We see video from last week when Finn Balor debuted to help Hideo Itami lay out the Ascension.
We see the usual intro, then the music of Finn Balor hits as he makes his way to the ring. Balor grabs a mic as the crowd chants for him. Balor introduces himself and says he is here in NXT because I am the future.
Before Balor can speak some more, the music of Tyson Kidd hits as he & Natalya make their way onto the rampway. Kidd has a mic and says that he is sure Balor has a riveting life story, but the problem is, nobody cares, especially me, FACT! “Nattie’s husband” chants by the crowd directed at Kidd. Kidd says that Balor has been here for a cup of coffee and I’m supposed to pretend that you’re the guy? I was brought into this business the right way, as a Hart. And as a Hart, the first thing we’re taught is respect, something you clearly lack, FACT!
Justin Gabriel’s music hits and he makes his way onto the rampway. Gabriel has a mic and says that Kidd is absolutely right. It feels like every single week, a new “big international superstar” arrives, walks down this ramp, gets some cool music and thinks he is a top guy. Well, here’s the thing, you gotta get through us first. We’re gonna show you exactly how far away from the top you are, buddy.
Kidd & Gabriel get in the ring and corner Balor, then, the music of Hideo Itami hits and he makes his way to the ring. Itami gets in to help Balor and now, the sides are even. Kidd & Gabriel leave the ring, then a referee runs in. Ring announcer Jojo gets on the mic and says that according to William Regal, this will now be a tag-team match.
Hideo Itami & Finn Balor vs. Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd
Itami & Gabriel start. Gabriel works over Itami’s arm. Kidd in, but Itami goes after his arm. Balor in and Kidd quickly breaks free. Kidd then quickly tags in Gabriel. Balor greets Gabriel with a dropkick, sending Gabriel back into his corner. Balor knocks Kidd off the apron, then heads up top, but Kidd pulls Gabriel out to the outside before Balor can do anything. Balor then with a head of steam and wipes out Kidd & Gabriel with a flip dive, landing on the rampway!
Back from commercial as Itami with gut shots and an elbow to the back of the head of Gabriel in the corner. Snapmare into a chinlock. Gabriel fights out with forearms, but Itami with a gut kick, another snapmare and a Victim Kick for a nearfall. Balor in, stomp to the back of Gabriel. Gabriel sent off the turnbuckles, then Balor with a big chop. Balor avoids a corner charge by Gabriel and goes onto the apron, where he knocks Kidd off with a big boot. However, that allows Gabriel to dropkick Balor off the apron.
Kidd in, neckbreakers Balor on the outside. Referee begins his 10 count as Gabriel tags back in. Gabriel with a chop to Balor on the outside, followed by a gut kick. Back in, Gabriel gets a 1 count. Gabriel pulls at the face of Balor and taunts Itami. Full nelson applied, then Gabriel with a snapmare, followed by a Victim Kick. Kidd in, sandwich kick combo by Kidd & Gabriel for a nearfall. Balor sent off the turnbuckles, then Kidd unloads with forearms and stomps to Balor in the corner. Referee is with Kidd, allowing Gabriel to choke Balor from the apron. Kidd then chokes Balor in the corner with his knee. Snapmare into a chinlock by Kidd, crowd wills on Balor. Balor fights out, but Kidd drives him into his corner. Gabriel in, gut shot to Balor. Snap suplex by Gabriel, then Gabriel floats over into a double armbar. Crowd again wills on Balor. Balor gets to his feet, but Gabriel with a knee to the ribs. Kidd in, but Balor fights back with forearms. Kidd with a spinning back kick to the ribs, but misses a clothesline and Balor catches him with a Pele Kick, both men down.
Itami in, series of chest kicks to Kidd. One-legged kick by Itami for a nearfall. Itami runs into a boot by Kidd in the corner. Gabriel in, springboards, but Itami nails him in mid-air with a knee to the ribs, Kidd breaks up the pin. Itami catches a kick by Kidd and hits him with a Dragon Screw legwhip. Balor in, enziguri to the back of Kidd’s head from the apron, while Itami unloads with forearms to Gabriel in the corner. Stereo running corner hestitation dropkicks by Balor & Itami to Kidd & Gabriel in opposite corners, sending Kidd to the outside.
Balor heads up top, double stomp to Gabriel for the win.
Winners: Hideo Itami & Finn Balor by pinfall (Top Rope Double Stomp)
Balor & Itami celebrate their win afterwards.
We see video highlighting the first match between Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn last year on NXT in a #1 Contenders Match.
Backstage, Devin Taylor interviews Sami Zayn about his NXT Title match tonight against Adrian Neville. Zayn says he has a lot of thoughts. I could tell you about how much I think Adrian Neville has been a great champion for close to a year now and that would be very true. But, you know, above all else, I feel like this is different. Something about tonight is very different than other opportunities I’ve had in the past and this Road to Redemption that we’ve been talking about, its not just a clever way to label a couple of important wins, I feel like this is destiny, destiny coming together and the thing about destiny is, it never makes mistakes. I think tonight is gonna unfold exactly like its supposed to.
“The Boss” Sasha Banks w/Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss
Sasha with a gut kick, sends Bliss into the turnbuckles. Sasha drapes Bliss across the middle rope and hits double knees to the ribs for a nearfall. Sasha with a snapmare, then hits a running slap for a nearfall. We see that Bliss’s nose was busted open on the slap. Sasha slams Bliss face-first on the mat, then locks her in a Bow & Arrow. Bliss turns out of the hold and gains a nearfall. Bliss fights back with forearms, Sasha misses a clothesline and Bliss with a spinning headscissors. Bliss then goes up & over Sasha and hits her with Code Red for a nearfall. Bliss with a clothesline, but Sasha with a dropkick.
Backstabber into the Bank Statement, Bliss taps.
Winner: “The Boss” Sasha Banks by submission (The Bank Statement)
Afterwards, Sasha gets a mic and mocks Bliss’s nose being busted. Sasha says that she hopes Charlotte was watching because Charlotte has what I want and that is the NXT Women’s Title. So, how about we finally make it official, or actually, how about you just hand the title over to me because I’m gonna beat you and I’m gonna embarass you anyway and I’m gonna show you and the entire NXT Universe why I am the baddest Diva in NXT. Sasha motions that she is coming for the NXT Women’s Title.
Backstage, Devin Taylor interviews NXT Champion Adrian Neville about his title match tonight against Sami Zayn. Neville says that Zayn is a good friend of mine, as everybody knows and he’s undoubtedly an incredible competitor. No matter the situation, no matter the scenario, Sami’s gonna give 110% and that’s why everybody loves Sami, I love Sami. But, the fundemental difference between Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn and Sami’s proven this time after time, is that he can’t win the big one and we’ll see that tonight when I leave here still with the NXT Title over my shoulder and Sami leaves, once again, disappointed.
NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) vs. Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake
Kalisto & Blake start. Series of standing switches early, then Kalisto works over Blake’s arm. Test of Strength, Blake takes down Kalisto, but Kalisto springs off the middle rope and hits a wheelbarrow into an armdrag. Murphy in and as Kalisto springboards, looking for a Tornado DDT, Murphy blocks it and hits Kalisto with a running suplex for a 1 count.
Murphy with a forearm, Blake tags in. Murphy with a slam, then Blake with a sliding clothesline for a nearfall. Blake with an elbow drop for a 1 count. Murphy in, gut shot to Kalisto. Murphy rakes his boot across the face of Kalisto. Snapmare, followed by a leaping knee drop by Murphy for a nearfall. Blake in, heads up top and hits a double stomp to the arm of Kalisto for a nearfall. Keylock applied by Blake, crowd wills on Kalisto. Blake switches to a seated surfboard on Kalisto. Murphy in, hits a Meteora to the back of Kalisto’s head while he is in the surfboard for a nearfall. Murphy is starting to get frustrated. Blake in, but runs into a boot by Kalisto in the corner. Murphy goes for a Monkey flip, but Kalisto sunset flips over Blake. Blake rolls through it, but Kalisto nails him with a Gotcha! Kick. Kalisto with a kick from underneath to Murphy, then crawls under Blake’s legs and tags in Cara.
Cara with a springboard crossbody to both Blake & Murphy. Springboard headbutt by Cara to Blake. Murphy misses a clothesline and Cara with a spinning headscissors, sending Murphy to the outside. Back handspring elbow by Cara to Blake for a nearfall. “Lucha” chants by the crowd, but Blake with a gut kick. Blake alley-oops Cara in the air and Cara knocks Murphy off the apron on the way down. Kalisto with a head of steam and wipes out Murphy with a spring-out corkscrew plancha! Blake misses a clothesline on Cara, who rolls him up, then power cleans him up and drives him down with a powerbomb!
Cara heads up top, Falling Star to Blake for the win.
Winner: NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons by pinfall (The Falling Star)
Lucha Dragons celebrate their win afterward.
Backstage, Devin Taylor interviews the Vaudevillains. Aiden English says that as a reminder, we are the #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Titles. As far as the Lucha Dragons are concerned, its simply this. English applauds the Lucha Dragons, then gives congrats to them on their continued success in NXT, but Simon Gotch & myself, we have a message for you. Gotch says for the Lucha Dragons to keep the gold shined and the leather oiled, for those titles will not be staying with two children, they’ll be going home with two men.
Main Event for the NXT Title: Sami Zayn vs. “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville (c)
Loud “OLE” chants for Zayn before the bell. Pre-match intros for this match. Neville works over Zayn’s arm early, but Zayn quickly armwhips Neville down. Neville with a side headlock, but Zayn with an armdrag. Zayn works over Neville’s arm, then springs off the bottom rope over Neville. Neville goes for a dropkick, but Zayn holds onto the ropes. Neville goes for a flapjack, but Zayn counters with a dropkick that sends Neville to the outside. Zayn with a head of steam and Neville moves out of the way, but Zayn arabian presses back in to fake Neville out and stands tall in the middle of the ring. More “OLE” chants for Zayn. Zayn holds open the ropes, allowing for Neville to get back in. Neville, instead, flips back in. Zayn with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle. Neville quickly kips back up, hits 2 spinning back kicks to the ribs, a front kick and a running sliding dropkick.
Back from commercial as Neville with a snap suplex on Zayn for a 1 count. Chinlock applied by Neville, crowd wills on Zayn. Zayn gets free, but Neville with a running uppercut to Zayn in the corner for a nearfall. Neville with a chop to Zayn in the corner, then hits a back elbow for a 1 count. Chinlock re-applied by Neville, crowd again wills on Zayn. Zayn tries to get to his feet, but Neville drives him back down to the mat. Zayn fights out, but Neville with another spinning back kick to the ribs. Neville with a series of forearms, but Zayn with a big forearm. Neville responds with a big forearm of his own, but Zayn with a series of right hands, then clotheslines Neville over the ropes and to the outside. Zayn with a head of steam and wipes out Neville with a flip dive!
“NXT” chants by the crowd. Back in, Zayn heads up top and goes for a crossbody, but Neville drops down and gets his knees up! Standing Shooting Star Press by Neville for a nearfall. Neville goes for a powerbomb, but Zayn blocks it. Neville with another big forearm, then goes for it again, but Zayn slips out and hits an overhand chop. Zayn off the ropes, but Neville cartwheels into leaping onto Zayn’s shoulders, but Zayn spins Neville around and nails him with a sit-out powerbomb for a nearfall. Neville with another spinning back kick to the ribs and a front kick. Zayn avoids a head kick and hits a German, then holds on and hits a second German. Zayn still holds on, then switches and hits Neville with the Half & Half, but Neville kicks out! “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Zayn sets for the OLE Kick and charges, but Neville nails him with a boot. Neville charges, but Zayn catches him. Zayn goes for the Corner Exploder, but Neville counters into a wheelbarrow victory roll for a nearfall. Neville this time hits the head kick on Zayn and heads up top. Neville goes for Red Arrow, but Zayn moves out of the way and Neville lands hard on his right knee! Neville clutches his knee as Zayn measures Neville for the OLE Kick. Neville tries to get to his feet, but drops down. Zayn starts to go after Neville, but the ref stops him and throws up the “X” sign, saying Neville is injured.
Zayn goes to check on Neville, but Neville grabs him in an inside cradle for the win.
Winner and STILL NXT Champion: “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
Afterwards, Zayn is sitting in shock by what just took place. Neville crawls over and pats Zayn on the back. Medical attendants come out to check on Neville as see multiple replays of Neville landing hard on his knee off the attempt at the Red Arrow. Neville is being attended to by medicial attendants as Zayn still sits in the ring in disbelief by what took place as the show closes.