WWE NXT TV Report: Antonio Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn feud finale, Ziggler, AJ, more



Emerson Witner

The first thing we see is Paul Heyman. Ten seconds into his promo, I realize I am watching last weeks episode again. Time for the correct episode...

Show opens with a video package going over the Sami Zayn-Antonio Cesaro feud. You know, Zayn only won that one match against him.

WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee defeated Bayley

God, I loved the segment with these two last week. AJ actually challenged Kaitlyn for the title right here on the NXT Clash of the Champions show back in April, but now returns as champion. AJ finished third on Season 3 of NXT and returned during NXT: Redemption as the girlfriend of Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle broke up with her because he wanted to go to SmackDown...which AJ was already on. Bayley wanted to Hug It Out at the start of the match, so the champ took advantage of the naivety of her challenger. We get a Dr. Shelby reference as Bayley used a hug as an offensive maneuver. The finish saw AJ sell her mouth, which made Bayley console her and AJ finish off her challenger with a Shining Wizard.

Backstage, Tyler Breeze has Emma take a picture of him. Up walked Some Guy who photobombed it by giving Tyler bunny ears.

The Ascension defeated Ron Hicks & Michael Zackey

Those really are the names of the opponents. You gotta love Conor O'Brien's rolling side headlock take over. Hicks never moved off the apron and Ascension won with Total Elimination.

The New and Improved CJ Parker beat Baron Corbin

CJ hasn't been seen on the show in almost a year, and while he was gone, he became a hippie. Turns out he was the one that photobombed Breeze. Corbin's claim to fame is he played in the NFL. I am sure he made the decision himself to leave the NFL for NXT. Parker won with a DDT. Renee Young got in the ring and asked where the hell CJ has been. She should find Richie Steamboat, Bronson and Kassius Ohno and ask them the same thing. Tyler Breeze stormed the ring and had a problem with CJ photo bombing him. CJ spoke like he was smoking a few joints with Van Dam earlier. CJ was called a Lenny Kravitz wannabe and that was enough to make Tyler run away to avoid a beating.

Dolph Ziggler defeated Alexander Rusev


Rusev made his debut on the show, carrying a board that reads “Ziggler”. He stole Brutus Magnus' old ring gear when he debuted in TNA. Dolph took forever walking to the ring. Seriously the arena is smaller than the Impact Zone. Rusev is a Muay Thai expert. It looks like his Muay Thai experience was watching the first few UFC shows. Perhaps he expected Dolph to come out in a gi and choke him out in 2 minutes. Rusev with the Muay Thai Irish Whip and the Muay Thai toss over the top rope, followed by the Muay Thai corner splash and the Muay Thai Bear Hug. Dolph then won with the Zig Zag.

I don't think I have written so little about an episode ever. Maybe the main event will encourage me to write more.

Antonio Cesaro took 2 out of 3 falls from Sami Zayn

The match started with Zayn flying over the top rope onto the former US Champion and won the first fall in 9 seconds with the Yakuza Kick and a roll up. Sami is trying to win the match in 30 total seconds. Zayn had control of the match early and almost won with the flying body press off the top rope, but only got a 2 count. It was going good for Sami until Antonio dropped him face-first on the top turnbuckle. We went to commercial and came back with Cesaro slapping on a swinging rear chin lock....which actually got the tap out. Wow. I have heard so many great things about this match, I can only assume that the third fall suddenly picks up.

Antonio with a running European Uppercut for a near fall. Riley talks about how tough Hell In A Cell and Ladder Matches are. He has never been in a HIAC Match and he was in one Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Antonio showing off his strength by standing on the middle rope, which Zayn was on the apron and Cesaro hit the superplex. A series of reversals and roll ups led to the fans chanting that this was awesome. Zayn rolled up Cesaro's front and down his back for a 2 count. That was unique. Jesus Christ. Zayn stood by the timekeepers table, ran, and dove over the bottom rope and to the other side where he gave a Tornado DDT to Cesaro.

Antonio was almost counted out, but somehow, someway, he got back into the ring. Cesaro finally won by reversing a Tornado DDT attempt into a huge European Uppercut and a Neutralizer. That match sure as hell picked up at the end and Cesaro wins the rivalry.

That ends things here in Orlando. Until next time!

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