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Reader’s Report: WWE NXT Live Event in Newcastle, N.S.W Australia – #DIY vs. Revival, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Roode in Action, More

We’re always looking for reports from any live events our readers are attending – whether they be ROH, WWE, NXT, TNA, or any other independent group you might be a fan of.  If you attend an event, feel free to send in your results and opinions to us at bwentz@ring-rap.com and we’ll post them up.  Thank you to site reader Harry who sent the following in from the WWE NXT live event that took place in Newcastle, Australia.

NXT Live Event, Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, N.S.W. Australia

We showed up about 40 minutes or so early before the show.  A LOT of NXT merchandise floating around.  Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode shirts were everywhere.  Roode has to be killing the merchandising, that “Glorious” shirt is selling like mad.  The crowd was slow to fill in, but did fill in nicely with about 3,000 or so in attendance.

Match #1: TM-61 def. Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss.  Smart on the company’s part to have the Aussies start the show.  They got a good reaction.  I thought Tino and Moss heeled up pretty well though to get some heat.  A decent ten minute opener to start the show.  I hope that they get some character depth to TM-61 so fans can get into them outside of here.

Match #2: Patrick Clark def. Wesley Blake.  Not much reaction for either of these guys but they put on a good match that went about eight minutes.  Clark got some reaction for his offense, and Blake got some Tyler Breeze chants.

Match #3:  Ember Moon def. Aliyah.  Great reaction for Ember and a great showing for both of these women.  They did a roll-up sequence that drew “this is awesome” chants.  The fans cheered them after the finish, where Ember won with her stunner.

Match #4:  #DIY def. The Revival to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship.  These guys put on an awesome match, and both teams got great reactions.  The Revival does such a great job of getting heat and they have so many little mannerisms down.  Gargano got Dawson to tap for the win.

Match #5: Asuka def. Peyton Royce (w/Billie Kay) to retain the NXT Women’s Championship.  The hometown girls, Royce and Kay, got booed even though they’re from Sydney.  Awesome.  Asuka got a great reaction.  Nothing memorable here, but Asuka is a star and she needs some real competition.

After the intermission, William Regal came out to a big ovation.  He said he appreciated the “William Regal” chants the fans gave but he said it was about the fans, not him.  He thanked us for coming and left to loud NXT chants.

Match #6: Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Akira Tozawa.  This was a great back and forth match that the crowd really got into.  They even gave them a great reaction when they left the ring.  Awesome.

It was time for the main event.  Elias Samson got huge heat.  He sang a song insulting AC/DC, the beach, and our faces.  Bobby Roode got a “glorious” reaction and we sang along with his entrance theme.  Joe got respectful applause and a good pop  but not quite what I thought he would.  Tye Dillinger got a great reaction and “10!” chants. Buddy Murphy got a good reaction but I thought he would get more being an Australian.  Shinsuke Nakamura got a huge reaction though as the last face to come out.

Match #7 – Buddy Murphy, Tye Dillinger, and Shinsuke Nakamura def. Elias Samson, Bobby Roode, and Samoa Joe.  Everyone got in their moves, and the crowd was really into this.  Shinsuke finished it off with the Kinshasa to Samson.  After, Dillinger did Nakamura’s pose at the ropes with him, then Murphy joined in as well to a big reaction.  Dillinger and Nakamura left the ring, then Murphy played to the fans and he did a lap around the ring shaking hands and such.

A really fun show and I felt like I got what I expected which was great wrestling and entertainment.  The “10” chant was a far and away winner and the crowd used it every chance they got.  Someone tried to start a CM Punk chant but it got booed out.  I really hope NXT or even the WWE main roster comes back to Newcastle – this is the first time we’ve gotten a WWE brand show since 2006.  NXT really lived up to the hype.

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About Bill Wentz (1520 Articles)
Ring-Rap.com's Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at bwentz@ring-rap.com

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