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NXT: Championship contenders determined in battle royal
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


NXT Takeover looms along the horizon and NXT Champion Adrian Neville awaits his challenger. Tonight on WWE NXT, a battle royal main event determines who will get that shot. Who will come out on top? Plus, the NXT Women's Championship Tournament concludes its first round! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE NXT!

We are on tape from Orlando, Fla. Rich Brennan, Jason Albert, and Renee Young have the call for this week.

NXT Women's Tournament Match One: Emma vs. Charlotte (w/Sasha Banks)

Lockup sees Charlotte press Emma into the corner. Reset sees more of the same. Emma with an arm drag off the lockup and drops down to trip Charlotte into a nearfall. Emma sent into the corner. On the apron, Emma gets nailed with a forearm and sent down with a hangman's neckbreaker. Charlotte with a nearfall back inside.

Figure-four headlock in for Charlotte. Emma bridges and puts the shoulders of Charlotte on the mat for a nearfall. Clothesline from Charlotte gets her a nearfall to counter and the figure-four headlock reapplied. Charlotte uses it to slam the head of Emma into the mat. Emma fighting out, but struck down. Cornered, Emma gets the boot up as Charlotte comes in and lands a clothesline. Emma with the Cobra from her boot. Charlotte ducks and Sasha Banks receives it on the apron. Charlotte's Web pin puts Emma on the mat.

Winner by pinfall: Charlotte

(Commercials)

Match Two: The Legionnaires vs. Kalisto & El Local

Sylvester Lefort starts with El Local. Local with the wiastlock and Lefort gets the wristlock. Local out and transitioning to a side headlock. Marcus Louis in and he gets knocked down with a shoulder bump. Running leg drop connects for a Local nearfall.

Louis striking Local down and going after the mask. Knees from Louis bring in Lefort and Lefort with a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Louis and Lefort slam Local into the corner and Louis continuing to work Local down. Right hand drops Local for a nearfall.

Lefort back in and a leg drop lands for a brief nearfall. Local isolated again in the corner and Louis in with a kick to the midsection. Louis drops Local and locks in the neck crank. Jawbreaker gets Local out. Louis sends him into the corner, but Local slide kicks the turnbuckle to stop the momentum. Louis runs into an upkick from Local.

Lefort and Kalisto in. Crossbody followed by a springboard corkscrew from Kalisto. Standing shiranui puts Lefort down and he is barely saved on the nearfall by Louis. Local in and he is sent into the ropes, where he catches himself in between the first and second rope. Corkscrew plancha from Local takes out Louis. Knee from Lefort is countered by a sunset flip into a kick from Kalisto. Springboard back enzuigiri lands for Kalisto.

Winners by pinfall: Kalisto & El Local

Adam Rose and Exotic Express party-goers shown hyping one of the Rosebuds for a match tonight.

(Commercials)

Recap of the feud between Camacho and Adam Rose.

Match Three: Camacho vs. Captain Comic

Camacho drops Captain Comic with a running dropkick. Right hands land and Camacho stomping him down. Backdrop suplex from Camacho followed up by a leg drop. Captain Comic fighting back with body shots, but he is dropped by Camacho. Rear chinlock applied by Camacho and he works on the mask. Comic fights out and is dropped by a headbutt. Running Samoan Drop from Camacho followed by a running powerslam.

Winner by pinfall: Camacho

Post-match, Adam Rose rushes out to save Captain Comic from further punishment.

NXT Women's Tournament brackets recapped. Alicia Fox says that she sees gold in her future and Alexa Bliss wants to make a splash in her debut by going after the NXT Women's Championship.

(Commercials)

NXT Women's Tournament Match Four: Alicia Fox vs. Alexa Bliss

Lockup sees Alicia Fox take the wristlock and knock Alexa Bliss down. Bliss cornered and she gets the boot up. Up top, she kicks Fox again and flips over to land a dropkick as Fox turns around. Standing moonsault knee drop on the chest of Fox gets a pair of nearfalls.

Fox comes back with a knee to the midsection and lands a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a brief nearfall. Fox with a forearm and snapmare into a nearfall before locking in the sleeper. Bliss out with elbows to the body. Fox counters into a Northern Lights Suplex that nearly advances her to the next round.

Corner work from Fox into the side headlock takeover. Bliss fights to her feet and lands kicks to the midsection. Forearm shots land for Bliss. Bliss off the ropes and tilt-a-whirl small package for Bliss.

Winner by pinfall: Alexa Bliss

Devin Taylor with NXT Champion Adrian Neville backsatage. Taylor asks Neville about the battle royal tonight to determine the number one contender for his belt at NXT Takeover. Neville calls "The Funkasaurus" extinct and describes the rigors of the battle royal. Neville will respect the challenger and is ready for the competition.

(Commercials)

NXT Championship Number One Contender Battle Royal Match Five

Oliver Grey and Curt Hawkins are both eliminated by Brodus Clay to start. The whole battle royal send Brodus Clay over the top. Brodus Clay eliminated as he is unable to hang on. Danny Butch eliminated by Aiden English. Mason Ryan eliminates Aiden English by pressing him out as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with multiple people facing elimination. Tyson Kidd and Camacho both escape and roll back in. Kalisto and Sylvester Lefort eliminated at the same time. Xavier Woods eliminates himself while eliminating Camacho. Mojo Rawley eliminated by Jason Jordan. Jason Jordan soon eliminated by Baron Corbin. Baron Corbin eliminated by clothesline from Bo Dallas. Yoshi Tatsu attempts a kick on Bo Dallas and gets eliminated by clothesline.

Bo Dallas, Mason Ryan, Tyson Kidd, Tyler Breeze, Sami Zayn, and Colin Cassady left. Dallas eliminates Ryan and Cassady. Dallas goes for one too many eliminations and is eliminated by Kidd.

Kidd, Breeze, and Zayn left. Breeze sends Kidd into the corner, where he floats over to the apron. Kidd ducks under and hits the ropes, only to run into a Beauty Shot. Breeze unable to get Kidd out and he turns his attention to Zayn. Both nearly eliminated and Zayn landing clotheslines. Helluva Kick ducked by Breeze and Zayn nearly sent out. Kidd sent out and both him and Zayn hanging on the top rope. Kidd gets the headscissors and takes Breeze to the floor. Zayn gets his feet tangled up in the two and all three hit the floor at the same time.

No Decision

WWE COO Triple H makes his way to the top of the ramp. Triple H knows there needs to be a number one contender for the NXT Championship at NXT Takeover. Triple H asks the crowd what they think should be done and they chant for a triple threat match.

The show closes with Triple H saying the crowd knows what's best for business and declaring that the winner of a triple threat match next week will compete for the NXT Championship at NXT Takeover.

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