We start NXT with Konnor & Viktor of The Ascension (NXT Tag Team Champions) coming to the ring to face the debuting Buddy Murphy & Elias Samson. No chyron for these two guys, and Samson never gets tagged in. Fall of Man to Murphy in a quick match. Afterwards, Konnor grabs a microphone. "We have laid waste to every tag team in the NXT universe." Viktor adds "Now bring us something to destroy." El Local & Kalisto come out to challenge The Ascension with El Local saying "catch us if you can" as Kalisto tries to get the crowd to chant "lucha".
New interviewer Veronica interviews Sami Zayn backstage about the upcoming triple-threat match.
We are told Tyler Breeze has entered the building.
In a semi-final match for the NXT Women's Tournament, Charlotte (with Sasha Banks) defeats Alexa Bliss with her flipping neckbreaker, now called the Bow Down To The Queen. I still think Charlotte is fairly sloppy.
Angelo Dawkins returns, without all the excessive ring gear this time, but still doing some dancing. He is defeated by Big Cass Colin Cassady with the East River Crossing finisher. During the match, CJ Parker is seen protesting with a sign saying "No Xtra Toxins" and the reverse "This Sign is Recyclable".
Bo Dallas approaches JBL backstage with letters from the Bolievers demanding he get another shot at the title. JBL suggests giving them to CJ Parker to recylce. He then offers Bo another title shot if he beats his next opponent, but will have to leave NXT for good if he loses. JBL gives Bo 5 guesses. Bo guesses John Cena, and JBL responds "No Michael Wallstreet is not John Cena, no. Big E. You've got Big E." Bo thinks this is great, since he is undefeated against Big E and beat him to win the NXT Championship.
Our main event is the triple threat to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Championship. Tyson Kidd enters first, followed by Tyler Breeze and Sami Zayn. Kidd wins the match after doing a top rope elbow drop onto Breeze. Zayn was unable to break up the pin in time. Kidd will face Adrian Neville at NXT Takeover on May 29.
Well, I have to eat my words from last time. Angelo Dawkins is just a dancing black guy, which aside from being kind of racist, is also just not a very good gimmick.
Other than that, it was a good show. I'm really digging Kalisto. Charlotte could stand to tighten up her ring work (which I think just needs some time), but overall I liked that match a lot. You don't see a lot of matches where a wrestler works their opponent's core, so that was kind of cool. And the main event was pretty solid, although I think that if they want to run Kidd vs. Neville, they should have brought Kidd in as a heel - maybe give him a big fish in a small pond gimmick.
Originally posted by PowerPB13For sake of completeness, I will note that show also included Mojo Rawley, in fact, remaining hyped in his defeat of The Artiste Aiden English (much to the chagrin of William Regal).
Somehow that paragraph was lost in transition from my notes to posting on here. Thanks for catching that.
...what that symbol John Cena makes with his hands during his entrance each week on SD! is supposed to be or what it represents? I thought it might be related to something he did in OVW but as I've never seen any OVW footage, I'm clueless (as usual).