WWE NXT Takeover Report – 5/29/14
– The WWE NXT Takeover pre-show kicks off with Renee Young welcoming us. She’s outside of the NXT Arena at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Renee is joined by Paul Heyman, Christian and a bunch of excited fans. Christian gets a pop and says it’s good to be out of hibernation. Heyman also gets a pop. He has a scoop – it was at NXT Arrival that he officially signed Cesaro to be the next Paul Heyman Guy. Heyman says he’s looking for another Heyman Guy or Heyman Girl at Takeover tonight.
– Christian talks about having a front row to the future. Heyman talks about Adam Rose, Rusev, Lana and Bo Dallas being at Arrival and now making an impact on the main roster. Renee talks about Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze in a #1 contender’s match. She says Breeze has a few surprises planned as fans start an “ole!” chant. Christian talks about the match. Renee leads us to a video package on Breeze. We go back to the panel. Christian says Zayn is like the NXT version of Captain Charisma because he always has the best match on the card. We go to a video package for Zayn now.
– We go back to the panel and Cesaro has joined them. He says, “this match won’t be a breeze for Sami.” Cesaro talks about Zayn. Cesaro says he taught Zayn how to lose and tonight, he has to prove he can win. We see CJ Parker out in the audience and he’s getting booed. His sign says, “there is no planet B.” The panel talks about Natalya vs. Charlotte for the vacant NXT Women’s Title later tonight. Cesaro has left the panel. Christian picks Charlotte to win and says Ric Flair in her corner will help. We go to a video package on Charlotte. We come back to the panel. Christian does his best Flair impersonation. Christian says she can’t live off her dad’s name and says she has to make it about her in the ring tonight. Heyman leads us to pre-recorded interviews with Flair and Bret Hart talking about the match.
– We come back to the panel and CJ Parker is shown out in the crowd again. Renee talks about Tyson Kidd vs. Adrian Neville for the NXT Title. We get a video package on Neville. We come back to the panel. Heyman says he has had his eye on Kidd for a long time and now he has a chance to become NXT Champion. Christian praises Neville’s in-ring skills. Renee leads us to a sitdown interview with Kidd, Natalya and Michael Cole. There’s some tension between Kidd and Natalya when it comes to who wins or loses tonight. Cole says if Kidd doesn’t win, he’ll be known as simply Natalya’s husband. Kidd gets a little heated. We come back and Heyman rips on Cole for his couples counseling and divorce court. Heyman reminds us Brock Lesnar ended The Undertaker’s Streak. They talk more about tonight’s main event. Christian says the match will be off the charts amazing. Heyman says this will make you a fan if you’re not already. Heyman and Christian have been pretty good on the pre-show. Heyman predicts Kidd will win but Christian goes with Neville. We see the Exotic Express pulling into the set. The Rosebuds hop off and they’re partying, with the bunny leading the way. Adam Rose is out next with his megaphone. Rose takes a selfie with a fan and that’s it for the pre-show.
– WWE NXT Takeover kicks off with a video package. It’s time for an extremely hostile takeover. We’re live from the NXT Arena at Full Sail University and there’s a packed house. Tom Phillips welcomes us. We see Adam Rose and the Rosebuds making their way in from outside. Phillips is joined by William Regal and Byron Saxton. Fans sing a long as Rose makes his way into the arena.
Adam Rose vs. Camacho
Rose hits the ring and we see Brandi “Eden” Rhodes is doing ring announcing. Camacho makes his way out next. Rose looks on with a sucker in his mouth. Fans start chanting “party pooper” at Camacho. The bell rings and Rose ducks a clothesline, then dances around. Rose runs around the ring and Camacho grabs him. They counter holds and Camacho drops Rose. Camacho stomps away.
Camacho keeps Rose grounded but fans start humming his theme song. Rose fights out of a hold but Camacho knocks him back down. Rose starts to hulk up but Camacho drops him with a big boot for a 2 count. Camacho takes Rose back to the mat and keeps him. Fans chant “party time” and Rose fights back to his feet. Camacho knocks him right back down and they boo. Camacho with a big leg drop and a 1 count. Camacho with a headbutt. Rose fights back with a big kick and some right hands. Rose drops Camacho with a big right. Fans start humming his theme again as he nails a big spinebuster. They chant “we are Rosebuds” now in the crowd. Rose drops Camacho in the corner and hits the Party Foul for the win.
Winner: Adam Rose
– The Rosebuds come back out and Rose gets back into party mode. The Rosebuds carry Rose to the back as we see Regal, Phillips and Saxton dancing to the music. Phillips talks about Zayn vs. Breeze and we get a video package on Zayn.
– We go to the ring and Eden informs us that Tyler Breeze has entered the building.
WWE NXT Tag Team Title Match: Kalisto and El Local vs. The Ascension
We go to the ring and WWE NXT Tag Team Champions Konnor and Viktor, The Ascension, make their way to the ring. Out next comes the masked team of Kalisto and El Local in matching attire.
The bell rings and The Ascension quickly beat their opponents down. They go for a double team but get sent out of the ring with head scissors. Fans chant “lucha” for Kalisto. They go to dive out of the ring but Ascension meets them with big uppercuts on the way out of the ring. They come back in and it’s Viktor going at it with Kalisto. We get dueling chants for each team now.
Konnor tags in and keeps Kalisto down. Konnor drops a big elbow for a 2 count. Viktor tags in for some double teaming. Viktor tugs at Kalisto’s mask as the referee warns him. Viktor with a big chop and a 2 count. Kalisto fights back but Viktor overpowers him. Viktor takes Kalisto to the top and turns him upside down. Konnor tags back in and stomps at Kalisto while he’s upside down. Viktor tags back in for more offense on Kalisto. Another 2 count by Viktor. Viktor with another headlock. Kalisto fights back but Viktor tosses him out of the ring. Konnor throws Kalisto into the ropes, sending him bouncing back to the floor. Konnor does it again but Kalisto holds onto the ropes and kicks back. He also takes Viktor down. Kalisto comes in for a tag but Konnor stops him. Konnor rams Kalisto into the corner and tags Viktor back in. Viktor with another big chop. Kalisto nails an uppercut and a big takedown from the top. Local finally tags in and unloads on Viktor. He also decks Konnor. Local with more offense but he slips coming off the middle rope. Fans boo. Viktor runs into a big kick to the head. Local nails a moonsault from the second rope but Konnor breaks the pin.
Kalisto nails Konnor but gets thrown out of the ring. Viktor nails a STO on Local. Konnor tags in. They hit Fall of Man and Konnor covers Local for the win.
Winners: The Ascension
– We see Sami Zayn backstage warming up. We also see Tyler Breeze looking at himself in the mirror. They take us to a video package on Breeze.
#1 Contender’s Match: Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze
We go to the ring and out first comes Sami Zayn to a pop. The “ole!” chants start up. Tyler Breeze is out next. The winner of this one will get a future NXT Title shot.
They go to lock up and Breeze stalls some. They feel each other out and trade holds. Zayn takes Breeze to the mat and holds him with a knee. Breeze fights out and works on the arm. Zayn comes off the rope with a pair of arm drags. Zayn counters and hits another arm drag before taking Breeze to the mat by his arm. Zayn fights up and out. Zayn hits a dropkick and takes Breeze to the corner. Breeze tosses Zayn out to the corner. Zayn makes it back in at the 7 count. Breeze takes Zayn to the corner and works him over now. Breeze drops a knee and covers for a pin attempt. Breeze bulldogs Zayn’s face into the turnbuckle and covers for a 2 count.
Breeze continues the offense and goes for another pin attempt. Breeze keeps Zayn grounded on the mat with a front face-lock. Zayn counters a move and tosses Breeze across the ring. More “ole!” chants from the fans. Zayn dumps Breeze over the top rope to the floor. Zayn springboards up and moonsaults onto Breeze on the floor. Zayn brings it back in the ring and nails a big crossbody for a 2 count. More back and forth. Zayn hits the big sitdown powerbomb for another close 2 count. Breeze ends up hitting a big DDT for a 2 count. Breeze nails a big sitdown powerbomb out of the corner for another 2 count. Fans with “this is awesome” chants now. Breeze beats Zayn down in the corner with right hands now. The referee has to back Breeze off twice.
Zayn nails a big exploder suplex out of nowhere. More counters and back and forth. Zayn runs into a big superkick to the face for a 2 count. Breeze with more right hands as both of them stagger on their feet. Zayn slaps him back. Breeze unloads with rights and lefts. The referee backs him off again. Zayn blocks a whip. Breeze blocks a finisher and goes for a roll up but that’s blocked. Sami nails a big powerbomb for a close 2 count. Fans chant “NXT” and “this is awesome” now. Sami charges but Breeze escapes to the floor. Sami runs the ropes and leaps out onto Breeze, knocking his head on the steel ramp. Fans chant “holy shit” and “ole!” now. Sami brings Breeze back in the ring but misses a Helluva Kick in the corner. It appears Sami got hit with an accidental low blow. Breeze nails the Beauty Shot for the win.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Tyler Breeze
– After the match, we go to replays. Breeze celebrates and takes some selfies.
– We go back to the announcers for more hype on tonight’s show. We see Bret Hart backstage talking to Kidd and Natalya.
– We go to the ring and Eden introduces Lana. Lana comes out to the stage and out next comes Rusev with a Russian flag. They come to the ring and Lana takes the mic. She says like Russia has expanded over Europe to become the next superpower, Rusev has expanded over RAW and SmackDown. Now he’s came back to NXT to receive admiration from the peasants he stepped on to get to the top. Lana mentions Russian President Vladimir Putin and we see him on the big screen. She tells everyone to rise for Rusev. He says his usual and waves the flag as Mojo Rawley makes his way out with an American flag.
Mojo speaks from the stage and says he’s heard a lot of hype about Russia but in the USA, we stay hyped. He says it’s time someone come to the ring and shove that flag up Rusev’s Putin. Mojo rushes the ring but Rusev lays him out as soon as he comes in. Rusev mounts Mojo and works him over. Rusev with a big splash in the corner. Rusev applies The Accolade and Lana approves. Lana shows Rusev off and motions back to Mojo. Rusev tosses Mojo out of the ring and poses again with Lana. The music hits and Lana tells Rusev to crush. Rusev goes up the ramp where Mojo is crawling to the back. Rusev applies The Accolade on the ramp. Lana walks up and he breaks the hold. They pose again and that’s it. We go to replays.
– We see Ric Flair and Charlotte backstage walking to the ring. We get a video package for the match.
– We see actor Kris Kristofferson in the crowd. His son Jody is a WWE NXT talent.
– WWE Divas Champion Paige comes out to the ring. Paige says it’s amazing to be back at NXT. She says this is going to sound cheesy and cliche but she thanks each and every one of the fans. She means it. She says she wouldn’t be where she is today without the fans and NXT. She wouldn’t be WWE Divas Champion without them. Paige says she couldn’t be more proud to be the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion but tonight, we’re crowning a new champion. She says this champion has to have strength, character and grace. She says while holding the title, you’re holding the key to the future. She says holding that can lead to this and holds up the Divas Title. She thanks the fans again and says to enjoy the show because it’s going to be memorable. Paige gets a pop as her music hits and she heads to the back.
Vacant NXT Women’s Title Match: Charlotte vs. Natalya
We go to the ring and out comes Charlotte with her father, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Out next comes Natalya with her uncle, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart. The winner of this one will be the new NXT Women’s Champion.
Eden does formal ring introductions. The bell rings and here we go. They lock up and tangle. Natalya takes Charlotte down and goes for a pin attempt. Fans start clapping as they lock up again. Natalya with another takedown. Charlotte turns it around as Flair cheers her on. More back and forth and trading holds. Dueling chants from the crowd now. They lock up again and Natalya takes Charlotte back to the mat with a headlock. They lock up again. Charlotte turns another hold around and takes Natalya down, working on her arm.
Natalya takes Charlotte back down and works on her leg now. They break and Natalya goes for a kick. Charlotte catches it. Natalya takes her down by her leg and applies another submission on the knee. Charlotte turns that into a headlock. Natalya counters with another headlock of her own. Another counter by Charlotte. They run the ropes and Natalya rolls Charlotte up for a 2 count. Natalya with a body scissors right in front of Flair now. Natalya with a 2 count before going back to the scissors submission. Charlotte blocks a counter and a cross armbreaker by getting the bottom rope. Charlotte slaps Natalya. Natalya slaps her harder. Natalya ducks a clothesline and rolls Charlotte up for 2. Charlotte with a knee to the gut and a knee to the back. Charlotte with a big chop to the chest. Flair whooo’s at Natalya and referee Charles Robinson warns him. Flair dances at ringside as Bret makes his way over smirking. Another big chop. Natalya counters in the corner. Charlotte rams her back and elbows her. Natalya jumps on her back with a sleeper hold. Charlotte turns it into a stunner for a 2 count.
Charlotte with another 2 count. She gets frustrated and slams Natalya’s head into the mat. Charlotte with a boot to the chin and a slam out of the corner for another pin attempt. Charlotte with a Figure Four headlock, which William Regal says is not a head scissors. Charlotte slams her for another 2 count. Charlotte with an abdominal stretch now. Natalya turns it around into an abdominal stretch of her own. Charlotte breaks free and nails a dropkick for a 2 count. More back and forth. Natalya with a butterfly suplex. Natalya with a snap mare. She runs, steps on the back of Charlotte’s head and then dropkicks her for a 2 count. Natalya ends up knocking Charlotte from the apron to the floor. Charlotte holds on to Natalya’s ankle and pulls her down. Charlotte drops Natalya on the back of her head on the floor. Charlotte brings her back in the ring for a 2 count.
Charlotte stomps and goes to the top. She misses a moonsault as Natalya rolls out of the way. Flair starts to get hype at ringside. Bret tries to rally the crowd. Fans chant “this is awesome” as they get to their feet. Natalya with a big clothesline for a 2 count. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter and gets it locked in. Charlotte crawls to the rope in front of Ric but Natalya pulls her back into the middle of the ring. Charlotte counters and applies the Figure Four. Natalya turns it over and they start slapping each other. They roll back to the middle of the ring and Natalya has control of the hold now. They roll again and Natalya slaps Charlotte again. Charlotte with a slap now. Natalya tightens the hold. Charlotte rolls to the bottom rope but falls out of the ring, still with the Figure Four applied with Natalya hanging on from the ring. The hold is finally broken and they both fall out on the floor. Charlotte gets up and kicks Natalya’s knee into the steel steps.
Charlotte brings Natalya back in the ring and does a big whooooo. She stops, looks at Bret Hart and applies the Sharpshooter on Natalya. Natalya crawls for the rope but Charlotte pulls her back. Natalya rolls through and goes for a Sharpshooter but Charlotte kicks her off. Charlotte hits Bown Down to the Queen for the win and the title.
Winner and New WWE NXT Women’s Champion: Charlotte
– After the match, Ric Flair comes in the ring to celebrate with Charlotte. Bret Hart also comes in. Natalya and Charlotte hug. Bret and Ric shake hands and hug. Flair also hugs Natalya and Bret hugs Charlotte. Flair is emotional as is Charlotte. She poses with the title as we go to replays. Ric raises Charlotte’s hand again and they hug before leaving together. Charlotte comes back to ringside and goes back in the ring to pose with the title some more. Flair claps from ringside and is still crying. They head to the stage and pose with the title one more time before going to the back.
– We get a video package with Adrian Neville talking about tonight’s main event. We also see Tyson Kidd warming up. An emotional Natalya walks up and they hug.
WWE NXT Title Match: Tyson Kidd vs. Adrian Neville
We go to the ring and out comes Tyson Kidd to a nice reaction. WWE NXT Champion Adrian Neville is out next to a pop. Eden does official ring introductions.
The bell rings and they stare each other down. They lock up and tangle into the ropes and to the corner. The referee orders them to break it up and Kidd backs off. Kidd offers his hand and they shake. Kidd pulls him in and they have some friendly competitive words. They lock up and Kidd takes Neville to the mat. More counters now. They break and Kidd drops Neville to the mat. They lock up and Kidd works on the arm. Neville goes to counter but Kidd blocks it and sends him to the mat with a hold. More back and forth on the mat. They run the ropes and Kidd catapults but Neville lands on his feet. More counters, they dropkick each other and land on their feet for another staredown and more trash talking. Mirror images, says Phillips. Kidd with a big right hand to the face, sending Neville to the mat. Kidd whips Neville hard into the corner and he goes down.
Kidd turns Neville upside down in the corner and works him over with kicks. Kidd with a dropkick. Kidd drops Neville with an elbow for a 2 count. Kidd goes back to a headlock now. Neville tries to fight back but Kidd drops him on the top rope and dropkicks him. Neville ends up on the floor and Kidd leaps out, taking him down onto the steel. Kidd brings him back in the ring for a 2 count. Kidd with a knee drop and a headlock. Kidd runs into a boot in the corner. Neville ducks a clothesline but they collide in mid-air and both go down. More back and forth. Neville takes control and hits a low dropkick for a 2 count. Neville with a forearm from the top for another 2 count. Kidd fights back and kicks Neville in the face. Neville dropkicks him to the floor. Neville runs the ropes and goes to dive out but runs into a kick to the head. Kidd covers for a 2 count.
Kidd goes to the the top but Neville knocks him down. Neville climbs up for a superplex but Kidd fights him. Kidd goes for the powerbomb from the top but Neville jumps off and lands on his feet. Neville with the big sitdown powerbomb for a 2 count. Neville with a kick to the face and more kicks. Neville leaps on the ropes but Kidd jumps up right behind him and nails a side Russian leg sweep from the second rope. Kidd covers for a 2 count. Kidd goes to the top again. He lands on his feet and avoids Neville’s knees. Neville blocks a submission with a 2 count. Kidd with a kick to the head and a dropkick to the head. Neville blocks a suplex and goes for one of his own but they both tumble over the top rope and out to the floor. Fan chant “NXT” as the referee begins counting.
They make it back in at the 9 count but are still down so the referee counts again. They use each other to stand up and trade shots. Neville ducks a clothesline but gets hit. Kidd goes for a Sharpshooter but barely gets it applied. Neville tries to counter but Kidd applies the Dungeon Lock and kicks him in the face as he tightens the hold. Neville’s eyes begin to close and the referee checks on him. Neville finally makes it to the bottom rope and the hold is broken. Neville ends up hanging half-way on the middle rope. Kidd goes to the top rope, flips and nails a leg drop while Neville is hanging. 2 count for Kidd. Kidd knocks Neville from the top. Neville runs back up and launches Kidd across the ring. Neville goes back up and nails Red Arrow for the win.
Winner: Adrian Neville
– After the match, Neville celebrates with his title as we go to replays. We come back to the ring and Neville is wearing his title. The smoke comes from the rafters as Kidd looks on from the corner. Neville looks at him and goes back to celebrating before we get another replay of the Red Arrow. The music stops and fans cheer as Neville approaches Kidd. He offers his hand for a shake. Kidd bumps into him and keeps walking out of the ring as fans start booting. Neville’s music hits again as we get one more replay of Red Arrow. Takeover goes off the air with Neville posing with the NXT Title.
– The NXT Takeover Fallout post-show opens up with Regal, Phillips and Saxton. They show highlights and recap what happened on tonight’s show. Regal says he’s spent 31 years making a living in this industry and he’s truly honored to witness Takeover. He says it was a very special night. They talk about the Women’s Title match and praise both Natalya and Charlotte. Regal calls the main event a human chess game and they discuss Neville vs. Kidd. Regal says Kidd feels like the loneliest man on Earth right now. We go outside to Renee Young and Paul Heyman with a bunch of fans.
– Heyman asks the fans if the show delivered and they get a “yes!” chant started. Renee asks Heyman if he found his new Paul Heyman Guy or Girl tonight. Heyman pleads the 5th and doesn’t want to spill the beans. Renee brings out our first guest, Triple H and he comes out to a pop with his music. Triple H asks the fans what they thought of the show and they pop. He says Heyman is right, it’s all about what the fans think. He says this is their show, they create it, they are a part of it and it’s all about the NXT Universe. A “NXT” chant gets going. HHH says he feels like a proud father tonight. He’s amazed by these kids and their passion and desire. He says he was amazed at the Breeze vs. Zayn match. Triple H congratulates Charlotte and Natalya. He says they delivered with an amazing match. He said they have shown what Divas can really do, not just for NXT but for WWE. A fan tweet is up next. They ask when we will see the next live NXT special. Triple H says some times towards the end of summer or fall. He says the plan is to do these specials quarterly. Another fan tweet asks what match stole the show in his opinion. He agrees with Heyman that the whole night stole the show. He says NXT stole the show. He says it’s truly like NXT is taking over WWE and tonight was a prime example of that. He says it again, the whole night stole the show. Renee thanks Triple H for joining the panel. He thanks the fans and they start chanting his name. Triple H says the fans are NXT. He thanks them for always being there, believing and supporting. Triple H exits the panel.
– Sami Zayn joins the panel next. He starts talking and a big “ole!” chant breaks out. He says reactions like that keep him going. Renee talks about him getting the same reaction on WWE’s recent European tour. Sami says it’s amazing and a testament at how the NXT brand has grown. We’re interrupted by the music and out comes Adam Rose with the Rosebuds. They all dance around the panel. Renee is flustered and Heyman doesn’t seem amused. Rose tells Sami not to be such a grumpy pants. Sami says he didn’t realize he was being one but he will try and cheer himself up. Rose says Sami should not be a lemon and should be a Rosebud. He asks the fans if Sami should be a Rosebud and they chant that he should. Sami comes from around the panel and starts dancing with Rose. Renee asks Heyman if he doesn’t want to get involved. Heyman says he enjoys being a lemon. Sami leaves with the Rosebuds and it’s just Heyman and Renee now. Heyman still isn’t amused. Renee gets the crowd riled up again before bringing out Natalya to a big pop. Natalya says yes, this was the most difficult match of her career. She gets emotional. She says they were fighting for more than just a title, they were fighting for two legacies. She doesn’t know if she will ever be in a match that good again. Renee asks what advice Bret Hart gave her before the match. He told her to fight with her heart because it’s about passion, family, honor and respect. She says she fought with her heart and feels like she won too. Natalya says Charlotte brought it. Out next comes new NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte. A fan tweet asks Charlotte who she’s most looking forward to defending against. Fans chant for Natalya and there’s a shout out for Bayley. Natalya says it’s just getting started between her and Charlotte. Natalya is open to going for both titles. Charlotte says the title isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Another question asks Charlotte what her strategy was going into the match. She says she really didn’t have one, she just gave it her all. She was inspired when Paige won her first title and said that would be her.
– Heyman praises the match and the fans start a “yes!” chant. Charlotte exits the panel. Heyman jokes that Natalya should hit Charlotte since her back is turned. Heyman reminds us that Brock Lesnar ended The Streak. Natalya exits the panel and the next guest is Tyson Kidd. Natalya tries to hug Kidd but he keeps walking or limping over to the panel. Renee asks how he is but Heyman cuts her off. Heyman can see Kidd is upset because he lost. Heyman says he will be diplomatic and asks how upset Kidd is. Kidd doesn’t speak and just drops the mic. He walks off and brushes Natalya away. She comes back to the panel and says it’s hard because they fight with passion and with their heart. Heyman says once again she answers the questions for her husband. Heyman asks if you marry into the Hart family, do you get neutered before or after the wedding. Natalya says everybody won tonight and is upset at Heyman. Renee says Heyman is a little aggressive. Natalya exits the panel and NXT Champion Adrian Neville is out next to a pop.
– Heyman offers his seat beside Renee, saying the champ deserves the best seat in the house, but he hesitates. Neville thanks him and out comes Tyler Breeze to interrupt. Breeze lays across the table and reminds Neville that he’s the #1 contender to the title. Breeze takes a selfie and walks off. Renee congratulates Neville and he apologizes for Breeze. Neville poses for the fans and that’s it for the post-show.