On this episode, expect to see the semi-finals of the NXT Tag Team tournament. Also expect to see Charlotte in action against Becky Lynch. "Prince Pretty" Tyler Breeze is also set to take on Tyson Kidd.
Tonight's show begins with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady making their way to the ring to cut a promo.
MATCH: Vaudevillains vs. Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore
The match begins with Cassady and English squaring off. English is sent to the mat with a shoulder block. English counters a slam and tags in Gotch. Gotch gets slammed and Cassady drops an elbow for a 1 count. Gotch is brought to the corner and Amore is tagged in. They double team Gotch for a 1 count. Gotch is sent to the corner and Cassady is tagged in. Cassady throws Amore into Gotch and Amore is tagged back in. Gotch fights back and tags in English. They hit their finisher for the 3 count.
WINNER: Vaudevillains via Pinfall
Amore and Cassady are attacked by the Legionnaires after the match. The Legionnaires shave off part of Amore's beard.
The show returns with Triple H making his way to the ring. He names NXT as THE brand on the WWE Network, and officially announces NXT: Takeover 2 on Sept. 11, 2014. He also announces that there is a new general manager for NXT.
Tyler Breeze is interviewed backstage expressing his outrage at Tyson Kidd for costing him the NXT Championship.
MATCH: Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze
The match begins with Breeze driving Kidd to the corner and stomping him down. Kidd reverses and delivers a flurry of forearms. He hits a back elbow that sends Breeze to the mat. Kidd hits a snapmare followed by a kick to the back. He hits a suplex followed by a neckbreaker. Kidd continues with a dropkick to the head. He goes for the sharphooter but Breeze rolls out of the ring. Breeze gets frustrated and walks up the ramp and through the curtain. The ref counts him out.
WINNER: Tyson Kidd via Count Out
Tyler Breeze is interviewed and is obviously frustrated. He says he is focused on the title and storms off.
MATCH: Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch
The match begins with the 2 women exchanging taunts. They square up. Charlotte hits a belly to back and transitions into a front facelock. Becky fights out and goes to work on the left leg of Charlotte. Charlotte rolls up Lynch for a 2 count. Charlotte applies a submission on the leg of Lynch. Lynch fights back and rolls up Charlotte for a 2 count. Lynch sends Charlotte to the corner. Lynch is thrown to the apron. Charlotte fights back and stomps Lynch into the corner. Charlotte hits a snapmare and applies the figure 4 head lock. Lycnh counters for a 2 count. Charlotte hits a clothesline for a 1 count. Lynch is driven to the corner. Charlotte hits a clubbing blow. The 2 women exchange blows. Charlotte whips Lynch into the corner but Lynch fights out with a clothesline followed by a legdrop for a 2 count. Lynch goes for a suplex but Charlotte counters. Charlotte hits the Bow Down to the Queen for the 3 count.
WINNER: Charlotte via Pinfall
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady come back out and cut a promo on the Legionnaires. Amore challenges Sylvester LeFort to a hair vs. hair match and NXT: Takeover 2.
MATCH: Mojo Rawley vs. Steve Cutler
Rawley drives Cutler into the corner. Cutler reverses a whip but meets a shoulder check from Rawley for a 2 count. Cutler fights back and hits a clothesline for a 1 count. Cutler hits several clubbing blows. Rawley fights back and tosses Cutler to the corner. Rawley hits a big splash in the corner followed by the Hyperdrive for the 3 count.
WINNER: Mojo Rawley via Pinfall
Rawley gets on the mic and says Bull Dempsey can't stop him. He then issues a threat to Dempsey. The crowd is firmly behind Bull Dempsey.
MATCH: Kalisto and Sin Cara vs. Adam Rose and Sami Zayn
The match begins with Kalisto and Rose sqauring off. Rose applies a side headlock. Kalisto fights out but meets a big shoulder block. They lock up again and Rose applies a wristlock. Kalisto reverses. Rose fights out and tags in Zayn. Sin Cara is also tagged in. They log up and Zayn applies a wristlock. Sin Cara hits a headlock takeover. Sin Cara fights back and hits a big armdrag from the middle rope.
The show returns with Kalisto in control of Adam Rose. Kalisto hits a corkscrew crossbody for a 2 count. Kalisto applies a side headlock on the mat. Rose gets to his face and hits a back suplex. Zayn is tagged in. He hits a backbreaker for a 2 count. Kalisto is planted off the top turnbuckle. Kalisto reverses and hits a headscissors for a 2 count. Sin Cara is tagged in. They hit a double team senton splash on Zayn. Sin Cara throws Zayn to the corner. Sin Cara hits another armdrag for a 2 count. Kalisto is tagged in and hits a snapmare for a 2 count. Zayn hits a tilt-a-whrl backbreaker for a 2 count. Rose is tagged in. He hits several back kicks to the corner and applies a rear chinlock on the mat. Rose hits a clubbing blow for a 2 count. Calisto is thrown to the corner. He tries to fight back but gets caught with a huge spinebuster. Kalisto fights back and tags in Sin Cara. He hits a headbutt off the top rope. followed by a crossbody. Zayn interferes but is taken down with a headscissors. Sin Cara makes the cover but it is broken up by Zayn. Zayn is sent outside the ring. Sin Cara takes out Zayn outside the ring. Kalisto hits his finisher on Rose. Sin Cara gets back in the ring and hits the senton from the top rope for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Sin Cara and Kalisto via Pinfall
Momentum continues to build toward Takeover 2 and tonight kept the ball rolling. I am hoping the Vaudevillains come away with the win at the end of the tag team tournament instead of Kalisto and Sin Cara. While they are exciting to watch, and incredible athletes, they don't bring anything new to the ring.
IN fact, my main gripe was tonight's episode was how weak Sami Zayn was made to look against NXT's resident luchadores. It was ironic seeing Zayn sell generic luchadore moves like he had no idea how to counter them since the gimmick that made him famous was, well, a generic luchadore. I really hope they don't drop the ball with Zayn as he is one of the most refreshing forces in wrestling in the past decade. It would be a shame to see him go the way of Chris Hero in NXT.
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