The Superstar Shake-up is notable for moves between Raw and SmackDown LIVE, but don’t forget that some NXT Superstars make the leap every once in a while as well. Raw seems to have gotten a good haul from Full Sail, as The Viking Experience — the reigning NXT Tag Team Champions on the black-and-gold brand — teamed with The Revival to handily knock off previous NXT signees Aleister Black & Ricochet and Raw Tag Team Champions Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins in an Eight-Man Tag Team Match.
The newcomers’ impact was immediate, their unorthodox offense — it wasn’t uncommon to see one bodyslamming the other on top of a downed opponent — impossible to counteract. Their instincts were right on point, too, as Erik & Ivar isolated Hawkins, perhaps in the hopes that he might be easier to defeat coming off his losing streak. Ironically, it wasn’t Hawkins who found himself standing alone but Ryder, who bailed his friend out and was the last man standing at the end of a wild brawl, whereupon The Viking Experience closed in on The Ultimate Broski and flattened him with the Fallout for the victory. It’s anybody’s guess what the Raw Tag Team Title picture will look like at the end of the next two days, but it’s a fair guess that these two will be front and center. Good luck to anyone who tries to prove otherwise.
The former champions found their reign saved, in no uncertain terms, by Roode & Gable, who were vocally stewing on the outside — perhaps over the lack of an automatic rematch clause that would give them another crack at the titles. Roode & Gable swarmed The Revival in the middle of the match, notching a disqualification for the champions and giving the attackers a chance to assert themselves against the NXT newcomers. Their attempt to throw hands ended in disastrous fashion, however, as Black & Ricochet sent them ingloriously from the ring before posing ominously in the center of the squared circle. Whether Black & Ricochet would have definitely won the titles is a matter of pure conjecture, but the lasting image of the match left no such doubt: Much like The Revival, Roode & Gable may have picked a fight they aren’t ready for.
Is it possible to be dominant and embattled? The Revival might just be threading that needle, having both re-established the idea of a traditional tag team holding sway over the Raw division and woefully unprepared for a new, left-field crop of opponents from NXT. The “Top Guys’ ” Raw Tag Team Title reign has been stop-and-start enough that they found themselves defending the championships against Aleister Black & Ricochet just three weeks after winning them. And if not for a fateful interference from Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, Dash & Dawson may well have lost them.
Elias came to Louisiana not so much to play a song as bring himself to such a state of peace that he drifted off to unconsciousness, so Aleister Black arrived to give the man precisely what he desired. The former NXT Champion was the last and potentially most fearsome of Full Sail’s new arrivals to make his presence known on Raw, and Elias had luckily seen enough of what came before to be ready for The Dutch Destroyer.
Or, at least, as ready as he could be. The Living Truth fought dirty and fought smart, grounding Black to take away his striking ability. But Aleister fought tougher, blistering Elias with every body part he had available to him, lastly and most greatly with his foot in the form of his wicked Black Mass kick. Good night, sweet prince.
In the weeks before TakeOver: Phoenix, Tommaso Ciampa delivered a shrewd sentiment about his NXT Championship run: The title doesn’t make the man; the man makes the title. After defending his coveted championship in a grueling clash against Aleister Black, the self-proclaimed Greatest Sports-Entertainer Alive has a newer idiom that’s more fitting: Can you stand the reign?
In a fight that will go down as one of NXT’s most hotly anticipated championship rematches, Ciampa and Black fought each other with pure fury. For Ciampa, he wanted nothing more than to preserve his sweet union with “Goldie” – the nickname given to his coveted NXT Championship. For Black, it was correcting the sins committed on the July 25 edition of NXT. The culmination of these storms made way for a wild collision in which The Dutch Destroyer and The Blackheart brutalized each other with every weapon in their arsenals. Black struck Ciampa with more strikes than a bowling lane, lacing him with an assortment of kicks across the chest and jaw. As hard as Black’s hits were, The Blackheart endured, forcing his opponent to exhaust all the maneuvers in his toolbelt.
Ciampa exposed the left knee of Black, dropping him knee-first into the announcer’s table and even locking in a single-leg Boston Crab submission hold to further tenderize the limb. But like Ciampa, Black pushed back. When Ciampa dropped him with the Fairytale Ending, The Dutch Destroyer avoided a pinfall. Infuriated, Ciampa stepped out of the ring to expose the mat on the outside and was met with a knee strike from the flying Dutchman, but the tide swung once the action spilled back into the ring. After kicking out of an impact DDT, Black followed up by clocking the NXT Champion with a Black Mass. But when Black attempted to close the fight with another devastating blow, his wounded knee gave out and left Ciampa the opening to secure the Fairytale Ending and retain “Goldie.”
After weeks of promising to make Johnny Gargano’s career “fade to black,” Aleister Black did just that – and then some. The brutal battle began with Gargano delivering a wicked slap across the face of Black and featured a series of hard-hitting offense and brash statements, but more importantly, it was debt collection for The Dutch Destroyer.
Gargano even channeled his inner #DIY, setting up Black for a Meeting in the Middle, only for The Dutch Destroyer to sit cross-legged and dare his nemesis to go through with the move. After dodging Gargano’s initial attempt at the maneuver, Black was indeed wiped out by a brutal knee to the face, but he somehow got his shoulder off the canvas before the three-count.
After the brutal fight saw the two NXT Superstars continue to go all-out with punishing maneuvers – between Gargano striking Black with a Superkick and Black reversing his opponent’s suicide dive with a jaw-dropping knee – it was a menacing “I will absolve you of your sins” and not one, but two Black Mass kicks from Black to secure what was owed.
At that point, Aleister Black, whom Regal had instructed security to keep out of the building until he spoke with Regal, forced his way to the ring, leaving a trail of downed security personnel in his wake. Dream and Ciampa high-tailed it out of the ring, but Sullivan wasn’t so lucky, and he suffered a Black Mass for it.
An enraged Black turned his attention to Regal and demanded to know where his attacker was. Within seconds, the entire world found out, as Johnny Gargano slid into the ring and blasted The Dutch Destroyer with a superkick before defiantly stating, “I’m right here.”
The blindside attack left Black down and out, while Gargano’s apparent admission of guilt left the NXT Universe speechless.
With one swift and remarkably powerful kick, Aleister Black flattened every Superstar to cross his path on the way to becoming NXT Champion at TakeOver: New Orleans. Black’s nascent title reign, however, will be in jeopardy on Saturday, June 16, at TakeOver: Chicago when he defends the crown against a mammoth who is unlike anyone else he has faced, Lars Sullivan.
Sullivan made that exact, thunderous point when he ambushed the champion on the May 30 edition of NXT. As Black tried to fight off Sullivan, The Dutch Destroyer uncorked his great equalizer, the Black Mass spinning heel kick. Proving to be every bit as quick as he is powerful, Sullivan shockingly caught Black’s strike before dropping him with the Freak Accident.
The stunning scene was a rare example of Black being unable to decimate a foe with his signature move, and it sowed doubt that The Dutch Destroyer will have any better success against Sullivan when they clash for the title in The Windy City.
Has The Freak — who prides himself on being not only a physically intense juggernaut, but also a thinking-man’s competitor inside the ring — cracked the code of Black? Or will the equally dominant Dutch Destroyer find a way to drop the behemoth — with or without Black Mass — en route to retaining NXT’s top crown?
Don’t miss this collision between two of the black-and-yellow brand’s most feared Superstars when it goes down at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, streaming live on WWE Network on Saturday, June 16, at 8 ET/5 PT!
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