Neville tops Kidd at NXT Takeover
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Tyson Kidd came back to NXT to reinvent himself and give himself one last shot at greatness. Standing in his way is NXT Champion Adrian Neville, who has shown the ability to take it to the next level against anyone who wants his belt. Tonight on NXT Takeover, the NXT Championship is on the line between the two. Plus, NXT Tag Team Championships and the NXT Women's Championship are up for grabs. All that and more on this NXT Takeover special!
The pre-show is LIVE from Orlando, Fla.
Panelists Renee Young, Paul Heyman, and Christian preview the show.
Video packages preview a contender match between Tyler Breeze and Sami Zayn, the NXT Women's Championship match between Charlotte and Natalya, and the NXT Championship match between Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd.
We are LIVE from Orlando, Fla. Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and William Regal have the call for this week.
Match One: Adam Rose vs. Camacho
Adam Rose ducks out of a lockup from Camacho. Rose dancing around the ring. Camacho gets the back and a full-nelson. Rose playing mind games with Camacho and Camacho ends them with a forearm. Stomps keep Rose down. Double underhook suplex gets Camacho the first nearfall of the contest.
Cobra Clutch applied by Camacho. Rose gets out and Camacho stomps him down. Rose pumping himself up, but Camacho with a big boot for another nearfall. Cobra Clutch reapplied on Rose. Camacho puts Rose down and gets a leg drop for a nearfall.
Rose getting on the offensive off a backdrop attempt from Camacho. Punches landing and Rose with a spinebuster. Corner elbow lands and Camacho down in the corner. Bronco buster lands and Rose catches Camacho with a Party Foul.
Winner by pinfall: Adam Rose
Match Rating: 1.75 out of 5 stars
Video package recaps the road to NXT Takeover for Sami Zayn.
An announcement states that Tyler Breeze has entered the building.
Match Two for the NXT Tag Team Championships: The Ascension (c) vs. El Local & Kalisto
Konnor and Viktor immediately take the fight to El Local & Kalisto. The champions send the challengers off the ropes, only to receive headscissor takeovers. The Ascension outside and they connect on uppercuts as Local and Kalisto try a dual suicide dive.
Back inside, Viktor working Kalisto down with strikes. Konnor tags in and lands an elbow drop for the first nearfall of the contest. Konnor locks the arms of Kalisto behind him and hoists him in the air as he brings in Viktor. Viktor with body shots and works Kalisto to the mat. Chop puts Kalisto down for a nearfall.
Kalisto fighting back, but clubbed down by Viktor. Kalisto hung in the tree of woe and stomped by Konnor. Viktor tags back in and slams Kalisto into the mat for another nearfall before applying the sleeper. Kalisto elbows the body to get out, only to be tossed outside. Konnor throws Kalisto into the ropes. Another throw sees Kalisto kick away Konnor and use headscissors to slam Viktor's head into the apron.
Back inside, Kalisto put down again. Viktor in with a chop. Reverse hurricanrana off the top from Kalisto allows him to get the tag to Local. Local coming in with clotheslines and lands a kick. Moonsault from Local gets a nearfall. Kalisto breaks the pin and gets thrown out of the ring. Local up top, but Viktor runs under the attack and charges to hit an STO. Konnor in and Fall of Man connects.
Winners by pinfall and still NXT Tag Team Champions: The Ascension
Match Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars
NXT Championship Contender Match Three: Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze avoiding the lockup with Sami Zayn to start. Breeze takes the back and Zayn counters with an arm wrench. Breeze with a wristlock and Zayn wrenches the arm to put Breeze on the mat. Breeze gets to his feet and applies the armbar. Zayn springboard leapfrogs Breeze to land a series of arm drags. Breeze fights up and corners Zayn. Zayn refusing to break and grabs a side headlock. Zayn clubs the back and lands a heel kick. Corner work from Zayn. Zayn sent into the corner and he sits himself up top off a back elbow, only to be slung to the floor by Breeze.
Zayn rolls back in with seconds to spare. Breeze stomping him down in the corner and choking him with his boot. Breeze gets a nearfall. Running bulldog into the corner from Breeze gets another nearfall. Breeze landing clubbing blows and drives the head of Zayn into the mat for yet another nearfall.
Front facelock applied by Breeze. Zayn fights to his feet and presses Breeze up. Breeze crashes to the mat and Zayn takes the match outside. Springboard moonsault from Zayn lands and a crossbody from the top lands inside for the first Zayn nearfall of the bout.
Zayn attempts a backdrop suplex, but Breeze hitting the back of the head with elbows. Zayn pulls him into a Blue Thunder Bomb by his tights and nearly gets the pin. Zayn once again moving up top. Breeze runs under and is cornered. Zayn charges into a side kick to the midsection and a Breeze DDT nearly takes the match.
Both men slow to get up. Breeze yanks Zayn up from the corner and into a powerbomb that Zayn barely kicks out of. Breeze landing strikes in the corner and attempts to drag Zayn out of the corner. Zayn locks the arm to hit an exploder suplex into the corner. Both men down for the referee's count.
Both men beat the count and trade punches in the middle of the ring. The referee almost gets bumped in the corner, but Zayn stops and allows Breeze to get a rollup for a nearfall. Blue Thunder Bomb is flipped out of by Breeze. Both men taking the back and Zayn tries a rollup with the ropes, only to eat a Superkick from Breeze for a close nearfall.
Breeze staggers over to Zayn and lands a trio of right hands. Zayn with an uppercut back and Breeze lands a flurry. Breeze attempts to whip Zayn to no avail. Zayn attempts a powerbomb, but Breeze with a guillotine choke. Press-up powerbomb from Zayn lands and almost takes the match. Helluva Kick sees Breeze move outside. Zayn goes outside with a flip dive and puts Breeze back inside. Helluva Kick sees Breeze duck in the corner and put his arms up, hitting Zayn in the groin. Beauty Shot lands for Breeze.
Winner by pinfall and number one contender for the NXT Championship: Tyler Breeze
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Bret Hart consulting with Natalya and Tyson Kidd backstage.
Lana introduces Rusev. Lana says Rusev has come back to NXT to receive adulation from the crowd. Lana talks about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mojo Rawley interrupts. Rawley with an American flag and says that America doesn't get hyped, they stay hyped. Rawley tells Rusev where to stick his flag and charges the ring. Superkick takes Rawley out and Rusev with a splash in the corner before applying The Accolade.
Lana instructs Rusev to throw Rawley out of the ring. Lana then sends Rusev to attack again. Rusev applies The Accolade at the top of the ramp.
Ric Flair shown walking Charlotte to the ring.
Video package recaps the NXT Women's Championship Tournament.
WWE Divas Champion Paige makes her way to the ring. Paige says it is amazing to be back and thanks NXT for getting her where she is. Paige is her to see the NXT Women's Championship crowned and says they need to carry themselves with grace.
Match Four for the NXT Women's Championship: Charlotte (w/Ric Flair) vs. Natalya (w/Bret Hart)
Lockup sees Natalya hit a throw for a nearfall on Charlotte. Natalya takes the back and sweeps the leg to get the front facelock. Charlotte turns it into a hammerlock. Natalya counters with a fireman's carry into an armbar. Headscissors choking Natalya to get Charlotte out and reset the action. Side headlock takeover from Natalya. Charlotte slips out and both ladies back to the feet. Wristlock from Natalya is countered into an armbar from Charlotte. Natalya turns and flips into an ankle pick. Leglock applied and Charlotte uses the leg to get out of the hold.
Action again resets and Charlotte catches the kick of Natalya. Natalya turns to drag Charlotte to the mat and locks in a leglock again. Charlotte grabs the head and applies a side headlock. Charlotte turned by Natalya into a front facelock. Natalya taunts Ric Flair with her signature phrase and Charlotte gets the front facelock. Natalya turns out and leaprfrogging and ducking leads Natalya to getting a victory roll for a nearfall.
Bodyscissors applied by Natalya and Charlotte getting rolled and controlled by the hold. Natalya gets the cross armbreaker and Charlotte moves to the apron. Both ladies exchanging slaps and Natalya gets the back. Rollup for a nearfall sees Charlotte start chopping Natalya down. Natalya comes back with chops of her own. Float over in the corner from Natalya allows her to grab the sleeper. Charlotte turns it into a backpack stunner for a close nearfall.
Charlotte stomping Natalya down and controlling her with an abdominal stretch. Natalya turns out to get one of her own. Backslide nearly gets a pin for Natalya and Charlotte with a dropkick for a nearfall. Corner work from Charlotte is reversed by Natalya into a butterfly suplex. Running stomp to the head is followed by a dropkick for a nearfall that nearly wins the match for Natalya.
Charlotte sent into the corner and she flips to the apron. Natalya there with a forearm that knocks Charlotte to the floor. Natalya on the apron and Charlotte yanking on the leg of Natalya. Charlotte leg whips Natalya to the floor and gets a nearfall inside. Charlotte moves to the top after some stomps and misses on a moonsault. Both women down. Discus clothesline from Natalya nearly wins her the title. Sharpshooter locked in and Charlotte looking for the ropes. Natalya puts it in the middle and Charlotte turns it around to lock in a Figure-Four Leglock. Both women turning and rolling to reverse pressure and exchanging slaps. Charlotte rolls to the outside and holds the submission outside.
The referee breaks the hold as Natalya tumbles to the floor. Charlotte sends Natalya into the steel steps on her knee. Natalya sent inside and Charlotte takes the legs. Sharpshooter applied by Charlotte on Natalya. Natalya struggles and turns it over, but she is kicked away by Charlotte. Bow to the Queen lands.
Winner by pinfall and new NXT Women's Champion: Charlotte
Match Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Post-match, both families exchange hugs and congratulations.
Video package previews the NXT Championship match.
Match Five for the NXT Championship: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd
Lockup between the two leads to a stalemate. Tyson Kidd and Adrian Neville shake hands and Kidd takes the back. Side headlock takeover from Kidd. Neville back to his feet, but Kidd repeats the side headlock takeover. Neville turns out into a wristlock. Neville tries for a kick and Kidd gets a side headlock takeover.
Reset sees Kidd pat Nevlle on the back. Kidd locking in the armbar off the arm wrench. Neville attempting to turn his way out, but Kidd drops him to the mat with a keylock. Neville cartwheeling and turning his way out into an arm wrench that sends Kidd to the mat.
Action once again resets and Neville with an arm drag. Armbar from Neville in. Neville gets a Northern Lights Suplex and reapplies the armbar. Rope break from Kidd sees him take the side headlock. Shoulder bump puts Neville down. Both men leapfrogging and ducking. Neville lands on his feet off the monkey flip and both men mirror each other as they flip up and attempt dropkicks in tandem.
Both men acknowledging the other and Kidd knocks Neville down with a forearm before sending Neville into the corner with extra velocity. Neville hung in the tree of woe and Kidd pulling him up by his hair to land kicks to the spine. Running dropkick to the head lands for Kidd. Neville off the ropes and Kidd with a back elbow for the first nearfall of the contest.
Rear chinlock applied by Kidd. Neville struggling to break the hold. Hold broken and Kidd flapjacks Neville on the top rope. Neville sent outside and Kidd with a cannonball between the top and second rope. Nearfall back inside for Kidd leads to the sleeper being applied. Neville sent into the corner, but he gets the boot up. Neville off the ropes and ducks a Kidd attack. Both men collide on a crossbody and are down for the referee's count.
Both men up. Neville lands punches, but a spinning back kick for Kidd. Neville with kicks of his own and lands a dropkick. Neville up top, but gets down as Kidd approaches. Kidd tries a springboard bulldog and gets hung in the tree of woe. Neville now kicking the back and landing a running dropkick. Springboard forearm from the apron by Neville nearly retains the belt.
Kidd with a forearm and a kick that skins the cat to the apron. Neville knocks Kidd down and tries a suicide dive, only to eat a jump kick from Kidd that nearly steals the match. Kidd up top and waiting for Neville. Neville meets him with a forearm and both up top. Kidd looks for a sunset flip powerbomb, but Neville flips out. Neville posturing and Kidd charges into a press-up powerbomb that nearly puts Kidd down for three.
Kicks landing for Neville. Neville running for a springboard and Kidd catches up with him to land a Rusian Legsweep from the second rope that nearly takes the match. Kidd up top and Neville gets the legs up, but Kidd catches them. Rollup from Neville gets a nearfall. Kidd with a dropkick and looking for a suplex. Neville turns it around and both men tumble to the floor on the suplex. Both men down and outside.
Both men get in with a second to spare and now taking the count inside. Forearms being exchanged. Neville runs the ropes, but Kidd sweeps the legs into a Sharpshooter. Neville turning out and Kidd locks in the Dungeon Lock. Kidd heel kicking Neville as Neville looks to be out. Rope break gets Neville out. Neville on the apron and tries a shoulder ram, only to eat a kick from Kidd. Kidd up top and Neville between the ropes. Somersault leg drop lands and Kidd nearly takes the belt.
Kidd up top and Neville gets the leg. Kidd kicks Neville away. Neville back and Kidd punches him down. Neville gets up one last time and hits a hurricanrana from the top. Kidd down and out and Neville up top. Red Arrow lands.
Winner by pinfall and still NXT Champion: Adrian Neville
Match Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Post-match, Adrian Neville celebrates with the NXT Championship. Neville offers Tyson Kidd a handshake and Kidd bumps Neville to leave the ring. The show closes with Neville celebrating with his title.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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