This week's episode of NXT kicks off with a recap of last week's No. 1 Contender Fatal Four-Way setup. That will serve as our main event tonight, a Fatal Four-Way between Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Drew McIntyre and Bo Dallas, the winner of which will be named No. 1 Contender for Seth Rollins' NXT Championship.
Tony Luftman, William Regal and Byron Saxton are on commentary as we prepare for Kassius Ohno vs. Trent Barreta, a rematch that was also set up last week.
Kassius Ohno vs. Trent Barreta (match length 6:11)
When these two faced off two weeks ago, Barreta got a win after Richie Steamboat provided a distraction to Barreta's advantage. You've got to believe Ohno will go over, unless Steamboat interferes again.
For the majority of the match, Ohno was in control. Barreta had a few spurts of offense, but in the end, Ohno hit the KO discus elbow smash and picked up the clean victory. During the match, the commentators reminded us that Barretta had only been back in the ring for a few weeks after a six-month injury vacation.
Postmatch, Ohno continued to attack Barreta, but not for long. Barreta manages to regain control, Ohno is sent out of the ring, and it looks like the feud between these two will continue to build even as Ohno is working a program with Steamboat. You've also got to believe that he will eventually challenge for the NXT championship unless he is sent up to Raw/SmackDown before he gets the chance.
When we return from commercial break, we get a brief promo for someone named Graves, who will be playing a tattooed street thug, as far as I can tell.
Big E. Langston vs. Memo Montenegro (match length 0:57)
Before the match even starts, Regal tells us that he doesn't know anything about Montenegro, a good signal that we're about to see a squash match. Montenegro is completely dominated during this match that lasted less than a minute. After hitting the Big Ending, Langston started to get upset with the referee when he called for the bell after a three-count. He hits Montenegro with another Big Ending and covered him for a five-count.
As he was getting to go for a third Big Ending, Vickie Guerrero came out to follow up with Langston after he rejected her last week. She informs Langston that she has put a $5,000 bounty on his head, which will go to anyone who can put Langston on the injured list. As Langston turned his attention back to the opponent he had already pinned twice, Chad Baxter rushes to the ring to try to collect the bounty. Instead, he just becomes another victim of the Big Ending, which sends us to another commercial break.
When we return from commercial break, Jason Jordan is getting ready for a match against Aiden English. But before English can be introduced, Ray Wyatt interrupts, going on a bilingual, nonsensical spiel about waking up from the lie everyone is living. He vaguely sounds like a pastor, but he's dressed like a tourist in Hawaii.
Jordan gets on the mic, challenging Wyatt to a match since he's already interrupting Jordan's scheduled match. Instead, Wyatt sends someone else to the ring in his place, someone who hasn't been seen on NXT and is not introduced, even though he starts the match with Jason Jordan.
Jason Jordan vs. Luke Harper (match length 2:20)
Wyatt's lackey is a big man, though not quite as large as Kane. He's wearing jeans and a tank top and has an unruly beard and disheveled, greasy hair. He just pounds on Jordan, taking control from the very beginning. Wyatt remains at the top of the ramp for the duration of the match. After the mystery man makes quick work of Jordan, he looks to Wyatt for approval, as if Wyatt is his leader. Wyatt announces that this man is the first member of the Wyatt Family and that his name is Luke Harper.
Immediately following the match, we get a reminder of Roman Reigns' successful debut on NXT last week, and Byron Saxton is at the top of the ramp to interview Reigns. The new guy tells Saxton he is not needed and takes the mic. He gives a pretty weak "I-am-awesome-and-I-can-do-anything" promo.
This sends us to commercial break before our Fatal Four-Way main event.
NXT Championship No. 1 Contender's Fatal Four-Way Match:
Justin Gabriel vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Bo Dallas vs. Drew McIntyre (televised match length 12:08)
Jim Ross and William Regal are on commentary for the final match. After just a minute or so, Gabriel runs and executes a plancha on all three opponents outside the ring, and we go to commercial break. When we return from the break, McIntyre and Gabriel are duking it out in the ring while Dallas and Mahal continue to recover outside the ring.
The first elimination comes when Dallas hits McIntyre with a spear. Immediately following that elimination, Gabriel goes to the top rope to attempt an aerial attack, but Dallas hits Gabriel with the spear in midair and scores a second pinfall.
As we head to commercial break, Seth Rollins has seated himself at the top of the ramp to see whether he will face Dallas or Mahal for his NXT Championship title defense next week. Mahal has Dallas outside the ring when we return from the commercial. He sends Dallas crashing into the steel steps, allowing Mahal to take control of the match.
After several minutes of Mahal's domination, Dallas shows a glimmer of hope as he fights back. He goes for his third spear of the contest, but Mahal avoids the spear and quickly manages to put Dallas in the Cobra Clutch. Dallas taps and Mahal earns a rematch for the NXT Championship against Seth Rollins next week.
Postmatch, Mahal puts a helpless Dallas back in the submission move made famous by the Iron Shiek, which prompts Rollins to charge the ring. Mahal attacks him as he slides into the ring and takes the NXT title. As Mahal is admiring the belt, Rollins gets back to his feet and sends Mahal out of the ring, holding his championship belt high as the show ends.
Prediction: Jinder Mahal will not win the NXT Championship next week. Okay, fine, that's too easy. After Rollins retains, his next opponent will be someone other than Bo Dallas, who will continue to argue that he deserves a shot until he gets one.
Question: How large will they allow the Wyatt Family to grow? And is there any chance the entire faction will eventually hit Raw or SmackDown?