Last week's show saw a great match between Sami Zayne and Cory Graves. In addition to this, we saw the incredibly fun premiere of Adam Rose, Charlotte pull a fast one on Emma and Adrian Neville take down Camacho in a matter of minutes. This week expect to see Xavier Woods take on Alexander Rusev in what will probably be a total squash. NXT is really picking up momentum since its premiere on the WWE Network and I can't wait to see what's in store for tonight.
Tonight's episode starts out with a non-title Diva's match between Paige and Sasha Banks accompanied by Charlotte.
MATCH: Paige vs. Sasha Banks
The match starts out with Sasha snatching Paige's shirt from her hands and making fun of it. Paige delivers a boot to the midsection followed by a toss by the hair sending Sasha to the mat. Paige throws her shirt into the crowd. She follows with another toss into the corner and delivers a choke with her boot. Paige gets the 2 count. Sasha fights back by driving Paige into the corner and delivering a series of slaps followed by a toss of her own. She gets the 2 count on Paige and follows with a sleeper submission to Paige's neck. Paige fights out but is quickly sent to the mat by Sasha. Sasha continues the aggressive offense with a choke on the middle rope. She takes Paige to the mat with a snapmare and gets her in another submission hold. Paige fights out by driving Sasha into the corner and following with a series of clothesline. She delivers a dropkick and gets Sasha in her modified Scorpion Crosslock. Sasha taps out giving the win to Paige.
Charlotte attacks Paige after the match. Natalya's music hits and she comes to the ring to make the save.
WINNER: Paige via Submission
A video plays recapping Cory Grave's talking smack on Sammi Zayn and beating up Yoshi Tatsu. It also shows a recap of Zayn's victory over Grave's later in the night. Zayn is interviewed and talks about how Grave's talked smack on his win/loss record yet failed to beat him last week.
The show returns with a slideshow of Mojo Rawley at NXT:Arrival. It cuts to a promo of Mojo in the locker room saying NXT:Arrival was the biggest night of his life saying he showed everyone what he was all about.
MATCH: The Ascension vs. Travis Tyler and Cal Bishop
The match starts with victor laying out Travis tyler and making the tag to Konner. He pummels into Tyler a few times and tags in Victor. He drives Tyler into the corner, delivers a few hard chops and follows with a back body drop. Cal Bishop is tagged in and drives Victor to the corner. Victor fights out and tags in Konner. Travis Tyler is tagged in. Konner drives Tyler into the corner and crashes into him. Victor is tagged in but quickly tags back in to Konner. After a few boots Victor is tagged back in and delivers a huge Guillotine knee to Tyler from he top rope. Konner is tagged back in and they deliver their finisher, the Fall of Man, for the 3 count.
WINNER: The Ascension via Pinfall
A graphic plays for Rusev vs. Xavier Woods
Renee Young joins the commentary team as the show returns.
MATCH: Mason Ryan vs. Wesley Blake
The two lock up with Blake locking in a headlock early on. Ryan fights out and delivers a big knee to Blake's midsection. Ryan reverses with a fireman's carry and gets Blake in an armbar. Blake fights out and drives Ryan to the corner. Ryan reverses and delivers a series of blows to Blake, sending him to the mat. Blake fights back and goes for the crossbody but is caught by Ryan. Ryan slams him to the mat and then sends him to the corner. Ryan goes for a shoulder block in the corner but Blake moves just in time. Blake seizes the opportunity and begins to work the shoulder of Ryan. Ryan fights out with a big right hand followed by a big boot. He delivers a big slam to Blake and gets the 3 count.
WINNER: Mason Ryan via Pinfall
An interview plays of Bayley plugging the WWE Network. Charlotte and Sasha come on camera and make fun of both Bailey and Bret Hart. Bayley grabs the cutout of Summer Rae and mocks her. Natalya comes on and puts the two Diva bullies in their place by talking about how Bret Hart beat Ric Flair for the title.
A graphic plays again for Rusev vs. Woods
The show returns with Xavier Woods coming to the ring. Alexander Rusev is expected to come out but instead Tyler Breeze's music plays and he comes to the ring. He gets on the mic and asks Woods to let him get his revenge and face Rusev instead. Rusev and Lana come to the ring. Breeze blindsides Woods leaving him helpless on the mat.
MATCH: Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev
Woods struggles to his feet and Rusev immediately begins delivering huge kicks to a cornered Woods. He delivers several elbows to Woods' shoulder and drives him to the corner. He goes for more kicks but they are blocked by woods. Woods fights back with a kick and and series of chops. Woods tries to gain momentum but is caught by Rusev. He goes for a huge Samoan drop but botches. It takes its tole on Woods nonetheless. Rusev delivers a huge slam to Xavier Woods and locks in the Accolade aka the Camel Clutch. Woods taps out.
WINNER: Alexander Rusev via Submission
A graphic plays for the upcoming match between Bo Dallas and Colin Cassidy
A graphic plays announcing Sheamus will be on NXT next week.
An interview plays with Adrian Neville but Bo Dallas comes on camera saying he and and everybody else is sick of Neville. Neville slaps him across the face and Bo storms off.
A replay plays of Bo Dallas invoking his rematch clause against Adrian Neville
MATCH: Colin Cassidy vs. Bo Dallas
The match starts up with the two locking up and Cassidy sends Dallas to the mat. Dallas gets Cassidy into a headlock but Cassidy fights out and follows with a shoulder check, sending Bo to the mat. Dallas regains his composure and the two square up again. Bo Dallas drives Cassidy to the corner and delivers a few blows to his head. Cassidy fights out with a scoop slam followed by several elbows. He covers Dallas for a 2 count. Dallas rolls outside.
When he returns to the ring they lock up gain. Bo gets Cassidy into a headlock. Cassidy tres to fight out but Dallas grabs the hair and returns Cassidy to the headlock. Cassidy fights out and sends Bo Dallas to the outside.
The action returns with Cassidy pulling Bo Dallas into the ring by his hair. Dallas slams Cassidy's neck into the top rope. He rolls back in the ring and gets a 2 count. Dallas keeps up the aggressive offense with a series of blows. A big elbow to the face sends Cassidy to the mat. Bo gets Cassidy in a headlock. Cassidy's shoulders go to the mat. He gets them up for a 2 count. Cassidy fights out with a series of hard right hands but Bo retaliates with a huge clothesline for a 2 count.He beats on Cassidy with a few right hands and gets another 2 count.The NXT crowd chants "Bo-ring". Bo delivers an elbow followed by a clothesline for a 2 count. Cassidy fights back and whips Bo Dallas very hard into the corner. Cassidy follows up with several right hands followed by a knee to the head of Dallas. He covers Bo and gets a 2 count. He goes for a body slam but Bo fights out. Cassidy delivers a big boot and gets another 2 count. Bo fights back with a boot to the the head of Cassidy. He hits the DDT for the 3 count
WINNER: Bo Dallas via Pinfall
This was another good episode of NXT. It wasn't anything incredible, but the wrestlers tonight put on an entertaining show. Mason Ryan's match was excellent and the two really know how to work in the ring. It was a very fluid match that went back and forth until Ryan hit his finisher and picked up the win. Both Rusev and the Ascension won in squash matches tonight which was excellent as it helped build their monstrous personas. Paige put on a good showing as usual as the NXT Diva's division continues to heat up and put the main roster Diva's to shame. Bo Dallas' match against Colin Cassidy was deservedly the main event. While I can't stand Bo Dallas, I do respect his in ring work and his ability to tell a story in a match. I don't understand why the fans were chanting "you can't wrestle" and "bo-ring". I'm sure many of them were doing it just to get on the nerves of the heel Bo, but something tells me that many of them just want to see spotfests and get bored by a slow build up in a match that is based more on pure wrestling than acrobatics. Nonetheless, the NXT crowd is always lively and just as much a part of the show as the wrestlers. "You can't wrestle" chants, however, are one of my pet peeves when it comes to a wrestling crowd. Sometimes they are justified, but most of the time it is just fans being arrogant and disrespectful.
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