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NXT at The Download Festival (Day 2) Recap (by LOP columnist, Ryan "Leaf" Plant)
By The Doc
Jun 11, 2017 - 9:11:53 PM

LOP columnist, Ryan "Leaf" Plant, attended the NXT shows at the Download Festival in England Friday and Saturday night. Here are the results and his thoughts:

Friday Late Session

United Kingdom Championship
Trent Seven vs. Pete Dunne (c)

Pete Dunne defeated Trent Seven with the Bitter End in a hard-hitting match with several near falls for the challenger.

After the match, Mark Andrews came to the ring and signalled that he was coming for the belt next, after he had won a #1 Contendership match earlier in the day. Saturday, Mandrews challenges the Bruiserweight!

NXT Tag Team Championship
Jack Gallagher and Wolfgang vs. Authors of Pain (c)

Authors of Pain defended their belts via a chop block / clothesline combination in a match which saw Jack Gallagher play the face in peril. Gallagher received several reactions during the match with numerous "Jacky Boy" chants.

Tino Sabatelli vs. Lars Sullivan

Lars Sullivan defeated Tino Sabatelli with a uranage followed by a top rope splash. Lars played the monster face here and was billed as "The Freak", as if Rob Terry never existed apparently. Tino drew some decent heel heat and looks to have improved immensely since the last time that we saw him in singles competition on NXT, away from his team with Riddick Moss. The crowd became disinterested in this match though after they heard Prophets of Rage playing "Killing In The Name Of" from the main stage in the arena - no fault of the performers.

Aliyah, Kassius Ohno and Drew McIntyre vs. Nikki Cross, Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe

Drew McIntyre picked up the win for his team with the Claymore kick on Wolfe. Ohno played the face in peril some time. Drew McIntyre received a HUGE reaction and looked very much a star here.

Riddick Moss vs. Aleister Black

Aleister Black won with the Black Mass in a surprisingly competitive match. Riddick looked like he could more than hold his own here. Black was the third most over star behind Drew McIntyre and Pete Dunne.


Saturday Late Session

Alexander Wolfe w/ Nikki Cross defeated Jack Gallagher

The match featured all the usual Gallagher comedy spots along with a "smack his bum" chant. Jack Gallagher after some gentlemanly hesitation decided to do so whilst Wolfe was on all fours. Nikki yelled at the crowd - telling us that it was our fault. The finish came when Wolfe hit a huge sit-out powerbomb on Gallagher. Jack fought off the post-match attack however for a rousing cheer.

Roderick Strong defeated Tyson T-Bone

Big pop for Roddy but the crowd did not care for T-Bone one bit. At one point there was a "Strong and Stable" chant in reference to the UK Prime Minister and Supreme Overlord of Inevitable Doom, Theresa May. The lead rapper of the band Hacktivist attacked T-Bone at one point after he was provoked, it was basically the same as the Gronk spot at Wrestlemania. Strong won shortly afterwards off the distraction.

Drew McIntyre defeated Killian Dain

There were several hair related chants for Dain such as "Hairy Bastard". Dain was on top for most of the match and we saw Drew have to play the underdog for the first time since he returned to NXT. There was a great fall when McIntyre hit a superplex and immediately lifted Dain for the Futureshock DDT. The finish came when Drew hit the Claymore Kick on the Sanity member.

NXT Women's Championship
Asuka (c) defeated Ember Moon

This match was GREAT with lots of stiff kicks and a split crowd. Ember went to hit the Eclipse but Asuka grabbed the referee. Moon improvised and hit a crossbody instead over the referee and onto the champion but Asuka rolled it through into her own pinfall for the win.

WWE UK Championship
Pete Dunne (c) defeated Mark Andrews w/ Junior

Mark Andrews' bandmates accompanied him to the ring, perhaps as a result of what happened earlier in the day when Pete Dunne attacked Mark Andrews at the end of their set! This was similar to the Asuka - Ember match in both crowd reaction and build. Dunne picked up the win with the Bitter End.

NXT Championship
Bobby Roode (c) defeated Kassius Ohno

There were early pops for Roode mostly due to his entrance theme but he managed to have the fans jeering him within no time. Unfortunately I personally had to leave before the finish but heard Roode's music play from the tent as I was leaving and turned around to see his hand raised.

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