KELLER & POWELL FLAGSHIP (12/5)
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WWE NXT Live Results
May 5, 2016
Report by Sean Robbins, PWTorch correspondent
The Bicentennial Center had about 1,000 people. The crowd was super hot for everything. There were Nakamura, Bayley, and Balor Club shirts everywhere
(1) No Way Jose pinned pinned Murphy at 9:35. Lots of comedy spots. I’m not sure what his finisher is, but it looked like a sidewalk slam-type deal.
(2) Manny Andrade pinned Chris Girard (f/k/a Biff Busick) at 7:47. Pretty decent match.
(3) Austin Aries pinned Tye Dillinger at 13:26. This match was good, but confusing since Dillinger was the face and Aries was the heel. I’m not sure if this was due to the crowd, which was really behind Dillinger for some reason. Aries won with a schoolboy.
(4) NXT Women’s champion Asuka beat Bayley and Alexa Bliss in a three-way match at 12:40 to retain the NXT Women’s Title. The crowd was super-hot for this match. Bayley and Asuka got insane reactions. The match was typical triple threat with Alexa spending a lot of time on the floor, and Bayley and Asuka worked most of the match. For the finish, Asuka sent Bayley to the floor and then put Alexa in the Asukalock. She tapped immediately
(5) Shinsuke Nakamura pinned Tyler Breeze at 12:10. Tyler Breeze cut a promo about how he beat everyone in NXT before he got called up and that to be someone in NXT you have to go through him. HUGE reaction for Nakamura. He went through his typical spots (vibration kick, knees to the head, knee in the corner) and then picked up Breeze’s selfie stick. They turned the Tron on from Breeze’s phone, which was great with Shinsuke mocking Breeze’s mannerisms. Nakamura won with the kinchasa.
(6) NXT tag champs American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) beat Alexander Wolfe & Sawyer Fulton at 11:30. This was a hard match to enjoy after seeing Nakamura. Wolfe and Fulton were dressed like extras from Mad Max Fury Road. Jordan got the pin on Wolfe to retain the titles.
(7) NXT champion Samoa Joe pinned Finn Balor with the Musclebuster at 12:44 to retain the NXT Title. Great match. The crowd was split down the middle (as they were several times throughout the show). It was very similar to the Takeover: Dallas and London matches. It took two Musclebusters for Joe to finally put Balor away.
Overall, an excellent night of matches. Way better than Smackdown two nights before in Kansas City. Getting to see Balor, Joe, Nakamura, and Aries on the same show was something special. I was so glad my friend and I drove three hours to go see it.