NXT: Gabriel picks a side after Zayn match
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
NXT is often the place where a main roster star can come to make an impact. Justin Gabriel has come back to NXT to be alongside his former tag team partner, the disgruntled Tyson Kidd. Tonight on WWE NXT, Gabriel wrestles Sami Zayn in the main event with his former tag partner in his corner. Can Gabriel make an impact? Plus, the NXT Women's Champion is in 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 William Regal have the call for this week.
Enzo Amore praises himself on the mic before introducing Colin Cassady. Big Cass asks how everyone is doing and then says that he will be disfiguring and dismantling Pepe Le Pew tonight.
Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis make their way out. Lefort mocks Amore and Cassady and calls themselves two French elite knows as The Legionnaires. Lefort says there is no match for them, especially two people from a place like New Jersey.
Match One: Colin Cassady (w/Enzo Amore) vs. Sylvester Lefort (w/Marcus Louis)
Sylvester Lefort getting in the face of Colin Cassady to start. Cassady shoves him back and Lefort coming at him with strikes. Lefort unable to whip Cassady and Cassady pulls him into an East River Crossing. "Sawft" chant from Cassady leads to the Empire Elbow.
Winner by pinfall: Colin Cassady
Devin Taylor with NXT Champion Adrian Neville backstage. Taylor asks Neville what's next for him. Neville notes what an honor it was to wrestle Rob Van Dam last week. Tyler Breeze cuts him off and says everyone was impressed with that match because of his gorgeousness being only a few feet away from the match. Breeze thinks it is killing Neville to not know when he'll cash in his match for the title. Neville tells Breeze to cash it in tonight and Breeze claims to have an injury from hand modeling, so Neville gets to live another day.
Video package promotes Bull Dempsey.
Bayley says she has a big match tonight in a video promo against what's left of The BFFs and she has her own "BFF," or a "Bayley Friend Forever," in Becky Lynch.
Match Two: The Beautiful Fierce Females vs. Bayley & Becky Lynch
Sasha Banks starts out against Bayley. Lockup sees Bayley get a hammerlock. Arm drag into an armbar by Bayley and Banks counters with a forearm. Arm drag from Bayley brings in Becky Lynch. Lynch with an arm drag and an armbar of her own. NXT Women's Champion Charlotte in with a snapmare for a cover.
Lynch bridges out and gets another arm drag into an armbar. Bayley in with a sledge to the twisted arm of Charlotte. Elbow drops from Bayley working the left arm. Quick tags between Bayley and Lynch. Double suplex on Charlotte lands and double clothesline knocks Banks down. The BFFs regrouping outside as we break.
We return with Charlotte working the legscissors choke on Bayley for a nearfall. Banks in with a boot and now bouncing the head of Bayley off the canvas. Banks clubbing Bayley down and stomping before hitting Lynch with a forearm. Charlotte returns with a boot and splashes down on the back of Bayley for a nearfall. Knee drops to the midsection of Bayley get Charlotte a nearfall.
Double chops to the chest get Banks a cover as she comes back inside. The BFFs isolating Bayley in the corner. Bayley fights the double-team and Lyncih in with uppercuts and clotheslines on Banks. Trio of leg drops get Lynch a nearfall that is broken by Charlotte. Bayley sent out by Charlotte and Charlotte tags in. Dropkick to the knee followed by Bow Down to the Queen.
Winners by pinfall: The Beautiful Fierce Females
Post-match, Bayley throws Sasha Banks outside after she taunts Becky Lynch.
Devin Taylor with Justin Gabriel backstage. Gabriel calls Sami Zayn a younger version of him. Tyson Kidd interrupts and says that he respects Gabriel as a main roster talent like himself, but Gabriel needs to step over people because he is heading towards purgatory. Kidd says losing at NXT will make sure that the calls are less frequent and tonight is Gabriel's time. Gabriel plans to prove Kidd wrong by beating Zayn.
Sasha Banks wants to know why Charlotte just watched her get attacked. Charlotte thinks it is time for the BFFs to go their separate ways. Banks upset because she has given up so much for Charlotte, but Charlotte can't trust anyone. Banks said she got along with Summer Rae before Charlotte came along and informs Charlotte that Summer Rae and Bayley will wrestle to be the number one contender to her title next week.
Match Three: CJ Parker vs. Steve Cutler
Lockup sees CJ Parker run Steve Cutler into the corner and land shoulder rams to the midsection. Parker punching Cutler down and stomping him in the middle of the ring. Parker telling Cutler that he is "ruining the world" just like the rest of the crowd. Heel kick knocks Cutler out.
Winner by pinfall: CJ Parker
Post-match, CJ Parker throws Steve Cutler out of the ring. Parker says Xavier Woods is a semester away from his doctorate, but he hasn't done anything since leaving NXT. Parker mocks Woods and says he would win titles and change the world if he had the opportunities Woods has. Parker declares that he is coming for Woods.
Video interview between Renee Young and Tyson Kidd played. Young reiterates that Kidd said no question was off limits. Kidd asked about turning down the handshake of NXT Champion Adrian Neville at NXT Takeover. Kidd says Natalya lost earlier in the night and came in crying and that threw him off his game. Young asks about the NXT Takeover post-show and blowing off Natalya. Kidd says he was in no mood to talk and didn't mean to blow off his wife. Young continues, asking about the rematch for the title with Neville and grabbing the chair in frustration. Kidd says he was lucky to have Natalya take the chair away. Young asks about Kidd walking away from his NXT Tag Team Championship with Sami Zayn. Kidd knows his wife procured the title shot for him, but his heart wasn't in it.
Young moves in to more personal questions, asking Kidd about fans claiming he is coming off like a "baby" the past few weeks and chanting "Nattie's husband" at him. Kidd knows that the fans might not know what it is like to have a wife that they love more than they love themselves, but that is how he feels about Natalya and he doesn't believe he is in the shadow of his wife. Young closes by asking if there are any marital issues between the two and Kidd storms off the set.
Match Four: Sami Zayn vs. Justin Gabriel (w/Tyson Kidd)
Lockup sees Sami Zayn take the back of Justin Gabriel. Both men exchanging armlocks and position. Zayn with a nearfall off an arm wrench and the reset sees Zayn get a hammerlock to drag Gabriel to the mat. Gabriel has the leg swept and Zayn with another nearfall.
Lockup once again sees Gabriel grab an armbar off a Zayn side headlock. Zayn sends Gabriel off the ropes and leapfrogs to land a pair of arm drags. Gabriel again brought to the mat by a hammerlock and Gabriel forced to get the rope break. Reset and lockup sees Gabriel get a side headlock and hook the ropes as he is sent off them to land a clothesline as Zayn leapfrogs. Gabriel punts the midsection for a nearfall as we break.
Side headlock takeover connects for Gabriel as we return. Zayn breaks the side headlock, only to be downed by a clothesline for a Gabriel cover. Zayn fighting back with punches and has his legs swept for another pin attempt from Gabriel. Forearms from Gabriel as Zayn is on the ropes. Zayn sent off the ropes and he connects on a clothesline. Heel kick and dropkick follow. Blue Thunder Bomb nearly steals it for Zayn.
Gabriel charges Zayn in the corner and runs into an exploder suplex for another Zayn nearfall. Helluva Kick misses for Zayn and Gabriel springs out of the corner with a thrust kick that allows him to cover Zayn. Gabriel drops Zayn on his head on a backdrop piledriver for a nearfall and a springboard moonsault gets Gabriel another nearfall.
Side slam puts Zayn down on the mat. Gabriel inching up top and Zayn crotches him up top. Zayn landing strikes and going after Gabriel. Up top, Zayn looking for a superplex. Gabriel forearms Zayn down and jumps. Zayn runs under and catches Gabriel with a reverse STO as he charges. Koji Clutch applied.
Winner by submission: Sami Zayn
Post-match, Tyson Kidd checking on Justin Gabriel. Sami Zayn turns around and gets sideswiped by Kidd. Gabriel up and looking on before starting to stomp and attack Zayn along with Kidd. NXT Champion Adrian Neville comes out to make the save.
The show closes with Neville checking on Zayn as Gabriel and Kidd make their way up the ramp.
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