It’s the NXT on USA debut. Follow along as we write about the debut show.
NXT has a two-week jump on AEW’s Wednesday night show. The first hour of the show will be on the USA Network while the second hour will be on the WWE Network. In two weeks from today, both hours will be on the USA Network.
Currently, our Canadian friends have to wait until Thursday for the show, so they’ll actually watch the show in reverse if they want to watch tonight’s second hour live.
We’ll be back with live coverage of NXT on USA.
If your money was on Triple H’s voice being the first thing you heard on the NXT show, you won money.
The look of the show seems to be exactly what NXT on the WWE Network looks like. Mauro Ranello, Beth Phoenix, and Nigel McGuinness are your announcers.
Io Shirai Vs Bianca Belair Vs Mia Yim Vs Candice LeRae
The match started off hot. All four women had nice spots to show off their athleticism. Right before commercial, Shirai did a moonsault to the floor. There was nice camera work to change the camera because it looked like Shirai didn’t hit anyone and landed between two of the women.
Belair looked awesome here and stood out from the other women. She hit the KOD on LeRae. But you knew it wasn’t going to be the end because LeRae’s eyes were right on the referee. It was broken up. LeRae hit the reverse hurricanrana and then a lionsault to pin Yim.
Winner: Candice LeRae
LeRae is now the number one contender. Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke came out after the match to smirk.
Next was a video package featuring Dominik Dijakovic and Keith Lee, who will wrestling next week. There was also a package to preview Matt Riddle vs Killian Dain which is the on the WWE Network hour.
Sean Maluta Vs Cameron Grimes
Grimes is the former Trevor Lee.
Maluta rushed Grimes and Grimes jumped up for a double stomp. He only got him with one foot, but it still looked cool.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
There was a nice package for Damian Priest.
Roderick Strong Vs Velveteen Dream
They tried to make it feel like a big deal. Dream looks like a star. I’m just not sure he can work like one. Roddy is the technical master.
The entire match was based around Dream’s selling. His facials are great. But there was something missing. The fans tried their best to get behind it, but it came off a little limp.
The action was solid, if unspectacular. The Undisputed Era came out. There were multiple distractions and a ref bump. The crowd would’ve popped hard for a Dream win. But alas, that wasn’t in the plans. Strong hit the End of Heartache for a great nearfall. Dream hit the Dream Valley Driver and was about to head to the top rope but Adam Cole hit him with a Superkick. Roddy hit another End of Heartache and got the fall.
Winner: Roderick Strong
The first hour of NXT is done. They mentioned several times that the second hour would be on the WWE Network, but for many people, myself included, logins aren’t working.