Samoa Joe blindsided Shinsuke Nakamura, causing the NXT Champion to be stretchered out of arena
Former NXT Champion Samoa Joe kicked off the show in a reflective mood, saying that he was a “disgrace” during his title run, admitting he destroyed friendships. However, Joe made it clear that he makes no apologies for his past actions as he was the champion of the hottest brand in the world.
Joe proceeded to call out current NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura so he could talk to the titleholder face-to-face. Joe informed The King of Strong Style that when he is cleared to return to the ring he wants his rematch, which the champion accepted.
Unfortunately, Joe’s change in attitude appeared to be nothing more than a ruse. After shaking Nakamura’s hand and leaving the ring, a fiery Joe returned to blindside Nakamura on the stage, ultimately slamming him on top of the steel steps outside the ring. As a result, the NXT Champion needed to be carted out on a stretcher and taken to a local medical facility.