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NXT Dublin, Ireland, live results: Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode; Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor

Bobby Roode

Submitted by Robert O'Sullivan

- Tye Dillinger v Hugo Knox 

Local crowd promo before match. Great reaction to Tye. Mid promo, it turned into cheap heel 'your sports team sucks' promo, but crowd still loved him. Knox wins with split legged moonsault. Knox looked very green, but is massive with a great look and moves incredibly well.

- Wesley Blake v Andrade Cien Almas

Blake's ring gear is a weird combination of Bayley and Ultimate Warrior. Crowd more into mocking Blake than the actual match, though liked Andrade's flashy offence. Andrade wins with double knees in the corner.

- Goldberg video game ad plays on the screen. Fans notice that Drake Younger is the referee.

- Sawyer Fulton & Alexander Wolfe v American Alpha

Mad Max style gimmick for the former. Couldn't believe it was actually Fulton. Alpha are massively over, with the 'no limit' & 'angle theme' chants before the bell. Chad Gable may be the best pro wrestler I have ever seen. Just so quick,
so smooth in his movements. Seemed even quicker on this house show than he did on television. USA Chant for Alpha in Dublin. That's how over they were. Alpha win with Grand Amplitude.

The Revival run in afterwards, cut a promo, tease a title match then go to leave. Dash Wilder tries to ambush Alpha, is caught, get him in double ankle lock (each man had an ankle). Heels run to the back.

- No Way Jose v Austin Aries

Aries; ribs still taped. Crowd split on who to like. Aries was as good as he has been in the last few years, seems to have settled into NXT finally. Brief dance off spot to Jose's music, Aries interrupts & ambushes Jose but gets massive cheers and 'Thank you Aries' chants. Any attempts to turn the crowd fail. Aries in control most of the match. Jose does his closing sequence (baseball swings, bulldog etc) for a near fall. No Way Jose wins with schoolboy roll up after Aries missed his discus elbow finish.

- Ad for Mania 33 on the big screen. Described Orlando as a "magical place where anything can happen". Seemed weird they would play that promo so close to the shooting.

- NXT Women's Champion Asuka v Peyton Royce

Asuka's gonna kill you chant. Back and forth match. Asuka does her hip attack then pose sequence early. Peyton still a little rough but has improved immensely. Asuka is much better against someone her own size. Asuka wins with crossface chicken wing. 

- Bobby Roode v Shinsuke Nakamura 

Roode had generic theme & Titantron still. Great reaction for Roode, and there's no other way to put this, lose their sh*t for Nakamura. 'Holy sh*t' and 'this is awesome' chants for the entrance alone. F*ck TNA chants. Crowd behind Roode as well, but Nakamura clearly the favourite. Beer Money chants throughout the match. Near fall with the spinebuster from Roode. Dublin crowd are normally appreciative but dead, but not here. Red hot throughout.
Nakamura wins with the Kinshasa.

- Alexa Bliss & Nia Jax v Bayley & Carmella

I never have seen grown men fight so fiercely over pink wristbands in my life. Great chicken fight spot to start off. Great heel facials from Alexa. Same headlock & guillotine spots on Nia as in all of her matches. Bayley wins with Bayley-to-Bayley on Jax.

- NXT Champion Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor

Crowd red hot with chants for Finn. Joe hated with a passion. Back and forth match, everything looked great. Muscle Buster blocked, 1916/Bloody Sunday blocked. Joe gets Balor in his choke finish, Finn powers out. Balor closing sequence (sling blade, dropkick etc). Misses the double footstomp, and as he rolls through Joe grabs him & rolls him up for the win. Finn thanked the crowd for all their support.

Notes:

- Nakamura sold out almost immediately. Balor merch sold second to him, though they obviously had a lot of stock.

- Nakamura had the biggest reaction of the night. Some people around me were in tears during his entrance. Balor had a massive reaction
as well, and it was more sustained than Shinsukes, but Nakamura had the better reaction out of the gate.