Welcome to the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE NXT! I'm Ryan Cook and I'll be taking you through all of tonight's action as the NXT Women's Champion Asuka returns for the first time since beating Bayley at NXT Takeover Brooklyn last month. We will also see the television debut of Ember Moon and much more so be sure to come back here at 8PM EST!
Tony Nese & Aria Davari vs TM61
Thorne and Nese start if off, both landing some offense, pretty much even as Miller and Davari get tagged in. Davari tags Nese back in then Miller takes out Nese and Davari, he and Thorne taking turns diving out of the ring. Miller gets a quick 2 count on Nese then tags in Thorne who gets a quick 2 count off of a senton. Davari gets a quick 2 count after Nese drops him. Nese hangs Thorne on the ropes then hits a running knee for a quick 2, tagging Davari back in. Davari hits a series of elbow drops for a quick 2 count of his own. Thorne drops Davari with an uppercut, but Davari tags Nese back in before Thorne can tag in Miller as we go to commercial.
Davari tags in Nese then Thorne tags in Miller, Miller hitting a series of slaps then a clothesline and a sliding forearm for a quick 2. TM61 take out Nese for a close 2 count that Davari breaks up. Nese and Davari hit a superkick pump handle slam, frogsplash combo for a quick 2 that Miller breaks up. TM61 hit Thunder Valley for the pin and the win. Good match by these four.
Winner: TM61 via pinfall with Thunder Valley
-We get an interview with Steve Cutler, but I can't find out what he said, they keep showing The Miz in a chicken suit and Talking Smack.
Ember Moon vs Leah Von
Ember Moon is in control early, getting a quick 2 count off a cross body. Ember rolls her up for a quick 2 count then hits a back elbow, following it up with a butterfly suplex. Moon hits a flipping clothesline then hits her amazing flip stunner finisher for the pin and the win.
Winner: Ember Moon via pinfall
-No Way Jose is interviewed next. Jose says that Roode will find out that you don't mess with him. They then plug Almas versus Austin Aries as we go to commercial.
-After the match we get an interview with Asuka. Asuka says the crowd in Brooklyn was crazy and that she respected Bayley, that she was the heart of NXT. Bayley fought hard, but Asuka fought harder.. Asuka says the women who joined the main roster have been saved from having to face her anymore. She thanks the fans in Japan and says she thinks that no one is ready for her in Japanese then in english; her Japanese has such a sharp edge to it and it makes her really intimidating. They then plug Ember Moon's match as we go to commercial.
-As we come back we hear that Ciampa will be cleared next week. Apparently they'll have NXT matches at the CWC next week?
Andrade Almas vs Austin Aries
They start off with am drags then Aries hits a dropkick for a quick 1 count. Aries gets out of the ring after a head scissor. Almas and Aries run around the outside of the ring then come back in. Almas sends Aries outside then hits a corkscrew plancha that drops Aries then gets him back in the ring for a quick 2 count. Almas gets on the top rope then Aries pushes him off of it and onto the floor as we go to commercial.
Aries is in control as we come back, hitting a series of punches and stomps on Almas on the mat. Aries hits an elbow to the back of Almas for a quick 2 count. Almas drops Aries with a dropkick then goes for a double knee, but Aries catches him with a dropkick of his own for a quick 2. Almas hits a flip moonsault, landing on his feet then hitting a standing moonsault for a close 2 count. Almas and Aries exchange punches and slaps then Aries gets caught in the corner. Almas goes for the double knees, but gets out of the way. Almas gets caught with a springboard into a powerbomb then Aries hits the Last Chancery for the pin and the win.
Winner: Austin Aries via pinfall with The Last Chancery
-We get a plug for our main event of Steve Cutler versus Shinsuke Nakamura as we found out Samoa Joe is going to be ringside.
-As we come back we find out No Way Jose will face Bobby Roode next week. Samoa Joe comes out to join on commentary before the main event starts.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Steve Cutler
Joe sounds very face-like on commentary saying he lost fair and square, Shinsuke is the champion and he's the man to beat now as Shinsuke comes out. They keep showing an almost depressed Samoa Joe as Shinsuke makes his entrance, looking like he might cry honestly. Joe says that he was the better man and deserves to be champion and says his jaw is better, but they discovered some other things he has to get fixed before he's cleared. The match starts with Shinsuke kicking Cutler from the outside whenever he tries to go for a test of strength. They lock up then Shinsuke manages to kick him in the face in the clinch. Shinsuke does his traditional clean break then drops Cutler with a knee to the gut. Shinsuke hits good vibrations and taunts Cutler, going over and doing it again. Joe says he has to re-evaluate himself as Cutler turns the tables and stomps Shinsuke in the corner. Cutler gets a quick 1 count as Joe really talks Shinsuke up. Shinsuke drops Cutler with a series of punches then kicks. Shinsuke sets him up on the top rope and hits his running knee into an inverted exploder suplex. Shinsuke hits the Kinshasa for the pin and the win. Really interesting match because of Joe on commentary and his facial reactions and comments made this very intriguing.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall with the Kinshasa
-Joe and Shinsuke lock eyes from across the arena then Joe leaves.