This week's episode opens with a vignette reminding us what happened in the main event last week: The Shield got Rollins' NXT Championship match against Corey Graves thrown out, and another match was set up for this week: Seth Rollins vs. Big E. Langston for the NXT Championship.
Back in the Full Sail Live arena, Tom Phillips and William Regal are on commentary as Yoshi Tatsu and Percy Watson make their way to the ring for the opening contest.
Yoshi Tatsu and Percy Watson vs. The Wyatt Family (match length 4:14)
Per usual, Bray Wyatt appears at the top of the ramp, going all-out with his standard cult-leader monologue. Shortly after, Luke Harper and Erick Rowen come out for their match, Rowen dragging a rocking chair so that Bray can watch comfortably from his spot on the ramp.
For the record, all three members of the Wyatt Family are just creepy enough to be believed as members of a cult. The beards are impressive; I could see Daniel Bryan (or even Team Rhodes Scholars) making a pretty hilarious cameo just to comment on their facial hair.
Quick tags are made by both teams as the match starts, but it's clear that the Family has the advantage in terms of strength and aggression.
As the end of the match approached, Tatsu is given a minute or so of solid offense, taking out both opponents with his precision kicks. However, he misses with his top-rope attack, and Harper follows up (with something that looks like Barrett's new finisher) to take home the win for Team Wyatt.
Paige vs. Emma (match length 2:40)
Emma makes her way to the ring after a commercial break, as we're set for our first Divas match of the program. She's facing NXT's most-popular Diva, Paige. It's a completely international affair, Paige being from England and Emma from Australia.
Emma has some weird gimmick where she dances like an idiot. I don't think that's going to help her much against Paige. A minute or so into the match, Paige is grabbing at her own ankle and knee; she's either really good at selling her in-ring injuries or someone legitimately messed up.
Whether the injury was legit or not, both women continue to use it throughout the match, a good sign that both of them know what's going on inside the ring. Emma remains in control until Paige fights her way out of a single-leg Boston Crab. Moments later she hits the Paige Turner and the match is over.
Still selling the injury post-match, I'm convinced it's legit. I guess you'll have to check the dirt sheet to find out.
Prediction: Whether in a drawn-out angle or simply a one-off segment, once Paige makes it to regular WWE programming, look for a moment between Paige and Sheamus with a joke about their lack of melanin.
After a commercial break, Adrian Neville gives a brief, backstage promo that says little more than the fact that he's a high-flyer who will make his NXT television debut next week.
Back in the arena, we get ready for a tag match that was set up after last week's match between Epico and Bo Dallas.
Primo and Epico vs. Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty (televised match length 9:50)
Based on the "We-Want-Ros-A" chants, it looks like the Colons are becoming the tag team version of Marc Mero: despite some legitimate skills and moderate success, they aren't anywhere near as popular as their valet.
After some initial back-and-forth to start the match, Primo and Epico are in control as we go to our first commercial break, isolating McGillicutty as Dallas looks on from the apron, hoping for the hot tag. When we return from the break, Dallas is in the ring and has taken control, working over Epico.
The experience of the former WWE Tag Team Champions ultimately proves to be too much for the young faces teaming together for the first time. They spend a few minutes isolating Dallas and performing some solid double-team moves.
The Colons continue their excellent tag team offense for several minutes, an obvious build for a hot tag to McGillicutty. Once McGillicutty gets the tag, he goes to work on Primo. He has him rolled up for what appears to be an easy three-count, but Epico crashes the party to make the save.
After breaking up the pin, Epico knocks Dallas off of the apron. McGillicutty sends Epico out of the ring as well, but this gives Primo an opportunity to sneak up and perform the Backstabber for the win.
Question: Will this alliance between McGillicutty and Dallas continue, in terms of tag team matches, or was this simply a one-off to give the Colons a rare win?
We go to another commercial break, and Jim Ross has joined the commentary team for the main event when we return.
Seth Rollins vs. Big E. Langston (televised match length 6:45)
No Disqualification NXT Championship Match
Rollins makes his way to the ring through the audience, sans entrance music, with an image that simply says "Shield" rather than an actual video. He shows up with the belt, but without his fellow Shield members.
The match makes this Iowan proud: Seth Rollins hails from Davenport, Iowa, and Big E. Langston (real name Ettore Ewen) is a former defensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The no-disqualification stipulation, in terms of storyline, is meant to prevent the match from getting thrown out like Rollins' last match. However, you also know that The Shield will be getting involved, and likely some of the NXT locker room as well.
Langston knocks Rollins out of the ring early on. As he goes out after him, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns show up to take the challenger out. Langston is laid out on the floor as we head to a commercial break.
Both men are back in the ring after the break, with Rollins in complete control as the rest of The Shield watches from outside the ring.
While Rollins has Langston's head and neck in a leg-locked submission hold, Langston simply gets up (submission hold still in tact), lifting Rollins in the process, and nails a sweet one-man Electric Chair to change the momentum of the match.
Langston makes Rollins look like a rag doll as he dominates him in the ring, and then he knocks Ambrose and Reigns off of the apron when they threaten to enter the ring. The Shield then returns things to a three-on-one situation in the ring, but this results in the NXT locker room emptying into the arena.
Once fifteen or twenty guys get out there, they force Reigns and Ambrose to the back, leaving things one-on-one for the NXT Championship. Rollins becomes exasperated after his next pin attempt is only a two-count.
Langston hits the Big Ending a minute later and leaves as the new NXT Champion.