This past week’s episode of NXT saw Sami Zayn compete in the main event once more, this time taking on Tyson Kidd whilst Enzo Amore also returned to the ring in tag team action.
A lot happened last week with some impressive matches but Tyson Kidd was under the spotlight as he allowed his wife Natalya to be shoved off the apron so he could finally pick up a win in NXT. This means this is another problem for NXT Champion Adrian Neville, with Justin Gabriel also on his face and Tyler Breeze looming, the champion certainly has his hands full.
We kick off this week with the very entertaining Vaudevillians as they take on an equally entertaining duo in Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore.
Match One: Vaudevillians vs. Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
Tag team action to kick off the night and it was a good tag team match which is the high standard NXT tag teams have set for the last few years now. The entertaining duo of Simon Gotch and Aiden English just bounce off each other and their gimmick is working perfectly, breaking out into song whenever they can.
It’s a good job Enzo wasn’t in any big spots so soon after his injury, but it was a very short match which concluded with the interruption by The Legionnaires, Big Cass was distracted the the victim of the roll-up pin.
Result: The Vaudevillians defeat Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
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We see the NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension talk about the lack of competition here in NXT as they’ve defeated everyone that has stepped in the ring with them, and they want more competition; the main roster push edges closer and closer.
We also see a recap of the recent breakup of NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Summer Rae; the BFF’s. The video highlights how Summer Rae became the number one contender to the gold and that match will take place next week on NXT.
Match Two: CJ Parker vs. Xavier Woods
Our resident environmentalist CJ Parker in action against Woods in another short match. The announcers talk about Parker’s attempts to make the world a better place for the kids to live in. Some good technical wrestling in the short match but it was finished by CJ Parker who was holding the ropes whilst pinning Xavier Woods for the win.
Result: CJ Parker defeats Xavier Woods
We’re backstage with Sami Zayn now who tells the fans that we are now seeing the real Tyson Kidd for who he really is. He is someone who is very insecure over his wife’s success in the WWE; and that the jealousy is making Tyson Kidd look bad.
Match Three: Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
Again, another short match but some valuable in-ring time for both women, some forearms to begin the match but Bliss misses an opportunity to capitalise, missing a flip form the corner as Sasha Banks takes her down with a great backstabber, flipping Bliss over for the crossface for the submission victory.
Result: Sasha Banks defeats Alexa Bliss
We’re with the number one contender to Adrian Neville’s NXT Championship now, Tyler Breeze is asked when he will be facing the ‘uggo’ Adrian Neville. Breeze responds by saying that everyone is rushing nowadays, but he won’t be rushing to face Neville after his ‘hand modelling injury’; he says the contract is still being drawn but we are treated to another viewing of his music video.
After a quick recap of Tyson Kidd’s actions last week where he let Natalya get knocked off the apron, he says he isn’t jealous of his wife and his actions last week meant nothing.
Perhaps an NXT return can’t save Adam Rose either, taking on Jason Jordan and we get a little bit of context here. Jason Jordan starts by saying his partner, Tye Dillinger, is injured but he was seen partying with the Rosebuds; before he continues Adam Rose dances around him and takes him down with a headlock.
Jason Jordan tries to fight back but Adam Rose hits the Bronco Buster followed by the Party Foul for the victory.
Result: Adam Rose defeats Jason Jordan
Backstage we see Kalisto who says he and El Local have gone their separate ways until the Vaudevillians interrupt him and mock his mask. He promises the duo that he will find a partner to take them on next week.
Main Event: Tyson Kidd vs. Sami Zayn
Tyson Kidd is playing a brilliant heel and the fact that Natalya is in the mix genuinely makes him come across as a sore loser, and it’s working perfectly so far. As expected with these two underrated talents, a great main event match. Some brilliant spots in this match, slingshot moonsault, the impressive Blue Thunder Bomb countered into a German suplex; all leaving the fans amazed.
The end came when Kidd locked in the Sharpshooter but Zayn managed to crawl to the ropes, Tyson was forced to let go and climbed the top rope and hit a dive only for Zayn to counter it into the impressive Koji Clutch leaving Kidd with no choice but to tap out in the brilliant match.
Result: Sami Zayn defeats Tyson Kidd