Nakamura is in no mood to play games anymore as he hits Perkins with a series of strikes. He follows it up with a running knee to the corner which he follows up with a single leg backstabber and a reverse Exploder Suplex.
As Perkins got back to his feet, Nakamura hit him with the Kinshasa to pin him.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. TJ Perkins
What a great match to end this episode of NXT. Both men impressed, especially TJ Perkins. This match just showed what the WWE Cruiserweight Division could have been if booked correctly.
We come back from commercial to see Nakamurain control as TJP avoids an attempted Kinshasa before hitting Nakamura with an elbow drop on the knee. Nakamura isn't happy and he hits back with an enzeguiri before hitting TJP with the "Good Vibrations" in the corner.
Nakamura kip ups out of a lock before mocking TJP's dab. TJP follows it up with a hurracanrana that sends TJP crashing out of the ring. Perkins then goes for the springboard dropkick to the outside by he crashes on the apron as Nakamura dodges and knocks him down before hitting his trademark running knee on the apron.
Kassius Ohno is in an interview with Tom Phillips. Ohno reminisces of how he was there when they were setting up the performance center. Ohno then adds that wrestling was the first thing he was ever good at and he's wrestled all over the world but WWE was the first time he ever doubted himself.
He then added that until he wins the NXT Championship, his doubts will not be answered.
Lun briefly fought back with a missile dropkick and a spin kick but Almas took him down with clothesline before picking Lun back up and hitting the Hammerlock DDT. Almas then covered Lun for the win. Another impressive performance from Andrade 'Cien' Almas.
We get a backstage video of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce looking for a place to house their NXT Breakout Star of the Year plaque when they come across Ember Moon. This leads to a Ember Moon vs Billie Kay match being announced for later tonight.
The numbers prove to be too much for Jose and Dillinger. SANITy overpower them and beat them down as Dain and Wolfe hit Jose with a running dropkick/Powerslam combo. EY hit Dillinger with a Wheel Barrow neckbreaker.
Shinsuke Nakamura makes his long-awaited in-ring return
Shinsuke Nakamura not only lost his NXT Championship to Bobby Roode at TakeOver: San AntonioJan. 28, but he also suffered a knee injury that forced him out of action for weeks.
The King of Strong Style has since been on the sidelines, watching as Roode has proclaimed NXT to be under his gloriousness.After weeks of updates and hearing about Nakamura training for a return, the NXT Universe finally gets to see the man himself in action, when he has his first match in more than a month tonight on NXT.
Will WWE Performance Center confrontation lead to further drama on NXT?
WWE.com has learned through exclusive video from the WWE Performance Center that there was a confrontation between Peyton Royce, Billie Kay and Ember Moon.
These competitors are no strangers to one another, having all battled inside the squared circle before, though it’s clear that their ongoing conflict has reached new heights.With each of the three competitors believing they’re deserving of a NXT Women’s Title opportunity against Asuka, will we see rising tensions boil over on NXT tonight? Find out at 8/7 C, on WWE Network.