Episode: NXT #227
Recorded: 30 November 2016
Aired: 21 December 2016
Match duration: 17:19 minutes (plus two commercial breaks)
Stipulation: #1 Contendership Fatal Four Way Elimination Match
Bobby Roode | 2:56 minutes
Andrade “Cien” Almas | 1:37 minutes
Roderick Strong | 0:59 minutes
Tye Dillinger | 1:08 minutes
All four men chose their very own corner and when the bell rang to start the match, everybody was waiting for the first move by anyone else. Finally, Bobby Roode rolled out of the ring and Roderick Strong and Tye Dillinger made the man look strong by joining him at ringside to beat him up. Andrade “Cien” Almas took his time to join as well but then Roderick Strong introduced him to his two feet from inside the ring. This initiated the first one-on-one fighting inside the ring between Andrade “Cien” Almas and Roderick Strong.
Andrade “Cien” Almas took advantage by being rolled back into the ring with Roderick Strong just following after him. He stomped at and chest-slapped Roderick Strong and finally connected with a drop kick that resulted in Andrade “Cien” Almas doing his trademark relaxing pose in the centre of the ring. Unfortunately, we went to the first commercial break here.
After the break, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Roderick Strong were still fighting each other inside the ring. Andrade “Cien” Almas still got the upper hand with crashing himself into Roderick Strong in the corner. Then he dragged him into the centre of the ring, kicked him down with some momentum from the ropes and got a first short cover. But Roderick Strong kicked out.
Bobby Roode briefly appeared at ringside but got kicked out immediately by Andrade “Cien” Almas. He really enjoyed himself at this point and played around with Roderick Strong who tried to recover somehow. Then, Tye Dillinger was about to join but Andrade “Cien” Almas pushed him off the apron, too. Probably the funniest moment of the match happened afterwards when Andrade “Cien” Almas ran towards Roderick Strong but stopped right before him, yelled at him and slapped him. Seriously, I can’t understand why Andrade “Cien” Almas has such a hard stand in NXT. He’s entertaining as hell and most enjoyable as heel and babyface. And he was at his cockiest self in this match. Highly enjoyable!
But Andrade “Cien” Almas was a little too proud about himself. Because now Roderick Strong fought back without actually gaining advantage. So, Roderick Strong ended up lying on the mat again while Andrade “Cien” Almas climbed the back corner for one of his trademark flips. But finally, Tye Dillinger entered the ring and went straight for Andrade “Cien” Almas. He was able to push him down, so both men, Tye Dillinger and Andrade “Cien” Almas appeared as ready for the flipping Andrade “Cien” Almas. Tye Dillinger as the near man avoided any assault but Roderick Strong was put in the perfect position to caught Andrade “Cien” Almas with his knees. And a drop kick by Tye Dillinger made Andrade “Cien” Almas leave the ring.
Tye Dillinger and Roderick Strong now one-on-one against each other inside the ring, trying to figure each other out for too long. Because Bobby Roode finally entered the ring for the first time after more than three minutes of match time and brought both men down with a double lariat. Bobby Roode then shoved Tye Dillinger out of the ring and went after Roderick Strong. The man fought back though and finished this sequence with a backbreaker on his knees and a cover on Bobby Roode. But he kicked out.
Immediately after, Tye Dillinger tried to eliminate Roderick Strong but he kicked out. Both men went at each other until Bobby Roode stomped his way in again. Also Andrade “Cien” Almas was about to come back in but he got kicked away by Roderick Strong. Bobby Roode then got a cover on Roderick Strong but he kicked out again. And another one before Tye Dillinger entered the ring again, just to get tossed out – again.
Bobby Roode then used the ropes to put more damage to Roderick Strong. And when the man tried to fight back, Bobby Roode just used a move from William Regal to shut him up. So, Bobby Roode is a visual clone from Triple H who uses moves from William Regal (the Regal Cutter here, the knee fall to the neck earlier). Got it. This man doesn’t have any unique personality! So, please, stop pretending that he’s got one.
After Andrade “Cien” Almas got kicked off the apron again, Bobby Roode continued his beating on Roderick Strong. But now, Roderick Strong countered by getting his knee into the lower body of his opponent. Bobby Roode rolled out of the ring. And Roderick Strong went flying over the top rope into all of his three opponents. And from here we went to the second commercial break.
After the break, we still had Roderick Strong and Bobby Roode going one-on-one at each other inside the ring. Roderick Strong was just about to run into Bobby Roode but the man caught him with an elbow and got a blatantly cheating cover that the referee surprisingly noticed as one. Now, it was boring and too slow stomping time on Roderick Strong and Tye Dillinger, only interrupted by shoving Andrade “Cien” Almas from near the ring – it was like the running gag of this match.
After a failed cover, Tye Dillinger got kicked out of the ring, too. But Bobby Roode was too slow and did too much posing, so Roderick Strong had been able to recover. Bobby Roode finally ended up being put on top of the near ring corner. And Roderick Strong joined him there. Andrade “Cien” Almas was now able to enter the ring but it was Tye Dillinger who brought all other three men down on the mat again with a vicious triple suplex (?). Tye Dillinger earned himself a Ten Chant for it.
Then down went the knee pad of Tye Dillinger and he sought out Andrade “Cien” Almas as his victim. Andrade “Cien” Almas fought back though and took out Roderick Strong with a drop kick when the man tried to join in. Tye Dillinger used the distraction for a quick cover. But Andrade “Cien” Almas kicked out. And not just this, he also punished Tye Dillinger for it and finally put a boot to his face. He prepared for his running double knee smash and executed it on Tye Dillinger in the corner. But then, Andrade “Cien” Almas was surprised by the Sick Kick by Roderick Strong.
1st eliminated: Andrade “Cien” Almas
(by Roderick Strong at 10:16 minutes)
Roderick Strong recovered earlier than Tye Dillinger and now he didn’t resist like before but kicked Tye Dillinger all around the ring. When Tye Dillinger went back up, he was able to punch back. But he ended back first on the mat again after a bodyslam and got the cover by Roderick Strong. But Tye Dillinger kicked out.
Tye Dillinger then let himself help getting back up by Roderick Strong. But that was only to fool the man. Because just when he was standing, Tye Dillinger got Roderick Strong up on his shoulders to put the Tye Breaker on him.
2nd eliminated: Roderick Strong
(by Tye Dillinger at 12:04 minutes)
What followed was a long standing-off between Tye Dillinger and Bobby Roode, who somehow and finally had entered the ring again. This booking had been obvious and blatant, since both men already faced each other at NXT TakeOver: Toronto just over a month ago. And now they went at each other again with a ferocious fist fight in the centre of the ring.
Tye Dillinger was on fire wish pushing Bobby Roode down to the mat for a couple of times in quick succession. He then did the Ten Stomp with the usual aiding Ten Chant from the crowd. Still his knee pad down, Tye Dillinger went for the Tye Breaker on Bobby Roode but the man got a hold on the top rope. Tye Dillinger somehow carried Bobby Roode in the centre of the ring but the top man overcame and went for the package cover but instead Tye Dillinger got one. Bobby Roode kicked out.
Tye Dillinger then failed with a high boot and got a lariat instead. For some reason, Bobby Roode went outside the ring to catch a chair. But he failed with his attack and got a superkick instead. But Bobby Roode kicked out of the following cover.
Bobby Roode had rolled out to recover and then used the top rope for an attack to Tye Dillinger’s throat. Then Bobby Roode climed the near corner but was caught by Tye Dillinger who again went for the Tye Breaker. But Bobby Roode countered into a spinebuster. He waited too long with his next move though, so at third attempt, Tye Dillinger was able to hit the Tye Breaker on Bobby Roode. Of course, the man still kicked out.
So, what’s better than a basic finishing move? Correct. A finishing move from a higher position. So, Tye Dillinger tried for a Tye Breaker from the middle rope. Bobby Roode fought back, so Tye Dillinger went into the centre of the ring again. Again, Bobby Roode countered and put Tye Dillinger right onto the top turnbuckle. He somehow came down and Bobby Roode hit his excuse of a finisher (DDT) on Tye Dillinger.
3rd eliminated: Tye Dillinger
(by Bobby Roode at 17:19 minutes)
Winner: Bobby Roode
I chose this match for my list of Best NXT Matches of 2016 because it was highly entertaining, even though it got its blatantly obvious winner. Bobby Roode is pushed to hell because, probably, he can’t go over himself. The man arrived with a lot of hype, the fans want to see him on top (for reasons I don’t get) and the hype from NXT officials hasn’t slowed down one tiny bit ever since.
So, one good thing about this match was that Bobby Roode wasn’t seen much. Andrade “Cien” Almas was enjoyable and entertaining all around and I only hope that he finally is treated better by the NXT fans in 2017. But he needs a good storyline to show all of his potential. And probably better English.
I’m still not sure, what’s in the plans for Tye Dillinger. He can lose high profile matches and is still over with the fans. The best for him still is the number ten entrant to the Royal Rumble match in January. And this will possibly happen. Would be a great moment for him. But afterwards, he won’t be a big star or main eventer in WWE unfortunately. There are gimmick that only work in NXT. And I’m afraid that The Perfect Ten doesn’t work in WWE.