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WWE nXt Results- April 26, 2017 (UK Championship Defended)
By JCool
Apr 26, 2017 - 10:42:32 PM

WWE nXt Results
April 26th, 2017

On commentary tonight, at Full Sail University, are Tom Phillips, “Showtime” Percy Watson, and Nigel McGuinness

Opening Segment

Nikki Cross of SAnitY crawls into the ring to open the show. She grins, rolls out and talks into the ring announcer’s mic. “Ruby, Ruby, come out and play,” she beckons.

No music over the loudspeakers as Ruby Riot walks down the ramp. The two girls stare each other down as they simultaneously enter the ring. Crowd starts a “Fight” chant.

Cross laughs and then rushes Riot. Riot unleashes lefts and rights. Cross punches back and the two roll out to the outside. The fight continues, with Riot getting slammed head-first into the steel steps. nXt referees and security rush down to break the two ladies up. Cross leaps off the ring steps into the melee, taking out Riot again and a few staff members. The struggle is real. Referees are having tons of trouble keeping them apart.
Cross is led away to the back but she is resisting hard.

McGuinness says these two are designed for each other. Showtime agrees.

Coming Up: WWE United Kingdom Championship Match: Tyler Bate (c) vs. Jack Gallagher

Recap: Last week, Hideo Itami returned to challenge nXt Champion Bobby Roode. He left him lying in the ring.

Backstage, Roode is asked about what happened. He says it was a cowardly and unprovoked attack by Itami. If Itami thinks he’s going to challenge him for the championship, he’s going to have to earn that glorious opportunity.

Second Segment

Singles Match: Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Drew McIntyre

Cien does his usual start of match lounging as he evades a grapple from McIntyre. This is followed by McIntyre throwing Cien into the ropes where Cien, again, lies on the middle rope, relaxing. So, McIntyre kicks Cien directly to the floor below. He continues bringing the chops and punches until he’s walking up the ring steps and Cien trips him.

As they re-enter the ring, it’s Cien delivering the slaps. McIntyre tries to counter but Cien is able to force him to the mat for a quick 1 count. He stomps on McIntyre in the corner, backs off, runs at him, stops, yells and slaps McIntyre in the face. Insulting.

McIntyre slowly rises to his feet andhe means business. He throws Cien into the opposite corner and unloads a barrage of punches. Off the top rope…clothesline! He lifts Cien on to his shoulders. Cien wiggles free. The two trade chops to the chest. McIntyre gets a few more in. Off the ropes, powerslam by McIntyre.

He tunes up in the corner and rushes Cien with a running knee smash to the face. 1-2-3.

Winner: Drew McIntyre via pinfall in 4 minutes

One cool point for McIntyre’s demeanor, presenting himself as a serious, fierce competitor, which was significantly opposed to Cien’s relaxed and arrogant disposition. The win, in such a short amount of time, reminds us that McIntyre is a seasoned veteran and he may well ascend the ladder in the singles division in a short period of time.

Backstage, nXt General Manager William Regal says Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot will have an opportunity to settle their differences later this evening in singles action.

Coming Up: A promo entitled “Who Is Roderick Strong?- Part 1” will be shown.

Third Segment

Promo: A promo package on Roderick Strong is shown, which combines interview footage of him in his vehicle with clips of him wrestling and working out. He will prove to nXt fans that he is a champion. He feels he hasn’t really told his story yet. He shares about a tragic story from his childhood. His mother is a huge inspiration in his life and she gets a chance to share about how proud she is of his accomplishments. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart helped train his dad in wrestling and him as well. He had his own wrestling ring in his backyard where he worked on his craft and developed his passion for wrestling.

Part 2 will be shown next week.

Singles Match: Kona Reeves vs. Aleister Black

Reeves rushes Black to begin the match but soon falls prey to Black’s high kicks to the chest and face. As Reeves retreats to the ropes, the referee struggles to break up these two. Reeves rushes after Black again, clubbing him in the back. He tries to slam him face first in the turnbuckle but Black stops him, stares him down, and delivers a flurry of strikes to his body. The result: Reeves collapses on the mat.

Black lifts Reeves head up with his foot and connects with Black Mass.

Winner: Aleister Black via pinfall in 1 minute

One cool point for Black’s dominant victory and the flurry of strikes he used to get it. Seriously, it’s hard to even lay a finger on the guy if he’s swinging arms, knees and legs as quickly as he is. It’ll be interesting to see him wrestle a more submission-focused wrestler. I wonder if he could defend against that type of offense. If Black keeps winning like this, we can expect him to have a major part in the next few Takeovers.

Backstage, Ruby Riot is asked about being able to settle the score with Nikki Cross. The two of them keep clashing. Ruby says she could probably support SAnitY’s non-conformist tendencies but the problem is that SAnitY is pushing their ways on everyone else. Ruby says when she’s pushed, she pushes back. Her ultimate goal: the nXt Women’s Championship.

Fourth Segment

Outside the arena, Andrade “Cien” Almas is approached by one of the nXt interviewers to discuss his match. Cien is too busy to talk, flanked by two ladies and more who await him in the SUV limo. He leaves without saying anything…off to party.

As Ruby Riot walks down to the ring, she’s attacked by Cross from behind. Cross slams Ruby back-first into the ring apron. She tries to drag Ruby to the back but Ruby slams her head on the ramp, then follows it with a suplex.

Cross throws Ruby into the side of the entrance stage as referees try to break up the two of them. Ruby punches a security guard aside and flies off the stage, hitting Cross and the officials with a crossbody. The fight continues and, once again, the referees pull the ladies apart. There are 4 officials holding Cross horizontally, by each limb as they struggle up the ramp to the backstage area.

Singles Match: Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot

Match never starts.

One cool point for the intensity shown by Cross and Riot. Prolonging their eventual clash in the ring creates the kind of suspense I only wish we’d see on other shows. If they were on the main roster, they would have fought three times in three weeks and traded wins back and forth, leading to a PPV match. That match wouldn’t be as intriguing. When these two do fight, it’s gonna be exciting.

Backstage, GM Regal is standing with the nXt Women’s Champion, Asuka. He says he will determine who the #1 Contender will be by means of a battle royal. That winner will face the champion at Takeover: Chicago next month. Asuka scoffs at him.

Fifth Segment

WWE United Kingdom Championship Match: Tyler Bate (c) vs. Jack Gallagher

From the opening grapple, Bate has Gallagher in a wristlock. Gallagher spins around and reverses it. He brings Bate to the mat. Bate kips up, puts Gallagher in a headlock and brings him to his knees. Side headlock. He wrenches it in. Gallagher’s on all fours and he handstands his way free…that was neat.

The two grapple again. Gallagher with a full nelson on Bate. Bate marches a bit and forces his way free via a Johnny Saint-esque maneuver. Single leg takedown by Gallagher and he’s twisting the left ankle before moving back to the wrist. Gallagher adjusts his moustache as he works the wrist. He covers the left arm of Bate with his back and Bate’s shoulders are down. The referee counts 1-2-… kickout by Bate. Hip toss by Gallagher and a side headlock on Bate. Bate and Gallagher trade pinfall attempts and are rolling around pretty good here.

Gallagher and Bate into the ropes…Gallagher does a back roll as Bate hangs on to the ropes and the two stare each other down as…

We go to commercial break.

On the return, Gallagher’s twisting that left wrist of the champion and manipulating the fingers on that hand as well. Gripping the wrist, he flips Bate to the mat and keeps hanging on to it. Bate tries to break free, even flipping Gallagher to the mat but Gallagher hangs on and forces Bate back to the mat. Bate tries falling to his back and kicking Gallagher over him but that doesn’t break the hold.

Gallagher locks the wrist between his feet and leans back. Bate’s in pain as Gallagher employs some truly unique offense to contort Bate’s body and hurt his wrists and arms. Cover for a 2 count.

Still twisting that wrist, Gallagher and Bate enter into a test of strength. Bate muscles Gallagher to the mat and the referee makes a few 2 counts before Gallagher kips up and flips Bate over himself with his feet. Amazing core strength shown by both wrestlers as they simultaneously bridge up from the mat, staring at each other upside-down.

Dropkick by Gallagher on Bate. Bate catches him with a quick jab and then a German suplex for a pinfall attempt, but he doesn’t get much leverage on the bridge pin.

Bate tries to lift Gallagher up for a slam but Gallagher wraps his legs around Bate and contorts that left wrist again. Bate is slowed down by this but he still muscles his way into suplexing Gallagher. Pinfall attempt for a 2 count.

McGuinness asks if strength can beat technique as Gallagher is approached on the apron by Bate. Bate punches Gallagher to the outside. He runs the ropes and gets caught by a headbutt from Gallagher. The champion is stunned and dazed.

Gallagher rolls in. He headbutts Bate again! 1-2- kickout by Bate. Close call there.
European uppercut by Gallagher…another one and he returns to the wristlock strategy. Bate is close to tapping but tries to throw Gallagher into the ropes. Reversal. Somersault kick from Bate and….Tiger Driver ’97! That was a quick turn of events and Bate gets the victory!

Winner, and still UK Champion: Tyler Bate via pinfall in 10 minutes

Two cool points for both gentlemen for presenting the kind of match we haven’t seen much of on nXt weekly programming. Jack Gallagher’s focus on the wrist of Tyler Bate and the nimbleness, yes, the nimbleness he displayed in the ring was fascinating to watch. Bate matched him well and endured the submission attempts well to catch Gallagher off-guard with a quick combination of his most powerful offensive manoeuvres.

This is the kind of match that I would watch again and the kind of match that makes you a fan of both wrestlers.

Looking forward to your thoughts and cool point suggestions for tonight’s show.