The Big News: Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode signed the contract for their NXT Championship match at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.
The Medium News: Tye Dillinger refused an invite to join SAnitY, so Damo laid him out and joined SAnitY instead.
The Little Beaver-sized News: TM61 scored an upset on The Revival...and then got their butts kicked for their trouble.
Nikki Cross defeated Kennedy Lewis
We started things off with SAnitY in action, as Nikki Cross, went one-on-one with Kennedy Lewis. In 10 days, at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, Cross will be part of a fatal four-way match against Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, and the champ herself, Asuka.
Lewis is a taller woman than Cross, but Cross took her down quickly and often. Lewis looked like she would rather be anywhere else during the entrance of SAnitY. I believe her only offense was a weak punch to the stomach and Cross picked up the win with a spinning neckbreaker.
No Way Jose was backstage and said that in 2017 he is going to have a fiesta in and out of the ring. Kona Reeves (the former Noah Kekoa and Noah Potjes) walked up and took offense to Jose not defending him two months ago when SAnitY beat him up. Jose said to meet him in the ring later and they could either have fun or fight.
I should point out that this was not followed up on at all in this show. They never got in the ring nor was it announced for a future show.
The Revival cut a promo saying that in 2016 they had greatest year of any tag team in the history of wrestling and 2017 will be the same. They said the title match at TakeOver should be a triple threat.
TM61 walked up and told them they need to fight and work their way up the ladder. Revival told them to shut up, calling them the bottom feeders of NXT. They said they're going to cripple TM61 tonight.
Roderick Strong defeated Steve Cutler
Cutler got his own theme music and titantron for the first time. Sure, his tron is nothing but his name, but that's better than nothing.
They spent the match building up the simmering rivalry between Strong and Andrade "Cien" Almas. While this match was about Strong, Cutler did look good here. No one in the crowd bought any of his pin attempts, but he still looked good nonetheless.
Strong made his comeback, hitting a running knee in the corner and a Sick Kick for the pin.
Strong was interviewed after the match, saying he didn't care what Almas had to say. The reason he is here is the NXT Championship.
Ember Moon was staring angrily at the camera and attempted to say she wanted a Women's title match, but Liv Morgan walked up and said she's come a long way since she lost to Asuka in 28 seconds. Morgan challenged Moon to a match, which she accepted.
Out came Tye Dillinger to bemoan his lack of success. The fans began doing dueling chants of “Royal Rumble” and “Number 10.” He acknowledged it and then moved on, wondering aloud if he still belongs on NXT and if he is still the Perfect 10.
The fans seemed to approve, chanting 10. Dillinger said the fans, Mr. Regal, and the people watching at home believe in him and he was this close to winning the number one contender's match.
Before he could continue, it was time for SAnitY to reign. Eric Young said Dillinger could have it all, as long as he picks the right friends, implying he needs to join SAnitY. Alexander Wolfe came to the ring, carrying a jacket for Dillinger.
Dillinger took it from him and threw it out of the ring. Young picked it up and said the right decision can sometimes feel wrong and the right choice can be unclear. Young said 2017 could be everything Dillinger would want, all he has to do is choose to make it perfect by joining SAnitY and handed Dillinger the jacket again.
Young dropped the nice guy act and ordered Dillinger to join. Dillinger dropped the jacket to the ground again. Young attacked, but Dillinger beat up both Young and Wolfe...until he was destroyed by Damo! Damo laid out the Perfect 10 with a One Winged Angel and officially became the newest member of SAnitY.
After commercial, Eric Young vs. Tye Dillinger was made official for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.
TM61 defeated The Revival
TM61 ran mild at the start until Scott Dawson chopped down Shane Thorne with a chop block to the knee. The fans did not seem terribly excited by this match, especially since it was taped the same night as last week's Revival vs. DIY match.
A series of blind tags saw Revival hit the Shatter Machine on Thorne, but Nick Miller had tagged in and ran wild until being cut off with a spinebuster. Dawson went for a Texas cloverleaf on Miller, but got rolled up for the upset win!
Revival laid TM61 out after the match, including giving Miller a Shatter Machine and Thorne was given the Demolition Decapitation before they stomped on Thorne's knee with a jump from the middle rope.
Strong vs. Almas was officially announced for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, while Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan was announced for next week.
From there we got into the ring for the first contract signing of the year. Mr. Regal was here to oversee the contract signing between Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship at TakeOver.
If nothing else this is a battle between two of the best themes in NXT, as the fans sing along to both.
Roode said this will not go the same as NXT's prior contract signings, as there will not be any physicality here because this is a money match and he won't let it be ruined. Roode said he followed Nakamura's career in Japan, but didn't find him worth his while.
Roode brought up TakeOver: Dallas, saying the fans went crazy that night and Nakamura had an incredible match. He mentioned Nakamura beating Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, but mentioned he never beat Bobby Roode. Nakamura is the King of Strong Style, but the fact is he has no style. He has half a hair cut, looks like he belongs in Thriller, and does a dumb dance.
Nakamura said Roode won't change NXT as long as he's champion. Roode called Japan the “Land of Zero Talent,” calling himself the biggest draw and the It Factor of sports entertainment. Roode said the fans were trading in their pathetic lifestyles to be more like Roode and Roode's agenda will finally be complete when he takes the NXT title at TakeOver.
Roode signed the contract and tried to say the title would be glorious, but Nakamura cut him off and said that even though Roode is one of the best, he will not take the title at TakeOver. Nakamura signed the contract and vowed to take Roode's head off in San Antonio. Nakamura finished by saying it would be glorious, which pissed Roode off.
The show ended with a stare down. That does it for this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful seven days and until next week, remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers!