On this week’s episode of NXT we saw a Rival rematch as Sasha Banks defended her Women’s Championship against Charlotte, whilst Solomon Crowe made his long-awaited in-ring debut against Bull Dempsey.
The NXT Tag Team Champions Blake & Murphy were also in action as they took on Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton, whilst Adam Rose returned to NXT as he went up against Tyler Breeze as Baron Corbin also continued his dominance.
ADAM ROSE RETURNS
The night kicks off with highlights of last week’s show with Kevin Owens showcasing his dominance by taking out Alex Riley after hyping up his performance against Sami Zayn and vowed to take down number one contender Finn Balor also.
Backstage, Alex Riley is adamant that General Manager William Regal gives him a match with Kevin Owens, but Riley must decide whether he wants to compete or commentate; his decision was made easier later in the evening.
The first match of the night saw the returning Adam Rose take on Tyler Breeze. Adam Rose is the face in this match and the ninja turtle who is part of the rosebuds seems to be getting a great reaction as Tyler Breeze starts off stronger before Rose got back into it with an Atomic Drop.
Rose hit a running corner clothesline but Tyler Breeze landed the Beauty Shot to send Adam Rose away with a loss.
Backstage, Enzo Amore and Big Cass don’t appreciate what Blake & Murphy have been saying lately as Enzo promises to beat the bacon off of their backs and bring it home. Alexa Bliss tells the fans that she’s been recovering from an injury but she’s now back and better than ever and is coming for Sasha Banks and the NXT Women’s Championship.
Blake & Murphy are in action next against Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton and the champions were never going to lose this one. Dawkins and Fulton actually got some offence in this match and picked up the pace later on as they looked to take control but to no avail, Murphy hit a suplex on Angelo Dawkins as Blake followed it up with the frog splash for the win.
Backstage, Bayley is talking to Charlotte and wishes her luck for her championship match but tells Bayley she doesn’t need luck. Emma walks in and tells Bayley that being nice got her nowhere, hinting at a potential heel turn for Bayley.
Baron Corbin in action next, it took him less than a minute to set up the End of Days and pick up the win over Tony Briggs. During the match, Kevin Owens was standing behind Alex Riley to rile him up and eventually poured water over his head to get him fired up, as Jaon Albert held him back.
We get an update from Sami Zayn next who is in Montreal, he brings up the fact that his message was filmed on March 1 2015 which means he’s been a wrestler 13 years to the day but feels like he isn’t mentally ready yet, but it’s clear he will return and take on Kevin Owens once more.
Alex Riley demands a match with Kevin Owens and quits as commentator to get the match, Regal accepts and tells Riley he’ll get the match when he thinks he’s ready as a match with CJ Parker is set next week.
Solomon Crowe finally made his in-ring debut, against Bull Dempsey and surprisingly Dempsey got in the majority of the offence regardless of the energy Crowe brought to the ring. Dempsey used his superior strength to his advantage by refusing to let Crowe back into the match. After some hard-hitting moves, Crowe did manage to fight back after rolling out of the top rope headbutt, he followed it up with a slingshot headbutt to give Crowe his first victory.
NXT RIVAL REMATCH
The divas were given the task of closing out the show and they did a great job. Sasha Banks defending her NXT Women’s Championship against former champion, Charlotte. It was a slow start to the match with a lot of hesitation and stop-start moments but when it did get underway it was Charlotte who looked the more dominant.
The match picked up pace when Sasha Banks landed double knees to the back and bent her ribs around the post to focus more on the injury. Sasha Banks rolled Charlotte into the Bank Statement but Charlotte fought through to the ropes before hitting a big spear for only a two count.
Charlotte locked in an impressive Hartbreaker lock around the post before taking the match back inside of the ring and her attempt to hit the Natural Selection off of the top rope failed, Sasha Banks put her feet on the ropes for the pinfall as she retained her championship.