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NXT ArRival: Neville reaches for the gold
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


New NXY champion Adrian Neville. Photos by Bill Otten, B&B Productions.


ArRival has arrived. Tonight on NXT ArRival, the NXT Championship is on the line between long-reigning champion Bo Dallas and Adrian Neville. All that stands between the two and the gold is a ladder. Plus, Antonio Cesaro and Sami Zayn face each other in another grudge match of their classic series and NXT Women's Champion Paige puts her strap on the line against Emma. All that and more on this special edition of NXT ArRival!

The pre-show is LIVE from Orlando, Fla. Renee Young is our host and Paul Heyman, Bret Hart, and Kevin Nash are our panelists.

Video packages promote NXT, the WWE Performance Center, and the current main roster members that NXT has produced. The panelists discuss their careers and the impact NXT could have had on their careers.

Interviews with various current and former NXT competitors such as Emma, The Shield, and NXT Champion Bo Dallas.

NXT General Manager John Bradshaw Layfield announces that Antonio Cesaro and Sami Zayn will open the show. Video package recaps their rivalry.


The main card is LIVE from Orlando, Fla. Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and William Regal have the call for the night.

WWE COO Triple H kicks us off in the center of the ring.

Match One: Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro

Lockup sees Cesaro muscle Sami Zayn to the mat. Lockup again sees Cesaro get the takedown and smack Zayn. Third time sees Cesaro get the side headlock takeover. Both men exchanging in the grappling before Cesaro lands a dropkick. Zayn kicks away as Cesaro seizes the legs. Single-leg takedown is stuffed by Zayn. Off the ropes, hurricanrana is caught by Cesaro, who tries the Cesaro Swing. Zayn flips up to his feet and sends Cesaro outside with an arm drag. Baseball slide kick lands and Zayn hits a plancha over the top.

Back inside, Zayn up top. Crossbody attempt is caught by Cesaro and turned into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a nearfall. Zayn moves outside after the maneuver and Cesaro soon follows. Zayn whipped into the barricade and put back inside, only to be thrown out yet again. Head of Zayn bounced off the steps and apron. Cesaro continuing to toss Zayn outside and the two begin to brawl outside before Zayn is against bounced off the barricade. Slam onto the ring apron gets Cesaro a nearfall.

Again, we move outside and Cesaro stomps the head of Zayn before dropping him on his throat on the barricade. Shoulder ram into the ring apron from Cesaro. Cesaro attempting to work the leg, but Zayn pulls him into the ring post multiple times. Zayn looking for the tornado DDT through the turnbuckles, but he runs right into a European Uppercut from Cesaro. Taking the opening, Cesaro ramming the leg around the ring post.

We return to the ring and Zayn on a bum leg. Cesaro smartly stomps the knee down to the mat and applies a leglock. Zayn kicking the back of Cesaro over and over, but Cesaro with a double-foot stomp that earns a nearfall.

Power game still being implemented by Cesaro. Dragon screw pulls Zayn to the mat and he drops the knee into the injured left knee. Up-kicks from Zayn move Cesaro away, allowing him to land a heel kick. Cesaro is able to recover and work the left knee once again. Dragon screws land and a third is unsuccessful as Zayn works forearms. Enzuigiri is ducked under and Cesaro works the half Boston Crab. Zayn inches to the ropes and finally gets there. Back elbow and a kick from Zayn connect before Cesaro charges into a bodydrop that sends him outside.

Zayn goes for a springboard moonsault, but Cesaro catches him and slams him onto the ramp. Cesaro returns to the ring as Zayn struggles to reach the ring. Zayn in with a second to spare. Cesaro charges into an exploder suplex into the corner as Zayn slowly gets to his feet. Zayn rolls Cesaro over and almost gets the win. Zayn eats a few elbows, but is able to hit a spinning powerbomb that again nearly gets the pin.

STO from Zayn is immediately transitioned into the Koji Clutch. Cesaro turns it into a Stretch Muffler. Zayn gets the rope break and Zayn tries a kick, but Cesaro catches it for the Cesaro Swing. Roll by Zayn gets a close nearfall and Cesaro is able to connect with the Cesaro Swing. Running European Uppercut in the corner gets Cesaro a nearfall and Zayn rolls into a crucifix position for a nearfall of his own. Double-foot stomp to the head nearly gets Cesaro the victory.

Cesaro looking for the deadlift suplex outside. Zayn fights back with strikes and a big boot. Hurricanrana attempt from the top is caught by Cesaro and he turns it into a powerbomb attempt, but Zayn is able to muster the hurricanrana. Helluva Kick in the corner almost puts Cesaro out to get the win. Zayn climbing up Cesaro and he is put down by a European Uppercut. Cesaro implores him to stay down, but Zayn up to his feet again before he is dropped yet again. A third time and Zayn again gets up. The two now exchanging bombs in the center of the ring. Zayn ducks under a haymaker and hits a German Suplex. Cesaro cornered and Zayn charges right into a big boot for a close nearfall. Cesaro looks for the Neutralizer, but Zayn bodydrops out for a nearfall of his own. Sunset flip powerbomb looks to put Cesaro out, but he barely gets the shoulder up.


Cesaro works the half Boston Crab on Sami Zayn.
Zayn stumbles to Cesaro, who presses him up and lands a European Uppercut. Quick nearfall and Cesaro is stunned Zayn kicked out at one. Cesaro with a spinning European Uppercut before he lands a Neutralizer.

Winner by pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Post-match, Cesaro walks all the way back to the ring from the ramp. Cesaro picks Zayn up and the two hug in the center of the ring.

Video package promotes Mojo Rawley.

Match Two: CJ Parker vs. Mojo Rawley

Match starts with Mojo Rawley working CJ Parker into the corner on a lockup. Rawley takes a kick to the stomach and Parker grabs a side headlock. Rawley leapfrogging and ducking to press Parker into the air for a bodydrop nearfall.

Armbar in for Rawley. Parker moves Rawley into the corner for some strikes. Parker sent into the corner, where he strikes a charging Rawley and hits a clothesline for a quick nearfall. Corner work stomping Rawley down. Parker bouncing Rawley from corner to corner with strikes. Rawley finally is able to strike back, but Parker comes back with a combo of punches. Whip reverses Parker into the corner and Rawley landing a pair of splashes. Butt bump into a Hyper Drive.

Winner by pinfall: Mojo Rawley

Rating: 1.75 stars out of 5.

Video package details the colorful Emma.

Video package shows the power of the NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension.

Match Three for the NXT Tag Team Championships: The Ascension (c) vs. Too Cool

Viktor starts with Grand Master Sexay. Viktor misses a splash and Sexay celebrates. Viktor starts in on Sexay in the corner before bringing in Konnor. Leg drop gets a close nearfall and is soon followed by a big shoulder block. And another. And yet another. Corner work from Konnor rocking Sexay. Big boot connects for Konnor. Viktor back in for a nearfall.

Grand Master Sexay being stomped and struck relentlessly by Viktor. Suplex lands for a brief nearfall and Viktor locks in the sleeper. Turned into a side headlock for Viktor and he releases the hold to strike Sexay down into the mat. Chinlock sees Sexay stun his way out of and he lands a few right hands.

Scotty 2 Hotty in and landing right hands at will. Konnor steps in and takes a right hand. Viktor tries to capitalize, but Hotty too quick on his feet and he knocks Viktor down. Failed hip toss from Scotty 2 Hotty leads to a sledgehammer smash. Viktor cornered, but he holds the rope. Hotty fighting back and wobbles Viktor in the corner. Bulldog places him down on the mat and Scotty 2 Hotty looking for The Worm. Konnor sent out and Hotty going for it, but he is dropped on the second rope. Big clothesline from Viktor leads to the Fall of Man.

Winners by pinfall and still NXT Tag Team Champions: The Ascension

Rating: 2.25 stars out of 5.

Video package chronicles the NXT Women's Champion Paige.

Ric Flair and daughter Charlotte shown in the audience.

Principal Owner of WWE Stephanie McMahon makes her way out. McMahon remarks about the historical significance of this event, being the first in-ring event streamed on the WWE Network. McMahon is proud to introduce the two competitors for tonight's match.


Emma bends NXT Women's champion Paige.
Match Four for the NXT Women's Championship: Paige (c) vs. Emma

Paige gets right up in front of Emma and a shoving contest ensues. The match looking more like a schoolyard brawl to start. Paige muscles Emma into the corner and lands a side kick as she comes out. Paige Turner attempt is countered into a backslide from Emma for a nearfall. Both ladies looking for a backslide as they backpack one another. Emma with a double-leg and slingshot attempt, but Paige rips the legs from under Emma for a rolling nearfall. Running dropkick ends the grappling exchange for a Paige nearfall.

Paige ripping the hair and shaking the head of Emma. Scoop slam gets Paige a quick nearfall and she works the sleeper. Emma fights to her feet, but she is dragged down once again. Emma unable to break the hold as Paige grapevines the legs. Emma up and out of the submission and looking to press Paige into the corner, but a switch from Paige puts Emma in there and Paige throws vicious back elbows. Emma down and being choked by the boot. The foot of Paige now caught by Emma and she uses it to drag her to the mat. Emma Sandwich attempt is thwarted by a boot, but Emma dragging Paige to the center of the ring. Slingshot and Emma Lock attempt in, but Paige kicks away. Paige draping Emma across the second rope and she moves to the apron. Knee after knee driven into the face of Emma. Paige posing on the apron and Emma kicks the legs out from under her, sending her into the ring apron. Nearfall from Emma off the opportunistic offense.

A cornered Emma matadors Paige into the corner and locks in the Dil-Emma. Back inside the ropes, Emma Sandwich connects for a nearfall. Surfboard stretch torqueing the arms of Paige. Though she twists and turns, Paige unable to break the hold. Paige now pressed into the air off the submission. Emma relinquishes the hold and kicks Paige into the mat for a nearfall.

Handful of hair, Emma slings Paige into the corner. Stomps to the chest wearing down the champion here. Quick nearfall off the brawling offense from the challenger. Paige reverses the whip and sends Emma into the corner. Emma off to the apron, but a forearm shot rocks her. Paige looking to send Emma into the ring post, but she uses her leg as a kickstand and bounces the head of Paige into the turnbuckle. Emma moves up top, but Paige gets her in superplex position. Emma fighting back and she sunset flips to the mat. Paige carried out of the corner and powerbombed to the mat for a near victory.

Emma looks for another pin, but still only garners a nearfall. Emma slapping Paige around and Paige comes back with one that knocks Emma down. Clothesline puts her down and the Paige Turner is set up. Paige Turner connects, but Emma is able to kick out. Paige taking the legs and locking in the Scorpion Crosslock. Emma is lifted into the air by the submission and the arms torqued behind her leaves her no choice.

Winner by submission and still NXT Women's Champion: Paige

Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

Post-match, the two rivals embrace in the center of the ring.

Video package shows the ability of Adrian Neville.

(Commercials)

Dusty Rhodes and Pat Patterson are shown in the audience.


Lana acts as the spokeswoman for Alexander Rusev.
Xavier Woods and Tyler Breeze are set for a match, but they are soon interrupted by Alexander Rusev. Lana leads Rusev to the ring and he kicks both men in the head. Breeze is taken out with a Samoan Drop and Woods put into The Accolade. Lana promotes Rusev and he speaks a bit in Bulgarian before leaving the destruction he left in the ring.

Video package details the personality of NXT Champion Bo Dallas.

Larry Zbysko and Steve Keirn are shown in the audience.

Shawn Michaels makes his way out prior to the match with the NXT Championship. Michaels is honored to be part of this historic night. Michaels plays along with the crowd and details his history of ladder matches. Michaels premises the main event and introduces the competitors.

Ladder Match Five for the NXT Championship: Bo Dallas (c) vs. Adrian Neville

Bo Dallas starts the match by immediately trying to get outside to a ladder. Adrian Neville catches him and unleashes a barrage of kicks and knees. Dallas whips Neville into the opposite corner, but a float over into a series of flips allows Neville to land a mule kick in the other corner. Missile dropkick from the top connects for Neville and he returns to the top. Dallas smartly moves to the apron and sweeps the legs out from under Neville. Brawling tactics now employed by Dallas. Back elbows drop Neville. Clothesline turns Neville inside out. Put on the shoulders, Neville has his leg tangled in between the ropes.

Dallas is the first to bring the ladder into play. Taking his time to get it in the ring, Neville recovers and lands a baseball slide kick on the ladder to knock Dallas back. Big crossbody over the top knocks Dallas down. Neville brings the ladder inside, but Dallas grabs the legs and pulls him to the mat. Neville ran backward into the steel steps and Dallas now trying to step inside. Neville kicked and punched down before being struck more as he ties the arm of Neville in the ring skirt.

Another ladder brought into play and Dallas looks to use it as a battering ram. Neville ducks out and the ladder slides inside. Suplex attempt from Dallas is countered by Neville, who bodydrops Dallas onto the ramp and heads inside. The ladder set up in the center of the ring. Neville gets to the top rung, but Dallas tosses the ladder into Neville and knocks him down.

Dallas going to work with the ladder, driving it downward into the midsection of Neville. The ladder being used to pin Neville as Dallas climbs to the top. Bridging and using the legs, Neville is able to kick the ladder over. Dallas rebounds off the ropes and the ladder cracks the back of his head. Neville stomps Dallas before setting up the ladder for himself. The ropes treat Neville the same as he bounces off them from the falling ladder.

The two men down and they stand to have a tug of war over the ladder. Dallas wins by ramming Neville into the corner with the ladder. Ladder now wedged in the corner and Dallas looking to slingshot Neville. The yank of the legs pulls Neville up and he uses the ladder to land a tornado DDT. As Dallas is down, Neville sets the ladder up again. Dallas forces Neville to drop down and Neville charges through the ladder to send Dallas off the ropes and into the ladder. The ladder falls on Neville as well and both men down.

Fatigued lockup sees Dallas win by pressing Neville into the corner and unloading some corner work. Dallas looking for a side slam on the ladder, but Neville holds a headlock and sends Dallas into the ladder wedged in the corner. Ladder upright and Neville making his way up, but he is met by Dallas. Dallas pulls Neville into the ladder with his own arm multiple times. Neville down to the apron, but he lands a head kick. Up top, Neville setting up for the Red Arrow. Dallas springs up and sends Neville crashing on the ring apron and to the floor.


After the show went off the air, John Cena congratulated Adrian Neville.
The slow ascension to the top begins for Dallas. Dragging his feet onto the first rung, Neville leapfrogs him with a springboard to the upper half of the ladder. Neville fingertips away. Dallas takes the back and looking to pull Neville down. Elbows and kicks from the challenger send Dallas down, but he is back and powerbombs Neville into the ladder in the corner. Ladder in hand, Neville appears to be sandwiched, but he mule kicks the ladder back into the face of Dallas. Dallas sprawled across the ladder and Neville heads up top. Red Arrow connects on top of Dallas and the ladder. Ladder is up and Neville climbing. Dallas meeting him on the other side, but he can't get to the top fast enough.

Winner and NEW NXT Champion: Adrian Neville

Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5.

The show closes with Adrian Neville celebrating with the NXT Championship belt in hand.

Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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