Sheamus is set to appear tonight on NXT, presumably in the main event. Look forward to that match along with an appearance by Adam Rose. Also expect to see diva's competition as the BFFs continue to harass the other women in the NXT locker room. NXT has been very good the past couple of weeks, hopefully this week's episode will keep up the momentum!
The show opens with Mojo Rawley vs. Bull Dempsey
MATCH: Mojo Rawley vs. Bull Dempsey
Bull starts out with a boot to the midsection to Rawley and goes on to wail on the his back with a series of big right hands. He follows up with a headbutt. Rawley tries to fight back but is driven to the corner. Bull takes Rawley to the mat and delivers several knees. He covers Rawley for the 2 count. He gets Rawley in a headlock. Rawley tries to fight out but Dempsey continues the aggressive offense. He gets Rawley in a reverse chinlock. Rawley fights out with a sideslam followed by a series of big splashes in the corner. He sends Dempsey to the mat and hits his finisher, “The Hyperdrive”, to pick up the 3 count.
WINNER: Mojo Rawley via. Pinfall
CJ Parker is interviewed about his loss to Mojo Rawley. He disses Mojo Rawley for his “lifestyle choices”, specifically his dietary habits. He then says next week he will "humanely" dispose of Mojo Rawley.
The show returns with Tyler Breeze making his way to the ring. Sami Zayn then comes to the ring.
MATCH: Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn
Before the match, Zayn is slapping a little girl's hand and Corey Graves comes out of nowhere and blindsides him. The ringside doctors rule that Zayn is not fit to compete.
Sheamus is interviewed but is interrupted by Aiden English. English introduces himself as someone who is using NXT as a stepping stone to Broadway. Sheamus says that it sounds like English's “stones” haven't dropped yet but he will change that in a match later tonight.
A graphic plays for the upcoming match followed by one for Adam Rose in a match coming up next.
MATCH: Adam Rose vs. Camacho
Rose prances around the ring before locking up with Camacho. Camacho gets Rose in a wristlock but Rose rolls out of it and continues doing rolls around the ring. Adam continues to prance. The two lock up again and delivers a big right hand across Rose's back. Rose continues to taunt Camacho. Camacho is having none of it and slams Rose to the mat. He drives him to the corner and delivers several vicious chops. HE brings rose to the mat with a snapmare and gets a 2 count. He continues the offense with a headlock followed by a legdrop. Camacho gets the 2 count. He sends rose to the corner and mocks rose.
Rose fights back with a flurry of blows followed by a running elbow to the corner. He then delivers a broncobuster followed by a huge spinebuster. Rose hits a huge clothesline and gets the 3 count. The crowd goes wild as his music hits again.
WINNER: Adam Rose via Pinfall
A graphic plays for the upcoming match of Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
MATCH: Sasha Banks with Charlotee vs. Bayley with Natalya
The match starts out with the two women locking up. Sasha drives Bayley to the corner and goes for a big right forearm but Bayley moves. Bayley drives Sasha to the mat but Sasha fights back with a knee to the midsection. Bayley gets Sasha in a submission and drives her to the mat. Bayley puts on Sasha's glasses on and mocks her. She sends Sasha to the corner face-first and goes for the splash but misses. Sasha delivers a dropkick and sends Bayley to the mat. Sasha chokes Bayley on the middle rope followed by a toss to the mat. Sasha covers Bayley for the 2 count.
Sasha continues the aggressive offense and gets the 2 count. Sasha follows up with a snapmare followed by a rear choke hold. She drives Bayley to the corner. Bayley fights out and goes for a dropkick. Bayley misses and Sasha throws her to the outside. Charlotte tries to blindside Bayley but Natalya intercedes. Bayley rolls back in the ring and Charlotte clocks Natalya. Sasha tries to capitalize on the distraction with a roll up, but Bayley reverses and gets the 3 count.
WINNER: Bayley via. Pinfall
Another graphic plays for Aiden English vs. Sheamus
MATCH: Aiden English vs. Sheamus
Aiden gets on the mic and says that NXT is the “theater that the arteest built” and reiterates his Broadway ambitions. Sheamus makes fun of Aiden English and says in Ireland they sing to celebrate. He then asks if he could sing an old Irish song. The crowd chants no. Sheamus gets a clap going and starts singing “The Irish Rover”. Aiden English attacks Sheamus before he finishes.
Sheamus chases English around the ring. They get back in and English beats on Sheamus with a series of boots in the corner. Sheamus fights back with several vicious right hands. English tries to get out of the ring but Sheamus catches him and delivers his signature chops to the chest of English. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but English roles out of the ring.
The show returns with Sheamus beating on English outside the ring. Sheamus throws English back int the ring but he roles out again. Sheamus goes after him but English regains the momentum by knocking him off the apron followed by a big clotheline. He sends Sheamus back in the ring and applies a sleeper hold. He delivers several right hands to Sheamus and gets him tied up in the ropes. Sheamus fights back with several right hands but English stops his momentum with a knee to the midsection.
Sheamus is sent to the corner and fights out with a boot to English's midsection. Sheamus goes to the top rope but English hits him with a neckbreaker. English covers Sheamus for the 2 count. English gets Sheamus in a sleeper hold on the mat. Sheamus fights back with several right hands but English counters with another sleeper hold. Sheamus fights out with several elbows to the gut followed by and a big slam. English gets up and Sheamus hits him with the Brogue Kick for the 3 count.
WINNER: Sheamus via Pinfall
There are some great characters and feuds being developed over the past few weeks. Adam Rose is a ton of fun and a great competitor. I'm always amazed by how much of an impact a gimmick change can have on a wrestler. Adam Rose is getting very over with the crowd and is working his way up the NXT roster. He is certainly more over than Leo Kruger ever was and its only his third week under this gimmick. When I first heard about Adam Rose, I thought it was going to be stupid but for some reason, I think it's great.
Mojo Rawley is gaining a ton of momentum but I personally find his character very annoying. His match tonight was pretty good but, like I said, there is something about his “hyped” persona that I don't like. However, his feud against CJ Parker is perfect and their rematch should prove to be a great match.
The feud between Sami Zayn and Corey Graves is really heating up. After his attack on Zayn tonight Graves is a full blown heel and he fits the role very well. When those two meet up again it is going to be epic. Graves is a very underrated wrestler and Zayn is the best performer in NXT, if not one of the best in the world. With Graves looking to prove himself and Zayn bringing his usual high energy performance, this is shaping up to be another classic feud featuring the former El Generico.
Besides these developments, Aiden English put on an impressive showing tonight against Sheamus. In a single match, he went from a midcard comedy act to a serious threat in NXT. It doesn't matter that he lost, he still looked very good.
NXT is really delivering lately and is giving the main roster a serious run for its money. With the up and comers in NXT nipping at their heels, it should improve the overall performance of the main roster superstars and I think it already has. WWE is putting out its best product in quite some time and this is in no small part due to the amazing performances seen on NXT.
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