn should be good.
Bobby Roode has a sit-down interview backstage. He pokes fun at his former adversary Roderick Strong before shifting his focus to his TakeOver opponent Drew McIntyre. Suddenly Roderick appears being held back by a few locker room hands. NXT GM scolds Strong for what he considers unprofessional behavior. Strong just wants one more shot at Roode but unfortunately Regal says his hands are tied.
Sonya Deville vs. Jenna Van Bemmel
Pretty one sided match in favor of Deville. Van Bemmel had an opening after a splash in the corner but took too much time keeping the fight to Deville. Sonya quickly pounded on Van Bemmel and traps her in a triangle armbar for the tap out win.
Hideo Itami feels disrespected so he hijacks the show. As Itami is airing his grievances in Japanese he is interrupted by Aleister Black who is scheduled to have a match at the time. Black comes down to the ring and Itami is unphased. Both men come face to face before Itami concedes and goes to leave the ring. Or not. He goes to get back in the face of Black and gets hit with Black Mass knocking Itami out cold!
Next week we will see Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. No Way Jose
Aleister Black vs. Kyle O’Reilly
My favorite wrestler in the entire world Kyle O’Reilly is a member of the NXT roster and I am absolutely giddy. As mentioned during commentary Kyle comes to NXT with an extensive resume of accomplishments from all around the world. Former PWG and ROH World Champion as well as a former Tag Team Champion with Bobby Fish (who debuted for NXT two weeks ago) in ROH and NJPW.
The match was an absolute clinic in striking and grappling. Without sounded too bias I must say this was Black’s toughest challenge to date. Both men matched each other strike for a strike throughout the match so it was hard to tell who was getting the upper hand. Black went for his usual setup to Black Mass but Kyle locks him in an ankle lock. Both men trade shots and as O’Reilly comes in for an attack Black rifles off a Black Mass kick for the win. Incredible match well worth the watch for a lesson in hand to hand striking and grappling.
Here’s what Kyle O’Reilly had to say about his NXT debut:
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