The first NXT of 2015 say a rematch from NXT Takeover: R Evolution as Hideo Itami and Finn Balor took on The Ascension whilst William Regal set up a big match for next week with a former Intercontinental Champion coming to NXT to take on an international superstar.
We didn’t get a regular episode of NXT last week, as it was simply treated as a review episode highlighting all of the brilliant moments 2014 brought as NXT continued to grow in popularity. The only match we did see last week was another R Evolution rematch between NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte as she defeated Sasha Banks, expect this feud to stretch out a little longer.
NXT MOVING TO WEDNESDAY
The opening match of the night saw Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger try to defeat The Lucha Dragons in a non-title match. Kalisto ate a chop to begin but came back with an impressive three bounce springboard arm drag to take down Dillinger before Jason Jordan was tagged in and surprisingly took control of the match.
The fans cheered for Tye Dillinger as he slammed down Kalisto but was unable to capitalise as Kalisto tagged in Sin Cara before Kalisto hit a corkscrew dive on Jason Jordan, allowing Sin Cara to hit the super victory on Dillinger to give The Lucha Dragons another win.
After the match, the Vaudevillains ruined the celebrations by jumping the champions from behind.
Backstage we see CJ Parker talking to Bull Dempsey, telling him that he’s worried about taking on Baron Corbin but Dempsey tells him that taking down Dempsey is for the best.
There’s a big announcement regarding NXT’s future, after Friday Night SmackDown will be moving to Thursday, NXT will be moving to Wednesday in two weeks.
CORBIN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE
The next match saw Carmella take on Blue Pants, an Enzo Amore distraction backfired as Carmella was rolled up to hand her a loss. Big Cass was still entertaining on the microphone despite Carmella losing and stopped an angry Carmella from attacking Enzo Amore.
CJ Parker was out next with the mammoth task of trying to bring down Baron Corbin. Bull Dempsey was at ringside with a vocal crowd chanting for Corbin to break CJ Parker’s spirit – after Parker brought out a sign reading “you can break my sign but you’ll never break me.”
The match only lasted 29 seconds as Baron Corbin hit the snake eyes and followed it up with a huge big boot, before hitting the End of Days for the victory.
After the match we finally had Baron Corbin ask the questions the fans wanted to hear, asking if Dempsey will simply stand there or if they’re going to do this. Dempsey tried to attack Corbin but referees were quick to break it up.
CURTIS AXEL TO COMPETE ON NXT
General Manager William Regal announced that the NXT Champion, Sami Zayn will be returning to NXT next week and former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel interrupted Regal’s interview, making his return to the new format of NXT.
It was reported last week that Curtis Axel will be moving to NXT and taking over the role that Tyson Kidd played very well in 2014, helping the NXT talent in whatever way he can. He told Regal that he never got back to him, boasting about his victories over Triple H, John Cena and the fact he’s a former Intercontinental Champion. William Regal was impressed, and made a huge match for next week where Curtis Axel will go one on one against Hideo Itami.
Charlotte as on screen next, she tells the fans that she’s revolutionising women’s wrestling and she’s beaten Sasha Banks on two occasions. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch interrupted the champ but Natalya was out for the save before the duo could attack.
A video package of Sami Zayn then aired which was clearly recorded on a handheld device to give it a more natural feel. He told the fans he doesn’t know what to say about the attack that took place at NXT Takeover: R Evolution. He tells the fans he worked hard to capture the NXT Championship but right now he can only think of Kevin Owens and when he returns he’ll say everything he wants to Owens’ face.
THE ASCENSION BOW OUT OF WITH A LOSS
Before the main event, Kevin Owens is sat down with Renee Young and explains to her that he didn’t steal anyone’s moment because Sami Zayn still got his celebration. He ended the interview there as he didn’t take kindly to being accused of things.
Main event time with Hideo Itami and Finn Balor taking on The Ascension in what should be their final match on NXT after already making their main roster debut. A back and forth match between the two teams as Itami and Balor took control of the match early on with explosive drop kicks and high-flying moves but The Ascension brought it back with Viktor taking charge.
Towards the end the momentum swung the way of Balor and Itami as Balor hit a Pele Kick before a double tag saw Hideo Itami and Viktor speed the match up, hitting a top rope clothesline and then walking into an STO for only a two count. Once more Itami teased the GTS to a huge reaction and a GTS chant but Konnor broke it up. Finn Balor then took down Konnor and the opening allows Itami to kick Viktor on the head for the win.