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Csonka’s NXT TV Review 12.06.17

December 6, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s NXT TV Review 12.06.17

NXT Title Contender’s Match: Killian Dain defeated Trent Seven @ 3:15 via pin [**]
No Holds Barred Match: Sonya Deville defeated Ruby Riott @ 7:45 via submission [***]
NXT Title Contender’s Match: Johnny Gargano defeated Kassius Ohno @ 11:45 via submission [****¼]

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– Regal opens the show, discussing the mini-tournament, to crown a new #1 contender for the NXT title. Tonight, Trent Seven faces Killian Dain, while Kassius Ohno was to face Velveteen Dream, but he is out due to injury. Regal will name a suitable replacement for him tonight.

– NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega make their way to the ring. LOS! Vega says this is the start of a historic tile run, and demands we respect and embrace the legend of Almas. Almas says he told us all he would win the title, and he is now the champion. He’s gloating in magnificent fashion here. He beat McIntyre, he hurt McIntyre… “sorry.” As for the next contender, he’s not concerned, because he is the champion.

– Lars Sullivan talks about his tournament match with Roderick Strong, and puts over Strong, but says in two weeks, he will defeat him and go on to win the NXT title. Nothing will stop him.

Killian Dain vs. Trent Seven: Seven won a battle royal at an NXT live event in Florida to earn this spot. Seven attacks at the bell, but Dain cuts him off and hits a shotgun dropkick. Dain then lays the boots to him, Seven tries to fight back but the big hoss cuts him off, and then grounds him with a neck crank. Seven fights to his feet, fires back and hits a DDT, taking Dain down. Dain cuts off the Seven lariat, and hits a running cross body for 2. Seven hits the desperation Seven star lariat, but Dain kicks out at 2. Dain hits the slam and senton; the Vader splash finishes it. Killian Dain defeated Trent Seven @ 3:15 via pin [**] This was a fun little, hard-hitting match with Dain looking like an absolute beast. This was exactly what it needed to be in order to establish Dain as a threat.

– Cole and the gang are interviewed. Cole says he meets Aleister Black next week and the reason Black’s been running through competition, is because he’s never had to face Cole. O’Reilly and Fish challenge Sanity for the titles in two weeks.

Sonya Deville vs. Ruby Riott: These two had a good match a couple weeks ago, with Riott picking up the win. This is no DQ, no count outs and no rope breaks. They go at it right away, with Deville dominating and tossing Ruby around. Ruby rushes her to the corner, lays in forearms and a back elbow. Kicks follow, and then a snap suplex, and Ruby covers for 1. Deville counters the PELE into an ankle lock, on the ankle Ruby previously hurt. Ruby makes the ropes, but Deville doesn’t have to break so she keeps the hold until Ruby slings her into the ropes. Post break and Ruby is working a dragon sleeper, but Deville rakes the eyes and escapes. Deville follows with kicks and knee strikes, covering for 2. Deville now follows with forearm strikes, and a sliding knee to the back, and the cover gets 2. Deville grounds things, working a modified choke. Ruby starts working to her feet, lays in elbows but Deville drags her back down. Ruby again gets to her feet and hits an STO. She follows with clotheslines and elbows, Ruby hits a slingshot facebuster of sorts and that gets 2, Nigel covers the sketchy execution by reminding us that Ruby’s ankle is injured, nice work Nigel. Deville rolls to the floor, and Ruby hits a suicide dive. Back in we go and Ruby gets cut off with a kick and Deville locks in a triangle as Ruby is trapped in the ropes and the ref stops it as the ropes couldn’t save Ruby. Sonya Deville defeated Ruby Riott @ 7:45 via submission [***] The stipulation played well, as Riot had survived and defeated Deville by using rope breaks, but that wasn’t an option here tonight, allowing Deville to pick up the win. The finish was creative and these two again worked well together; Deville has really stepped up her game against Riott, looking more confident and composed than previous matches. Good stuff here.

– Ember Moon is interviewed backstage, and says winning the title was a dream come true. The iconic duo arrive and remind us that Moon didn’t pin Royce to win the title. They set up Royce vs. Moon for the title next week.

– In two weeks, Tyler Bate gets his rematch against Pete Dunne for the UK Title. We see highlights from thier match at the UK finals.

– We see William Regal talking with Ohno.

– The Queen of Spades is coming…

– Next week it’s Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black & Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce.

Kassius Ohno vs. Johnny Gargano: They chill a bit and allow the crowd to cheer for both and they shake hands, we’re all friends. Ohno works the power and size advantage early on, takes Gargano down but Gargano kips up and they work counters as Gargano get a takedown and into a cradle for 2. The sidekick follows, but Ohno cuts off the slingshot spear and lights him up with a big elbow. Post break, and Ohno lays the boots to Gargano in the corner. Chops follow, and then Ohno takes Gargano down and hits knee drops. Gargano starts to fire back, but Ohno drops him with a kick to the face. The cover gets 2. More knees by Ohno, he’s almost toying with Gargano; the elbow strike connects and Ohno covers for 2. Gargano gets the knees up on the senton attempt, counters the suplex and lays in strikes. The RANA off the ropes follows and then the enziguri sends Ohno to he floor. Back in and Gargano hits the slingshot spear for a really good near fall. Gargano follows with kicks, Ohno fires up and then hits the senton. Gargano rolls to the apron and Ohno wants Gargano back in, and then kicks his fucking face off. Gargano to the floor and Ohno looks for a dive, but Gargano rolls back in and hits the suicide DDT! Back in and Gargano hits an enziguri but Ohno hits the cyclone kick for a great near fall! Ohno lays in more forearm strikes, Gargano escapes the electric chair into a victory roll for a good near fall. Big boot by Ohno, and the northern lariat follows for a GREAT near fall! Gargano cuts off the rolling elbow with superkicks, locks in the Gargano escape and Ohno taps! Johnny Gargano defeated Kassius Ohno @ 11:45 via submission [****¼] This was a GREAT match, and despite the fact that both men weren’t setting the world on fire as far as wins go, they still had enough equity with the NXT fans to captivate them from bell to bell with a smartly paced and well worked match. Ohno’s offense is so believable, and with the angle where Gargano was on the downslide and questioning himself, made for some great near falls. They created great drama, working a physical and hard-hitting match with a decisive finish that played very well with the live crowd and also transitioned well to TV. Rumors of Kassius Ohno’s demise are greatly exaggerated, he is still really good. Jonathan Wrestling is one of the best on the entire roster and is such an easy babyface to root for and become invested in. This would have been right at home on any Takeover show, and would have been the best match on a lot of WWE PPVs this year.

– Past match, they show respect, and we’re still friends.

– End Scene.

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The final score: review Very Good
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This was a pretty great episode of NXT TV, with the ladies delivering, and the contender’s tournament off to a great start with Dain going over strong and an absolutely tremendous main event from Gargano and Ohno. Add onto that the fact that they set two matches for next week and two matches for the show in two weeks and NXT TV is killing it.