NXT In A Nutshell: Roadblock On The Way To Philadelphia

It's a good night for another NXT in a Nutshell, and this time we have ourselves a Roadblock on the way to Philadelphia.

Roadblock On The Road To Philadelphia
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It’s a good night for another NXT in a Nutshell, and this time we have ourselves a Roadblock on the way to Philadelphia.

Yes, it’s another one of those semi-big shows in between NXT’s really big shows.

Which, big though they may be, still feel not quite the same as the old TakeOver format. But I digress.

It does feel like a pretty big deal though, if I am being honest.

Bron Breakker and Baron Corbin defend their tag titles against Chase U.

The Kabuki Warriors take a trip back to NXT to defend their tag titles against Lyra Valkyria and Tatum Paxley.

And in the biggest match of the evening? The Don of NXT faces off against Carmelo Hayes.

The winner of that clash gets Ilja Dragunov in Philly.

So…let’s get right to it, shall we? It is time for…

NXT In A Nutshell: Roadblock On The Way To Philadelphia

Let’s crack this open and get into it!

Best Match of the night:

This one is a tough call…because most every match tonight would likely get votes.

Dijak and Gacy in a steel cage…to open things?! Crazy good.

The men’s tag match was strong.

Not to be left out, the women’s tag title match delivered.

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Carmelo against Tony D’Angelo was a really good match and should help elevate Tony D.

That was how good Roadblock was.

Worst match of the night:

As I used to say way back when I did these the last time? Something has to go here, right?

Spears against Uriah making his debut. Just because it was short and uneventful, other than to reintroduce us to Spears.

The action after was nice though.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Welcome back


That’s your father

Whoop that trick

Star of the Night

Big points for Tony D’Angelo with a huge win…biggest for him so far maybe?

I mean, the tag title win was big…but now he has a chance to earn singles gold in South Philly, not too far from the Rocky statue.

Nice return for Trick Williams too.

Roadblock On The Way To Philadelphia
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Spot of the Night:

That stomp by Roxy on Lyra is hard to ignore.

Roadblock On The Way To Philadelphia
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Plenty of good carnage in the cage match too. Seriously, Gacy wrestled a good bit with duct tape over his eyes.

Jobber of the Night:

Uriah, losing his NXT debut to the returning Shawn Spears.

Or, Tatum Paxley, because there was no way the Kabuki Warriors were losing, the same as there was no chance Valkyria was taking the loss while NXT Champ.

Upset of the Night:

Melo was not happy with the music playing during his match. He was even more unhappy after.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Roxanne Perez leaving no doubt about a heel turn with a really brutal looking shot to Lyra’s arm after the tag title match.

Regal got back on TV…and certainly didn’t expect him and Charlie to sort of be a bit…at odds?

Botch of the night:

Paxley had some weak looking kicks.

Melo might not miss, but some of Trick’s shots looked like they did.

Can’t say I blame him though, he seemed quite hyped up to be back and in action.

Commentary of the night:

Vic and Booker is fun.

I will say it…Vic reminds me a bit of Joey Styles.

LOL Moment of the night:

You have to laugh at the NXT crowd chanting “that’s your father” as William Regal came down to talk to Charlie Dempsey and the rest of the No Quarter Catch Crew.

Also, honorable mention to Dempsey’s facial expressions during the segment before Regal came down

Noteworthy Moment:

Just going to leave this one here…because it just impresses me that he performed how he did.

Overall lowlights:


Overall highlights:

Just like that, it sure seems like the Stand and Deliver card should be easier to project.

Ava announced a tag tournament to decide who takes the gold off of Bron and Corbin.

Roxanne surely wants a date with Lyra for that title.

Trick and Melo should probably steal the show.

Ilja and Tony D will do battle.

As with any classic TakeOver before it…this card is shorter, but very sweet.

After the final bell:

Not going to lie or exaggerate, but that was a really fun show.

Roadblock on the way to Philadelphia indeed!

Some obvious surprises (like Trick) but still nice because he didn’t interfere (not exactly).

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Regal back on TV was unexpected, considering recent reports. Sol Ruca is back too.

This one hit all the right notes on the way to Philadelphia and Stand and Deliver.

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