Location: Winter Park, FL
Date: December 25, 2013
Commentators: William Regal and Josh Matthews
This week’s NXT is a special episode with a look back at 2013 for WWE’s Developmental System. This not just a retrospective of the past twelve months because tonight, the issues between Antonio Cesaro and William Regal will be settled in the ring.
We are in the NXT Arena at Full Sail University and your hostess for the evening is Renee Young.
Renee says that we will be recapping the last year of NXT. One of the things that they were most proud of in NXT was the opening of the WWE Performance Center.
We take a look back at the Opening Ceremony. Triple H says that today is a new beginning and a milestone for the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says that the WWE continues its rich tradition. Michael Cole talks about how this is the first of its kind. Stephanie says that it is the future of the business.
Hunter says that this building is the future of the WWE and what they do. Stephanie says that they have never had a state of the art facility like this before.
Sheamus says that he is in complete shock and awe at the facility.
Hunter says that the facility will allow the WWE to train people like they have never done before.
Hunter says that today is the first day in the future of the WWE.
Renee says that NXT has become the foundation for WWE with superstars making an impact on Raw and Smackdown.
We take a look at some of the people who came from NXT.
First is the Wyatt Family. Next is The Shield. Another person to come up from NXT is Fandango (and Summer Rae). Xavier Woods is another person who has made it up to the main roster. Damien Sandow also came up from NXT. Antonio Cesaro is another NXT Alumnus. Big E Langston also traveled on the NXT Express to Raw and Smackdown.
Big E Langston is in the locker room and he says the past year has been a whirlwind experience. He went from just a guy to the master of the Five Count to NXT Champion to his Wrestlemania debut to the Intercontinental Champion. He says that he could not have done it without the support of the NXT Universe and the Five Chants. He thanks everyone and he says that this is just the beginning.
Antonio Cesaro has some comments about his match with William Regal. He says that small class of world class technical wrestlers, Regal is the only one he ever truly respected. His ruthlessness and his evil genius was an inspiration for his career. He thanks Regal for reaching out to help him get his job in the WWE.
Just because he did that and because Regal got to know him, Regal knew that this day was going to come. There is room for only one of us. That is the younger, stronger, and far far better man.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Renee turns her attention to the champions of NXT. We take a look at highlights from the Tag Team Tournament finals when Adrian Neville and Oliver Gray defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to become the first NXT Tag Team Champions.
Stephanie McMahon introduced the NXT Women’s Title and in the finals of the tournament, Paige defeated Emma to become the first, and only NXT Women’s Champion. We take a look back at highlights from the match.
Paige says that winning the Women’s Title was mindblowing because she made history as the first champion. She says that was the best moment of her life.
Devin Taylor is in the interview area with Paige. Devin asks Paige about her thoughts during the match. Paige says Emma will be just a dancer to her. Now Emma has her respect. She actually knows some moves in the ring. It was one of the hardest fought matches of her career. She still hates. This title proves that she is the best women’s wrestler in NXT. Paige has a message for all of the Divas, even AJ Lee. Sooner, rather than later, she will be the most dominant Anti-Diva to walk through the WWE. She says that she will make history as a wrestler.
Paige leaves the interview area and Devin’s next interviewee stops by and it is Bo Dallas. He says that Devin wants to hear about all of the hardships he had to endure to become the Number One Contender and then to fight the unbeatable champion Big E Langston. Bo says that he wants to address his BOlievers and he tells them to BOlieve in themselves. He tells them to BOlieve in him. The moment that turned him into the man he is today, an NXT Champion and a champion in life. The moment that gave everyone the reason to BOlieve is this moment . . .
We take a look at the night that Bo Dallas won the NXT Championship. We see highlights of the match and some of the comments leading into the match.
We go to commercial.
We are back with Bray Wyatt and he says that this world is defined by the brave men and women who are willing to stand for a cause. Their crusades began at a place called NXT. In their short reign there, there was not a man, woman, or child who did not recognize the name Wyatt. They reigned like kings. It was based on the principle of ‘Down with the Machine’.
They took their efforts to the WWE with that same promise in mind. They have defiled monsters. They have turned heroes into victims. A cause that began in NXT. Down with the Machine.
It is time to take a look at some of the Future Stars of NXT who we may see on Raw and Smackdown in the future.
The first person is Aiden English. The next person is Mojo Rawley. Another person with a bright future is Bayley. Next is Tyler Breeze. Another name we might see on Raw or Smackdown is Alexander Rusev. Sasha Banks is another name to consider. Corey Graves is the next person. One of the names that you cannot forget is Sami Zayn.
Renee says that with the reputation of WWE growing every week, superstars and legends have been asked to be a part of NXT.
We see Damien Sandow, Christian, The Bellas, Fandango, Santino Marella, Paul Heyman, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, Big Show, Sheamus, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, AJ Lee, Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels.
William Regal says that he is in the late autumn of his thirty year career and he has been pondering over his legacy. What has it all been about. He is a vicious, sadistic, and spiteful fighter. He has been a unique entertainer. He never achieved one thing that he coveted the most. That was to be the World Champion. He says that is his fault because he has a wonderful knack of getting himself into trouble.
The people who know are aware that he is second to none as a technical wrestler. That was until Antonio Cesaro came along. He knows that even on his best day, Antonio is ten times the wrestler that he has ever been. Antonio knows that too and that is what their disagreement is all about.
He has an intense desire to prove it and he commends Antonio for that. The only way that William thinks he will win is by a miracle. He is not worried or scared of his pride. He is relishing the thought because he will fight with every drop of violent venom he has got. If this is the end, he does not know of any better way to end it than to lose to the ultimate competitor.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the announcement of the Match of the Year in NXT. This was the match that Michael Cole says was the best match he has seen in the last five years.
Before we get to the announcement, The Shield have interrupted the broadcast. Dean says that The Shield proved that they were the most dominant force in the WWE. They did it by winning matches and by winning championships. They also proved that they are the most destructive unit and force in sports entertainment. They destroyed every superstar from The Undertaker to the Rock to John Cena. Destroying is what they do well. Before they did that, they built NXT.
Seth says that the Shield’s 2013 paved the way for their next victims. Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Bo Dallas, the Ascension and Corey Graves.
Roman says that if you make it up, they own this show and they will not be giving it up any time soon.
We get back to Renee and she talks about Sami Zayn’s first night in the company and how issues developed between him and Antonio Cesaro.
The NXT Match of the Year was the Two out of Three Falls Match between Sami Zayn and Antonio Cesaro.
Devin Taylor is in the interview area with Sami Zayn. She asks Sami what it was like to compete against Antonio Cesaro. He says that Antonio is a beast. He came to NXT with a lot to prove and now he is being talked about as being part of the match of the year. It will bother him that he lost the match. It is not over with Cesaro. His focus is on the NXT Title. He has a current roadblock with Leo Kruger and he will deal with this.
Sami says that he will face Leo Kruger next week in a two out of three falls match.
We go to Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Tensai at the announce table for our main event.
Byron Saxton calls Antonio a bully and he hopes that he gets what he deserves. Tensai says that this match has two people with similar styles.
Match Number One: Antonio Cesaro versus William Regal
36:49 They lock up and Cesaro works on the wrist. Regal rolsl through and he tries for a reversal but Cesaro holds on to the wrist lock. Cesaro works on the fingers and Regal kips up and he takes Cesaro down but Cesaro holds on to the wrist lock and he turns it into a hammer lock. Regal kips up again and Regal takes Cesaro to his knee but Cesaro still holds on to Regal’s wrist.
Regal tries for a side head lock but Cesaro does not relinquish the wrist lock and we go to commercial.
We are back and Cearo tries for a head scissors while maintaining the wrist lock but Regal sends Cesaro to the mat. Regal continues to try to get out of the wrist lock but Cesaro does not give up. Regal is finally able to reverse and he gets a near fall. Regal gets another near fall. They go to a test of strength and Cesaro has the advantage but Regal with a bridge to keep his shoulders off the mat. Cesaro gets Regal to the mat for a few near falls.
Regal kips up and Regal with a knee and then he applies a cross arm choke and then he gets Cesaro on his knees in a straightjacket choke. Cesaro gets to his feet and Cesaro with a snap mare to escape the hold.
They go for another test of strength and Regal with a cravate and snap mare. Cesaro bridges up and applies a head lock and then he lifts Regal up for a headlock suplex and a near fall. Cesaro with a punch in the corner but Regal with a punch and forearms. Regal discusses something with the referee while mule kicking Cesaro. Cesaro clips Regal and he pulls Regal to the apron and slams the leg into the apron. We go to commercial with Cesaro wrapping the leg in the ropes.
We are back and Cesaro works on the ankle with an ankle lock and Regal kicks Cesaro away. Cesaro with elbow drops to the injured knee. Regal with a chin lock to try to get Cesaro to release the hold. Cesaro pulls off the knee brace to add more damage. Cesaro drops a knee to the injured knee.
Cesaro with a kick to the hamstring. Cesaro with another elbow drop to the knee. Cesaro with a stretch muffler to Regal and he lifts Regal off the mat. Regal gets to the ropes and Cesaro has to release the hold. Cesaro goes for the leg but Regal with a rollup for a near fall. Regal with a backslide for another near fall. Regal with a forearm and Cesaro is down. Regal still favors his injured knee but he connects with European uppercuts.
Cesaro with a European uppercut of his own. Cesaro wit more European uppercuts and after ten, Regal falls to the mat. Cesaro grabs the leg but Regal tries to kick Cesaro away. Cesaro picks up Regal for the Giant Swing.
Cesaro kneels over Regal and he taunts Regal. Cesaro picks up Regal by the ears and he sets for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Regal with a back body drop to counter and Regal with a knee drop to the left arm. Cesaro charges into the corner but Regal with a boot to the other arm. Regal trips Ceasro and then he starts to work on the arms.
Regal tries to get feeling back into his knee and leg while Cesaro does the same to his arms. Regal with a European uppercut and an Exploder. Regal sets for the Knee Trembler but his leg gives out. Cesaro with a head butt. He tries for another but Regal sees it coming and he kicks Cesaro in the head. Regal picks Cesaro up by the ear and he tries for a Gibson Driver but Cesaro counters and he picks up Regal and this a back drop and gets a near fall but Regal holds on to the double underhook.
Regal sets for the Regal Stretch but Cesaro is able to get to the ropes before it can be locked in. Cesaro with a drop kick and then he tries to get feeling back into his arms. Cesaro with a double stomp to the head and Regal is not moving. The referee checks on Regal and Cesaro waits for the referee to make the determination before doing anything.
Cesaro picks up Regal for the Gotch Style Neutralizer, but then he decides to let Regal drop to the mat. Regal tries to get up and then Cesaro hits the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
After the match, Cesaro looks at Regal. Regal is helped up the ramp by officials and Cesaro stops them. Cesaro offers his hand and Regal shakes it. We go to credits.