Thanks to Wrestling Inc. reader Ryan Rush for this report from Friday's WWE NXT live event in Spokane, WA:
No Way Jose def. Elias Sampson
Sampson gets lots of heat and Jose interrupts as he tries to sing a song. At the beginning, the match featured a lot of trading hammer locks and headlocks, crowd chanted "headlock city" at them. Jose got the win with his wind up punch followed by the cobra clutch slam.
Mojo Rawley def. Murphy
Murphy gets decent heat, Mojo gets a good crowd reaction and keeps crowd hyped during the match. Hard hitting match, Mojo tells Murphy "you get no chicks" and the crowd starts chanting "you get no chicks!" at Murphy throughout the rest of the match. Mojo wins with a move similar to the Broski Boot, but Murphy was standing and Mojo used his fist instead of his foot.
Bayley def. Nia Jax via roll up
Bayley got the biggest reaction of the night so far, Bayley really played to the crowd and made sure to give everyone wearing Bayley merchandise got some attention, she gave away her wrist streamers from her entrance to a little girl in front of me. Nia dominated the match for a while but Bayley held in there and got the win with a roll up. At one point she hit Nia with a Stunner between the top two ropes before hitting the dropkick between the bottom rope and the apron. Really good match here, Bayley with the win with a roll up after Nia ran face first into the turnbuckle.
Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Revival
Really great match up between these guys, Balor and Nakamura were a great team, and The Revival was extremely entertaining as well. Lots of back and forth in this match, Revival dominated for a bit, but overall Balor and Nakamura were too much for them. The end saw Balor hit sling blade on Dash, then on Dawson, followed by the dropkick into the turnbuckle on Dash (who seemed to hit his head really hard on the turnbuckle). Nakamura then hit Dawson with the Kinshasa, Balor hits Coup de Grace on the stacked up Revival for the win. Dash and Dawson really played with the crowd throughout. Lots of "Shinsuke's gonna kill you" chants and Dawson would respond back, at one point he looked right at me and said "he ain't killin' nobody". Even though they were the heels, The Revival was a really fun team to watch.
Intermission followed by a promo from William Regal about how special the NXT universe is.
Asuka got a really good reaction and Bliss got a good amount of heat. The match featured a lot of back and forth, with Asuka mimicking Bliss like she's done with Emma and Dana Brooke in the past. Halfway through the crowd seemed to be divided evenly for the 2 ladies. Asuka gets the win with the Asuka Lock to retain.
American Alpha def. Tino Sabbatelli & Tucker Knight to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship
Great reaction for Jordan and Gable. Knicht and Sabbatelli come out separately, Knight has a hoodie with what looks like the state of Oregon on the back taunting the Washington crowd. At first the crowd chanted "who are you" at Knight and Sabbatelli, who worked surprisingly well as a team. Knight seemed to get lost near the end, thinking he was supposed to double team Gable before exiting the ring. Knight and Sabbatelli dominated quite a bit of the match until Jordan got the hot tag from Gable and cleared house before hitting Grand Amplitude for the win.
Samoa Joe def. Austin Aries to retain the NXT Championship
Great reactions for both men here. During "Joe is gonna kill you" chants, Aries looks around at the crowd and just takes it in and smirks at us. REALLY good chemistry between these two for this match, and knowing the ROH and TNA histories made it more interesting to watch. Back and forth between the two, Aries had a bit more offense here. Aries wiggles his way out of a muscle buster with a roll up for 2. Joe almost gets the Coquina Clutch locked in but Aries gets out of it. Aries got a really, really close 2 count after hitting a hard DDT. Joe ends up winning clean with a muscle buster. Aries seemed a bit disoriented after the match but could have just been selling the match.
Biggest Pops: Bayley, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura - Bayley may have had the biggest crowd reaction of the night
Biggest Heat: Murphy, Elias Sampson