Location: Winter Park, FL
Date: January 28, 2015
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Renee Young, and Alex Riley
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Lucha Dragons (c) vs. Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake
We get official in-ring introductions to kick off this show. Lots of “Lucha” chants, but the challengers get a warm reaction as well.
Sin Cara kicks things off in control of Blake, but Murphy blind tags and hits him with a dropkick. They slow it down with a rest hold until Cara hits a one-arm dead-lifts powerbomb. Hot tags and Kalisto comes in with some crazy offense including a leg trap sunset flip powerbomb. Sin Cara does a plancha over the ropes but Blake catches him and slams him into the side of the ring. Murphy blind tags out just as Kalisto hits him with Salida del Sol, but Blake as the legal man rolls him up from behind for the 1-2-3.
Winners and NEW CHAMPIONS: Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake
Backstage, Charlotte tells Bayley she’ll destroy her if she ever pulls a stunt like she did (re: attacking the champ from behind). Bayley doesn’t apologize and says she’s been too soft, and when Sami Zayn got serious he won the title. That said, she wants to get on the same page as they are partners tonight.
During Tyson Kidd’s entrance the screen cuts into a glitched-out hacker type thing. If you pause it at the right moments it’s a hype spot for Solomon Crowe.
NXT Tournament First Round Match
Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd
Tyson tries to get in Neville’s head early, but it’s the former NXT champ that pulls up short on a suicide dive, doing a backflip instead and playing some mind games. Kidd goes to the floor several times and eventually Neville goes after him, but is thrown hard into the steel steps. They go into a rest spot in the middle of the read as they cut to commercial.
After the break Neville fights out of the side headlock and plants him with a kick to the jaw, then throws him to the floor. Neville launches himself clear over the ropes with a corkscrew splash – big “NXT” chants. They start trading kicks and Neville gets the better of it, then follows up with a standing moonsault for two. Tyson fights back with a suplex into the ropes and a spinning neckbreaker for two. Fans are really into this match. He tries for a German suplex but Neville lands on his feet and hits a sit-down powerbomb for another near fall. Kidd with a brutal kick to the head but Neville kicks out, fights back and ends him with the Red Arrow.
Winner: Adrian Neville
Charlotte & Bayley vs. Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch
Bayley starts out with Sasha Banks and eventually tags out to the champion. Banks doesn’t want any part of that and makes the panic tag to Lynch, who gets to take a half dozen knife-edge chops. Charlotte drops a few elbows and mocks Sasha. Bayley wants back into the match, and the heels work her over with quick tags, building up some heat.
Eventually the champ makes the hot tag and starts to clean house. She takes out Lynch and then finally gets her hands on Banks. Charlotte puts her in the Figure Four leglock and adds a nice bridge for fun, until Becky breaks it up with a baseball slide. Banks with her finisher, but Bayley breaks it up and accidentally takes out her partner in the process. Charlotte shoves her and Bayley loses it, pie-facing the champ and the two end up brawling. The heels hit the ring and add to the chaos so the referee throws out the match.
Finn Balor cuts a promo about colliding with his good friend Hideo Itami. He sets he didn’t expect to face him so soon. Itami cuts him off and says he brought Finn into NXT, and if he has to, he’ll be the one to take him out. Balor vs. Itami next week.
NXT Tournament First Round Match
Baron Corbin vs. Bull Dempsey
Baron goes right after him on the floor and they brawl around. As soon as they hit the ring, Corbin hits him with the End of Days for the 1-2-3 in about a minute. So much for that month-long build up…
Winner: Baron Corbin
-William Regal is in the ring which is set up for the contract signing. Sami Zayn comes out first with the NXT title, followed by Kevin Owens. Regal says he’s not going to allow this to be like all the other WWE contract signings, and nobody is going through any tables tonight. Zayn signs the contract and Owens just stares at him. Sami says they toured the world for 14 years together with the ultimate goal of ending up right here in NXT. He wants to know why, but eventually says it doesn’t matter, because at Takeover he’s going to beat the hell out of his “best friend”. Owens looks at the contract and says it’s for a non-title match. He says Takeover wasn’t personal. He will fight anyone at any time, but he fights for a prize, and that prize isn’t Sami Zayn. Owens won’t sign unless it’s a title match, because that belt means more money for him, his wife and their two children. The champ fires up and demands Regal book the title match. A massive “YES” chant breaks out, and Regal amends the contract on the spot. Kevin takes a minute, looks around, and then signs the contract. He throws the pen in the champ’s face and Regal has to hold him back as Owens leaves with a smile on his face.