Published on October 27th, 2016 | by Sean Hollenhors0
WWE NXT Recap (Oct. 26, 2016)
DUSTY RHODES CLASSIC Round 1 action!
Competition for ASUKA? The drive to TAKEOVER: TORONTO accelerates! Does PAUL ELLERING have a tag tournament trophy addiction?
The Dusty Classic picks up speed and Asuka remains undefeated while Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger could take friendship lessons from Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. Why can’t handsome men with giant egos get along?
Let’s get in the ring!
Match 1: #DIY vs. Ho Ho Lun & Tian Bing (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1 match)
Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano‘s push for tag team supremacy continues this week. Their Revival rivals are on the horizon as well as the potential for winning the Dusty Classic. Their in-ring chemistry continues to grow, although should #DIY win the tournament, would their team meet the same disastrous fate as inaugural winners Samoa Joe and Finn Balor? Surely a friendship like Garagano and Ciampa’s is above such negativity.
Ho Ho Lun and the debuting Tian Bing provide ample competition to #DIY. Bing, in particular, has an impressive outing and has major potential.
Winner: #DIY (via pinfall)
Match 2: Aliyah vs. Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce
Former Asuka fodder, Aliyah is impressive in a snug match that could’ve been just another Billie Kay steamrolling. Kay and fellow mean-girl-on-campus, Peyton Royce has made life rough for scrappy, plucky Liv Morgan. Finding a partner is probably the best chance Morgan has from evading further damage from the Australian wrestling giantesses.
Billie Kay is so impressively strong with a brutality streak. She is one of the few valid contenders to Asuka’s strap, though an encounter with possible ninja werewolf Ember Moon would be most welcome. Kay comes up short here thanks to Morgan, but Aliyah is no slouch and is a welcome addition to the NXT Women’s Division.
Winner: Aliyah (via pinfall)
Match 3: Tye Dillinger vs. Noah Potjes
As advertised, The Perfect 10 Tye Dillinger lights up Full Sail University with his endless likeability and high-level ring work against re-debuting Noah Potjes in this brief but competitive contest.
The heated Dillinger/Bobby Roode situation could be the sleeper hit of Takeover: Toronto. Roode delivers a burly DDT on the entrance ramp, possibly the second hardest surface in professional wrestling next to the ring apron and Haku’s forehead so Roode should prepare for a bumpy ride to Toronto courtesy of The Perfect 10.
Winner: Tye Dillinger (via pinfall)
Match 4. Asuka vs. Thea Trinidad
Though former TNA Tag Champion Thea Trinidad puts in a snug performance here, there is little hope against the undefeated-for-an-entire-year Asuka. She is the most dominant champion in the WWE and, thanks to William Regal, the Empress of Tomorrow is served with appropriate competition.
Mickie James is a six-time Women’s Champion and can rightly claim to be one of the godmothers of the Women’s Revolution era currently unfolding in the WWE system. James has been looking impressive in recent matches so it wouldn’t be foolish to hope for a brutal and high-quality championship match in Toronto. NXT Women’s Division remains the most interesting Women’s Division in WWE, and possibly, all of pro wrestling. Recent additions, “Crazy” Mary Dobson and Sanity stable member Nikki Cross only add to the strength and depth of the NXT roster.
Winner: Aliyah (via pinfall)
Match 5: Kota Ibushi & TJ Perkins vs. Lince Dorado & Mustafa Ali (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1 match)
Along with being an excellent Cruiserweight tag match, this bout has the distinction of having the most wrestlers involved in masked feline-centric gimmicks than any other promotion in the western hemisphere. TJ Perkins‘ current reign as Cruiserweight Champion and Kota Ibushi‘s current journeyman career path makes advancing much further in the Dusty Classic unlikely. Lince Dorado has an exemplary performance in this match and with Mustafa Ali, every participant in this match shows that despite what some are saying, the Cruiserweight Renaissance is a gift to wrestling fans.
Winner: TJ Perkins & Kota Ibushi
- In all likelihood, Paul Ellering is suffering from Tag Tournament Trophy withdrawal. It is well established that Ellering never met a trophy he didn’t crave so his steering of the Authors of Pain in the Dusty Classic is even more poignant. #Pray4Paul
- Samoa Joe‘s hubris continues to show. When he meets Nakamura, there will be blood.
- TM61 lean into their daft tag team bromance ahead of their Dusty Classic match with Austin Aires and Roderick Strong. They get extra points for dropping a “The Mighty Don’t Kneel” reference.