It’s the first episode of NXT of 2015! We’ve got a rivalry heating up between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. But, before that, we’ll heat up things with some tag action! Refresh the page for live updates as the show airs!
Lucha Dragons vs. Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger
The team of Jordan and Dillinger has shown some promise in the past, but haven’t had any major victories as of yet. Renee Young comments on their “manscaping.” Cute. Kalisto hits some very impressive high flying moves, but a tag to Jordan catches him off guard.
Dillinger and Jordan are focusing on Kalisto, keeping him from tagging out. Kalisto catches Dillinger with a boot in the corner and makes the hot tag to Sin Cara. There was a sloppy head-scissor takedown attempt that looks like it may have been edited, but they quickly moved past it. Sin Cara hits a Sunset Bomb off the top turnbuckle and gets the win.
Winners: Lucha Dragons
After the match, Aiden English and Simon Gotch run in and make their presence known. They attack both men and leave them lying in the middle of the ring.
Quick match meant to highlight the tag champs, but the botch definitely hurt.
Backstage, Bull Dempsey tries to chat with CJ Parker, who has a match with Baron Corbin soon. Dempsey wants to humiliate Corbin. Parker wants to beat him, but Dempsey says it’s not about them – it’s about the greater good.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady head out to the ring. Enzo is a bona-fide stud. You can’t teach that. Etc. They introduce Carmella, who heads out for an apparent match. Carmella cuts her promo, and she’s far more heelish.
Enzo and Colin Cassady introduce her opponent, Blue Pants, who makes her third appearance on NXT. The fans love them some Blue Pants.
Carmella vs. Blue Pants
Carmella has the advantage and steps on Blue Pants’ hair. For some reason, Enzo decides to dance on the apron, and it distracts Carmella. Blue Pants gets the roll-up, and the win, and she celebrates it like it’s the biggest win of her career.
Winner: Blue Pants
Carmella is pissed and she attacks Enzo. Cass pulls her off, and she attacks again. Cass manages to get them to cool down.
We segue into a video package highlighting Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami’s match against The Ascension. There will be a rematch, tonight.
CJ Parker vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin’s getting a better reaction every week. Great entrance, exciting squashes, but I’m still waiting for that personality to come through. The announcers talk about his X-Factor. I don’t see it.
Bull Dempsey watches from ringside as Corbin makes quick work of Parker.
Winner: Baron Corbin
After the match, Corbin takes the mic and speaks for what I believe is the first time. He calls Dempsey out. He hops out of the ring and yanks Dempsey over the barricade, and they start unloading on each other. It takes a number of referees to pull them apart.
Corbin needs more mic time, for sure. Very wooden.
Backstage, William Regal announces Sami Zayn’s return next week. Curtis Axel, of all people, interrupts him. He says Regal never got back to him. He wants to “recharge” his career. Regal says he will compete against Hideo Itami. Axel thanks him.
Back in the arena, Charlotte comes out to the ring. She does the Ric Flair “Wooo.” Devon asks who is next for her to face. The fans chant Blue Pants. Charlotte puts their chants to bed, and says NXT is her home and NXT is revolutionizing women’s wrestling. She talks about beating Sasha Banks twice. Right on cue, Sasha and Becky Lynch come out. Sasha says it doesn’t matter that she’s beaten her twice – she’s about to get the beatdown of her life. As they surround the ring, Natalya’s music hits. Sasha and Becky backpedal out of the ring. Charlotte and Nattie stand tall together.
We get a video recording of Sami Zayn talking about his NXT Championship win, but says he’s preoccupied with Kevin Owens’ attack. He doesn’t know what to say, but he’ll be back to say something next week.
Renee Young sits down with Kevin Owens to discuss the attack. Owens says Zayn had his moment. Young says he took that moment from him. Owens doesn’t like the question, and he leaves.
The Ascension vs. Hideo Itami & Finn Bálor
It’s a brawl from the word go. The Ascension bails out of the ring to regroup. Viktor and Bálor in the ring, and Bálor has Viktor under control. Tag to Itami. Rapid tags from Itami and Bálor. They have total control of Viktor. Viktor hits an uppercut to Bálor from the apron as we go to break.
Back from the break, Konnor is isolating Bálor. Tag to Viktor, and they start picking him apart. It’s your standard formula here – keep the face from tagging out. Solid, but nothing ground-breaking. Bálor hits Konnor with a Pele Kick out of nowhere and makes the tag to Itami. Itami and Viktor in now. He hangs Viktor up on the top rope with a DDT, then hits a top rope clothesline. Viktor sneaks in an STO for a near fall. Itami teases a GTS to massive cheers. Bálor runs in to take care of Konnor while Itami finishes off Viktor. Our heros win.
Winners: Hideo Itami & Finn Bálor
Formula tag match really. A solid main event, but nothing as special as their previous outings.
A good episode of NXT. Nothing ground-breaking tonight, but a solid hour of pro-wrestling. Thumbs up.
Thanks for tuning in with me tonight folks. See you next week!