NXT champion Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd started the match with some strong grappling, picking up where they left off in their recent matches.
Sami Zayn took out some aggression on Kidd, but a knee to the midsection led to a tag to Justin Gabriel, who quickly found himself on the receiving end of a corkscrew moonsault off the back of his tag partner.
The babyfaces continued to control the action, showing great fluidity in their tags and unexpected teamwork.
Kidd dumped Zayn over the top rope and helped the heels gain control of the contest as we headed to the last commercial break of the evening.
Gabriel and Kidd grounded Zayn, keeping the dynamic performer isolated from his partner.
A missed dive into the corner by Gabriel allowed Zayn to make the much-needed hot tag to Neville. The champion exploded with his lightning-quick offense, leaving both of his opponents stunned. A big sitout powerbomb from Neville nearly ended the bout.
Neville tried for Red Arrow, but Kidd knocked him off with a dropkick. A springboard elbow drop nearly led to a victory for the heels, but Zayn broke up the count. Neville dove through the ropes and took out Gabriel just after making a tag to Zayn, who springboarded off the top rope with a cross body block for two.
Zayn took out everyone with a big dive over the top rope, eliciting an "NXT" chant from the fans.
Kidd feigned a knee injury. Natalya, who had climbed onto the apron, was knocked off, and while Zayn checked on her, Kidd capitalized and scored a pinfall win off of a roll-up.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel, via pinfall, when Kidd pinned Zayn
Highlights and Quotes
"It seems to me they're both a little derailed right now." -Renee Young on Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
"It doesn't look like everything is smooth and 100-percent." -Young on Kidd's relationship with wife Natalya
"I want to see the dirty, nasty side of Justin Gabriel right now." -Jason Albert (no, you probably do not)
"In my opinion, this is the better side of Tyson." -Albert
"Look at Kidd putting his body between Zayn and Neville." -Albert, applauding the tag team psychology shown by Kidd and providing great analysis at the same time
"We want Nattie!" -NXT Universe
A great match that completely saved this week's show from going down as one of the most underwhelming episodes of the WWE Network era.
All four performers are extremely talented workers, and their work in Thursday's main event proved that. More importantly, the bout furthered the ongoing evolution of the heel Kidd character. Choosing a victory over the welfare of his wife was a great addition to the character and only shows how disconnected from reality he is in his attempt to legitimize himself.
In many ways, the character is reminiscent of "Marvelous" Marc Mero, who found himself overshadowed by wife Sable and leeched off of her heat. He became so intent in proving himself that he did so at the expense of the blonde bombshell.
The potential with the Kidd character is limitless at this point. The fans love irritating and agitating him by chanting "Nattie's husband," and he has done an absolutely phenomenal job holding up his end of the deal to this point.
There was a time where the idea of him beating Neville for the NXT Championship would have been laughable, but he may now be the perfect choice to carry the brand as its heel champion.