Hey everyone! Drew Koscelek here! I’m a day late with the NXT Report, but sometimes, you gotta step away from pro-wrestling to celebrate important things with friends and family. So, here we are today. Hope you don’t mind.
I have no idea what’s happening on the show this week, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?
The show recaps Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze from NXT Takeover, which was fantastic. Also, Charlotte vs. Natalya for the Women’s Championship, which was also fantastic. Also, Tyson Kidd vs. Adrian Neville… which was also fantastic. Basically, the show was fantastic.
Our announcer, whose name I still don’t know, tells us that Tyler Breeze has entered the building.
Well, I guess we better get hyped. Mojo Rawley comes running out to the ring. He cuts an inset promo about staying hyped. Aiden English interrupts him, thankfully. English sings at Rawley. It’s kind of funny.
Mojo Rawley vs. Aiden English
Mojo gets an early advantage here with a clothesline, then a pair of splashes in the corner. English cuts him off with a clothesline out of nowhere. Thank god. English extends the beatdown, gets a near fall. Mojo finds his… well… mojo. He tosses English into the corner, hits the butt bump and Hyper Drive for the victory.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
I still don’t see it. The announcers love the crap out of Mojo for some reason, though.
They recap the “issues” Tyson Kidd and Natalya had after Kidd lost his match at Takeover. Kidd walked out of an interview with Paul Heyman. Backstage tonight, someone else interviews Natalya. She says she’s proud of him, and she has his back.
Up next, Bayley vs. Charlotte!
Bayley vs. NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte
Bayley comes out to the ring first. She’s got wacky inflatable arm waving tube men. Hooray? She gives one of the Special Olympians in the audience her headband. Charlotte comes out next, with Sasha Banks. I figured there would be much hate.
The match begins and Charlotte definitely comes off as more of a face now. Bayley hits a nice arm drag. Elbow into a jumping arm drag, into a toe-hold. Bayley spins all over Charlotte. Charlotte catches her with a knee and a clothesline. She does the spinning thing Bayley did, mockingly. Charlotte drops a knee or two. Figure Four Head Scissors. Regal sells this move like a big deal. Near fall. Bayley gets some offense, and Sasha Banks tries to get involved, but gets her bell rung. Bayley goes up top and hits the elbow. Two-count.
Charlotte is working over Bayley, and Summer Rae’s music kicks in. She’s come out to greet her fellow BFFs. Charlotte is distracted briefly, but hits her finisher to put an end to this.
Summer Rae comes into the ring and raises her hand, claps, and hugs her. She attacks Bayley for no reason. The Sasha and Charlotte join in. Paige and Emma run out to even the score. The BFF’s split. I guess we have a six-women tag match in the future here.
Not a bad match, but not of the quality we saw last week either.
Backstage, we get a bit of a comedy sketch from Ty Dillinger and Jay Jay something. Later tonight, Justin Gabriel vs. Adrian Neville.
We get a brief recap of The Ascension’s rise to dominance, and their decisive win last week on Takeover.
Jason Jordan & Ty Dillinger vs. Stewart Cumberland & Philip Ghouljar (?)
Ok, I remember these guys now. They’re not bad. Ty hits a nasty chop in the corner. The fans want another. He gets kicked before he can provide, but Dillinger sneaks it in. Ghouljar in now. Some tandem work and a tag to Jordan. I’m half paying attention right now, but 11 hours of work will do that to you. Another tag in to Dillinger. Cumberland gets in a tag and I’m surprised they’re getting in this much offense. Slap to the chest from Dillinger again. I guess that’s his move? Dillinger makes the hot tag to Jordan. He tosses Ghouljar up in the air, and it wasn’t pretty. Spear into the corner, then an Olympic Slam like move, he calls it the Jordan Slam. It’s over.
Winner: Jason Jordan & Ty Dillinger
Decent tag match. If a team is supposed to be a threat to The Ascension, however, we need more dominance.
Backstage, Charlotte isn’t thrilled that Summer Rae is back. Summer Rae is oblivious.
Tyler Breeze comes out to his terrible new music. Seriously, it’s terrible. Sorry, Breeze fans. I think it takes away from his routine. Anyhow, he cuts a promo about beating Sami Zayn and becoming #1 Contender. The fans give an “Ole!” chant for Zayn. He says he’s in control because he can choose when to cash in his match. Tonight, however, he’s going to introduce his music video. Oh boy.
The video is pretty funny. Clever lyrics, entertaining. I like it as a music video, but I still prefer his old entrance music as an entrance. Worth watching, however. He’s all in.
Back from break, the announcers recap Bo Dallas’s departure from NXT. Inspirational music plays over a montage. Funny stuff. It’s actually brilliant.
Time for our main event!
Justin Gabriel vs. NXT Champion Adrian Neville
This could be good. They lock up, Neville breaks clean in the corner. Gabriel gets the advantage after a shoulder block. Neville hits a nice head scissors takedown. Gabriel heads out of the ring. Neville runs the ropes, but Gabriel stops him with a clothesline. Gabriel runs the ropes himself, Neville takes him out instead. Both men laid out outside the ring.
We come back from break and it’s pretty back and forth. They trade elbows. Gabriel kicks Neville square in the back. Kickout at two. Gabriel hits a suplex and rolls it into a reverse nelson. Neville fights out. Kicks and a running kick from Neville. He hops to the turnbuckle, and hits a dropkick for a two count. Neville hits a spinning headlock, but Gabriel counters it with a nice suplex for a two-count. Neville and Gabriel trade elbows. Gabriel goes for a moonsault, but lands on his feet. Neville misses a cross-body, and Gabriel lands a dropkick. Two-count.
Nice exchange between the two, and Neville hits a dropkick in the corner. Nice hang-time. Neville sets Gabriel up for the Red Arrow, and he nails it. It’s over.
Winner: Adrian Neville
Exciting match between two high flyers. Gabriel is pretty underutilized, in my opinion. Neville is making a fine champ.
Tyson Kidd’s music kicks in during the celebration. Neville awaits. Kidd enters the ring. He’s got a mic in his hands. He tell Neville that he deserves the reaction the fans are giving him. He feels like a fool for the way he acted after the match. He says he’s embarrassed, and he’s sorry. He says Neville beat him. But, the next time they get into the ring together, he’ll beat him. Kidd wants one more chance for the title. Neville takes the mic. He agrees. One more time. They shake, and Neville says “Last chance.”
Good segment, putting Neville over as a fighting and fair champ, and establishing Kidd as who I’m expecting will turn out to be a slimy heel in the next match.