On the highly anticipated NXT: Takeover, every title will be up for grabs. The Ascension are set to take on Sincara and Kalisto, Charlotte will defend the the women's championship against Bayley, and Adrian Neville will defend the NXT Championship in a fatal four-way against Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, and Tyson Kidd. Kenta is also set to make his debut and much more! Tune in afterwards to the Smark Out Moment NXT Takeover II Post-Show by clicking here.
MATCH: Kalisto and Sin Cara vs. The Ascension
The match begins with Sin Cara and Viktor. Viktor delivers several shop. Sin Cara delivers a crossbody followed by a moonsault fro mthe middle rope. Sin Cara is sent to the mat. He is cheapshotted by Konnor and knocked off the apron. Konnor is tagged in and rams Sin Cara against the apron. Sin Cara is rolled back in the ring for a 2 count. He is thrown to the corner and stomped to the mat. Viktor is tagged in and makes a cover for a 1 count. Konnor locks up the arms of Sin Cara and stretches them out. Sin Cara tries to fight out but is thrown to the mat. Viktor goes for a powerbomb but Sin Cara fights out with a hurricanrana. Konnor is tagged in and knocks Kalisto off the mat. Sin Cara goes for the tag but Konnor runs in to him in the corner for a 1 count. Sin Cara fights back with an enziguri. Sin Cara tags in Kalisto and he hits a crossbody from the top followed by a corkscrew crossbody from the middle.
Sin Cara and Kalisto clear the ring and Sin Cara hits a suicide dive to the outside. Kalisto hits a crossbody over the top but is caught. He is thrown but lands on his feet. Sin Cara follows up and takes out both members of the Ascension. Back in the ring, The Ascension set up for the fall of man but Konnor is dumped outside the ring. Kalisto gains the advantage and hits the Salida del Sol for the 3 count.
WINNER: Kalisto and Sin Cara via Pinfall
A video package airs of Adrian Neville highlighting his success over the past year.
MATCH: CJ Parker vs. Baron Corbin
The match begins with Parker getting thrown to the mat. Corbin hits a clothesline. Corbin hits his finisher for the 3 count.
WINNER: Baron Corbin via Pinfall
A video package plays for Tyson Kidd.
MATCH: Sylvester LeForte vs. Enzo Amore
Leforte applies a side headlock. Amore is sent to the mat with a shoulder block. Amore gets up and applies a headlock of his own. LeForte reverses but Amroe hits a drop toehold. LeForte fights back and rolls up Amore for a 2 count. Amore slides under LeForte and hits a dropkick. LeForte is sent to the apron and gets tossed into the ring. Leforte fights back and stomps on Amore. LeForte hits a scoop slam for a 1 count. LeForte applies a chinlock. Amore is sent off the ropes and fights back with a kick to the face. Amore is sent to the corner and LeForte drives his knee into the midsection. Amore goes to the mat and Amore kicks him in the ribs.
Amore fights back with a forearm to the face followed by a series of jabs. Amore is distracted and LeForte hits a big clothesline. Louis tries to i3,+nterefere but Big Cass takes him out. LeForte is distracted. Amore rolls him up for the 3 count.
WINNER: Enzo Amore via Pinfall
LeForte tries to run away. He is caught by Amore and Cassady. They are attacked by Louis and LeForte gets away. Louis gets beat up and Amore and Cassady throw the bucket of hair remover over his head.
A video package plays for Tyler Breeze.
William Regal comes out and istroduces Kenta. A video package plays of Kenta's signing. He introduces Kenta and he makes his way to the ring. He gets on the mic and addresses the crowd in Japanese. He then says that this is a dream come true and that he is happy to be in WWE and NXT. He then announces that he will be known as Hideo Itami. The ascension's music hits and they come to the ring. They throw Kenta out of the ring. Konnor gets on the mic and demands a rematch. Kenta gets back in the ring and clears house. He sets up a chair in the ring and sits in it, challenging the the Ascension to come back in. The Ascension retreats.
MATCH: Bull Dempsey vs. Mojo Rawley
Bull attacks Mojo before the bell even rings and throws him to the corner. Rawley fights back and hits a double leg takedown. Rawley drives his shoulder repeadetly into the midsection. Dempsey fights back with a shoulder block. Dempsey goes to the top rope and hits a headbutt for the 3 count.
WINNER: Bull Dempsey via Pinfall
Amore and Cassady are shown backstage looking for LeForte and Louis. They find the Legionnaires and attack Louis as LeForte retreats. They carry LeForte to the ring and expose his bald head to the crowd.
A video package plays for the women's championship match.
MATCH: Bayley vs. Charlotte
The match begins with Bayley dricing Charlotte to the corner. Charlotte fights out with a high knee. She hits several chops but Bayley fights back with a crossbody. Charlotte fights back and throws Bayley to the corner. Bayley reverses and goes for a backslide but Charlotte counters. Charlotte drops the knee to the face of Bayley for a 2 count. Charlotte applies the figure four headlock. Bayley counters with a bridge for a 2 count but fails to break the hold. Charlotte hits a dropkick and stands on Bayley's throat. Bayley is thrown to the corner and Charlotte delivers a series of kicks to the midsection. Bayley tries to fight back but Charlotte plants her. The 2 women exchange chops. Charlotte goes back to the figure four headlock.
Bayley reverses and rolls up Charlotte for a 2 count. Charlotte goes for a figure four leglock but Bayley rolls her up for a 2 count. Charlotte fights back with a dropkick. Bayley again rolls up Charlotte for the 2 count. Charlotte fights back for a 2 count. The 2 women exchange forearms. Bayley gains the advantage with a flurry of forearms. Charlotte is sent to the corner. She fights back and plants Bayley for a 2 count. Charlotte goes to the top rope for a moonsault but is stopped by Bayley. Charlotte again goes to the top rope but Bayley climbs up and hits a hurricanrana from the top. Bayley gets a 2 count. Charlotte rolls up Bayley for a 2 count. Charlotte then throws Bayley into the turnbuckle from behind. Charlotte goes to the top and hits a moonsault. Charlotte hits the Natural Selection for the 3 count.
WINNER: Charlotte via Pinfall
Sasha comes to the ring after the match and beats up Bayley. Charlotte comes back in the ring and throws Sasha off of Bayley.
A video package plays for Sami Zayn.
MATCH: Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Adrian Neville
The match begins with all 4 men staring each other down. Breeze goes after Zayn. Kidd goes after Neville. They are both driven to the corner. Zayn and Breeze roll out of the ring. Neville and Kidd also go outside and exchange forearms. Neville and Zayn find themselves in the ring. They are attacked from behind by Kidd and Breeze and the action again spills outside the ring. Zayn hits Breeze with his cell phone then snaps a selfy. Zayn drops a souble axehandle from the apron. Kidd attacks Zayn from behind and takes him into the the ring. Zayn reverses and applies the Koji CLutch. it is broken up by Zayn. Kidd attacks Neville at the top of the ramp. He and Breeze deliver the double suplex in front of the entrance way. They then deliver a double suplex to Zayn on the ramp. Back in the ring, Kidd chokes Zayn with his knee. Breeze comes in the ring and they double team Zayn. Zayn is thrown into Neville as he climbs onto the apron. Breeze and Kidd continue the double team. Zayn tries to fight back but is stopped by Kidd. They hit a double back elbow. Breeze tries to cover Zayn but Kidd stops him and delivers a kick to the face. Kidd hits a neckbreaker on Zayn for a 2 count. Kidd applies a rear chinlock. Zayn fights out with a jawbreaker. Kidd takes down Zayn with a clothesline. He hits a snapmare followed by a kick to the back for another 2 count.
Kidd beats on Zayn on the mat. Zayn is sent to the apron and draped over the middle rope. Kidd hits a legdrop from the top rope. Zayn is hung upside down in the corner. Kidd hits a dropkick for a 2 count. Zayn tries to fight back but is beat to the mat in the corner. Kidd applies the chinlock. It is broken up by Neville. Neville is quickly dumped outside. Neville comes back in and takes down Kidd. Breeze takes out Neville. Zayn comes back and clears house. Zayn goes for the somersault plancha but is blocked by Neville. Neville hits a moonsault from the middle rope to the outside. Neville and Zayn stare each other down. Neville goes for a move but Zayn counters and covers Neville. It is broken up by Kidd and Zayn is sent to the outside. Zayn comes back in the ring and is thrown into Neville on the top rope. Kidd hits the neckbreaker for the 2 count. Kidd goes for the sharshoooter but Zayn counters. Kidd is sent to the apron. He goes for a springboard elbow but Zayn gets his knees up.
Zayn is taken with a Beauty Shot from Breeze. Breeze hits one on Kidd and a dropkick on Neville. He covers Neville followed by Kidd for a 2 count. Kidd goes to the top with Neville. Kidd comes in and they set up for the double superplex. Zayn comes in the ring and and plants all three men from the top for a 2 count. Kidd and Zayn sqaure off. Lodd is driven to the corner. Zayn runs to the other corner and eats a kick to the face from Neville. NEville goes to the top and hits a shooting star press. Breeze comes in and throws Zayn ducks and Breeze is caught by Kidd. Kidd applies the sharpshooter. Neville comes in the ring and retrains the hand of Breeze from tapping. Zayn come sin and breaks the hold. Zayn and Neville square off and exchange blows. Neville is dumped outside the ring. Kidd comes in the ring and Zayn hits the exploder suplex to the turnbuckle. He hits a suicide dive on Neville followed by a suicide dive DDT on Breeze. He hits a Helluva kick on Kidd. Zayn makes the cover but is pulled off from the outside by Neville. Zayn goes after him and eats a superkick. Neville goes to the top and hits the red arrow for the 3 count.
WINNER: Adrian Neville via Pinfall
NXT once again delivers with an explosive live event. From start to finish, this show was spectacular. The only title change of the night took place in the opening match with Kalisto and Sin Cara winning the tag titles from The Ascension. I am very excited about the outcome of this match. I was never convinced by the Ascension's in ring performance. Hopefully now NXT can have a real tag-team division instead of Konnor and Viktor beating up jobbers week after week.
Charlotte and Bayley nearly stole the show with another great women's match. The story told in the ring was incredible, as were the move sets of each women. The women of NXT are pushing the bar for women's wrestling and its just a matter of time before that influence pours over into the main roster.
The main event was without a doubt one if the best matches of the year. I am not usually a fan of four way matches, and was skeptical of this as a main event, but these four men were all on fire and put on an instant classic. Sami Zayn is among the most talented wrestlers in the world today. His suicide dive DDT through the middle turnbuckle is breathtaking, and more than a little mind boggling. Neville is also incredible in the ring, but his kick-kick-spot style isn't really my cup of tea. I'm not saying he isn't a show stopper, and he definitely deserves to be at the top of NXT, I just prefer a different breed of wrestler.
Kidd and Breeze were also at their best tonight. Kidd put on an extremely aggressive performance and Breeze was solid in the ring as well. No one came out of this match looking week and it set up a feud between Neville and Zayn that will hopefully see Zayn get the gold. Those matches are ones to look forward to. I'm already excited for the next NXT special event.
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