Location: Winter Park, FL
Date: May 6, 2015
Commentators: Rich Brennan and Corey Graves
Emma comes out rocking Bayley’s t-shirt and headband.
EMMA vs. CHARLOTTE
Emma with some disrespect, throwing her headband at her. They lock up with Charlotte taking control; Emma counters with a headscissors and they face off again. Charlotte wins the second lock-up, and Emma ditches that game and starts beating down on her in the corner. She continues the attack onto the apron, bouncing the former champ’s leg into side of the ring over and over again. Emma remains in control for several minutes, heeling it up and working over Charlotte with rest holds and a half crab. Charlotte kips up and throws a few knife-edge chops, following up with a neckbreaker and a mid-section tackle (wasn’t quite a spear). Natural Selection connects for the 1-2-3.
-Bayley comes out and shows some respect to Charlotte before entering the ring. She tries to help up Emma, who plays nice and comes in for the hug. Bayley smiles and won’t let the hug go, then plants her with the Bayley-to-Bayley before ripping off her shirt. Charlotte has to hold her back and Bayley celebrates with her reclaimed headband.
They air a Becky Lynch video package with her talking about the NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover.
-It’s time for our previously recorded sit-down interview between Michael Cole and NXT Champion Kevin Owens. Cole asks the obvious question – “Why did you do what you did to Sami Zayn?” Owens repeats that he did it for his family, as winning the title means a bigger name, which means more money and a better life for the people he cares about. Cole says he doesn’t believe that was the real reason. Owens is pissed off now, saying it’s been two months with him as champion and nobody has even congratulated him and showed him the respect he deserves, because they’re too busy talking about Zayn. Cole says respect is a two way street so he pats Kevin on the back for winning the title, but wants an honest answer about how he could stab a man who stood up at his wedding in the back. Owens calls him a “silly journalist” that’s just looking for headlines, and everyone wants to hear those words out of his mouth, but the reality is – juicy story or not – he puts food on the table for his family. Great interview.
BULL DEMPSEY vs. RHYNO
Big staredown to start this one off. They start trading tackles trying to knock the other down. Eventually Rhyno throws Dempsey over his head out of the corner and follows up with the Gore for the quick win.
-Rhino gets on the mic and says people call him an “unstoppable force”, but they also call another man by the same title. He calls out Baron Corbin for a match at NXT Takeover.
Sasha Banks is backstage looking at photos on the wall of some of the all-time greats. She says Fabulous Moolah was the greatest name in women’s wrestling… until she came along. Banks claims that she made Becky Lynch into a name overnight, and she can end her *snap* just like that.
-William Regal is greeted by a face we’ve never seen before. It’s Uhaa Nation. Get hyped. He says it’s an honor to be here in NXT and Regal hands him a contract to sign. Fade to black and a video package with Uhaa talking about the great champions that came before him – cut to footage of Seth Rollins winning the NXT title. We don’t get a name yet, but seriously…get hyped.
-Michael Cole is backstage with Sami Zayn. Sami says he’d like to be able to sit there and say this whole thing is just business, that nothing bothers him and it’s all about providing for their families. Unfortunately that’s not the case. He turns from Cole and says he’s addressing Owens right now. Zayn calls out Owens next week, and challenges him to come out to the ring and be a role model to his kids, and tell him the real reason he did what he did. Another great interview.
-They show footage of Sami on Raw this week wrestling John Cena. They bring up his injury and question his health, but we don’t have any updates yet at this point.
-William Regal is in the ring for the NXT Women’s Championship contract signing for the match at NXT Takeover. Becky Lynch comes down followed by Sasha Banks. Becky cuts a promo about all the sacrifices she’s made, travelling all around the world and working various jobs to get to NXT and become the new champion. Banks doesn’t say anything, but signs the contract with a big, gold stamp she brought with her. The crowd chants “like a boss”. Banks attacks Lynch and throws her over the announce table.
HIDEO ITAMI vs. TYLER BREEZE
Finn Balor comes down to ringside to watch this match.
Hideo is totally in control, as Breeze continues to beg off and roll to the outside. He keeps saying “I’m not getting kicked!” Itami connects with a few takedowns until Breeze attacks him from behind. He begins the typical heel beatdown, hitting a neckbreaker and putting the boots to him in the corner. Tyler slaps on a side headlock and holds it for several minutes, taunting Balor.
Eventually the crowd claps Itami back into the match. He breaks the hold and delivers a few kicks and running dropkicks, then connects with a neckbreaker over the top rope that stuns Breeze. Hideo looking for the running kick but Breeze rolls to the outside. He goes for it again but ends up taking out Finn Balor and sending him over the barricade. Itami and Breeze fight back into the ring. Itami ducks under the Beauty Shot and connects with the one-leg dropkick for the win.
Winner: Hideo Itami
-Hideo celebrates his win as Finn Balor gets up and shakes off the kick. Breeze attacks from behind and lays him out, but Balor makes the save. They tease Balor turning on Itami, but it ends with Tyler hitting the Beauty Shot on both of them.