Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 1/18/17: The Glorious Shiba Inu

By Nicholas Jason Lopez


“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.






(Aired 1/18/17)

The Glorious Shiba Inu 

– The opening video hyped the contact signing segment between NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode. It pretty much wrote itself. Hopefully they’d so something to make this feud personal.

– The Nikki Cross-Kennedy Lewis match was too short to be anything besides its purpose to build Cross up as a big threat to NXT Women’s Champion Asuka when she’d take part in the Fatal Four-Way at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio along with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce for the Title, respectively. Lewis got in a lucky first strike and it was all Cross from then on as she took her down with a Lou Thesz press. The spinning neckbreaker spelled Lewis’ downfall and that was that.

– The No Way Jose/Kona Reeves backstage segment was random, but they at least played off their history with logic. Jose rambled on about wanting a “constant fiesta” when Reeves criticized him because Jose chose to save WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann instead of him when attacked by SAniTY in Toronto. Reeves has potential that needs some polishing, but would’ve been nice if commentary had dropped his name. We actually forgot who he was for a brief moment there.

– The Revival/TM61 backstage segment was for the purpose to have the two fight later on. Revival felt they deserved another Tag Title shot and TM61 were there to argue that point. Scott Dawson in particular was impressive, even as he referred to the team as the “Tilapia of NXT.” Whenever Revival promises to cripple somebody, they tend to be right. See how that one goes.

– The Roderick Strong-Steve Cutler match was another exhibition showing for Strong, who suddenly found himself tangled in a feud with Andrade “Cien” Almas. If you guessed, this was over Almas being upset that Strong eliminated him in the NXT Championship #1 Contender Fatal Four-Way Elimination. We guess that makes sense. The reasons for these feuds make sense, but there’s not a lot of life to them. As far as Cutler, he had newer music than we remembered and came off like a tough redneck. He was noted to be a former marine corp, so it wasn’t far off. Strong connected with a stiff chop early on before Cutler got the brief advantage. He trash-talked Strong and mocked the idea of “Roddy Vs. The World” that he ran a mile with in Ring Of Honor. Eventually, the running knee/Sick Kick combo was too much to overcome and Cutler was done. This was predictable, but we liked how they had Strong imitate Almas’ spinning elbows. Strong’s post-match promo was average, but sent the message that he didn’t care what Almas thought about him and came to be NXT Champion. Yeah, that’s a very Roddy thing to say. As expected, it set up the later announced Strong-ACA match for TakeOver: San Antonio.

– The Ember Moon/Liv Morgan backstage segment went down the “friendly challenge” route, as they both looked to prove to the other whom was more fit to challenge whoever was still NXT Women’s Champion after San Antonio. That was basically it. That bout was set for next week.

– The Tye Dillinger/SAniTY/Damo in-ring segment had the angle of “What’s next for Dillinger?” as they teased another Dillinger retirement from recent losses. Big chants of “Royal Rumble” and “Number 10” came about as he began his promo. He went down the “I don’t know if I have it anymore” route, which was a perfect transition for Eric Young to try to recruit him with a good argument. On two occasions, Dillinger was offered the jacket (heel turn tease) and instead dropped it onto the floor. That set up Dillinger cleaning house with Wolfe/Young and Damo’s surprise spear attack. Afterwards, Damo set Dillinger down with an inverted sit-out powerbomb and he accepted the jacket from Young. Guess that means we have a new SAniTY member. We dig it. As we figured, that also set up a Dillinger-Young match for San Antonio.

– The TM61-Revival match opened with the typical Revival game plan to target a body part and exploit it. The victim this time was Shane Thorne’s knee. Dawson laid on some more trash-talk as Revival delivered a Shatter Machine to Thorne, but Nick Miller was now the legal man against Dash Wilder. Not much in the way of action but a nice finish, as we saw Miller roll up Wilder for the pin as Dawson was held back by Thorne. A post-match beatdown was ensued by Revival, as they did a Shatter Machine on Miller and several double-teams to further injure Thorne’s knee. Slips Revival back into their classic roles. This will probably set up a bout for San Antonio, but nothing was made official here.

– The Nakamura/Roode/General Manager William Regal contract signing segment showed potential. We already knew the parade of catchy entrances coming our way. As far as the exchange, Roode did a good job as he put Nakamura over as an excellent competitor who beat the likes of Finn Balor and Samoa Joe. He laid in a few insults about “The King Of Strong Style” and his well, style of a “half haircut,” “Michael Jackson jacket” and mocked the “Good Vibrations” dance for a laugh. Nakamura’s “Shiba Inu” response was worth a funny chant. The “big moment” was Nakamura preventing Roode from saying “Glorious” as he did it himself instead. They each promised to beat the other, but Nakamura got the final pose. We knew they could carry a talking segment, but it’s in the ring that intrigues us the most. Guess we’ll find out at San Antonio.






Quick Results

  • Nikki Cross (w/Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young) def. Kennedy Lewis via pinfall 
  • Roderick Strong def. Steve Cutler via pinfall 
  • TM61 def. The Revival via pinfall 

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

Posted on June 19, 2017, in NXT, WWE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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