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WWE NXT: Rollins defends against Mahal
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: It's a rematch weeks in the making. For weeks, Jinder Mahal has tried to get to NXT Champion Seth Rollins in every way possible. Now, the finalists from the NXT Championship tournament meet again with Mahal looking to fulfill his destiny to become champion.

And we are TAPED! from Orlando, Fla. Tony Dawson and William Regal and later Jim Ross are our hosts and this show is presented in WWEHD.

Match #1 - Paige (Norwich, England) vs. Sasha Banks (Boston, Mass.)

This is Banks' debut right here on NXT. It's a competitive match in the early-going and even gains some control. She hits the ropes but runs right into a big kick from Paige. That leads to the Paige Turner and it's an unsuccessful debut for Banks.

Winner via pinfall: Paige

Roman Reigns blows off an interview backstage, instead choosing to take a phone call.

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Match #2 - Oliver Grey (England) vs. Unknown Son of Bray Wyatt

Well, I don't have a name for this guy, but he is pretty tall, has a huge red beard and levels Grey with a big boot right off the bat. Huge body slam connects. Grey tries to land some punches but he just gets dropped with an elbow for his troubles. Big avalanche for the big man and then an emphatic side slam ends it.

Winner via pinfall: Bray Wyatt's Son

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Everyone's favorite NXT Commissioner is here. The Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes is out to the stage and he wants to make a little state of the union address. He's here to talk a little bit about Vickie Guerrero. He says she's welcome anytime but she's not going to be making any decisions on his watch. Specifically, he's talking about the bounty she put on Big E. Langston. Then there's a weird cut and the crowd making a lot of noise with Rhodes saying sometimes the old cowboy in him comes out.

He's about to wrap it up when Camacho comes out. He says there's still a bounty because he needs that money because Hunico is stuck in Mexico. Camacho tells Rhodes if he cancels the bounty, he's going to open it back up on Rhodes. This brings Langston right out and Rhodes sets up a handicap match with Langston's approval that will see Langston take on Camacho and a partner of his choosing.

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Match #3 - NXT Championship - (c) Seth Rollins (Davenport, Iowa) vs. Jinder Mahal (Nashville, India)

Mahal in control early, but Rollins starts to fire up. He dumps Mahal to the floor and then comes flying through the ropes with a suicide dive that put the challenger on his back. He throws Mahal back into the ring and comes flying back in with a springboard flying knee right to Mahal's head, but he is able to kick out at two.

Rollins backs Mahal into the corner and sets him up on the top turnbuckle. He kicks him in the head and then goes up with him and goes for a 'rana off the top rope but Mahal rolls it through into a sunset flip and Rollins barely kicks out in time. Mahal comes right back with a big slam for another near fall.

Mahal goes up top but that proves to not be a smart decision as Rollins gets his knees up. Both men down and each finds a corner to pull themselves up in. Rollins up first and he charges but Mahal easily moves out of the way and Rollins eats the buckle. Mahal puts the boots to Rollins and then goes for some mounted corner punches. He gets too cocky, though, as Rollins grabs him, hoists him up and power bombs him into the opposite corner. They trade counters and Mahal hits a big knee to Rollins' back. He goes for the Camel Clutch but Rollins is able to get to the ropes before the hold is applied.

Mahal goes for a rollup but Rollins rolls through and hits a superkick and follows that with the Skywalker and uses it to retain his championship.

Winner via pinfall and STILL NXT Champion: Seth Rollins

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!.