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    Friday, August 26, 2016

    The NXT Grapevine: Post-Brooklyn Edition

    Fresh off an amazing NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, WWE's yellow brand returns to Full Sail University to start anew. Once again, we've got the scoop on what will be happening in the next three episodes below. Read on ahead to find out what your favorite NXT wrestlers will be up to!

    As usual, we'll put a SPOILER WARNING here. The matches below have yet to be aired, so do not read them if you want to be spoiled. Do also note that things may be filmed out of order every now and then, so expect some changes and cuts when these matches hit the WWE Network.


    Airing on August 31:
    • Tye Dillinger def. Buddy Murphy
    • NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) attack Tommaso Ciampa backstage, which spills out to the ring. Ciampa is laid out with a Shatter Machine.
    • Steve Cutler def. Kenneth Crawford
    • No Way Jose def. Angelo Dawkins
    • Liv Morgan def. Aliyah
    • New NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura came out and cut a promo on the NXT Championship, Samoa Joe, and the era of Strong Style.

    Thoughts: It looks like the feud between the Revival and Gargano-Ciampa will continue, which can only mean good things. Here's to hoping they put on even more classics. Otherwise, it's names we're familiar with picking up wins as they establish themselves further in NXT. Look for Liv Morgan to get more screen time now that Bayley, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss have all been demoted promoted to RAW/Smackdown.

    Airing on September 7:
    • NXT Women's Champion Asuka def. Danielle Kamela in a non-title match
    • TM61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) def. the team of Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese
    • Ember Moon def. Leah Vaughan
    • NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura def. Steve Cutler in a non-title match
    • Austin Aries def. Andrade Cien Almas via submission.

    Thoughts: Great to see some of the Cruiserweight Classic competitors getting a match or two in NXT as an additional way to get further exposure. Tony Nese mixing it up with TM61 should be an incredibly athletic bout. Meanwhile, Cien Almas continues his forays into NXT, though it's worth noting that he's apparently ditched the suspenders he's been coming out with so far. Anything that makes him look less like a Chippendale's dancer is an improvement.

    Airing on September 14:
    • Oney Lorcan def. Tino Sabbatelli
    • Samoa Joe came out and cut a promo on his actions while he was NXT Champion. He called out Shinsuke Nakamura and apologized for his previous actions. Joe asked for his rematch when he is cleared to wrestle, and the two shook hands on it. He immediately attacks Nakamura afterwards, leading to the NXT Champion getting carried out on a stretcher.
    • Liv Morgan def. Rachael Ellering via submission. After the match, Morgan called out Asuka and challenged her for the NXT Women's Championship.
    • Hideo Itami def. Drew Gulak
    • The Authors of Pain def. two local talents
    • Bobby Roode def. No Way Jose. Roode debuted a new finisher, different from the one he used at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.

    Thoughts: The entire Samoa Joe segment seems like a blast to watch, and should really get him more hated by fans with his decimation of Nakamura. Gulak-Itami sounds like a potentially outstanding match, so keep a close eye on that when it airs. Liv Morgan challenging Asuka is surprising, although we suppose Ember Moon has to build some amount of credibility first.

    Also, Oney Lorcan is still a terrible name.


    What do you think, Henrinites? Are you excited for the next few weeks of NXT? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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    Item Reviewed: The NXT Grapevine: Post-Brooklyn Edition Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Anthony Cuello
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