NXT videos: Strong, Roode exchange fisticuffs in grudge match

Roderick Strong def. Bobby Roode

Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Roode: WWE NXT, Aug. 30, 2017

The bitter rivalry between Roderick Strong and new SmackDown LIVE Superstar Bobby Roode finally comes to a head. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Knowing that this would be his final chance to settle the score with former NXT Champion Bobby Roode before Roode joins SmackDown LIVE full-time, Roderick Strong unleashed all his rage on The Glorious One. The Messiah of the Backbreaker nailed one vertebrae-breaker after another, giving Roode’s chiropractor fodder for nightmares.

Roode took control after a spinebuster on the floor and, late in the contest, drilled Strong with the Glorious DDT. Yet, Strong survived the pin attempt by draping his foot on the bottom rope, recalling the way Roode narrowly avoided losing the NXT Title to Strong in July. Perhaps remembering all of the personal insults that The Glorious One said about his family, Strong found a new gear and, after connecting with several knee strikes, tossed Roode with back-to-back End of Heartache backbreakers, winning the match and ending one of NXT’s most bitter rivalries.

Drew McIntyre then came to the stage and pointed in Strong's direction, seemingly indicating that he considers Strong worthy of a title opportunity after his hard-fought win. Suddenly, McIntyre was jumped from behind by the hell-raising triumvirate of Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish. Cole DDT’ed the NXT Champion onto the ramp, and the trio batted away security guards before exiting through the crowd. All three brashly declared that NXT now belongs to them as they walked out of the building, leaving NXT General Manager William Regal to fume over their actions.

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