This week on NXT fans were lucky enough to see the highly anticipated in-ring debut of Hideo Itami whilst tension between Sami Zayn and NXT Champion Adrian Neville continues as they teamed up in the main event.
The last time we saw the NXT superstars and divas in action was at the incredibly successful and highly entertaining NXT Takeover event; where The Lucha Dragons defeated The Ascension to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
Baron Corbin marked his NXT debut with an impressive, quick victory over CJ Parker whilst Enzo Amore defeated Sylvester Lefort in the hair vs. hair match. However Sylvester Lefort ran away before his head could be shaved, instead Marcus Louis was the unfortunate victim.
Bull Dempsey picked up a victory against Mojo Rawley and Charlotte retained her NXT Women’s Championship over Bayley. In the main event Sami Zayn came so close to becoming the new NXT Champion but it was Adrian Neville who managed to retain his championship title.
So with Takeover still fresh in the minds of the fans, the fans were wondering what the future had in store for Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn; as the champion continued to tease an eventual heel turn.
It was actually Titus O’Neil that kicked off the night to the fans' surprise as he looked genuinely pleased to be here; obviously that wasn’t going to last.
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He tells the fans that they are lucky to be in his presence and goes on to complain about Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Adrian Neville who decided to waste his time on Monday Night Raw last week. He says he will do the exact same by wasting the fans' time by staying in the ring for a while. He then tells the fans that from tonight the show won’t be called NXT but ‘NXTitus; but thankfully Sami Zayn cut O’Neil off before he could continue.
Sami Zayn welcomes Titus to NXT but lays into him straight away, saying NXT needs someone who is a buffoon, who can’t win a match in his life and whilst he is too busy getting beaten up by a bunny – which is rumoured to be Sami Zayn – NXT is busy stealing the show. Adrian Neville then interrupts and tells Sami that if anyone has the right to defend NXT, it is Neville because he is the champion.
Tyson Kidd then made his way to the ring and called Neville and Zayn losers but the difference between the two is that Neville is a champion. He continues to pull Sami’s leg by praising Adrian Neville whilst Titus cuts them off and says he is here on NXT to make a statement. Cue General Manager William Regal, who says Titus will have the chance to make his statement in the main event as he teams up with Tyson Kidd to take on Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville.
Match One: Charlotte vs. Emma
The first match of the night sees NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte take on Emma who returns to NXT, where she made her name. Even though it was a short match it is still better than 95% of the divas matches we see on the main roster on a weekly basis, Charlotte moving up to the main roster will be a massive loss to NXT but a huge gain for Raw and SmackDown.
Charlotte looks and fights like a champion and this match was no different, looking very dangerous as she mocks Emma with her dance whilst locking Emma up in the Figure Four headlock at the same time, very impressive.
Emma fights back with the Emma Sandwich and even hits the high cross body which looked to end the match but Charlotte wasn’t staying down, hitting the Natural Selection to give Charlotte another big victory.
Result: Charlotte defeats Emma.
Match Two: Justin Gabriel vs. Hideo Itami
This was the match every NXT fan in attendance and watching at home was eagerly waiting for. The in-ring debut of Hideo Itami was against Justin Gabriel so this was going to be a very good debut for Itami as Gabriel matches his style very well.
Not the longest of matches which was a shame as we could have seen a lot more Itami on the attack but nevertheless we saw glimpses of what he is capable of. A number of brilliant strikes and kicks to Gabriel, a running boot received a big reaction before hitting a springboard drop kick to Gabriel. Itami finished the match with a top rope double stomp on to Gabriel’s body for the debut victory.
Result: Hideo Itami defeats Justin Gabriel.
Hideo Itami didn’t have too long to celebrate his debut victory though, as The Ascension came out to lay out Itami, hitting the Fall of Man to leave Hideo Itami lying in the middle of the ring.
Match Three: CJ Parker vs. Baron Corbin
A rematch from NXT Takeover as CJ Parker takes on Baron Corbin, as expected another very short match with another victory for the impressive former Arizona Cardinals Offensive Lineman; his victory at Takeover took only 30 seconds but he was unable to beat that time, hitting the End of Days to win in 34 seconds. Not bad at all.
Result: Baron Corbin defeats CJ Parker.
Main Event: Tyson Kidd and Titus O’Neil vs. Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn
A brilliant main event match which was more about building tension between Zayn and Neville as the fans look to have sided with Sami Zayn. Sami Zayn tries to one-up Neville by hitting his standing moonsault on Tyson Kidd before Neville is back in the ring and tops it, hitting a brilliant standing corkscrew moonsault for a two count.
Titus O’Neil sways the match back in his favour by using his superior size to his advantage by hitting a number of back breaker’s on Zayn. After a number of teases Zayn finally tags in Neville who clears the ring by hitting a few kicks on Kidd before hitting another standing moonsault.
He sets up the Red Arrow whilst the referee is busy telling Sami Zayn to leave the ring, Titus throws Neville off the top rope onto Kidd’s knees as Kidd goes for the cover and picks up the victory, with Sami Zayn close to breaking up the pin. Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville look visibly frustrated with one another as Titus and Tyson stand on the ramp looking pleased with their victory as NXT goes off air.
Result: Tyson Kidd and Titus O’Neil defeat Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn.
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