Thanks to rajah.com reader Rem Martinez for sending this in:
Hey Guys, I just got back from the NXT Live Event at the Riverside Municipal
Auditorium here in Riverside, CA. The was a rocking show from start to
finish. Here is the Champ's Report of the show. Vic Joseph and Kayla Braxton
are sharing the ring announcing duties.
Kona Reeves vs No Way Jose
I have been to three NXT Live Events and No Way Jose has kicked off all 3.
His entrance lasted a good 4-5 minutes as he danced in the crowd and formed a
Conga Line. Kona impressed me as a heel here. He's a lot better than what we
see in his short matches on NXT TV. A solid opener with No Way putting Kona
away with the Pop Up into the Knockout Punch for the 1-2-3.
Winner: No Way Jose
"The Velveteen Dream" Patrick Clark appears on the tron and cuts a promo bad
mouthing Cinco De Mayo. He hopes someone brings him a shot of Tequila after
Bianca Blair vs Ruby Riot
The first thing you notice about Bianca is that she has a ponytail that goes
all the way down to her knees. During the match, she used her hair as a
weapon. She was whipping Ruby Riot with her hair. The amazing part was that
it sounded like Ruby was getting hit with a leather strap. Holy Sh*t chants
broke out. It was different for sure. Bianca had Ruby down and was getting
cocky. Ruby made her comeback by pulling Bianca down by her hair. Ruby hit
the Deadly Nightshade and put Bianca away with a Wind-Up Overhead Kick.
Winner: Ruby Riot
Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli vs DIY
Gargano and Ciampa were over like crazy. Plenty of DIY, Psycho Killer and
Johnny Wrestling chants. A good match with the former NXT Tag Team Champions
flying all over the place. DIY won with putting Tino (I believe) away with
the Meeting in the Middle for the 1-2-3.
Andrade "Cien" Almas vs Kassius Ohno
Both men were over, but "El Idolo" got the bigger pop. Ohno offered a hand
shake, but Andrade gently kicked his hand away. This was a very good match
from two men who have wrestled all over the globe. A back and forth affair
that ended with Andrade putting Ohno with the Hammerlock DDT. 1-2-3.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas
Patrick Clark vs Hideo Itami
A Purple Rain chant broke out immediately and Patrick had to address it. He
forgave us for chanting "Purple Rain", but assured us that he is nothing like
"That Man" He is referring to Prince, of course. Crowd started chanting
"Princess" instead. Plenty of "Go To Sleep" chants as well. Clark tried to
mock Itami with a Sumo Wrestler stance. Itami was not impressed. A good back
and forth match that saw Hideo put Clark away the the GTS. 1-2-3.
Winner: Hideo Itami
Drew McIntyre vs Oney Lorcan
Plenty of "Welcome Back" chants for Drew (who has a new Entrance Video). This
match was the definition of smash mouth wrestling. It was a very hard hitting
match. An awesome spot occurred when Drew was on the outside. Oney climbed to
the top rope and attempted a Seated Senton, but Drew caught him in mid air
and Powerbombed him into the ringpost. Drew McIntyre put Lorcan away with the
Claymore for the 1-2-3
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs Lacey Evans and Asuka
Sonya Deville is a repackaged Daria Berenato. Sonya was actually very
impressive in this match. If booked correctly, she could be a dominant MMA
force that could tear through the NXT Women's Division. A decent tag team
match that had Asuka put Mandy away with a Spin Kick for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Lacey Evans and Asuka
Tye Dillinger vs Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship
Both men got huge ovations. There were plenty of Glorious and 10 chants as
well. Just a random thing, but both Asuka and Bobby Roode came out with the
old versions of their championship belts. My guess is that WWE wanted to use
the old belts since they were still selling them at the show. Anyway, this
was an awesome match as expected. Plenty of back and forth action. Bobby hit
the Glorious DDT and Tye kicked out at two to a huge reaction. The Smackdown
Live Superstar connected with the Tye Breaker on the Glorious Champion
1-2-Bobby grabbed the bottom rope with his left hand. Roode was able to
distract the ref and hit a low blow on the Perfect 10. He then hit another
Glorious DDT to retain his championship 1-2-3.
Winner: And Still NXT Champion Bobby Roode
Roode decided that retaining his title was not enough. Roode went to the
outside and got a steel chair. We got back in the ring and hoisted the chair
in the air, but Dillinger caught him with a low blow. He followed this up
with another Tye Breaker. Tye celebrated with the NXT Universe and Bobby was
slowly getting back to feet. The champion offered Dillinger a hand shake. Tye
reluctantly accepted and they shook hands. Roode walked away, but then
quickly turned around to try to hit Tye with his championship belt. Tye
countered and hit the Rock Bottom. He followed this up with his version of
the People's Elbow to send the crowd home happy. The show ended with Tye
Dillinger soaking in the "Thank you Tye" chants from the NXT Universe.
A great show as always from NXT