Business picked up on this week’s episode of NXT, as WWE’s third brand dealt with the aftermath of NXT champion Shinsuke Nakamura being wheeled out of the arena on a stretcher last week.
The show this week picked up right where that left off, as the man that put Nakamura in that predicament, Samoa Joe, went to the ring and read the champion’s medical report, which included a slew ailments that will keep him out of action between 6-12 weeks.
Since Nakamura will not be able to defend the NXT championship for an extended period of time, Joe demanded that NXT general manager William Regal strip Nakamura of the title and hand it back to him.
Regal then came out said that he was going to handle the messy situation surrounding the NXT championship on his own accord.
Joe took umbrage with Regal’s lack of cooperation and said that until Regal handed him the title, the rest of the NXT roster was going to end up on injured list like Nakamura.
Since Joe turned heel in late 2015, he has been on one of the best runs of his entire career. The craziest part is that it seems as though he continues to improve with each outing.
Elsewhere on NXT, WWE Cruiserweight Classic participant and Raw superstar Cedric Alexander earned a victory over Andrade “Cien” Almas in his NXT debut.
The match was between the two was good, but left me wondering what direction NXT is taking with Almas. It was only a couple of months ago that he debuted to a lot of fan fare. The fan fare was warranted, as he was top star in Mexico.
Since his debut, he has done a lot of nothing. Hopefully, NXT has some type of plan laid out for him moving forward
NXT definitely has a plan for its newest talent, Dan Matha, who will debut on television in two weeks.
Matha is a native of Erie that graduated high school as one of the most highly touted offensive lineman in the country.
He went on to play football for the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010, which is where he finished his collegiate career. After not receiving playing time at Pitt, Matha went on to become a Division II All-American at IUP.
Once his collegiate career came to an end, Matha bounced the National Football League and even made a stop in the Canadian Football League before hanging up the cleats in exchange for a pair of wrestling boots in 2014.
His wrestling journey began at Ohio Valley Wrestling, but quickly caught the eye of the right people in WWE, who signed him to a developmental deal in 2015.
Here are the full match results:
- Austin Aries def. Oney Lorcan
- Billie Kay def. Aliyah
- Cedric Alexander def. Andrade “Cien” Almas