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WWE NXT: Women's champion crowned, Sheamus faces Harper
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: It's a huge episode of the show. The first NXT Women's Champion is crowned, as Paige and Emma square off in the finals of the eight-woman tournament. Elsewhere, Tyler Breeze makes his debut and former WWE Champion Sheamus battles Luke Harper in the main event. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Orlando, Fla. Tom Phillips and Brad Maddox are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Match #1 - NXT Women's Championship Tournament Final - Emma (Melbourne, Australia) vs. Paige (Norwich, England)

The first-ever NXT Women's Champion will be decided here.

Dueling chants from the crowd to start this affair. Just like the chants, it's back-and-forth to start. Emma counters Paige and puts her in the Dilemma, but after she is forced to break the hold, Paige kicks her in the gut and sends her through the ropes and to the floor.

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We're back and Paige is in control in the centre of the ring. Emma stretches Paige out with a knee to the back. She tries a crucifix pinning combination but Emma gets out. Paige drops Emma with a Perfect Plex but Emma barely gets the shoulder up in time to save the match up. Paige in control here. She chucks Emma into the corner and then stomps a mudhole in her and walks it dry.

Paige, though, makes a mistake and Emma takes over. She hits a corner crossbody for two. Emma with a clubbing blow and a rear chin lock. Paige tries to break it by grabbing Emma's chin, but Emma battles that off. Paige finally escapes but eats a back elbow for her troubles. Emma with a body lock now. Paige works back to a vertical base and runs Emma into the corner then goes to town with back elbows. She drops Emma to the canvas and locks in the modified Cloverleaf with a knee in the back in the centre of the ring. Emma is fighting it but somehow breaks the hold.

Emma fires right back with a small package for two. She wants the Emma Lock but Paige doesn't let it get close. Paige with a head butt and then a series of knees to the face. Paige goes to the top but is too slow. Emma slaps her then follows her up and hits a superplex. Crowd chanting "This is awesome."

Emma slow to make the cover and Paige is able to get her foot on the bottom rope. Emma pulls Paige to her feet but takes a kick to the gut then face. Paige quickly follows that with the Paige Turner and that is all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall and NEW NXT Women's Champion: Paige

All the Divas on hand come out to congratulate Paige on her when, when all of a sudden, Triple H's music fires up and he makes his way to the ring. He raises Paige's arm to all four sides of the ring as Paige cries.

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Match #2 - Angelo Dawkins (Cincinnati, Ohio) vs. Tyler Breeze (Making His Seasonal Residence in Milan, Italy)

Breeze spends about four minutes after getting in the ring taking pictures of himself with his iPhone. Finally the referee rings the bell. But Breeze still takes more pictures. Dawkins finally goes after him, but that ends poorly as Breeze quickly smokes him. Breeze quickly puts him away with a jumping spinning heel kick.

Winner via pinfall: Tyler Breeze

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Match #3 - Conor O'Brian (Grand Rapids, Mich.) & Rick Victor (Calgary, Alberta) vs. Mickey Keegan (Framingham, Mass.) & Aiden English (Chicago, Ill.)

As you could guess, this one does not last long. The Ascension quickly blasts English with a Total Elimination and that does it. Keegan doesn't even get into the match.

Winners via pinfall: Conor O'Brian & Rick Victor

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Match #4 - Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland) vs. Luke Harper (Parts Unknown)

Harper drops Sheamus to the canvas early with a shoulder block. That certainly got the former WWE Champion's attention. Sheamus, though, takes over after landing a big kick. He hits the clubbering blows on Harper, but Erick Rowan jumps up on the apron, so Sheamus releases Harper and hits them on Rowan. Harper hits Sheamus from behind, knocking him to the floor. As the referee admonishes him, Rowan clotheslines Sheamus on the floor.

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We're back and Harper is in control. Harper working Sheamus over, but Sheamus creates an opening with a big slam. Both men up and they start slugging it out. Sheamus gets the best of it. He runs Harper into the corner and hits a knee lift. It looks like he wants White Noise, but Harper shoves him off into a Boss Man Slam for two. Harper goes to the middle rope and wants a splash, but Sheamus moves and hits a rolling senton for two.

The two counter each other. Harper ducks the Brogue Kick, but Harper levels Sheamus with a discus clothesline, but Sheamus kicks out at two, and Harper can't believe it. Harper follows with a big corner clothesline. He wants another, but he went to the well too many times. Sheamus gets a foot up, then shoves Harper into Rowan, who jumped on the apron, before hitting White Noise. He follows with the Brogue Kick and that does it.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

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!.