Paige defeated Emma to retain the NXT Women's Championship. This was a stellar match to feature two of your best and young Divas. Paige has a very unique look, as her pale skin and dark hair make her look like a natural heel. The match was booked in a more slow and meticulous fashion. Paige locked in a few submission holds to slow down the pace, but Emma fired back and forth throughout. This was the first time the WWE Universe was able to see Emma wrestle. The best part of the match came when Emma hit a sit down powerbomb.Paige would kick out and hit Paige Turner.
This usually ends the match, but Emma was able to kick out. Paige would lock in a spider look submission move, something I have never seen before, to make Emma finally tap out. This may have been the most entertaining Divas match I have seen in quite some time. Both women put so much time and effort into making this a great match. They know each other so well, so the chemistry was smooth and the transitional moves made them look like pros. Also, giving the women 12 minutes to wrestle helps!
–Alexander Rusev comes out and dominates Tyler Breeze and Xavier Woods. He hits a fallaway slam, as well as sidewalk slam. He locks in the Accolade, which is the Camel Clutch. Lana comes into the ring and tells America to rise for the next generation.
I like how he is called the super athlete. A man of his size and stature needs something different. You cannot call him a heavyweight or a super-heavyweight. Rusev is naturally big. He is not cut and ripped, but he is a guy that looks to have the total package inside the ring. His job is to intimidate and scare his opponents. He did that tonight.
Adrian Neville defeated Bo Dallas to win the NXT Championship. Neville starts the match off getting beaten down by Dallas. Dallas hits a few right hands and elbow shots to the face. Neville flies with a cross body to the outside, but Dallas sends Neville's spine into the steps. He continues to hit elbows to his head, while he traps Neville's arm in the ring skirt. Dallas starts to introduce ladders into the match.
Dallas heads to the top, while Neville is trapped under the ladder. Dallas hits his head onto the ladder and a high spot does not really connect. Neville gets tossed off the ladder and into the ropes. Bo Dallas taps into another level of aggression and hits multiple cltoheslines to the corner where Neville is placed. Neville sends Dallas' head into the ladder. Neville leaps from the rope to the top of the ladder. Dallas hits a powerbomb into the ladder, which was positioned in the corner. Both men are putting their bodies on the line and are taking great chances to make this memorable. Bo gets body slammed onto the ladder and Neville hits Red Arrow (corkscrew splash) onto Dallas. The race is on and Neville climbs the ladder to capture the championship.
This was a stellar ladder match, one that had so much on the line. The championship hung in the balance, but it was all about how the end of the historic night would be. Dallas and Neville are two big future pieces of the WWE. Bo Dallas has more of a traditional wrestling style, with cautious and aggressive wrestling moves. Neville reminds me of a mixture between Rob Van Dam and Shelton Benjamin. He has great speed and strength, looks the part and will continue to take chances. (That is how he will succeed)
NXT ArRIVAL Score: 7.5/10
*The main stars of NXT shined. In a two hour broadcast, we were introduced to so much new talent with bright futures. Even though some parts were uneventful, this night was exciting and fun to watch. Why did it seem to important? John Cena, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Shawn Michaels are a few reasons. They are investing a lot of money and time into it, which will ultimately pay off. NXT will be a great tool for the young talent to learn on a bigger stage than they are used it. It is all about how you perform when the red light of the camera is on.
Three Stars of the Night
1. Sami Zayn
2. Adrian Neville
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