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We see the usual intro, then we go right to the opening match.
Sami Zayn vs. Curt Hawkins
Hawkins backs Zayn into the corner, Zayn avoids a right hand. Commentary mentions Hawkins saying he took Zayn lightly in their last meeting. Zayn with a go-behind, Hawkins with a drop toe hold into a front chancery. Zayn counters out into a hammerlock. Hawkins backs Zayn into the corner. Back elbow and a gut kick. Zayn goes up & over and hits his trifecta of arm drags. Zayn catches a kick, hits a chop. Hawkins sent off the turnbuckles. Zayn with the 10 punches in the corner, followed by another right hand for a nearfall. Snapmare and a crucifix by Zayn for another nearfall. Chinlock applied, Hawkins gets out with a jawbreaker. Zayn slips out of a slam, but Hawkins hits his whirly-bird slam for a 1 count.
Right hands from the mount by Hawkins, followed by an elbow drop for another 1 count. Hawkins chokes Zayn in the ropes. Snapmare, followed by a stiff kick to the back for a nearfall. Knee driven into the back of Zayn by Hawkins before applying a chinlock. Crowd wills on Zayn, but Hawkins with a shoulder tackle. Zayn comes back with a dropkick for a nearfall. Hawkins begs off, but he draws Zayn in, sending him to the apron. Zayn with a shoulder, but Hawkins with a knee to the face. Hawkins sends Zayn face-first off the ringpost, sending Zayn to the outside.
Back from commercial as Zayn tries to block a suplex by Hawkins, but Hawkins hits the suplex for a nearfall. Knee again driven into the back of Zayn before Hawkins re-applies the chinlock. Zayn fights out, but Hawkins goes off Zayn’s blind side when running the ropes and trips him up. Hawkins with crossface shots before re-applying the chinlock. Crowd again wills on Zayn, but Hawkins with a knee to the ribs. Hawkins misses a clothesline and then both men clothesline each other.
Both hit each other with right hands at the same time twice before Zayn hits 2 clotheslines. Hawkins tries for a flapjack, but Zayn counters with a dropkick. Hawkins avoids the running Yakuza kick, but runs into a back elbow. Zayn heads up top and hits a big crossbody for a nearfall. Hawkins shoos Zayn off and hits a Pele kick variation for a close nearfall. Hawkins can’t believe it as we see replay of the kick. Zayn slips out of a back suplex, but misses a clothesline. Hawkins hits an Implant DDT, but Zayn again kicks out! Crowd chants for Zayn as Hawkins measures him. Hawkins runs into a boot, but slips out of a knucklelock. Hawkins hits a belly-to-back facebuster variation, but again Zayn kicks out! Hawkins removes his elbow pads and gloves in frustration and slaps Zayn repeatedly. Zayn fights back with a flurry of left and right hands, but Hawkins with a knee to the ribs. Hawkins off the ropes, but Zayn drills him with the running Yakuza Kick!
Knucklelock by Zayn, followed by running up the ropes and hitting the Tornado DDT for the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn by pinfall (Tornado DDT)
Zayn celebrates his win as we go to commercial.
THOUGHTS: Solid opening match. Hawkins is a pretty underrated worker who in my opinion, doesn’t get enough opportunities to showcase his ability. Zayn continues to put on very good matches in NXT and is by far, their most consistent performer. Good way to start the show.
Back from commercial, ring announcer Byron Saxton introduces Aiden English. English asks for a spotlight. English says he is the only legitimate artiste to ever crossover into this industry, but instead of telling you about, I’ll do it with my voice. English sings that he is the very model of a modern major Superstar. I’ll face all my opponents, whether they’re from near and far. Oh, I know I’ll love your fancy pants and technical maneuvers and I know what just to say and sing to all the shakers and the movers. Because I am Aiden English and I am here to put the E into the WWE. English bows as the song ends and the lights come back on.
Aiden English vs. QT Marshall
Didn’t catch QT’s NXT ring name given, but English is facing current ROH performer QT Marshall in this match. English with a slap and tells QT to bring it. QT with a side headlock, but runs into a kitchen sink by English. English stomps away, followed by a big short-arm clothesline. English again stomps away, followed by a flurry of right hands. English talks trash to QT, then blows a kiss to the crowd before hitting a jumping leg drop.
English grabs QT, says “Take a Bow” and hits a Cobra Clutch Side Effect variation slam for the win.
Winner: Aiden English by pinfall (Cobra Clutch Side Effect Slam)
English asks for a mic afterwards. English wants his spotlight again, then says he has decided to give everyone an encore. English sings that he is the very model of a major Superstar. English blows another kiss as he leaves.
THOUGHTS: WOW, what a helluva debut by English. Yes I know, he was jobber #4 for the last year on this show, but who cares, the debut of this gimmick was awesome. Loved the thespian style to this singing gimmick, which BTW, English can really sing, too. Liked to see QT Marshall actually get booked as well (inside reference there).
Backstage, Bo Dallas is on the phone with someone and says to them to keep “Bo-liveing”. Renee Young walks in and asks if she can ask Bo a question. Bo says he was leaving all his “Bo-lievers” a message on his new hotline that is currently testing in “Bo-livia”. Renee asks about Sami Zayn, mentioning his win over Curt Hawkins. Bo says it was a nifty win by Zayn, but let’s be honest, when was the last time Curt Hawkins won a match? Zayn has gotta win a match again someone with credibility, not for me, for him. Like I said last week, who am I to decide who gets a title shot? But, I think I have come up with an idea that is fair for everybody to decide who gets a title shot at my title. Renee asks Bo to elaborate. Bo says he wish he could right now, but I have a prior arrangement at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Championship duties never end. But, I will make that announcement next week. Just remember, don’t stop “Bo-liveing.”
THOUGHTS: Continue to love the delusional babyface character Dallas is portraying. So much comfortable in this role compared to what he was as a white-meat babyface. Now, if he can learn to not suck in the ring, then the sky would be the limit for Dallas. Instead, we get a great character on a very bad worker. Oh well.
Next week, Triple H has a major announcement and there will be a #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil.
Now, its time for our main event.
Main Event in an 8-Man Tag: Tyler Breeze, Leo Kruger & The Ascension (Conor O’Brian & Rick Victor) vs. Xavier Woods, CJ Parker and NXT Tag Team Champions Corey Graves & Adrian Neville
Victor and Neville will start. Victor with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle. Neville kips up and hits an armdrag into an armbar. Graves in, double sledge to Victor’s arm. Graves drives Victor’s arm across his own shoulder. Parker in, another double sledge. Woods in, another double sledge, this time off the middle rope. Neville in, double stomp to the arm of Victor. Victor pulls at the hair of Neville. Kruger in, works over Neville’s arm. Neville shows off his agility and takes Kruger down with an arm whip. Woods in, double sledge to Kruger’s arm. Parker in, double sledge off the middle rope to Kruger’s arm. Neville in, double sledge to Kruger’s arm. Graves in, another double sledge. Graves works over Kruger’s arm. Neville in, another shot to Kruger’s arm. Woods in, double sledge off the middle rope. Parker in, double sledge off the top to Kruger. Graves in, another shot to Kruger’s arm. Fireman’s carry, followed by a dropkick and an armdrag into an armbar. Kruger comes back with a knee to the ribs. O’Brian in, big right hand to Graves. O’Brian stomps away, then a neck twist from a piledriver position. Kruger in and hits a gut shot while O’Brian had Graves in a double chickenwing. Kruger stomps away at Graves. Victor in, stomps away at Graves. Graves fights back, but Victor with a series of gut shots. Kruger in, big overhand chop. Graves avoids a corner charge. Woods in, right hand, a flying forearm, a dropkick and a kip-up. Woods yells that its morphin time and hits the Honor Roll on Kruger. Kruger goes to the outside and his team goes to check on him. Parker and Graves take out Breeze and Victor with stereo baseball slides. Then, Woods and Neville take out O’Brian and Kruger with stereo slingshot planchas.
Back from commercial as Victor has Woods in a seated surfboard. We see that during the break, Kruger hit Woods with a spinebuster after O’Brian caused the distraction. Victor with a flurry of right hands. Kruger in, stomps away at Woods. O’Brian in, hits some mule kicks to Woods. Woods fights back, but O’Brian with a big forearm. Breeze tags himself in, but Woods fights back. Breeze quickly tags in Kruger, who gains a nearfall. Chinlock applied as the crowd is loving what just happened with Breeze. Woods’s team wills him on as he lifts up Kruger, but Kruger takes him back down in the chinlock. Woods gets out with a jawbreaker, but Kruger comes back with a gut kick. Breeze in, gut kick and a right hand. 2 knee drops by Breeze for a nearfall. Woods with a gut shot and Breeze quickly tags in O’Brian. O’Brian with a splash for a nearfall. Body scissors applied as O’Brian drags Woods over to his corner. O’Brian uses his leg to drive it into Woods’s ribs. Breeze in, but Woods blocks a suplex with one of his own.
Parker and O’Brian in. Parker knocks Victor off the apron, then hits some left hands to O’Brian. Sit-out clothesline, Parker fires up. Shotgun knees, followed by a side kick, but Victor breaks up the pinfall. Graves takes out Victor with a Cactus clothesline. O’Brian with a full nelson slam to Parker, but Neville breaks up the pinfall. Kruger sends Neville to the outside. Parker avoids a corner charge, but O’Brian hits the flapjack. Breeze tags himself in, but Parker is just barely able to kick out. Parker comes back with a big left hand to Breeze. Breeze goes for a tag, but the Ascension and Kruger drop off the apron and go to the back, walking away from the match. Big left hand by Parker to Breeze. Woods in, Soul Food variation to Breeze. Graves in, front chopblock to Breeze. Neville in, heads up top.
Red Arrow to Breeze for the win.
Winners: Xavier Woods, CJ Parker and NXT Tag Team Champions Corey Graves & Adrian Neville by pinfall (The Red Arrow)
Woods, Parker, Graves and Neville celebrate their win as we go to credits.
THOUGHTS: Fun 8-man tag. Loved Breeze playing the chicken heel who would tag himself in when the babyface was down, then when the babyface would fight back, Breeze would quickly tag out. Loved the finish where the other heels walked out Breeze and he took all the babyface’s big moves. Well done story to the match and a nice way to end this NXT.
Overall, this week’s NXT was nothing news-worthy, but was a quite enjoyable episode. Would recommend seeing the debut of Aiden English and the main event. Good stuff this week.
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