Last week on NXT we saw a controversial ending to a battle royal for the #1 contender for the NXT Championship. This week expect to see a triple threat match between Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, and Tyson Kidd to determine who will face Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship. Also this week, the NXT Diva's Championship tournament enters its semi-finals round. Expect to see one or both of those matches on tonight's episode.
The show starts out with a video replay of the battle royal from last week.
MATCH: The Ascension vs. Buddy Murphy and Elias Sampson
Buddy Murphy and Viktor start the match out. Viktor dominates early on and tags in Konnor. Konnor drives Buddy into the corner and stomps him. Viktor is tagged in and knocks Elias Sampson off the apron. Viktor and Konnor deliver the Fall of Man for the 3 count.
WINNER: The Ascension via Pinfall
The Ascension get on the mic and talk about how dominant they have been in NXT. El local and Kalisto come out and challenge The Ascension to a match.
Sami Zayn is interviewed backstage and asked about how he feels about his odds in the triple threat match. Zayn says that he obsessed with getting to the top of NXT, and when he's obsessed with something, he doesn't give up until he gets it.
MATCH: Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte w/Sasha Banks
The match starts out with Bliss jumping on Charlotte's back. Charlotte fights back but Bliss rolls up Charlotte for a 1 count. Charlotte comes back with a knee to the midsection for a 2 count. Charlotte chokes Bliss on the middle rope and applies the abdominal stretch. Bliss rolls up Charlotte again for a 1 count. Charlotte fights back and drives BLISS into the corner for the 2 count. Charlotte applies the abdominal stretch again. Bliss rolls her up again but doesn't even get a 1 count. Bliss goes off the ropes but gets caught by Charlotte with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Charlotte bends Bliss' back over her knee and applies pressure t the chin. Bliss fights out but meets a knee from Charlotte. Charlotte chokes Bliss on the middle rope. Bliss is sent off the ropes and again meets the backbreaker. Charlotte hits her finisher, Bow Down to the Queen, and gets the 3 count.
WINNER: Charlotte via Pinfall
Breeze cuts a promo backstage talking about how it takes more than skill to be champion, you must also be gorgeous. He says that Kidd and Zayn's obsession with respect is their weakness because they have limits on what they'll do to win. Breeze, on the other hand, does not.
MATCH: Mojo Rawley vs. Aiden English
The match starts out with English getting driven into the corner. English fights back, ducks a clothesline but meets a big crossbody from Rawley. Rawley drives towards English but English goes to the apron. English comes back in the ring and hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count. English continues the assault with several right hands in the corner. Rawley reverses the Irish whip but meets an elbow for a 1 count. English hits a DDT for a 2 count. English applies the headlock. Rawley fights out with a scoop slam. He hits a big boot and picks up momentum with a shoulder block to the corner. He follows up with several splashes in the corner. Aiden goes to the mat and Rawley hits the Hyperdrive for the 3 count.
WINNER: Mojo Rawley via Pinfall
Tyson Kidd is interviewed backstage and said he came back to NXT because if you look at the Main Roster, all the people making an impact came from here. He then says he is going to become NXT Champion.
Angelo Dawkins vs. "Big Cas" Colin Cassady
The match begins with the 2 locking up. Cassady hits a big knee to the midsection and a strike across the back of Dawkins. Dawkins is driven to the corner and Cassady hits several more blows. CJ Parker comes to the ring with a sign that says No Xtra Toxins. In the ring Cassady hits an elbow for a 2 count. Dawkins is again driven to the corner and eats an elbow off the ropes for a 2 count. Cassady hits a body slam and another elbow for the 2 count. Dawkins is sent to the corner and fights out with a big elbow. He follows up with a dropkick but can't knock over Cassady. Cassady hits a running knee followed by a running boot. He hits The east River Crossing for the 3 count.
WINNER: Colin Cassady via Pinfall
BO Dallas approaches JBL backstage with letters from the BoLievers saying they demand he gets a match for the title. JBL tells him to take the letters to CJ Parker so he can recycle them. JBL
then says that he isn't going to give him a match he doesn't deserve, but if he beats his next opponent, he will get a title shot. If he loses, however, he will have to leave NXT. His opponent is revealed to be Big E.
MATCH: Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn
The match begins with the crowd chanting for Yoshi Tatsu. The 3 men square up. Kidd delivers several kicks to Breeze and Zayn and follows up with a double dropkick. Breeze fights back and Kidd is sent outside the ring. Breeze gets Zayn in the corner and delivers a back elbow. Zayn fights back with a kick to Breeze. Kidd gets back in the ring and eats a dropkick from Zayn. Breeze hits a Beauty Shot from out of nowhere on Zayn. He covers Zayn and it is broken up by Kidd.
The show returns with Kidd sending Breeze to the corner. Breeze fights out and covers Kidd for a 2 count. Breeze hits a sunset flip off the ropes. Kidd fights out and sends Breeze to the outside. Kidd goes for the suicide dive but eats the elbow. Zayn gets back in the ring and dives over the top rope onto Breeze. He hits a crossbody on Kidd in the ring for a 2 count. Breeze gets back in the ring and hits a blue thunder bomb for a 2 count. Zayn loads up for the Helluva kick but Breeze reverse. Breeze locks up Zayn. Kidd comes behind both of them and performs a german suplex, which turns out to be both a german and exploder suplex at the same time. Kidd and Zayn square up and exchange blows. Kidd takes Zayn out by the legs and applies the Sharpshooter.
Breeze gets in the ring and breaks up the sharpshooter with a superkick for the 2 count. All three men are on the mat. Breeze gets up and dumps Kidd outside the ring. He goes to Zayn but meets an exploder suplex into the turnbuckle. Zayn gets Breeze to his feet and slaps him across the chest. Zayn goes to the top rope for the tornado DDT, but Breeze shakes the ropes and Zayn hits his groin off the top rope. Kidd goes to the top but is knocked off by Breeze. Zayn hits the Helluva Kick on Breeze. Kidd knocks Zayn outside the ring. Kidd hits the elbow drop off the top rope onto Breeze for the 3 count.
WINNER: Tyson Kidd via Pinfall
REVIEWThis was not a terrible episode of NXT but it wasn't great either. The triple threat match did not live up to the hype in my opinion. I think the weak link in this match was Tyler Breeze. While he is a talented performer, he is just not on the same level as Zayn and Kidd. Now that its over, I would have much rather seen a one on one match between Kidd and Zayn. Maybe it will happen sometime down the road, but who knows.
I was disappointed that Tyson Kidd won this match, but it is just a matter of time before the NXT Championship is put on Zayn. If they wait to much longer, though, WWE risks killing his momentum. There is already signs that the fans are getting bored with Zayn coming close to winning the title but coming up short. He is one of the most talented wrestlers to ever step inside the squared circle so it would be a shame to see his talent wasted because of bad booking. If the plan is a slow build up towards the title, Zayn needs to start picking up some W's.
I'm assuming that his feud with Corey Graves is still ongoing, and will most likely be concluded at NXT: Takeover. These two have faced a few times already, but they have not had the full steam ahead instant classic we all know they are capable of. A show stealing performance between these two with Zayn coming out on top is my prediction for when and if they face off again.
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