The Big News: TM-61 and The Authors of Pain both advanced to the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
The Medium News: Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura had their contract signing for their championship match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.
The Little Beaver Sized News: It was also announced that The Revival would defend their NXT Tag Team Championship in a two-out-of-three falls match against DIY at TakeOver.
The show started with Charly Caruso previewing the semifinals in the Dusty Classic. Both matches were held in Los Angeles and are airing tonight.
The Authors of Pain defeated DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) in a Dusty Classic semifinal match
I still find it funny that they make sure to put “previously recorded” on the screen while airing these house show matches. The Authors of Pain did perhaps the most unique move I have seen in a while; Gargano went for a suicide dive and got caught, so Ciampa went for one of his own and the AOP threw Gargano into a charging Ciampa.
Akam and Rezar got the heat on Gargano. While this was a fine match, I still think Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic from a few weeks ago made for a better team and would be a better Authors of Pain. Ciampa got the hot tag and ran wild, including giving Rezar a German suplex that sent him ass over teakettle.
Rezar then managed to catch Ciampa on his shoulders while holding Gargano in his arms. He dropped Ciampa with a Samoan drop while throwing Gargano overhead with a fallaway slam.
Paul Ellering distracted the referee while The Revival appeared from out of nowhere and attacked Gargano outside the ring! AOP then pinned Ciampa with The Last Chapter.
"The Return" is happening next week.
Tye Dillinger cut a promo earlier today saying Bobby Roode has made a career of “backstabbing people in the back.” However, at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, he will kick Roode's ass and Toronto will now be known as the Perfect 10 City. Somehow I doubt that.
TM-61 defeated SAnitY in a Dusty Classic semifinal match
“Four individuals bound together with twisted malice” was how Tom Phillips, the new fourth announcer of SmackDown Live, described SAnitY. He also called them a “Quartet of Crazy.”
Before the bell even rang we got a four-on-two beat down on TM-61. The match eventually began with Shane Thorne having to go two-on-one since Nick Miller was beaten up too badly to stand in the corner, at least at the bell.
Thorne came close to making the tag as Miller fought his way back to the apron, but Alexander Wolfe knocked Miller down. Thorne did a very good job of basically working a handicap match with the two members of SAnitY.
Miller got the hot tag and we got an awkwardly placed crowd shot after a few seconds. When we came back, Miller was covering one of SAnitY and they were both talking to the referee. The finish saw the heels go for their finish, but Thorne dropkicked one of them and Miller pinned the other with a jackknife cradle.
So, in a match that I can't believe anyone saw coming, it will be TM-61 vs. The Authors of Pain in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic at NXT TakeOver: Toronto
NXT General Manager William Regal announced that The Revival will defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against DIY in a two-out-of-three falls match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.
Bobby Roode said that at TakeOver, Tye Dillinger will prove that he is the perfect loser and the perfect failure, while Roode will make it glorious.
Ember Moon defeated Rachael Evers
We were magically whisked away from Los Angeles and back to Full Sail University for this bout. Rachael, the daughter of Paul Ellering, borrowed the last name of her trainer, Lance Storm, for this match.
Evers looked good, but no one thought she had a chance of winning this match. Moon made her comeback and looked like she was taking Evers' head clean off. Moon hit her back handspring corner clothesline before hitting her top rope stunner for the pin.
Next week: Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. Cedric Alexander
Finally, we got the contract signing for the NXT Championship Match at TakeOver. If it feels like NXT does a lot of contract signings, it's because they do at least one before every TakeOver. The ring was filled with security people to keep champion and challenger apart. All I could see was one guy, with his back to the camera, with divots in his head.
After Nakamura's entrance, Joe came out...and then turned around and left. He returned with his own table and chair that he set up on the ramp. Joe said this was for his own safety, but if Nakamura ran his mouth he would put down Mr. Regal's rabid animal.
Joe bragged about beating down Nakamura and said that he could do it anytime. He called himself the benevolent future champion and said he will not give Nakamura his opportunity for revenge in front of the mouth breathers in Orlando, but will do it in Toronto.
Joe told Mr. Regal to do something useful and bring him the contract. When Regal tried to speak up, Joe shouted him down and told him to hurry up.
Regal brought him the contract, which Joe signed and then dropped out of Regal's reach when the GM reached for it. Regal maintained his composure and brought the contract back to Nakamura to sign, which the NXT Champion dropped on the mat before beating up all of the security.
After destroying six security guards, Nakamura finally signed the contract. Three referees came out to keep champion and challenger apart, which is hilarious since Nakamura beat up six large men by himself, it took three skinny referees to keep them apart.
Anyway, next week it is already the go-home show for Toronto! What will happen? Only one way to find out. Until then, make sure to say your vitamins and take your prayers!