NXT-Pre Show: The WWE NXT Arrival Kickoff pre-show starts with Renee Young, Bret Hart, Paul Heyman and Kevin Nash. We’re live outside of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The NXT Universe is hype tonight. Bret says he’s honored to be here tonight. Nash says he skipped his wife’s birthday today so he could be a part of something special. Heyman jokes and has Renee re-introduce him as the greatest manager of all-time. Renee plugs social media and the hashtag for tonight is #NXTArrival. We go to a NXT video package. Renee asks what NXT means to Heyman. Heyman says it’s the future. The next RAW Superstar, the next WrestleMania main eventer will come through the doors of NXT. We cut to a video package on the WWE Performance Center.
We come back to the panel. Nash jokes about how the Performance Center would have helped his career, making him the #1 aerial wrestler ever. Bret talked about coming from Stu Hart’s Dungeon and how everything comes together at the Performance Center. Heyman talks about always looking for the next Paul Heyman Guy and how he has a whole locker room full of talents at NXT. We get a video looking at some of the WWE Superstars who have come through NXT. We come back to the panel and the crowd outside is really hot tonight. Nash talks about comparisons between the nWo and The Shield – incredible tenacity and teamwork. Nash predicts each member of The Shield will have incredible singles careers. Bret says The Shield’s strongest card is their unpredictability.
Renee gives props to the NXT fans who pack each set of tapings and attend the live events. Heyman is down with some of the fans and a mic. He talks to one fan with a Heyman t-shirt on. Heyman lets the guy take a selfie with him. Another fan says she’s here to see all the matches, just like the first guy. Heyman says NXT has truly arrived and sends it back to Renee. She talks about tonight’s top matchesHeyman talks about how solid the NXT Divas division is. We see footage from earlier today where Natalya had a talk with Emma in the ring about the match against Paige. Natalya tells her to enjoy this because these are the moments of her life. They hug and Emma gets emotional.
Bret talks about the respect he has for Paige. We see footage from earlier today of Tensai interviewing Paige. Paige says the title represents strength and dominance. Paige talks about Emma goofing around on RAW and SmackDown and says she can’t handle this. Renee reveals that The Ascension will defend their titles tonight but we don’t know who their opponents are yet. Nash talks about what makes The Ascension strong. Nash says they are the future, the total package. We talk about the main event next. The panel talks about what it’s like winning a major title for the first time. We see Alex Riley talking to Bo Dallas earlier. Bret predicts Adrian Neville win and talks about how cocky Bo is. Nash brings up a cocky friend of his, Shawn Michaels and predicts Bo will retain. We go to General Manager JBL, who announces Cesaro vs. Zayn will kick off the show. We go to a promo video.
“WWE NXT Arrival”
First Match: Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
They lock up and go at it. Cesaro shoves Zayn to the corner. We get dueling chants as Cesaro kicks Zayn in the back of the head. Cesaro with a takedown but they trade holds. Cesaro with a dropkick. Zayn counters a move and goes for a hurricanrana but Cesaro catches him. Zayn blocks a Cesaro Swing and sends Cesaro to the floor. Zayn with a kick through the ropes. Zayn runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Cesaro down. Fans chant “this is awesome.” Zayn comes off the top for a crossbody but Cesaro catches him with a backbreaker for a two count. They end up on the floor and Cesaro whips Zayn into the barrier. Cesaro brings it back in but tosses Zayn out the other side of the ring. Cesaro slams Zayn into the steel steps and kicks him. Another shot into the apron by Cesaro.
Cesaro brings it back in the ring but tosses Zayn right back out. Zayn fights back on the floor but Cesaro sends him into the barrier. Cesaro slams Zayn back into the ring and covers for a 2 count. Cesaro tosses Zayn to the floor once again. Cesaro with a stomp to the head. Cesaro drops Zayn over top of the barrier and rams him back into the apron. Zayn fights back with kicks to the head. Zayn goes to leap through the ropes like he did in their first 2 of 3 Falls Match but Cesaro hits him in mid-air with an uppercut. The crowd chants “holy s–t.”
Cesaro slams Zayn’s leg into the ring post and stomps away on the knee now. Zayn breaks out of a hold with kicks to the head but Cesaro stomps down on the knee for another two count. Zayn looks to make a comeback but Cesaro continues working on the injured knee. Zayn fights back again but Cesaro drops him into a single crab. Zayn breaks the hold by getting to the bottom rope. Cesaro runs into an elbow and a kick. Zayn dumps Cesaro over the top out to the floor. Zayn with a springboard moonsault from the apron to the floor but Cesaro catches him in mid-air with a big backbreaker on the ramp. Zayn makes it back in right before the 10 count. Zayn catches Cesaro with a big exploder suplex into the corner. Zayn with a two count. Zayn goes for another suplex but Cesaro hits him with elbows. Zayn with a Blue Thunderbomb for a two count. Zayn gets a Koji Clutch applied but Cesaro breaks it and applies another leg submission.
Zayn finally makes it to the bottom rope. Zayn blocks a Cesaro Swing with a roll up for two count. Cesaro gets the Swing going this time and hits it. Cesaro with a big running uppercut in the corner for a close two count. Zayn with a two count. Cesaro with a double stomp to the head for a two count. Fans chant “this is awesome” again. Cesaro blocks a top rope hurricanrana and goes for a powerbomb but Zayn blocks that and hits the hurricanrana any way. Zayn with the big running boot in the corner and a close two count. Another “we the people” chant.
Cesaro drops Zayn with an uppercut. Cesaro with another big uppercut. Zayn goes down after yet another big uppercut. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Zayn with a big suplex across the ring. Zayn charges but runs into a big boot. Cesaro with a Neutralizer but Zayn blocks it for a two count. Another amazing sequence from Zayn for a two count. Cesaro with a big uppercut in the middle of the air for just a one count. Zayn powers up but Cesaro hits another running uppercut and a Neutralizer for the win
After the match, Cesaro leaves but comes back down the ramp. He enters the ring and looks down at Zayn. Fans chant for them to hug it out. Cesaro pulls Zayn up and they embrace.
Second Match: Mojo Rawley vs. CJ Parker
They lock up and Mojo sends him to the corner. They run the ropes and Mojo nails a big backdrop for a two count. Mojo takes Parker back down by his arm. Mojo runs into a big boot in the corner. Parker with a running clothesline for a 1 count. Parker keeps control but Mojo fights back from the corner. Parker unloads in the corner. Mojo with a big splash in the corner. And another. Mojo with the butt bump and the Hyper Drive for the win.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
Emma was shown backstage getting prepared for her women’s championship match later on tonight. We get a promo about Emma’s background. We get a promo hyping up the NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension.
Third Match: WWE NXT Tag Team Championship Match
The Ascension (c) vs. Too Cool
Viktor and Christopher start the match off. Viktor misses but strikes first. Christopher with a shoulder. He dances and Viktor turns it around with uppercuts and chops. Konnor comes in and nails a big leg drop for a two count. Konnor with a big shoulder off the ropes, and another. Konnor with a third shoulder block off the ropes. Konnor takes Christopher to the corner and beats him down. Konnor with big kicks to the gut and a big boot. Viktor tags back in and covers for a two count. Viktor stomps away now.
Viktor with a suplex and another 2 count. Viktor keeps Christopher down with a headlock now. Christopher finally fights out with a jawbreaker. Christopher with right hands. Scotty 2 Hotty finally tags in and unloads on Viktor. Konnor comes in and catches a right hand. Viktor cuts 2 Hotty off and they trade holds. More back and forth. Viktor runs into a big boot. More right hands from 2 Hotty. Viktor misses a splash in the corner. Scotty slams his face in the mat. Christopher tosses Konnor to the floor. Scotty does the worm but Viktor blocks the finish and knocks Christopher to the floor. Viktor with a big clothesline and tag to Konnor. The Ascension readies and hits Fall of Man on Scotty for the win.
Winner: Still NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension
We get a highlight package of Paige’s career. We come back to the NXT Arena. Stephanie McMahon comes out, the crowd chants “You Still Got It” she says she never lost it. McMahon will be doing the ring announcing for the NXT Womens Championship Match.
Fourth Match: WWE NXT Womens Championship Match
Paige (c) vs. Emma
Paige goes right to Emma and shoves her. They go at it and start brawling around. Paige with a big kick to the gut as she yells at Emma to bring it. Emma blocks a Paige Turner and they trade holds. Emma goes for a slingshot but it’s blocked for a two count. Paige with a dropkick and a two count. Paige with a scoop slam and another two count. Dueling chants from the fans as Paige takes her to the mat. It looks like Paige’s mouth is bleeding but it’s lipstick on her teeth. They get back on their feet and fight into the corner. Paige with back elbows and a boot to the throat. Emma counters and takes her leg out.
More back and forth. Paige blocks the Emma Lock. Paige with knees to the chest. Emma takes her leg out on the apron and Paige goes down. Emma with a 1 count. Emma with the Dil-Emma submission on the ropes. Emma hits the Emma Sandwich, a crossbody low in the corner, for another two count. We get dueling chants from the crowd again. Emma with another submission before taking Paige to the mat with another hold. Emma with a 2 count. More offense by Emma and another pin attempt. Paige turns it around and drops Emma on the apron. Emma slams Paige into the turnbuckle and they climb to the top. Paige goes for a superplex but it’s blocked. Emma with a big sitdown powerbomb for a two count.
They trade shots and Paige hits a big kick. Paige hits the Paige Turner but Emma kicks out and Paige is shocked. Apparently that’s the first time someone has kicked out of the move in NXT. Paige applies a rare submission – a Scorpion Crosslock, and gets the win.
Winner: Still NXT Womens Champion~ Paige
Fifth Match: Xavier Woods vs. Tyler Breeze
We go to the ring and out comes Xavier Woods followed by Tyler Breeze. The live feed stops and won’t resume, the only thing that plays are matches that have already happened. It appears some fans are not experiencing troubles while some are. The WWE.com stream is fine and the match ended when Alexander Rusev came out and cleaned house. Lana was with him.
We get a promo for tonight’s main event.
We go to the ring where ladders are set up everywhere. Shawn Michaels comes out with the NXT Title and gets a big pop. He’s really honored to be here tonight. Fans chant for one more match and Shawn jokes about not wanting to come out of retirement. HBK talks about ladder matches and plugs his new Mr. WrestleMania DVD. HBK says we are about to see two very talented young men but only one has the chance to step into history and step into greatness.
Sixth Match: Ladder Match for the NXT Heavyweight Championship
Bo Dallas (c) vs. Adrian Neville
The bell rings and Bo goes to the apron for a ladder. Neville attacks with kicks and knees. Neville flips around the ring and Bo runs into a boot. Neville with a missile dropkick. He goes back to the top but comes down when Bo rolls to the apron. Bo takes out Neville’s leg and mounts him with right hands. Bo with stomps and right hands. Bo beats Neville around and keeps control. Bo with a big clothesline. Bo looks up at the title and goes back to work. Neville ends upside down on the ropes. Bo grabs a ladder and brings it back to the ring. Neville leaps and kicks the ladder into Bo at ringside. Neville leaps out with a big splash and mounts Bo with right hands.
Bo sends Neville into the steel steps. Bo works Neville over on the floor and slams him into the apron. Bo brings another ladder and charges but Neville ducks and the ladder slides into the ring. Neville backdrops Bo on the ramp. Neville goes back in the ring and climbs for the title. Bo launches a ladder into him and Neville falls to the mat. Neville then sends Dallas tumbling from a ladder. They struggle for a ladder and Bo rams Neville back into the corner with it. Bo wedges a ladder into the corenr and tries to catapult Neville under it. Neville gets to his feet and nails a DDT out of the corner. Neville climbs up again but Bo pushes him off. They struggle again, bump heads and a ladder falls on Neville.
Bo with right hands in the corner and a clothesline. Bo gets sent head first into the turnbuckle. Neville climbs for the title but Bo meets him at the top and they trade shots. Bo pulls Neville into the ladder and they both fall off. Bo tosses Neville to the apron. Neville kicks Bo in the head and he goes down. Neville leaps onto the ladder and goes for the title but Bo jumps on his back and stops him. Bo tries to German suplex Neville from the ladder but he hangs on. Bo grabs him for a powerbomb. Bo sends Neville flying into the wedged ladder in the corner. Neville slams Bo on top of a ladder. Neville with a big 450 on top of Bo. Bo rolls out to the floor while Neville climbs for the title. Neville retrieves the title for the win.
Winner: New NXT Heavyweight Champion~ Adrian Neville
-After the match, Neville celebrates with the title. We see John Cena sitting next to our own Brian Fritz and others in the crowd applauding Neville on his victory. Arrival goes off the air with Neville celebrating.
JPOV: This was awesome these are moments that remind you why you’re a wrestling fan in the first place. Very impressed with the production of the NXT Arrival show. The commentating group of Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips and William Regal were really good. One word to describe the Cesaro and Sami Zayn Match…. AWESOME!. Tremendous Womens Championship Match with Paige and Emma. Great Main Event right there and happy that Adrian Neville capture the NXT Championship
Josh’s Grade for NXT Arrival: 10/10
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