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NXT: Former tag champs Neville and Graves lock up
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Former NXT Tag Team Champions Adrian Neville and Corey Graves have been locked up in a rivalry since the latter turned on Neville. Adding fuel to the fire, Neville sidelined Graves with a concussion. Tonight on WWE NXT, Graves and Neville continue their rivalry in the main event of the evening. Plus, Emma and Alexander Rusev see action. All that and more on this week's edition of WWE NXT!

We are on tape from Orlando, Fla. Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Tensai have the call for this week.

Match One: Sin Cara vs. Alexander Rusev (w/Lana)

Lockup sees Alexander Rusev muscle Sin Cara against the ropes. Sin Cara fighting back with leg kicks and punches. Side headlock in, but Rusev tosses him off and puts him down with a back elbow. Agile grappling from Sin Cara getting him the upperhand. Rusev charges a cornered Sin Cara and misses. Backdrop to the apron from Rusev allows Sin Cara to land a forearm on the apron. Up top, moonsault puts Rusev down for a nearfall.

Springboard attack from Sin Cara is caught by a dropkick from Rusev. Quick nearfall sees Rusev go to work on the body with kicks. Head kick drops Sin Cara for another nearfall. Body shots from his knees do nothing for Sin Cara and Rusev begins headbutting the chest. Armbar locked in now. Sin Cara out and cornered. Kick and back elbow allow Sin Cara to land a tornado DDT out of the corner. Springboard crossbody connects for a nearfall.

Headscissors takeover puts Rusev on the mat. Springboard back elbow once again lays Rusev flat for a nearfall. Sin Cara looking to finish, but he is pressed into the air. Landing on his feet, Sin Cara pressed back into the corner. He leaps on top of the shoulders of Rusev, but he is planted on his face by a facebuster. The Accolade stretching Sin Cara now in the center of the ring.

Winner by submission: Alexander Rusev

Post-match, referees have to make their way to the ring to break the hold as Lana finally gives instruction to relinquish the hold.

(Commercials)

Renee Young joins commentary for this Divas match.

Match Two: Alicia Fox vs. Emma

Emma doing her signature dance and Alicia Fox slapping her arms as she does it. Lockup sees Fox work the wristlock into a hammerlock. Emma counters into a kimura and Fox gets the rope break while also working some hair pulling. Shoulder bump from Emma connects and Fox leapfrogs and ducks to land some offense in the form of a dropkick. Emma cornered, but she catches Fox and works for the Dil-Emma. Fox counters with a neckbreaker on the top rope and hits a Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.

Sleeper in for Fox. Emma fights to her feet and hits some body shots, but Fox wobbles her with strikes. Out of the corner, Emma floats over and hits a rollup for a nearfall. Emma Sandwich in the corner connects. Slingshot sends Fox into the mat face-first and the Emma Lock is in.

Winner by submission: Emma

Post-match, Emma wishes NXT Women's Champion Paige the best on her recovery because she plans on getting a rematch when she returns. Sasha Banks, Summer Rae, Charlotte, and Alicia Fox all attack Emma as she dances and the numbers overwhelm her. Natalya and Bayley come out to make the save.

(Commercials)

Match Three: Sylvester LeFort vs. Mason Ryan

Mason Ryan muscles Sylvester LeFort into the corner, but LeFort striking his way out. LeFort off the ropes and he is picked up by Ryan. Ryan drops him on the top rope and comes back with a big boot. Cobra clutch slam plants LeFort into the mat.

Winner by pinfall: Mason Ryan

Aiden English backstage with the spotlight. English has no regrets threatening the injured Enzo Amore and he took it out on Colin Cassady. English says the curtain has fallen on that act and he is focused on Tyson Kidd tonight.

(Commercials)

Sylvester LeFort licking his wounds backstage and he promises to get revenge on Mason Ryan.

Aiden English serenades the audience prior to his match.

Match Four: Aiden English vs. Tyson Kidd

Lockup sees Tyson Kidd grab the side headlock. Kidd flipping and he hits a monkey flip on Aiden English. English plays matador and sends Kidd into the ropes on a crossbody attempt. Multiple fist drops from English get him a nearfall. Backdrop suplex connects for another English nearfall.

Head and arm choke in for English. Backdrop suplex attempt sees Kidd flip out and connect with a headscissors takeover that bounces the head of English off the turnbuckle. Leg kicks and a spinning back kick to the stomach connect for Kidd. Running dropkick to the head gets a nearfall for Kidd.

Kidd flips over to the apron and tries a shoulder ram, but English with a knee to the head. Suplex from English gets a quick nearfall. Colin Cassady makes his way out and tries on the beret and scarf of English, allowing Kidd to hit the somersault No Kidding neckbreaker from the top.

Winner by pinfall: Tyson Kidd

(Commercials)

Match Five: Adrian Neville vs. Corey Graves

Corey Graves attempts to start off with a leg kick, but Adrian Neville catches it to lock in a side headlock. Neville leapfrogging his way into a shoulder bump and a hip toss that sends Graves outside to regroup. Neville takes the bait and Graves starts stomping away as he reenters the ring. Brawling tactics employed by Graves now. Neville showing some fight as the two exchange chops, but Graves regains control. Elbow drop misses for Graves. Side headlock takeover from Neville connects and Graves scores a series of nearfalls rolling the shoulder over.

Corner work from Graves now grinding Neville down. Throw attempt to the outside sees Neville use the ropes to spring to the middle of the ring and land a hip toss. Graves outside and Neville lands a flip dive that takes him out. Graves tossed back inside, but he lands a dropkick to the knee as Neville attempts to reenter the ring as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Graves working the left knee in a submission. Corner work from Graves focusing on the leg gets him a nearfall. Graves working on keeping Neville grounded. Spinning kneebreaker is followed up by some ground and pound for another nearfall. Graves still employing the grounding tactics. Leg of Neville draped on the bottom rope and Graves dropping all of his weight on the knee. Another try sees a Neville rollup for a nearfall. Dropkick to the knee takes the momentum away from Neville and Graves with a nearfall of his own.

Dragon screw from Graves earns a quick nearfall and he's back at it on the left knee. Knee drop and now a leglock applied. DDT on the leg gets another nearfall before Graves returns to the leglock. Neville kicking the back of Graves to break the hold, but he is hoisted to the shoulders of Graves. Backbreaker sees Neville land across the knee for a series of nearfalls.

Action moves outside as Graves tosses Neville to the floor. Piledriver attempt is countered by a Neville bodydrop and he moves inside to create some distance. A cornered Neville is stalked by Graves, but right leg kicks connecting. Forearm clotheslines now rocking Graves. Missile dropkick connects for a nearfall.

Graves up and he spears the leg of Neville. Neville moves to the apron and Graves follows. An attempt to pick Neville up is countered by a kick with the right leg to the head. Graves down and out and Neville up for the Red Arrow. Red Arrow connects.

Winner by pinfall: Adrian Neville

Post-match, NXT Champion Bo Dallas makes his way down to the ring. WWE COO Triple H soon follows as Dallas enters the ring. Triple H makes their Feb. 27th NXT Arrival match a ladder match and the show closes with the two staring down.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments. Click here to follow Nolan on Twitter.