WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 15
The May 15 episode of NXT is in the books and fans are getting a clearer look at what they can expect from Takeover in just two weeks.
Tyson Kidd emerged victoriously from the Triple Threat main event, earning the right to challenge Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship at that show. While the Canadian may have left with his arm raised in victory, it may have been the "King of Cuteville" Tyler Breeze who left the greatest impression.
The Ascension tore through another team but found themselves on the receiving end of a challenge from Kalisto and El Local for a match at Takeover. As Tom Phillips revealed later in the broadcast, that match will happen at Takeover.
Charlotte advanced to the finals of NXT Women's Championship following a win over the adorable-yet-tough Alexa Bliss. Who will join her? We will find out next week.
Find out what else went down on this week's show as the road to Takeover nears its end.
The Ascension vs. Buddy Murphy and Elias Sampson
The opening match of this week's show featured the dominant NXT Tag Team champions The Ascension taking on the rookie team of Buddy Murphy and Elias Sampson.
As one would expect, Konnor and Viktor destroyed the competition, finishing Murphy off with the Fall of Man while Sampson was lucky enough to watch from the apron without actually tagging in.
After the match, the champions demanded new competition. Kalisto and El Local interrupted and issued a challenge for the tag titles at NXT Takeover.
The Ascension, via pin-fall, following Fall of Man.
Highlights and Quotes
"Is it any wonder that they're the longest reigning tag team champions?"—William Regal
"They thrive on the fact that they intimidate the life out of you."—Byron Saxton on the Ascension
The tag team division in NXT is so depleted that after one win, Kalisto and El Local are suddenly in tag-title contention.
While that may not necessarily be logical, it is much more than the Ascension has been involved in over the last six months and gives them legitimate competition for the May 29 Takeover show.
Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte
NXT's glitter-blowing rookie Diva Alexa Bliss looked to continue her improbable run this week as she met Charlotte in semifinal-round competition in the Women's Championship tournament.
Unfortunately, she ran into a focused and determined Charlotte, who wore the much smaller Bliss down with backbreakers and an abdominal stretch that targeted her core.
Bliss nearly stole the win with a few surprise rollups but it was Charlotte who picked up the pinfall victory.
Charlotte, via a pinfall, with the Bow Down to the Queen (flipping facebuster)
Highlights and Quotes
"This tournament could be her very own fairy tale."—Tom Phillips
"Anything less than a championship was inadequate."—Byron Saxton on Charlotte's upbringing as a Flair
Another solid outing from Charlotte, who continues to improve by leaps and bounds.
The second-generation competitor finds herself in the finals of the NXT Women's Championship tournament, which will take place at Takeover on May 29.
With a ton of momentum on her side and a rapidly improving mat game, she has to be considered the favorite to win the title, regardless of whether she faces Natalya or Sasha Banks.
Mojo Rawley vs. Aiden English
Two weeks ago, Aiden English interrupted Mojo Rawley's post-match celebration, only to be dumped out of the ring and embarrassed by the most hyped star in NXT.
This week, he had a chance for a measure of revenge when he met Rawley in singles competition.
Unfortunately for the Artiste, he was unable to slow the locomotive known as Mojo. He had the former college-football standout reeling more than most but found himself on the receiving end of Hyperdrive and a big loss.
Mojo Rawley, via pinfall, with Hyperdrive
Highlights and Quotes
"He'll fight with his last breath."—William Regal on Aiden English
"Mojo is a stain on the canvas, on which he is trying to create a masterpiece."—Byron Saxton on what Aiden English said to him earlier in the day
Two weeks ago, it looked as though Mojo Rawley was finally going to find an opponent he could learn from and grow as a worker against in something resembling an actual rivalry.
Instead, he quickly dispatched of English in another match that showcased him as an unstoppable force. Like WWE is finding out with Rusev on the main roster, however, fans will lose interest in someone who tears through the competition without ever showing weakness.
Goldberg was an anomaly. Mojo is not that guy and sooner or later, he is going to have to show more in a legitimate, elongated match against a quality opponent or fans will perceive him as a one-trick pony and turn on him as a result.
English got more offense in on Rawley than most but still met the same, dissatisfying conclusion.
Colin Cassady vs. Angelo Dawkins
Angelo Dawkins would be put to the test Thursday night. Would he prove to be one of the brightest young up-and-comers in NXT or simply S-A-W-F-T...SAWFT?!
The latter proved to be the case as he was systematically torn apart and beaten down by "Big Cass" Colin Cassady.
During the match, CJ Parker made his way to the ringside area and continued his crusade for a cleaner, happier earth. He did not play a role in the outcome of the match, however, as Cassady easily dispatched of the inexperienced Dawkins.
Colin Cassady, via pinfall, following the East River Crossing (uranage slam)
Highlights and Quotes
"Not just aggression, but aggression at seven-feet tall."—William Regal on Big Cass
The middle portion of this week's show bogged down with two matches that simply did not have much going for them in the way of heat.
Big Cass is a popular NXT mainstay who is far better than many would assume a man of his size would be. That said, Dawkins is incredibly green and really did nothing of note, other than take a beating.
The interruption by CJ Parker mid-match could lead to a fairly entertaining program between he and Cass, if that is the direction management opts to take them. If not, it really seemed out of place and unnecessary.
And even if it does, one has to wonder if the Cass-Parker program could not have been introduced in a backstage skit or pre-taped promo rather than a meaningless match.
Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze
There was a lot of hype surrounding this week's main event and the three Superstars involved did not fail to deliver.
Tyler Breeze, Sami Zayn and Tyson Kidd wrestled a very entertaining, quality Triple Threat main event to determine the No. 1 contender to the NXT Championship.
Breeze was the centerpiece of the bout, the workhorse if you will, while Zayn and Kidd took turns on the arena floor.
Breeze, Zayn and Kidd kept the audience guessing with tremendous spots, including a suplex out of the corner, an Exploder suplex from Zayn to Breeze into the corner and a Sharpshooter from Kidd to Zayn.
In the end, it was Kidd who dumped Zayn out of the ring and came off the top rope with a big elbow drop to Breeze, securing the win and the No. 1 contendership.
Tyson Kidd, via pinfall on Tyler Breeze, following an elbow drop
Highlights and Quotes
"Canadians lack the proper DNA to be really good-looking. It's a country full of Michael Ceras."—Tyler Breeze during a pre-taped promo earlier in the show. (A great line, though Trish Stratus, Gail Kim and Renee Young may prove his theory incorrect.)
"He basically told me to get stuffed."—Regal on Breeze's newfound focus and aggression
"I used to play possum on the outside a lot because you can watch your opponents."—Regal on his strategy during a Triple Threat match
"All three guys!"—The NXT Universe chanting in support of the three talented competitors
This was exactly the type of main event that makes NXT one of the most enjoyable wrestling shows on television.
Kidd proved himself to anyone who ever doubted him while Zayn and Breeze continue to stake their claims as two of NXT's brightest young stars.
The spots were great, the match was fun and the right guy won. Kidd, regardless of whether one finds his personality somewhat lacking, is a talented wrestler who should be able to work a show-stealing bout against Adrian Neville come May 29.
Breeze was quite impressive Thursday night as he was the man who served as the centerpiece of the match. He did more and really upped his game to prove that he belonged in the high-profile position he was in.
A great performance from all around and, arguably, the best match NXT has produced since Arrival.