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WWE NXT House Show Report: McIntyre vs. Almas, More

June 1, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Christy St. Cloud is the host and ring announcer for the evening.

* No Way Jose def Brennan Williams – Pretty standard opener. The crowd loves No Way Jose. He’s still one of the most popular acts on the roster and always gets a reaction. The match itself was pretty basic and a bit short. Williams used his size to control most of the match until Jose made the comeback and hit the knockout punch to win.

* Sawyer Fulton def. Demetrious Bronson – This was not a pretty match. Bronson has only worked a couple of matches, max, in front of crowds and the inexperience showed. He and Fulton were having a hard time getting on the same page. Bronson’s primary offense at this point involves variations on shoulderblocks. He has some strong athletic talent, but there’s still a long way for him to go.

* Ruby Riot def. Mandy Rose – The match itself was pretty solid. Mandy continues to impress. Her offense looks crisp and effective. She’s ready to be a contributor on TV. What’s most important about this match was who was officiating. Former Team 3D graduate and Indy star Kennadi Brink, by working this match, is now the first full time female ref in NXT history.

* Roderick Strong interview. He wanted to thank everyone for accepting him after his videos aired. When his opportunity with NXT came, he accepted the offer. When he accepted, he found out he would be a dad. He says his goal is still to be NXT champion. He says he’s done with Sanity. Very simple and to the point.

* Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss def. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) – A really fun match. Not much else to say. It’s solid work from two up and coming trams who are ready for a bigger role on the brand.

* Aleister Black def. Velveteen Dream – A little bit of a disappointing match. It was shorter than I had wished and at times these two struggled with chemistry. It also looked at one point that Black got hurt a little bit. He went to jump over the ropes onto the corner of the apron and didn’t quite clear the ropes. He was moving a little gingerly. He also was grabbing his wrist a few times. Here’s hoping it’s nothing

* Lars Sullivan def. Kishan Raftar – Lars is really thick when you’re up close to him. Most of this match was Raftar working over the surgically repaired knee of Sullivan and Sullivan fired up and finished the match quickly.

* Ember Moon and Liv Morgan def. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce – Another fun match. Billie and Peyton work so well together, both in ring and with their over the top personalities. It’s a shame there isn’t a women’s tag division. Their in ring chemistry would be a perfect fit for it. Ember’s speed and fluidity really stand out too

* Drew McIntyre def. Andrade Almas – This was a wickedly good match. There were points where McIntyre was tossing Almas around the ring like it was nothing. Almas would get the upper hand with some nasty chops and by working the arm. In fact, when he went for covers, he would hook the arm, so that he could be in position for an armband when Drew kicked out. There were numerous close finishes until McIntyre finally nailed a nasty Claymore kick to win. This went over 10 minutes and was an intense fight. This is the match that should have been on tv.

* Besides Kennadi Brink officially debuting as a referee, former Evolve referee D.A. Brewer also made his full time debut as an official for NXT.

* Pre show meet and greet was: TM61, Ruby Riot, and Jeet Rama.

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