Justin Gabriel became the latest main roster Superstar to try to slow Adrian Neville's momentum and end his undefeated streak in 2014.
Neville and Gabriel exchanged some basic grappling early, but it was Neville who became the first competitor to successfully land a high flying assault courtesy of a flipping senton off the apron.
During the break, Gabriel took control of the match. He kept Neville grounded via a double underhook submission.
The NXT champion fought back with his furious offense and delivered a missile dropkick for two. He took off across the ring and countered a tilt-a-whirl into a guillotine submission hold, but had it countered into a Northern Lights Suplex for two.
Neville ducked out of a springboard moonsault attack but was caught with a nasty dropkick to the midsection. A huge bruise formed over the right eye of Gabriel. Neville rolled out of the way of a 450 splash, delivered a running dropkick into the corner and scored the win with the Red Arrow.
After the match, Tyson Kidd made his way to the ring. He apologized for his actions at Takeover and requested a rematch against Neville, who granted the request and shook Kidd's hand.
Adrian Neville, via pinfall, following Red Arrow
Highlights and Quotes
"There is no way you can have a battle like that and be 100 percent." -William Regal on Adrian Neville's health this week
"He feels like he discovered some weaknesses that maybe Kidd failed to expose." -Saxton on Justin Gabriel
"I'm out here to tell you man-to-man that I am honestly sorry." -Tyson Kidd
Neville defeated Gabriel in a very competitive main event, but it was the revelation after the match that the champion is willing to grant Kidd a rematch for the NXT Championship that is the most newsworthy.
Their first match was outstanding, and the rematch should follow suit. There was a hint of insincerity as Kidd apologized for ignoring Neville's show of respect at Takeover, and the cocky look he flashed after declaring that he would beat Neville in the rematch only supported it.
Where this leaves No. 1 contender Tyler Breeze is a mystery, but the title picture was desperately in need of new blood after repetitive matches involving Bo Dallas, Sami Zayn and Neville, and that is exactly what we have now.
It was a suitable and quality way to end a solid episode of NXT.