Four men enter, one man leaves with the NXT Championship. Tonight on NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way, NXT Champion Adrian Neville defends his title in a match where he doesn’t even have to be pinned to lose. Will Neville defy the odds against Tyson Kidd, Tyler Breeze, and Sami Zayn? Plus, the NXT Women’s and Tag Team titles are on the line! All that and more on this special edition of NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way!
The pre-show is LIVE from Orlando, Fla. Panelists Renee Young, Jason Albert, and Alex Riley preview NXT Takeover II. They are joined by Sasha Banks, who isn’t keen on reviewing the NXT Women’s Championship match and wants to have her spotlight with the title. NXT General Manager William Regal joins the panel and is interrupted by CJ Parker, who he gives a match tonight on the show.
We are LIVE from Orlando, Fla. Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Renee Young have the call for tonight.
Match One for the NXT Tag Team Championships: The Ascension (c) vs. Sin Cara & Kalisto
Viktor starts out with Sin Cara. Lockup sees Viktor work Sin Cara into the corner and land a chop. Uppercut connects and Sin Cara off the ropes for a springboard headbutt. Clothesline and a springboard crossbody are followed by a springboard moonsault for a nearfall on Viktor. Sin Cara put on the apron and he kicks Konnor away, only to be knocked down by Viktor. Konnor tagged in and he runs Sin Cara into the apron for a nearfall inside. Sin Cara down in the corner and Konnor stomps him down.
Viktor in for a nearfall off the stomps. Rear chinlock applied by Viktor and an elbow drop connects for a nearfall. Viktor stretching the chest of Sin Cara by pulling at his arms. Sin Cara struggles to his feet and turns out, only to be pulled back to the mat by Viktor. Viktor taunting Kalisto and a powerbomb attempt with a slingshot turned into a headscissors takeover for Sin Cara. Konnor in and he knocks Kalisto off the apron. Splash in the corner as Sin Cara looks for a tag gets Konnor a nearfall. Sin Cara with kicks from his back and he crawls for the tag. Konnor with a hold on the leg and Sin Cara gets an enzuigiri that lays Konnor out. Konnor laying on Sin Cara and getting the side headlock. Sin Cara driven back by the headlock, but he flips out.
Kalisto in with an enzuigiri from the apron on Viktor. Springboard crossbody lands and a rolling kick on Konnor. Springboard corkscrew on Viktor and a baseball slide on Konnor. Viktor puts Kalisto up for a powerbomb and Kalisto turns it into a sunset flip powerbomb for a nearfall. Konnor sent out by Sin Cara and a suicide dive lands. Viktor and Kalisto left in the ring. Viktor sent out by a headscissors takeover. Crossbody caught by The Ascension and they toss Kalisto, but he lands on his feet. Sin Cara takes both out with a suicide dive and Kalisto brings Viktor back inside.
Springboard moonsault is run under by Viktor and he lands a clothesline. Fall of Man attempt is blocked by Sin Cara grabbing the leg of Konnor from outside and landing an enzuigiri. Salida del Sol caught by Kalisto on Viktor.
Winners by pinfall and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions: Kalisto & Sin Cara
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Renee Young with the NXT Tag Team Champions. Sin Cara says it feels incredible and notes they beat the longest-reigning NXT Tag Team Champions in history. Kalisto declares themselves the “Lucha Dragons” and says the future is now.
Video package features NXT Champion Adrian Neville discussing the main event.
Match Two: CJ Parker vs. Baron Corbin
Lockup sees Baron Corbin push CJ Parker away. Forearm shot drops Parker and Corbin pulls Parker into an STO.
Winner by pinfall: Baron Corbin
Rating: 0 out of 5 stars
Video package features Tyson Kidd discussing the main event.
Video of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady at the salon from last week is played.
Enzo Amore introduces himself and Colin Cassady. Amore says he’s going to punch Sylvester Lefort in the mouth tonight and he lists all the haircuts he can give Lefort. Amore says Lefort will have his head put in the bucket tonight and Cassady says his haircut will be “S-A-W-F-T! SAWFT”
Hair vs. Hair Match Three: Sylvester Lefort (w/Marcus Louis) vs. Enzo Amore (w/Colin Cassady)
Lockup sees Sylvester Lefort get the side headlock and shoulder bump for a nearfall. Amore gets the side headlock of his own and takes Lefort down. Rollup from Amore gets a nearfall. Lefort with a kick to the midesction and clubbing Amore down. Amore ducking and sliding under Lefort to land a dropkick. Lefort moves to the apron and is picked up by his hair. Hip toss brings Lefort back in and he moves to the apron again to hit a hangman’s neckbreaker. Lefort stomping Amore down and lands a bodyslam for a nearfall.
Rear chinlock applied by Lefort. Amore elbowing the body to get out, but Lefort counters with a knee. Back bodydrop attempt is countered by a kick from Amore. Lefort charges Amore in the corner and lands a knee lift to the body. Kick to the back connects and Lefort looming over Amore to land a right hand as he taunts Amore and the crowd. Lefort throws a punch that is caught and Amore landing shots. Marcus Louis on the apron and Amore swings, allowing Lefort to land a clothesline that nearly wins it.
Louis on the apron again and he gets taken out by Colin Cassady. Lefort watching after his partner and Amore with the waistlock and stacks him into a rolling pin attempt.
Winner by pinfall: Enzo Amore
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Sylvester Lefort trying to run away post-match and he is met by a clothesline from Colin Cassady. Big Cass carrying Lefort up the ramp and Marcus Louis from behind. Louis helps up Lefort and Enzo Amore and Big Cass get up. Lefort runs away and leaves Louis out to dry. Cassady lands a big boot and he calls for Amore to get the bucket. The bucket dumped over the head of Louis as Amore and Big Cass celebrate.
Video package features Tyler Breeze discussing the main event.
NXT General Manager William Regal is introduced. Regal says NXT is the place to be if you’re a competitor and introduces what he declares as one of the biggest international signings in WWE history. Video package introduces KENTA and Regal welcomes KENTA to the ring. KENTA thanks Regal and says hello to NXT. KENTA speaks in Japanese before declaring that this is a dream come true and that he is happy to be in WWE and NXT. KENTA says that he has changed his name to Hideo Itami to pay tribute to one of his heroes and he is coming for the NXT Championship.
Hideo Itami fights back against The Ascension.
The Ascension hit the ring and toss Itami out. They demand that Regal give them a rematch now and Itami steps back in the ring and takes off his suit jacket. Forearms and kicks send The Ascension out. Itami takes a chair in the ring and sits in the middle, challenging The Ascension to come get more. Regal raises Itami’s hand.
The rivalry between Bull Dempsey and Mojo Rawley recapped.
Match Four: Bull Dempsey vs. Mojo Rawley
Mojo Rawley runs right into the ring and Bull Dempsey clubbing him down and working him in the corner with strikes. Rawley with a back elbow and Dempsey tackled in the middle of the ring. Dempsey ran into the corner and Rawley striking away. Shoulder ram again in the corner and Rawley charges into a clothesline. Dempsey up top and he lands on a diving headbutt.
Winner by pinfall: Bull Dempsey
Rating: 0.25 out of 5 stars
Post-match, Bull Dempsey stomps Mojo Rawley down and lands another diving headbutt from the top.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady backstage. Amore wants to see someone bald tonight and Colin Cassady says they will find them. They sure enough run into Marcus Louis and Sylvester Lefort. Amore calls for Lefort and he runs off as Big Cass carries Louis to the ring. The two take the towel off his head to reveal Louis with no eyebrows and small patches of hair on a bald head. Amore says he is going to spell out what Louis now is and he calls him “B-A-W-L-D! BAWLD!”
Video package previews the NXT Women’s Championship match between champion Charlotte and challenger Bayley.
Charlotte shows off the NXT Divas title to Bayley before their bout.
Match Five for the NXT Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Bayley
Charlotte offers a handshake and Bayley runs her into the corner, bouncing her head off the turnbuckle. Bayley runs into a knee and Charlotte opening up with chops. Bayley off the ropes with a crossbody for a cover. Chop to the back followed by an uppercut to the back of the head and an elbow drop for a nearfall by Bayley. Bayley sent into the corner and she gets her boots up. Back elbow lands and a backslide attempt dropped into a neckbreaker from Charlotte. Charlotte stomping Bayley and dropping the knee.for a nearfall.
Charlotte choking Bayley on the second rope. Bayley shoves her away and Charlotte clubs her down before applying the figure-four headlock. Charlotte slamming the head of Bayley into the mat with the hold. Bayley bridging back twice to get nearfalls and break the hold. Charlotte stepping on Bayley and now working her in the corner with stomps. Bayley fights back, only to get dropped by a slap. Knee drop from Charlotte and a chop from Charlotte leads to a chop from Bayley. Chop from Charlotte drops Bayley and the figure-four headlock used to snapmare Bayley over and over to the mat. Charlotte hooks the legs for a nearfall and Bayley turns over for a nearfall of her own.
Sunset flip attempt from Bayley rolled through by Charlotte into a Figure-Four Leglock attempt. Bayley with an inside cradle that nearly steals the win. Charlotte comes back with a dropkick. Charlotte stepping down on Bayley and a slam attempt wiggled out of by Bayley for a rollup nearfall. Knee lift to the stomach from Charlotte puts Bayley down for a nearfall of her own. Charlotte lifting Bayley to her feet and Bayley with a forearm. Charlotte with one of her own and Bayley unloads a flurry to corner Charlotte. Splash misses and Bayley sat between the ropes to have her head and neck driven into the canvas. Charlotte with a nearfall.
Moonsault attempt from Charlotte scouted by Bayley and she is brought dowwn by strikes. Charlotte sat up top and slapped by Bayley before landing a hurricanrana. Both women down and Bayley crawling to get the cover. Charlotte barely able to kick out. Belly-to-Bayley attempt turned out of by Charlotte and Charlotte schoolgirls Bayley on the back of her head into the second turnbuckle. Moonsault from Charlotte connects and Bayley able to kick out. Charlotte stares her down and connects on the somersault cutter now known as Natural Selection.
Winner by pinfall and STILL NXT Women’s Champion: Charlotte
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-match, Sasha Banks comes to the ring and starts beating down Bayley. Charlotte comes to the ring and rips Banks off, tossing her to the mat. Charlotte stands in between the two as Banks leaves.
Video package features Sami Zayn discussing the main event.
Fatal 4-Way Match Six for the NXT Championship: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Sami Zayn
All four men looking for a lockup and Tyson Kidd takes Adrian Neville into the corner while Tyler Breeze does the same with Sami Zayn. Both pairs exchanging and the action spills outside where Breeze and Kidd are left. Zayn and Neville squaring off before they are attacked from behind and taken out by Breeze and Kidd. Brawling on the outside continues between the four men. Zayn takes a selfie on Breeze’s phone after dropping him. Axhandle smash from the steps by Zayn on Breeze as he bounces his head off the barricade.
Kidd takes Zayn inside and runs into an STO. Koji Clutch applied by Zayn and Breeze able to get in and break the hold. Neville drags Breeze out and they fight up the ramp. Kidd chop blocks the leg of Neville from behind at the top of the ramp. Zayn knocked down and Kidd and Breeze with a double suplex to the NXT Champion on the top of the stage. Zayn brawling with Kidd down the ramp and Breeze attacks Zayn from behind. Double suplex on Zayn on the ramp connects.
Kidd, Breeze, and Zayn move inside. Running kick to the midsection from Kidd connects on Zayn as Breeze and Kidd work together. Zayn used to knock Neville off the apron and Breeze and Kidd continue to stomp Zayn down. Neville knocked back to the floor and Zayn fighting out of the corner. The two drop him with a double back elbow and Breeze with a nearfall. Kidd and Breeze fighting and Breeze stomping Zayn down. Kidd with a kick that sends Breeze outside as he goes to work on Zayn. Neville again kept out of the ring and Zayn hit with an elbow drop for a nearfall.
Rear chinlock applied by Kidd and Zayn with a stunner to break the hold. Kidd out of the corner with a clothesline. Neville makes his way into the ring and is thrown out by Kidd. Snapmare and a kick to the head gets Kidd a pin attempt. Stomps and punches from Kidd continue to work Zayn. Zayn laid in between the ropes and hit with an elbow. Leg drop from the top lands and gets a nearfall for Kidd. Zayn hung in the tree of woe and Neville hit with a hip attack to send him out. Running kick from the apron lands for Kidd and a running dropkick back inside nearly puts Zayn down for the count.
Zayn and Kidd exchanging slaps in the corner and Kidd gets him down. Snapmare into a rear chinlock from Kidd. Neville finally into the ring and landing on Kidd, but Kidd kicks back and sends him out. Zayn sent into the corner and back elbow puts Kidd back. Neville in with flying forearms and a back bodydrop. Breeze steps in with a forearm shiver on Neville. Popup dropkick lands for Zayn and Breeze and Kidd on the floor. Suicide dive is stepped in front of by Neville, who hits a springboard moonsault outside to take both out.
Zayn and Neville left standing. Neville landing on spinning back kicks and hits a running dropkick. Zayn cornered and Neville handsprings, only to be back bodydropped by Zayn. Kidd breaks the nearfall and sits Neville up top. Neville sends him down and Kidd charged by Zayn. Zayn lifted into a headbutt on Neville that sends him tumbling to the floor. Breeze sent out by Kidd and a swinging fisherman’s neckbreaker nearly wins it for Kidd. Sharpshooter attempt by Kidd kicked away by Zayn. Zayn with a rollup attempt that Kidd tries to turn into a Sharpshooter again. Kidd sent to the apron and he hits an enzuigiri. Springboard elbow drop lands on the knees of Zayn. Kidd cornered and Zayn charges, only to be caught by a Beauty Shot. Supermodel Kick from Breeze on Kidd lands and a dropkick knocks Neville out of the air. Breeze with nearfalls on Neville and Kidd.
Neville sat up top by Breeze. Superplex attempt turned into a double superplex attempt by Kidd and Breeze. Zayn gets under them and powerbombs the both of them as they land the superplex. Zayn with a nearfall as all men are down. Kidd first up and he is stomped down in the corner by Zayn. Zayn charges Neville and eats a boot. Kidd kicked away and Neville with a shooting star press. Breeze sneaks in and tosses out Neville. Zayn barely able to kick out.
Breeze stalking and a Beauty Shot ducked by Zayn and caught by Kidd. Kidd locks in the Sharpshooter. Breeze struggling and Neville dives under the hand of Breeze and holds on. Zayn jumps in and breaks the hold. Neville and Zayn exchanging strikes back and forth. Neville with a spinning back kick that puts Zayn on the ropes. Neville charges and gets bodydropped outside. Kidd charges Zayn and eats an exploder suplex in the corner. Zayn setting up the Helluva Kick, but Kidd down and he charges to land a suicide dive outside on Neville. Zayn sprints and dives through the corner to land a tornado DDT on Breeze. Zayn back inside and Helluva Kick connects on Kidd. Cover and the referee dragged out with milliseconds to spare by Neville. Zayn shocked and Neville frozen as the referee admonishes him. Zayn steps out to confront Neville and eats a superkick. Neville heads up top and lands the Red Arrow.
Winner by pinfall and STILL NXT Champion: Adrian Neville
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Comments: This event delivered in the big title matches, but the squash matches killed momentum at times. Still, the main event and title matches made the show well worth the watch. Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars