NXT: New GM reveals Takeover main event
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
With NXT Takeover II approaching, a new authority figure is needed in NXT to make the big decisions. Tonight on WWE NXT, the new NXT General Manager is introduced. Who will be announced as the NXT Takeover II main event in the GM's first order of business? Plus, NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension prepare for their contenders in a match tonight! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE NXT!
We are on tape from Orlando, Fla. Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, and Jason Albert have the call for this week.
Match One: The Ascension vs. ??? & ???
Konnor locks up and hits a hip toss and shoulder bump. Double shoulder tackle lands for both as Viktor comes in with strikes. Suplex lands for Viktor and the partner is thrown into his partner on the apron, counted as a tag. Hip toss brings him inside and The Ascension connect on the Fall of Man.
Winners by pinfall: The Ascension
Viktor with the microphone. In one week, The Ascension will have a new contender for their NXT Tag Team Championships. Viktor asks whether they will be contenders or victims and says NXT Takeover II will be just another day. Konnor declares it total annihilation and says The Ascension will rise.
William Regal is introduced as the new NXT General Manager. Regal declares it an honor to be named as such and has an announcement for his first act as GM. At NXT Takeover II, Regal has named the main event and invites NXT Champion Adrian Neville to join him in the ring.
Neville makes his way out and congratulates Regal, but he wants to know who is next. Regal has to think long and hard, but Tyson Kidd interrupts. Kidd accepts and declares himself honored and humbled. Kidd plans to leave with the NXT Championship, but he is interrupted by Tyler Breeze. Breeze says "this uggo" doesn't deserve a title shot and everyone deserves a title shot before him, including his wife. Sami Zayn makes his way out. Zayn says he is more qualified than Breeze and Kidd. Neville knows who he wants to face and challenges all three. Regal makes it a fatal four-way at Takeover.
Devin Taylor is joined by William Regal. Taylor says he has started his job off with a bang. Regal reiterates the main event at Takeover and says good ideas sometimes are put on your doorstep. Tonight, Regal makes a tag match between Neville and Zayn taking Breeze and Kidd.
Match Two: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
Sasha Banks pushes the face of Bayley and slaps her. Bayley runs Banks into the corner and lands shoulder rams. Bayley floats over to the apron and gets dropped by a forearm from Banks. Banks striking Bayley down for a nearfall and working her in the corner. As Bayley is laid on the second and bottom ropes in the corner, Banks connects on both double-foot stomps to the midsection for a pair of nearfalls.
Straitjacket choke applied by Banks. Banks yanks her down and Bayley with a strike from her back. Banks clubbing Bayley down and bouncing her head off the mat. Body shots from Bayley stifled by Banks with a boot choke in the corner. Stomps to the back and Banks stepping on the head for a pin attempt. Bayley comes back with a forearm and goes for the ropes. Banks chases off her and runs into a Belly to Bayley suplex.
Winner by pinfall: Bayley
Renee Young joins Bayley in the ring and congratulates her on her title shot at NXT Takeover II. Bayley says winning would mean everything to her and she's been preparing for it. Bayley has hung in there and trained and she plans to turn this dream into reality to become NXT Women's Champion.
NXT Women's Champion Charlotte makes her way to the ring. Charlotte tells her to look at the tears in her eyes and realize this is a huge responsibility and honor. Charlotte declares Bayley to be too nice and tells Bayley to give up. Bayley tells Charlotte that she isn't taking her as a threat. Charlotte tells Bayley to stick to hugs before she destroys her and Bayley says she doesn't want a hug, but to wish her luck. Bayley extends her hand and Charlotte walks away, telling Bayley she warned her.
Video promo shows Bull Dempsey telling Mojo Rawley that this isn't a game. Dempsey is going to prove Rawley is only hype and he won't need a doctor, but a priest once he runs into him.
Match Three: Bull Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins
Lockup sees Bull Dempsey land a knee and club Angelo Dawkins down. Dempsey working Dawkins in the corner. Dawkins tries a sunset flip and gets splashed as Dempsey sits down, earning him a nearfall. Elbow drops landing for a Dempsey nearfall. Knee lift from Dempsey lands and a knee drop follows. Dawkins being stomped around the ring. Face of Dawkins being raked and Dempsey muscling him around. Elbow to the back and a knee to the body as Dempsey again works him in the corner. Dawkins punching out and landing an elbow, but he runs into a Bulldozer.
Winner by pinfall: Bull Dempsey
The Legionnaires backstage with Devin Taylor. Sylvester Lefort laughs at the look on Enzo Amore's face when he shaved his beard and Marcus Louis taunts Amore before accepting his hair vs. hair match on the behalf of Lefort. The two argue in French as they walk off.
Match Four: Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn & Adrian Neville
Adrian Neville starts out with Tyler Breeze. Lockup sees Neville work Breeze into the corner. Breeze turns it into an arm wrench and Neville flips out into an armbar. Sami Zayn in with a sledge to the kidneys and Neville returns to do the same. Zayn with a double-foot stomp to the back and a snapmare nearfall. Armbar applied by Zayn and an inverted atomic drop allows Zayn to clothesline Breeze out. Kidd steps in and gets the same. Neville tagged in and Zayn used as a launching pad to land a standing corkscrew splash.
Breeze and Kidd outside and Neville brings Breeze in for a knee drop nearfall. Breeze drives Neville into his corner and tags in Kidd. Kidd grinding Neville with strikes and Neville floats over to the apron. Kick blocked and Kidd gets an enzuigiri of his own. The referee calls for a break on the apron and Breeze with a superkick as the referee as his back turned. Nearfall for Kidd as the team continues to isolate Neville at the break.
We return to Breeze hanging Neville in the tree of woe. Kidd moves outside and pulls on the head of Neville. Knees to the midsection and a dropkick from Kidd earn a pin attempt and Kidd applies the rear chinlock. Neville fights out of the hold and gets Kidd down as both look for tags. Breeze in and he prevents Neville from making the tag by grounding him with strikes for a nearfall. Elbows to the head from Breeze get another pin attempt as he applies the front facelock. Neville worked back into the opponent corner.
Kidd in with a roundhouse to the chest and Neville again being struck down. Neville whipped into the corner and he bounces back with a dropkick to the knee. Neville gets the tag to Zayn and Zayn in like a house of fire with clotheslines and a dropkick. Breeze taken out as well and Zayn up top for a crossbody that lands on both men. Michinoku Driver gets Zayn a nearfall and Zayn looking for a back suplex. Kidd elbows out and lands a cradle swinging neckbreaker that nearly puts Zayn down for the count.
Breeze tags in and charges Zayn, only to be hit with an exploder suplex into the corner. Neville in with a springboard missile dropkick and a standing moonsault that forces Kidd to save on the pin. Kidd knocks Zayn off the apron and the double-team countered by Neville. Kidd knocked outside by Breeze and Neville nearly steals a win on the rollup. Breeze charges into a kick in the corner and Neville up top. Breeze pops up and crotches him in the corner. Zayn charges Breeze and he ducks, forcing Neville to receive the Helluva Kick. Kidd tags himself in and Breeze not pleased. Kidd shoves Breeze into a Blue Thunder Bomb and tosses Zayn out to cover Neville.
Winners by pinfall: Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze
Post-match, Sami Zayn lands a Helluva Kick on Tyson Kidd in the corner. The show closes with Sami Zayn holding the NXT Championship in his hands.
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