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NXT: Title match ends in controversy
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Tyler Breeze has been patiently waiting to capitalize on his NXT Championship shot. However, only a few short weeks ago, NXT Champion Adrian Neville forced Breeze to play his cards. Tonight on WWE NXT, Neville defends his belt against Breeze. Plus, the first round of the NXT Tag Team Tournament closes out and a pivotal NXT women's match! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE NXT!

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

NXT Tag Team Tournament Match One: Mojo Rawley & Bull Dempsey vs. The Vaudevillains

Bull Dempsey starts out with Aiden English. Shoulder bump from Dempsey gets a nearfall and Mojo Rawley tagged in. Double-back elbow from the two gets Rawley a pin of his own. Front facelock from Rawley in and English works him into the corner. English working the arm and hits a snapmare for nearfall before applying an armlock.

Simon Gotch tagged in and doing some Hindu squats while working the armlock. Armbar applied and Rawley works out of it to tag in Dempsey. Gotch attempting to kick at Dempsey, only to be clubbed down. Elbow drops and elbow strikes connecting for Dempsey. Dempsey keeping Gotch grounded to work him into the corner. Rawley tags himself in and misses a shoulder ram in the corner, running into the post. Gotch with Rawley on his shoulders and English tags back in. Rolling senton from Gotch followed by That's a Wrap from the top by English.

Winners by pinfall: The Vaudevillains

Post-match, Dempsey drops Rawley with a clothesline and clubs him down to the mat. Dempsey leaves the ring, only to return to land a Bulldozer on Rawley.

Bayley shown in the locker room. Sasha Banks approaches and asks who Bayley thinks she is, replying that she is Bayley. Banks asks if Bayley really thinks she will be NXT Women's Champion before her and tells Bayley to stay in la-la land with her inflatable friends. Bayley doesn't know what Banks's problem is since the BFFs broke up. As much as Banks wants to hug, it won't be from her tonight. Banks says she is next in line and the next champion and Bayley will find that out.

(Commercials)

NXT Women's Contender Match Two: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks starts out shoving Bayley and a lockup sees Banks get a side headlock and shoulder bump. Banks off the ropes and into a hip toss from Bayley. Double-leg takedown attempt from Banks turns into a Bayley backslide. Banks rolls through and hits a double to land strikes. Nearfall for Banks sees Bayley get a double-leg and lands strikes. Nearfall for Bayley turns into a series of pin attempts for each.

Front headlock applied by Bayley and Banks unable to turn her way out. Spinning out gets Banks a dropkick for a nearfall. Bayley with a dropkick and a running crossbody, compounded by a knee drop. Banks hugged and ran into the corner twice. Banks now crawling and hanging on the ring apron to avoid Bayley. Banks finally moves outside and regroups. Bayley standing on the bottom rope to try and bring Banks inside and she gets swept to the mat by Banks. Banks gets a nearfall inside as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Banks stretching the torso of Bayley in a submission. Kicks get Bayley out and Banks pulls her to the mat again to bounce her head off the canvas. Banks striking as Bayley tries to fight back and a snap suplex secures a nearfall. Straitjacket backbreaker and choke applied by Banks on Bayley. Bayley pulls Banks through to the mat to break the hold. Double sledges connect and Banks rammed in the corner. Back elbow connects once, but misses a second time and a running knee counter lands for Banks. Bayley explodes out of the corner with a clothesline and both down. Belly to Bayley countered by a slap and Banks working Bayley in the corner and a knee bounces Bayley against the turnbuckles and sends her outside.

Back inside, Bayley with a small package that nearly pins Banks. Slap leads to a Belly to Bayley attempt, but Banks counters with a backstabber into a Bo$$ Lock. Bayley struggling and turning over on Banks to hook the leg.

Winner by pinfall: Bayley

Post-match, NXT Women's Champion Charlotte comes out to shake and raise the hand of Bayley.

(Commercials)

NXT Tag Team Tournament Match Three: Sin Cara & Kalisto vs. Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy

Sin Cara starts out with Wesley Blake. Blake with a side headlock and shoulder bump and Sin Cara ducks and leapfrogs to a monkey flip. Tags made to Kalisto and Buddy Murphy. Murphy with a body shot and Kalisto counters the suplex with a shoulder bump. Murphy tries to duck into a monkey flip, but gets stomped by Kalisto. Double-team offense from Sin Cara and Kalisto get Sin Cara the first nearfall of the contest.

Kalisto returns to be dropped by a Murphy right hand. Kalisto in the opposing corner, but he kicks Murphy away and wobbles Blake. Murphy catches Kalisto on the tag attempt and throws him away. Kalisto ducks under and tag made to Sin Cara. Springboard double-crossbody takes both out for Sin Cara. Springboard headbutt lands of Murphy and a headscissors takeover sends Blake out. Springboard back elbow on Murphy lands and Kalisto tagged. Rollup into a popup from Sin Cara is followed by a Kalisto missile dropkick from the top. Shiranui lands.

Winners by pinfall: Sin Cara & Kalisto

The Legionnaires with Devin Taylor. Marcus Louis calls the NXT Tag Team Tournament a sham. Sylvester Lefort says it is especially a joke because Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore qualified for the semifinals. Since they call everyone "SAWFT," The Legionnaires say they are just "comme ci, comme ca." Louis plans to franchise this tournament.

Match Four for the NXT Championship: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyler Breeze

Tyler Breeze trying to avoid locking up. Lockup sees Breeze get a handful of Adrian Neville's hair. Neville does the same right back and Breeze drops him with a knee. Armlock flipped and turned out of by Neville to secure a wristlock that sees Breeze work for a rope break. Neville with a parting shot and Breeze with a shove. Spinning back kicks and a punt from Neville in return. Corner work from Neville and a back elbow out of the corner. Neville misses on an attack up top, but lands on his feet and connects on a punch to Breeze. Breeze sent outside after missing Neville.

Outside, Neville lands on the apron trying a plancha to stop himself from landing on the floor. Breeze kicks the legs out from under him and sweeps him on the apron. Tyson Kidd joins the announce team and stands atop a chair. Breeze with a nearfall inside as we break.

(Commercials)

We return to Neville landing uppercuts from corner to corner. Standing moonsault earns Neville a nearfall. Breeze with a back bodydrop in the corner and Neville floats over to land a hangman's neckbreaker. Neville springboards into a dropkick from Breeze that nearly steals the win. Shot from Neville leads to Breeze pummeling him down to the mat and landing a corner bulldog. Breeze slow coming out of the corner and he walks into a superkick from Neville for a nearfall.

Neville looking for Red Arrow up top and Breeze meets him with a forearm. Breeze heads up top and the superplex attempt is blocked. Neville with shots and shoulder rams to the midsection. Neville with a sunset flip powerbomb that almost puts Breeze down for the count. Red Arrow attempt is moved away from by Breeze and Neville charges him in the corner. Mule kick counter lands for Breeze and he sits up top to land a tornado DDT. Nearfall kicked out of by Neville.

Back elbow attempt in the corner caught by Neville and both men exchanging shots for position for the waistlock. Breeze clubbing Neville down. German Suplex flipped out of by Neville and Breeze charges, only to have Neville duck behind and hit a German Suplex as Breeze rebounds off the ropes for a pin attempt. Shots exchanged in the middle of the ring and Breeze outside after being dropped. Suicide dive lands for Neville and both men down on the ramp.

Tyson Kidd moves to the barricade and gets superkicked by Neville. Breeze with a knee to the midsection of Neville and sending him inside. Neville scoots to the apron and lands a head kick. Red Arrow up and Kidd shakes the ropes to throw Neville to the mat.

Winner by disqualification and still NXT Champion: Adrian Neville

Kidd putting the boots to the NXT Champion after the match. Breeze up and shouting at Kidd. Kidd shoves Breeze and a double-leg from Breeze leads to the two brawling. Kidd stands atop both of them and the two start double-teaming Neville before Sami Zayn comes out to make the save.

The show closes with Tyson Kidd and Tyler Breeze on the ramp while Sami Zayn helps NXT Champion Adrian Neville with his belt.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments.