Sami Zayn battles Rhyno on NXT

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We were back to regular proceeding this week after last week’s Axxess episode, fans now have to get used to Neville being on the main roster whilst contenders are slowly being built for Kevin Owens’ NXT Championship whilst Sami Zayn took on Rhyno in a highly anticipated main event.

The opening match of the night saw Solomon Crowe take on CJ Parker, which is likely his last televised appearance after he agreed to leave the WWE last week. The crowd were firmly behind Crowe as Parker made a strong start, hammering him into corner but Crowe fought back, taking him down and then dived out of the ring for a suicide dive leaving Parker in pain on the ramp.


The action goes back inside of the ring and Parker looks to be in control for once as he connected with boots to Crowe’s face and then followed it up with a backsplash for a two count and as the match went on, the crowd were cheering for Parker also.

Crowe fought out of a chinlock with some right hands and then ate a huge clothesline and then reversed a backsplash. Crowe then locked in his impressive Stretch Muffler submission hold for the victory in just over five minutes, after the match Crowe tells the crowd that this is only the beginning. Expect Solomon Crowe to be in NXT Championship contention soon.

The second match of the night, Steve Cutler had the impossible task of trying to defeat Baron Corbin and his effort only lasted 25 seconds. Corbin nailed a huge clothesline to start off the match and then hit the End of Days for a 25 second victory.

Sami Zayn is on screen next, he says he isn’t surprised that he still has a target on his back. Kevin Owens used him to get to the top but Rhyno isn’t going to do the same.


Tag team action next with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady going up against Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins.

Carmella is with Enzo and Big Cass but the fans still aren’t warming to her but Enzo lightens the mood with his impressive microphone work, saying he has a spectacular vernacular and he’s the Michael Jordan of jargon. Big Cass is on the microphone next, saying they are who they say they are and they won’t fake it. Blake and Murphy have something they want so they’re just going to take it as Enzo and Cass continue to look like legitimate champions.

Enzo and Cass start off the stronger team, locking in a headlock and taking down Fulton, but Fulton fought back with a fireman’s carry and Big Cass is brought in to take over.

His stint in the ring doesn’t last too long as Enzo in back in where Blake and Murphy then make their way down to the ring and start to flirt with Carmella. Back inside of the ring, Enzo is beaten down for a while but finally tags in Big Cass, he hits the East River Crossing followed by the Rocket Launcher on Angelo Dawkins for the victory.

Alex Riley is on screen next, he says he isn’t going away easily especially as he’s been fighting to get where he is. He says he’ll challenge Kevin Owens next week.

We get the highly anticipated debut of Dana Brooke next, billed as the Total Diva she starts off strong with some big right hands. She starts to choke Blue Pants with her boot and eats a Whiplash for her debut win in just over two minutes.

A number one contenders match for the NXT Women’s Championship is announced for next week, Charlotte takes on Becky Lynch.


Main event time as Sami Zayn takes on Rhyno. Both men receiver great reactions from the fans who are quite vocal in this match-up. Rhyno dominated the early stages of the match with plenty of devastating right hands and chokes with the boot.

Rhyno tried his best to play the heel as he continued to beat Sami down but he fought back with forearms and a dropkick and Rhyno followed it up with a massive clothesline. Sami was more fired up towards the end, slapping Rhyno and ate a number of punches in return. Rhyno went to the top rope and was punched on his jaw, knocking him down to the floor. Sami nailed a big flip dive on Rhyno but then received a big belly to belly inside of the ring. Rhyno went for The Gore but missed as Sami connected with the Helluva Kick for the win.


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