Shinsuke Nakamura returned and knocked out Samoa Joe
Former tag team partners and NXT Tag Team Champions Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy took to the ring to settle the score. However, just as Murphy looked to be getting the upper hand with a huge dive over the ropes, Samoa Joe put an immediate end to their battle, demolishing both men in reckless fashion.
The submission specialist roared at NXT General Manager William Regal, letting him know the time to make a decision was up. “Bring me Nakamura or bring me my championship,” he growled, holding up the show in the process. Joe did not have to wait long for an answer, as Shinsuke Nakamura made his first appearance since being sent out on a stretcher by Joe.
Wearing a neck brace, the NXT Champion looked to still be feeling the effects of the attack that was supposed to have him out of action for six to 12 weeks. However, The King of Strong Style shocked his rival by ripping off the brace and charging toward the ring. The two warriors went after each other, trading vicious blows, only to be pulled apart by security. Nakamura punched, kicked and kneed his way through the security team, determined to get his hands on Joe.
Though Joe tried to sneak attack the NXT Champion, there was no stopping Nakamura. When the fight spilled back into the ring, Nakamura got the upper hand and drove his knee through Samoa Joe’s face with the Kinshasa. The King of Strong Style let Samoa Joe know that though the submission specialist may have injured him, he didn’t retire him, and he’s ready to fight to keep his NXT Championship.