It’s time for WWE NXT! I’m Drew Koscelek, and I’m your analyst for the evening. Or something.
We go directly into The Ascension, making their way to the ring.
The Ascension vs. Jobbers
Konnor opens things up. Early tag to Viktor, and the pair hits a tandem shoulder block. Viktor tosses one jobber into the other, for the tag. Tag to Konnor, Fall of Man, it’s over.
Winners: The Ascension
Squash! This barely lasted two minutes.
Viktor cuts a promo about NXT Takeover, and says whoever is the #1 Contender, they’ll be just victims. Konnor yells “We will rise!” Short and sweet, and to the point. No problem with this.
Up next, the NXT General Manager will be announced!
Back from a short break, the new General Manager of NXT is announced, and it’s William Regal. Good choice, if they’re gonna have a General Manager, anyhow.
Regal stands in the ring, and says he’s been there since the beginning of NXT, and it’s an honor to be named the new GM. He’s announcing for September 11th, the main event. He asks Adrian Neville to come out first. Neville congratulates him, then asks “Who’s next?” The fans chant Goldberg at him. Cute. Regal starts to make the announcement, but Tyson Kidd interrupts. He’s already very happy, like he’s been picked. He takes a mic and “graciously accepts.” Kidd says it’s a fact he’ll leave with the NXT Championship. Naturally, Tyler Breeze interrupts.
Breeze says “this uggo” doesn’t deserve a title shot. Everyone (including his wife) deserves a title shot before him. Sami Zayn interrupts.
Zayn says there’s people more deserving than either of them, and it’s Zayn. Neville says he’s got an opinion too, and he wants to face all three of them at the same time. Regal makes it official. It’s a Fatal Four Way for the title.
It’s the logical matchup. I’m not crazy about Fatal Four Way matches for a title, but it makes sense.
Backstage, Regal is interviewed about being the new GM. He reiterates his earlier announcement, then makes a tag match for tonight: Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn & Adrian Neville.
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
Sasha fights dirty from the get-go. Bayley fires up and hits shoulders in the corner. Sasha attacks her on the apron and goes for a pin. Two-count. Sasha tries to choke Bayley out with her own arms, then slams her to the mat. She talks trash. Bayley fires back. Sasha chokes Bayley out in the corner with her foot. She stands on Bayley’s head, then goes for a cover. Two-count. Out of nowhere, she hits a Belly to Bayley for the win.
Good offense from Sasha. Bayley looked like a bit of an underdog here, but never gave up the fight.
After the match, Renee Young asks Bayley about the opportunity. Bayley says this isn’t something she just dreams about. She’s been working towards it since arriving in NXT. Charlotte interrupts. She talks about Bayley’s tears in her eyes, and tells the audience to shut up. Funny. She says if she saw a kitten in a tree, she’d knock it out of the tree and say life’s tough. Bayley tells Charlotte she doesn’t see her as a threat. Charlotte says she should stick to hugs. Bayley doesn’t want hugs. She wishes Charlotte good luck, and extends a hand. Charlotte walks away. “I warned you.”
Bull Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins
This will be a squash. Dawkins has way too many accessories. He dances as a Bull Dempsey promo airs in the inset. It’s pretty good. Bull clearly gets it.
Dempsey goes on the offense early on. Dawkins goes for a sunset flip, Dempsey sits on him. Dempsey hits a series of knees. He rakes the eyes on the ropes. He’s just laying into Dawkins. Dawkins hits some lucky elbows, and Dempsey catches him, nailing the Bull Dozer.
Winner: Bull Dempsey
Backstage, Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis talk about their match against Enzo and Big Cass.
Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn & Adrian Neville
Breeze and Neville start it off. Breeze with a wrist lock. Neville flips out. Tag in to Zayn, who works the arm. Atomic drop and a clothesline over the top. Kidd runs in, Zayn deals with him and tags in Neville. Neville stands on top of Zayn and hits a corkscrew moonsault off of Zayn’s back. Wow.
Breeze back in, he hits a shoulder and tags in Kidd. Kidd isolates Neville in the corner. Neville on the apron, Breeze kicks him in the head with the ref distracted. Two-count for Kidd. Snap mare into a kick and we break.
Back from break, Neville is upside down in the corner. Kidd is legal, he goes for a cover, gets two. Tag to Breeze, who cuts off Neville from a hot tag. Neville is isolated and Breeze tags in Kidd. Neville takes out Kidd’s leg and crawls to make the hot tag. He’s in and on fire. Dropkick to Kidd, he drags Breeze in too, and hits a springboard cross-body on both. He goes for a cover on Kidd, get’s two. Out of nowhere, Kidd hits an impressive swinging neck breaker. It’s a very near fall. Tag to Breeze. Zayn hits an Exploder, sending Breeze into the turnbuckle. Zayn crawls for the tag and hits it. Neville hits a springboard dropkick. Pin attempt broken up. Kidd and Breeze are attacking Neville. Kidd over the top rope, Neville rolls up Breeze for a near fall. Kick to the face, Neville goes up top. Breeze gets up first. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick and hits Neville by accident. Neville is out. Kidd and Breeze are fighting. Zayn hits a Blue Thunder Bomb on Breeze, and goes for a cover, but Kidd tosses him out of the ring and pins Neville. It’s over.
Winners: Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze
After the match, Zayn nails Kidd with the boot to the face. He eyes the NXT Championship, and grabs it. He holds it in his hands, then looks over the other three men, laid out. He holds the belt up, the only one standing.
Good tag match to close the show. These four guys are so ready for the main roster it hurts, but they make NXT destination viewing.
Decent show tonight, worth seeing for the tag match and the Divas exchange. Everything else was just gravy. Thanks for following along tonight folks. See you next week!