NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable is now in the books and we witnessed the surprising debut of Samoa Joe, who stopped Kevin Owens from attacking Sami Zayn with a steel chair as the match ended in a no contest.
But the hard work continued for the NXT roster as the very next night they taped four shows which will take us through to the June 17 episode of NXT. All of the focus is on Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe and what the future could hold for them.
The NXT format sees the talent tape around three or four shows in one night and they are then rolled out to air on a weekly basis and more detailed reports of the episodes will be provided on GiveMeSport when they air. If you wish to avoid the spoilers for the next four NXT shows please turn back now.
The first episode will air on May 27 and the show kicks off with NXT Champion, Kevin Owens making his way down to the ring using Sami Zayn’s entrance music before verbally bashing three of his enemies; Sami Zayn, United States Champion John Cena as well as Samoa Joe. It doesn’t take long for General Manager William Regal to come down to the ring and talk to the champion about how he put his hands on him at TakeOver.
Surprisingly it’s Solomon Crowe who interrupts the two of them and calls Kevin Owens a ‘piece of crap’ and now we know which way this is heading, William Regal confirms the main event match between Kevin Owens and Solomon Crowe.
The first match of the night see’s Emma, who has Dana Brooke in her corner; take on Bayley and it’s Emma who picks up the victory. After the match the heels team up to attack Bayley before Charlotte made her way out as she and Bayley stood tall.
The Tag Team Champions, Blake and Murphy retained their titles at TakeOver against Big Cass and Enzo Amore thanks to an interference from Alexa Bliss and she was in their corner for their non-title match against Elias Samson and Mike Rallis as the champions picked up another victory.
Fresh off a victory over Tyler Breeze to become the number one contender to the NXT Championship, Finn Bálor was in action again and picked up a win over Tye Dillinger.
In the non-title main event, Solomon Crowe was unable to defeat the champion. After the match, Kevin Owens was about to hit Crowe with the apron powerbomb, but Samoa Joe interrupted proceeding to get his hands on Kevin Owens but the champion fled the ring through the crowd.
The second episode that was taped will go on air on June 3 and in the opening bout of the night, Adam Rose paid another visit to NXT and lost to Tyler Breeze as speculation continues to grow that Adam Rose will go back to his Leo Kruger roots.
Eva Marie is on screen next to heavy boo’s from the audience in an interview with Greg Hamilton, she confirms her plans that he hopes to wrestle in the NXT women’s division which won’t be welcomed by the fans and will need to do a lot impress considering the talent NXT possesses.
Carmella is in action after the segment and takes on Alexa Bliss after her heel turn and both women have their teams in their corner, but it’s Bliss who picks up the victory.
It’s been a while but we finally see the Vaudevillians in action action, Simon Gotch and Aiden English pick up the win over the makeshift team of Marcus Louis and Jason Jordan.
In the main event we have Rhyno – who lost to Baron Corbin at NXT: TakeOver Unstoppable – take on Finn Bálor, and Bálor picks up the win with a roll-up pin. But to surprising scenes after the march, Bálor was hit by a huge Gore on the stage as trainers helped Bálor to the back, it looks like he could be heading for a short feud between Bálor and Rhyno.
The third episode that has been taped will air on June 10, and we’re treated to six matches taking place in the hour. First, it’s Zack Ryder who pays a visit to NXT as he teams up with Mojo Rawley, as they picked up a win over Elias Samson and Mike Wallace.
Emma then defeats Blue Pants before Tyler Breeze goes on to defeat Bull Dempsey who was absent from the TakeOver special.
Becky Lynch put on an incredible performance at Unstoppable, but was unable to dethrone Sasha Banks but her first match since the event saw her going in the right direction, as she defeated Jessie McKay.
Angelo Dawkins was handed the task to take down Baron Corbin, and as expected he failed as The Lone Wold picked up the win and in the main event, Scott Dawson had the honour of being Samoa Joe’s first NXT opponent and we all know which was this was going to go.
Samoa Joe his the muscle buster to pick up his first win on NXT in his first match, and to make it more interesting the NXT Champion Kevin Owens was on commentary before he finally called out Samoa Joe after the match. Kevin Owens told Samoa Joe to be thankful that he isn’t being chokes out and continued to verbally belittle Joe, calling him a rookie who needs to earn a title shot.
General Manager, William Regal makes his way out and announces that Samoa Joe will take on Kevin Owens next week in a non-title match.
The fourth and final show that was taped will go on air on June 17 and the opening bout see’s six-man tag team action as Carmella joined Enzo Amore and Big Cass; who actually went on to defeat the NXT Tag Team Champions in Blake and Murphy, who were joined by Alexa Bliss.
Another tag team match followed, the Vaudevillians in action again as they picked up a victory over Jason Jordan and The Kaze. It was reported that it looked as if The Kaze was legitimately injured which is when the match ended and the medics aided him to the back.
A highly anticipated main event concluded the evening, the match between Samoa Joe and Kevin in their non-title match ended in a no contest after Kevin Owens threw the referee into Samoa Joe.
They didn’t stop there though, they continued to brawl with the referee unconscious and the remainder of the NXT referee’s backstage had to come out and separate the two. Samoa Joe was about to leave but Kevin Owens goaded him back by calling him a ‘bitch’. Samoa Joe came back and the two went at it once more and we then saw the new NXT talents come out and separate the two but they still couldn’t be separated.
Eventually, Kevin Owens knocked out one of the recruits and posed with his belt on the stage looking down at Samoa Joe, who received a great reaction from the crowd to conclude the show.
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