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WWE NXT: Mahal puts top contender status on line
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: After a competitive finish to the No. 1 contender fatal four way last week, the final two, Jinder Mahal and Bo Dallas, meet again in the main event with Dallas goading Mahal to put his No. 1 contender status on the line. Who comes out on top to move on to face Seth Rollins? Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Orlando, Fla. Tony Luftman and Byron Saxton, William Regal and later Jim Ross are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Match #1 - Conor O'Brian & Kenneth Cameron (Parts Unknown) vs. Yoshi Tatsu (Tokyo, Japan) & Percy Watson (Miami, Fla.)

Not a good start for the rag-tag team for Tatsu and Watson. Cameron and O'Brian just dominate them and hit Tatsu with the Fall of Man and that does it. Total squash.

Winners via pinfall: The Ascension

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Match #2 - Corey Graves (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. Oliver Gray (England)

This is all Graves early on, as he's in complete control of Graves. He's working on the legs. Gray starts to get going but his leg gives out and Graves locks in his submission and elicits the tap.

Winner via submission: Corey Graves

Big E Langston is out next. He's asked if he's worried about the bounty Vickie Guerrero put on him last week. He says he's not worried and as he says five, here comes Camacho from behind, but he doesn't continue the attack, he just goes to the back.

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Match #3 - Layla (Miami, Fla.) vs. Aksana (Lithuania)

Aksana goes to work with a leg scissors on Layla. Moves it into a reverse triangle choke. She rolls it over and bashes Layla's head into the canvas. But Layla tries to fight back only to be nailed with a clothesline. Layla with a big slap and a clothesline of her own. Spinning back kick connects as does the springboard cross body for two.

Layla follows that with a big round kick in transition and that puts Aksana down.

Winner via pinfall: Layla

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Match #4 - Roman Reigns (Pensacola, Fla.) vs. Chase Donovan (Boston, Mass.)

Reigns wins in a total squash.

Winner via pinfall: Roman Reigns

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Match #5 - No. 1 Contender's Match - Jinder Mahal (Punjab, India) vs. Bo Dallas (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dallas in control early, working a headlock and some power on Mahal. Big back drop connects for Dallas, but he goes up in the air and Mahal throws him down. Dallas, though, fires right back but Mahal takes a walk and wants to regroup.

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We're back and Dallas is still in control. He hits a nice vertical suplex for two. Mahal, though, hits a running knee for a two count of his own. He follows with two elbow drops and a knee drop for two. Mahal goes to work on softening up Dallas' back.

Dallas escapes that and now it gets fast and furious here. Dallas with a backslide for two but Mahal hits a kick to the knee and then to the face for two. Mahal with a knee to the gut that sends Dallas flying for another two count. Dallas comes back in the ring from the apron and gets going. He hits some kicks and then drops Mahal. Big power slam lands for two.

Dallas goes running at Mahal, but Mahal side steps him and sends Dallas flying face-first into the second turnbuckle. Mahal capitalizes by locking in the Camel Clutch. Dallas fights it, but he has no recourse but to tap.

Winner via submission: Jinder Mahal

After the match, Mahal attacks Dallas and goes to put him back in the Camel Clutch but Seth Rollins runs out to make the save.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.