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The Big News: Samoa Joe choked out Finn Balor in the main event, just seven days before their championship match at NXT Takeover.
The Medium News: Bayley vs. Nia Jax was made official for Takeover, which threatens the streak of eight straight great Takeover women's championship matches.
The Little Beaver Sized News: The Hype Bros did a promo talking about poop.
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady defeated Corey Hollis & John Skylar
The #1 Contender's are here to kick off the go home show to Takeover! Next Wednesday night Enzo and Cass get their second shot this year at the Tag Team Titles, this time held by Dash & Dawson. This was a very different Enzo & Cass, as they didn't do their usual entrance, which is so weird.
Hollis and Skylar looked similar to the champs in the way they dressed, which I guarantee wasn't coincidental. Colin managed to still scream “How you doin” while beating the snot out of one of his foes. Enzo tagged in and collided with Hollis before dropping him a second time with a nice looking dropkick. The #1 Contender's picked up the win with the Rocket Launcher.
After the match they cut a promo talking about how this is how they put food on their table. They have been teaming longer than any team in NXT history (which really isn't saying too much, but they have been teaming well over 2 years). They stated Dash & Dawson will not effect their future, the only people that will effect their future are in the ring.
Colin said they have fought too hard for too long to let Dash & Dawson get in the way of what they want. They promised to get retribution, they will leave the champs laying and will walk out as Tag Team Champions.
-Backstage Tom Phillips interviewed Emma & Dana Brooke. Emma asked why the red carpet has been rolled out for Asuka since Day one. Emma stated that she is the one that paved the way long before you ever heard of Bayley, Sasha, Charlotte or Asuka. Dana made Tom squat down to pat him on the head.
-NXT Takeover is LIVE at 3:00pm EST. I am sure Dave and the crew will have live play by play. I will be at work, so you will be spared from that.
-A video for Tye Dillinger aired. I'm not sure if you heard the rumors but he is the Perfect 10.
Asuka defeated Deonna Perazzo via ref stoppage
It's Asuka time. She has added the horizontal line across her face that is similar to the one Havok used in TNA. They could not have given Deonna a wackier name if they tried.
Asuka with some really nice wrestling before snapping off an armbar so beautiful that Alberto Del Rio could take lessons. Thankfully for Deonna, Jimmy Uso did not dive off the top rope onto the arm, but instead she got the ropes.
Asuka hit a Hip Attack, so Emma decided now was the best time to stand on the ramp, looking amazing in her jeans. Asuka then took off Deonna's head with a spin kick and won via ref stoppage.
-The Hype Bros were being annoying and talking about poop.
-Alexa told Blake & Murphy that she was embarrassed. Alexa is really upset that she lost to Bayley and it's her mens' fault. They did vow to break the Hype Bros.
-The Drifter is Elias Sampson and I assume he is re-debuting soon. Honestly I think NXT should have a grifter character.
The Hype Bros upset Blake & Murphy (w/Alexa)
Blake is now wearing a ripped shirt that looks like he tried to wear one of Alexa's shirts. Not sure if that's better or worse than when I couldn't tell the two apart. My least favorite announcer's Heel Rant Of The Week was about the Hype Bros.
The former champs tried to double team Mojo, but Mojo ran through his foes and then Irish Whipped Zach, who took the Chris Hamerick bump through the ropes with a dropkick to the heels outside the ring. Ryder went for the Broski Boot on Murphy, but Blake broke it up. Unfortunately Blake then got hit with the Broski Boot, but Murphy cut off Ryder for the heat.
Mojo got the hot tag and did a really good comeback, featuring a discus lariat to Blake. The faces actually won with the Assisted Rough Ryder (Hype Ryder) in an upset.
This was a decent match that was given quite a bit of time given that neither team is currently on the Takeover card.
-Samoa Joe and Baron Corbin had a meeting backstage. Tonight is not about how they don't like each other, it's about taking out Finn Balor & Apollo Crews. Corbin called Apollo a rookie who doesn't deserve anything while Joe said Finn betrayed him and not the other way around.
Women's Champion Bayley pinned Peyton Royce
Next week on Takeover Bayley will defend the eight pounds of silver and purple against Nia Jax. While I like both ladies, I suspect that the streak of amazing womens championship matches ends at eight. Peyton now comes out with a flower.
The story of this match was if Bayley was making a mistake by taking a match with Takeover next week, especially since Nia has beaten her down the last two weeks. Peyton got a bit more offense than you would expect, but it did further the story. Bayley made her comeback, hit the Belly to Bayley and picked up the win!
Bayley had no time to celebrate when Nia Jax and Eva Marie strolled out onto the stage. The fans made so much noise to avoid hearing Eva talking. Shockingly they didn't get any quieter when Nia took the mic, so Nia spoke louder. Nia said if she got to NXT sooner then Bayley never would have become champion.
Nia vowed to win the strap because she is destined for greatness.
-The NXT Championship is hanging around backstage, while Finn Balor stood nearby and threw kicks. Apollo Crews walked up and they discussed whether or not Finn's head was in the game.
-Apollo reminded him they have unfinished business and that he is coming for the strap.
-The video of Sami Zayn injuring his shoulder before his match with John Cena aired. He returns soon!
Samoa Joe & Baron Corbin defeated Finn Balor & Apollo Crews
Baron Corbin still has a great entrance. Finn started the match, so Joe made sure to tag out to Baron. Baron and Finn wrestled for a minute until Finn tagged out to Apollo. Baron didn't want to wrestle Apollo, so he tagged out to Joe. Apollo dropkicked Joe's head off, but Joe screwed it back on and beat down Crews. With his hated rival down, Baron agreed to tag in to beat down Apollo.
The match built to Apollo making the hot tag to Finn while Baron tagged Joe in. Finn got the best out of the interaction with Joe, including a beautiful running kick and several running chops. Joe went for the Muscle Buster, but Finn rolled behind for a two count.
Apollo and Baron fought out of the ring, while champ and challenger fought inside. Balor hit The Slingblade and went for the Coup De Grace, but Corbin pushed him off the top rope. Joe laid out Finn with the Death Valley Driver and then choked the champ out.
-Seven days before Takeover Samoa Joe has choked out the NXT Champion! What will happen next week? That will do it for this week! Until Takeover, remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers!
Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
Apollo Crews vs Baron Corbin
Bayley vs Nia Jax for the NXT Women's Championship
Emma vs Asuka
Dash & Dawson vs Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady for the NXT Tag Team Championship