Tyson Kidd looked for redemption as he challenged Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship on this week's broadcast. The Calgary native was accompanied to the ring by Natalya, who almost instantly stole the attention of the commentary team.
Champion and challenger grappled early, but it was Neville who took to the air to gain the advantage.
Kidd was in control as the show returned from break. The challenger showed renewed aggressiveness as he wore down Neville with headlocks and a strong side suplex.
Neville countered Kidd's offense and mounted a comeback. He scored a near-fall but Kidd delivered a vicious kick to the face that stunned the champion. A springboard-flipping leg drop nearly won it for Kidd, but Neville got his foot on the rope just prior to the official counting three.
Natalya informed the official that Neville's foot was on the rope prior to the count.
Kidd locked in the Sharpshooter, but Neville fought through the pain and made it to the ropes, necessitating a break of the hold.
A springboard elbow drop from Kidd nearly won him the title, but the resiliency of the champion was on display as he managed to kick out just prior to the three-count.
A frustrated Kidd tried to use a chair but Natalya grabbed it away from him. A big kick from Neville caught a distracted Kidd, and the Red Arrow finished for the win.
Adrian Neville, via pinfall, following Red Arrow
Highlights and Quotes
"Natty's husband!" —The NXT Universe in regards to Tyson Kidd
"When you try something once, you eliminate some of that pressure you put on yourself in the first place." —Renee Young
"Adrian Neville just reminds me of Rob Van Dam. His offense can come from anywhere at anytime." —Alex Riley
"That has to creep into your mind at sometime in your career." —Riley on the chants of "Natty's husband" and their effect on Kidd
"How do you regain your composure when you just thought you won the championship?" —Renee
The rematch to Neville and Kidd's Takeover main event was, arguably, better than the original. The action was strong, the wrestling was superb and the finish worked within the context of the story being told.
Natalya's finish involvement made sense and never overwhelmed the work of the men inside the squared circle.
The outcome allows Neville to move on to Tyler Breeze while the drama surrounding Kidd and Natalya appears to be taking center stage. Where that story goes and whether or not another Superstar (perhaps a directionless Sami Zayn) gets involved remains a mystery.
An excellent match and a phenomenal way to end this week's show.