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WWE NXT results: Shinsuke Nakamura recaptures the title in Japan

The Big News: In the shock of all shocks, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Samoa Joe in Osaka, Japan, and won his second NXT Championship. Joe now becomes the shortest reigning NXT Champion in history.

The Medium News: DIY will defend the NXT Tag Team titles on January 11th against The Revival, with the winners facing the Authors of Pain at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.

The Little Beaver-sized News: Big Damo debuted and seemed to side with SAnitY, even though they didn't know how to take it


The show started with the new NXT Tag Team Champions, DIY, coming to the ring. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa went into the crowd and celebrated with the fans. It was a good reaction, but not the same as when Bayley did the same thing last year.

Before they could talk, they were interrupted by the winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, the Authors of Pain. Paul Ellering announced that their prophecy has come true. They are still undefeated, and DIY's celebration is a bit premature.

Before Ellering could continue, he was interrupted by the top guys, the former champs, The Revival. Revival walked down a nearby set of steps so they didn't have to walk by AOP. They declared themselves to be the real number one contenders and stated that both teams advanced at different points because of them.

Authors of Pain walked down the ramp and shoved Revival on their butts. The former champs scurried away as Paul Ellering declared that his team were the next NXT Tag Team Champions.


In a bit of a shock, it was announced that Showtime Percy Watson is coming back, but as an announcer. We got a video package for Watson, including a lot of footage from NXT Redemption. Sadly, we didn't get to see Lucky Cannon's robe.

Sure enough, Watson joined the announce table after the video package. He added absolutely nothing.


Alexander Wolfe & Eric Young w/ Nikki Cross defeated No Way Jose & Rich Swann

SAnitY came out without Sawyer Fulton, but Eric Young did throw Fulton's jacket down, stomped on it, and threw it up the aisle.

Not sure if they were just short on time, but they were going through a lot of commercial breaks as the heels got the heat on the Cruiserweight Champion. Jose got the hot tag and ran wild on both men. He had the match won with a TKO on Young, but Wolfe broke it up.

Swann got back in and hit a huge dive to Wolfe on the outside. Suddenly, Big Damo appeared and shoved Jose into the ring post. Back in the ring, Young pinned Jose with a wheelbarrow neckbreaker. Damo threw down Fulton's coat and walked away after the match.


Mr. William Regal announced that The Revival will get their title shot against DIY on January 11th, and the winners will defend the belts against the Authors of Pain at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.

In walked Tye Dillinger who wanted to quit, but he was cut off and told that starting next week will be an eight-man number one contenders' tournament. Dillinger accepted Mr. Regal's offer to take part in it and walked off. Regal finished the interview by gazing longingly at his brass knuckles.


SAnitY were walking back to their locker room when Nikki Cross stopped and gazed at the NXT Women's Championship. Asuka walked up and they smiled at each other.

On a side note, didn't everyone love that Asuka match last week with Nicole Matthews?


Ember Moon defeated Kimber Lee

The former CHIKARA Grand Champion was making her NXT debut. Kimber Lee did a great job early as a punching bag for Ember Moon, but she ultimately decided to get some offense in of her own.

Moon wouldn't take it anymore, so she chopped Lee and snapped off a hurricanrana. Moon ducked a kick, then eventually hit her handspring forearm and picked up the win with the flipping top rope stunner.


They announced the four first round matches in the number one contenders' tournament next week. The winners will face off in a fatal four-way match:

Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young
Elias Samson vs. Roderick Strong
Oney Lorcan vs. Bobby Roode
Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. No Way Jose


After commercial break, we were magically whisked away to Osaka, Japan for this main event!

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated NXT Champion Samoa Joe to win the title

The fans very much took to this in a way American audiences would, singing along with the ring announcer's introductions and then singing Nakamura's theme song. The ring was flooded with streamers during the intros.

Nakamura had the early advantage until Joe pulled the referee in between them and cheated to take the advantage. I'm not sure how much they edited out, but after a 30-second commercial break Joe had an STF locked on that he turned into a crossface. Both men were covered in sweat and selling the effects of a lengthy battle.

Nakamura got out of it and eventually went for the Kinshasa, but Joe turned it into a twisting powerslam for a near fall. Nakamura got out of a Muscle Buster, Joe ducked another Kinshasa and locked on the Coquina Clutch. Nakamura started slipping out, so Joe dropped him with a series of German suplexes.

They fought outside with Joe taking off the top of the steps to try to set up the uranage on them, but the challenger got away with elbows. Back in the ring, Nakamura hit the knee to the back of Joe's head and a Kinshasa for the win!

Obviously we all knew it was happening, but I was surprised that there wasn't more of a “main event” style finish with both kicking out of a hundred big moves.

The main event was a fine match that they aired about 11 minutes of. The title lineage of NXT now reads: Seth Rollins, Big E Langston, Bo Dallas, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and Shinsuke Nakamura.

The king is dead, long live the new king!

Uh oh. Before the show ended, we were informed that next week on NXT, Samoa Joe gets his rematch in Melbourne, Australia against Nakamura....inside a steel cage.

Until next week, thank you all for reading and remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers!