NXT Takeover: Rival is now in the books and the big talking points moving forward will be the fact that Kevin Owens is our new NXT Champion, Sasha Banks is the new NXT Women’s Champion and Finn Balor is the number one contender to Owens’ NXT Championship.
Other big talking points will be how Sami Zayn can bounce back from his championship loss, and what’s next for the likes of Adrian Neville and Charlotte after the latter dropped her championship with a main event jump on the horizon.
NXT have now taped their next four shows which will air every Wednesday, if you wish to avoid the spoilers for what happens over the next month, please turn back now.
In the dark match of the first show which airs on February 18, Chad Gable defeats Digg Rawlis before the main part of the show begins with NXT General Manager William Regal. He appears on the titan-tron and announces the main event of the evening where new NXT Champion Kevin Owens will take on Adrian Neville in a non-title match.
Kevin Owens is out to the ring next, fans chant for both him and Sami Zayn who isn’t here – he was beaten down by Kevin Owens but in reality he’s in Abu Dhabi for the WWE’s tour of the Middle East and missed the tapings. Owens says that Finn Balor can ask for his championship match whenever he wants it.
The fans are treated to a special return as Rhyno returns to a wild NXT crowd, defeating Elias Samson via the Gore. After the match Finn Balor is backstage and he’s cutting a promo on Kevin Owens, Ryhno walks past him and smirks as they tease a future clash by having a brief stare down.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass pick up the win over The Vaudevillians before the NXT Tag Team Champions Blake & Murphy appear on screen and start to hit on Carmella before insulting Enzo and Big Cass, teasing a possible championship match in the future. After the match CJ Parker was in the ring and announces that he’s going to take the show hostage and proceeds to wrap yellow emergency tape around the ring until finally Solomon Crowe was out to make his debut, attacking Parker.
The new NXT Women’s Champion was in action next, submitting Blue Pants before challenging any diva in the back to come for her title. In the main event Kevin Owens defeated Adrian Neville by hitting the powerbomb, reports suggest that this match was actually better than the Takeover main event between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
The second show airs on February 25 and Hideo Itami kicks off the show with a victory over Bull Dempsey thanks to a jumping kick. After the match Tyler Breeze appears on stage and attacks Hideo Itami and then proceeds to take a selfie with Itami as he’s knocked out with a selfie stick. But Itami had the last laugh as he jumped back up and took Breeze out.
Next we have The Lucha Dragons in action as they defeat the team of Tye Dillinger and Jason Jordan, Jordan walked out on Dillinger which cost them the win. After the match Dillinger was livid and issued an open challenge, prompting Baron Corbin to answer the challenge and defeat Dillinger in seconds.
Becky Lynch then defeated Bayley by submission before the main event as The Brian Kendrick made his return, taking on Finn Balor. As expected Balor picks up the win with the top rope double stomp as Kevin Owens watched from the commentary table, after the match he grabbed Alex Riley – who was on announcing duties that night – and threw him over the table to a loud reaction from the fans.
The third episode will air on March 4 and Adam Rose kicks off the show to a loud reaction but couldn’t manage to defeat Tyler Breeze, Breeze then used his selfie stick in a sword-like manner to fight off the Rosebuds.
The Tag Team Champions Blake & Murphy take on Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins of the Shoot Nation; they aren’t on television yet but the black-clad group of amateur wrestlers continue to take shape. Blake & Murphy still picked up the victory in the non-title match before Tony Briggs fell to Baron Corbin as Kevin Owens continued to intimidate Alex Riley on the announcer’s table.
Kevin Owens then wants to fight the announcers, staying true to his “I’ll fight anyone and everyone” mantra as Jason Albert held back Alex Riley as a future match continues to be teased.
In the main event Bull Dempsey was in action against Solomon Crowe, Crowe picked up the win with his snap off the ropes splash for the victory.
This episode will air on March 11 and in the opening match Sasha Banks retained her championship against Charlotte, she had her feet on the ropes but managed to reverse the Natural Selection to get the victory, this probably won’t be the last time these two clash for the gold.
Tag team action next as Big Cass and Enzo Amore are out and cut a promo on their opponents; The Lucha Dragons. They call them Geico Lizards and there’s about to be an accident which sounds like they’ll get a loud reaction and they actually defeat the former tag team champions.
Alexa Bliss picks up a victory over Carmella and then we have Alex Riley who is in action against CJ Parker. The reporters from WrestlingInc suggest that Riley was actually very good in the ring, hitting a great dropkick and spinning neckbreaker before hitting the Blockbuster for the victory.
Kevin Owens was out after the match and calls Alex Riley the dumbest man in the WWE, and that he’ll end Riley’s career before ending Finn Balor.
Tyler Breeze and Hideo Itami are competing in the main event and this time it’s Tyler Breeze who picks up the win with the Beauty Shot.