This week on NXT the fans were treated to a great main event match as The Brian Kendrick returned to the WWE to take on Finn Balor in the main event.
Also on the night we were reminded just why Kevin Owens is a dominant NXT Champion and how NXT lives by his rules, Becky Lynch took on Charlotte and we saw the end of a tag team as Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger took on The Lucha Dragons.
TAG TEAM IMPLODES
Kicking off the night was Hideo Itami as he took on Bull Dempsey who seems to be in a little bit of a slump and that run continued with a loss this week to Itami and his running kick to the face.
Dempsey started off strong with a big elbow to the face and then hit another to the chest and a chinlock didn’t stay locked on for too long as Itami then used his own elbows to gain advantage before hitting some big kicks to Dempsey’s legs who responded with a big splash for a two count.
Itami fought back with more lightning fast strikes and hit a running basement dropkick in the corner before hitting the running knee to the face for the victory. As Itami left he ate a big Superkick from Tyler Breeze who started to take pictures, but Itami managed to get up and chase him away.
There’s more videos hyping up the return of The Brian Kendrick who returns following the big return of Rhyno the previous week.
The Lucha Dragons were in action next as Solomon Crowe hacked his way into the feed and told the fans he will be NXT Champion. The fans played a big role in this match with some great chanting as Jason Jordan used his superior size and strength to his advantage early on but Sin Cara and Kalisto fought back with the speed advantage.
The disagreement between Dillinger and Jordan started when they couldn’t seem to agree on a tag as Kalisto was tagged in to take out Dillinger. Jordan walked out on his partner allowing Kalisto to hit the Salida Del Sol followed by the Swanton Bomb for the victory.
BAYLEY VS BECKY
Finn Balor says he’s ready for Kendrick but isn’t looking too far ahead to Kevin Owens. Tye Dillinger is still in the ring and demands his no-former partner to come to the ring, he then says he doesn’t care about the next match because he could beat him too and unluckily for him, it was Baron Corbin.
As expected Corbin picked up the victory by hitting the End of Days in a 17 second win. Corbin continues to receive a good reaction, if he can improve a little on the microphone and be given a good, lengthy feud you can’t rule him out of the NXT Championship picture later this year.
Before the divas match gets underway, the former NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte has her rematch with Sasha Banksnext week, and says the title comes back where it belongs. Tyler Breeze tells the world that Hideo Itami will be squashed in his trap whilst we receive an update on Sami Zayn, with a video showing his time in Abu Dhabi.
A quick yet solid divas match next with Bayley taking on Becky Lynch, both women receiving a great reaction as Becky started off the aggressor, running into an elbow before setting up an impressive pumphandle suplex for an early two count. Bayley reminded us what Sami Zayn does so impressively and took a leaf out of his book, sliding through the corner for a DDT.
Back into the ring and Bayley tweaks her arm after hitting some running corner elbows and Lynch takes advantage, the Belly to Bayley is reversed into a great seated armbar as Bayley submitted, giving Becky Lynch the win.
KENDRICK IS BACK
Rhyno is backstage and talks about his return, saying he loves the intensity he sees in NXT and it reminds him of the energy he has when he Gores superstars in half. Jason Jordan next, saying he did what he did and will give an explanation when he wants to – Jordan competes in the Shoot Nation stable.
Time for the main event and NXT Champion Kevin Owens is on commentary saying he’d love to face Finn Balor anytime he likes. Kendrick grabbed the headlock but receives a dropkick for his trouble and fakes an injury into a small package for a two count as the match continued with fast paced and back and forth action and there was clear tension brewing on the commentary table between Kevin Owens and Alex Riley.
Balor took control with a running forearm and then ran into a boot to his jaw and a tornado DDT for a two count on Balor. Balor then hit a big kick to Kendrick’s chest and then followed it up with the Sling Blade and the top rope double stomp for the win.
After the match Owens and Balor have a stare off before throwing Alex Riley over the announcer’s table, Balor invites Owens to the ring but as expected, Owens walked away to close the show.