WWE NXT Results – 2/18/15: Kevin Owens vs Adrian Neville
– WWE NXT Results – 2/18/15 | Fail Sail University, Winter Park, FL
Commentators: Corey Graves, Rich Brennan, and Jason Albert
The show opens with a video package recapping the events of NXT Takeover: Rival
Backstage: NXT General Manager William Regal address Kevin Owens’ title win over Sami Zayn and states that he makes the rules in NXT. He also announced that Owens will wrestle Adrian Neville in a non-title match and that a new era of NXT begins.
“Fight Owens Fight” chants emerge from the crowd as the new champ heads to the ring. Kevin Owens, with the belt draped proudly over his shoulder comments on the controversy over the methods he used to beat Sami Zayn. He says people shouldn’t have a problem with how he does things because he hasn’t pretended to be anything he isn’t. Owens is now looking towards the future and that future for him is Finn Balor, and tells him to pick anytime of date for his title match and proclaims that no one will ever take the title away from him and his family.
– Rhyno vs. Elias Samson
Big time pop as the “Man Beast” hits the ring. Samson had nothing for the big man as he got worked over with clubbing shots and clotheslines. Rhyno delivered a huge belly to belly suplex out of the corner, measures him, and GORE for the 1-2-3. The commentators hyped up his return and mentioned his United States and ECW title reigns. Albert puts over NXT stating it’s not only a place for future stars but also for those who are looking to revive their career. Winner: Rhyno
Backstage Interview: Finn Balor calls out Kevin Owens for having a high opinion of himself, but Balor says he has a high opinion of himself as well. As Balor was about to take it home predicting an NXT title win, Rhyno interrupts with a slight shoulder shove followed by a stare-down. Rhyno smirks afterwards and walks out of the shot.
– The Vaudevillians vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass w/ Carmella
Enzo does his “AND YOU CAN’T TEACH THAT” shtick to the delight of the Full Sail crowd and stake their claim for a shot at the NXT Tag Team titles. Carmella is booed, again, which is an indicator of a heel turn down the line.
The bell rings and Simon Gotch take control over Amore with uppercuts and a bodyslam. Aiden English tags in and nails Amore with a running boot and two knee drops. Amore jumps to make the tag, English catches him and throws him back into his corner, but Amore immediately runs out, ducks a clothesline and tags in the big man.
Big Cass goes to work on both Gotch and English with shoulder tackles, knee lift, sidewalk slam, and a stinger splash in the corner. Amore tags back in and connects with a running elbow into the corner with a little help from Big Cass, who follows up with a big boot which allows Amore to get the pin.
Cass, Amore, and Carmella celebrate their victory until Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy appear on the big screen, interrupt the proceedings and claim a win over the Vaudevillians isn’t good enough to earn a title shot. This is ironic considering that is exactly how they earned their title shot. They also extend an invitation for Carmella to leave those two “sewer rats” and get with some real champions. Winners: Enzo Amore & Big Cass
Interview: Adrian Neville states that his loss to Finn Balor at Takeover is kind of a relief because for the first time in a long time, he has gone from the hunted to the hunter. He says he hasn’t forgotten how Owens made him leave Full Sail on a stretcher the last time they fought and this time, Owens won’t forget what happens to him.
Backstage: Bayley and Becky Lynch express their disappointment on not winning the NXT Women’s title last week. Bayley says it was an honor to have a shot at the title and vows to win it next time while Lynch blames Bayley for her loss but is super happy that Charlotte is no longer champion.
CJ Parker hits the ring and complains about not being a part of the Takeover event and decides to take the show hostage. Parker places caution tape all over the ring as the lights and big screen begin to flicker. Music hits the airwaves and Solomon Crowe comes in from behind and lays out Parker. Crowe grabs the microphone and states “And now we return to your regularly scheduled broadcast” and exits stage left.
– NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Blue Pants (non-title)
Blue Pants is mighty popular with the crowd while Sasha Banks looks as if this is all beneath her. Banks invites her to leave the ring and gets kicked to the outside for her troubles. Banks immediately charges back into the ring only to miss a clothesline, walk into a drop toe told, and rolled up in a La Magistral cradle. Banks gains control with a double leg takedown and unloads with right hand shots.
Banks wrenches back Bluepants’ arms in a submission attempt, Bluepants fights to her feet and counters into a backslide pin attempt. It’s all Banks from here as she bullies Bluepants into the corner, drapes her across the second turnbuckle and jumps down on her knees first from the top. Banks follows up with a backbreaker and a Bank Statement for the tap out. Post-match, Banks says her being the champ means all of the divas need to accept she is the best. Winner: Sasha Banks
Backstage: We hear from CM Punk’s best friend Doctor Chris Amann as he talks about the condition of Sami Zayn and how stopping the match with Owens was the right call. Zayn passed several tests which cleared him for WWE’s tour in Abu Dhabi and he should return to NXT soon.
– Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville
This is a rematch from two months ago where they wrestled to a double count out and Owens power bombed Neville on the ring apron. The bell rings and Owens stalls by leaving the ring, but Neville follows, gets Owens back in the ring, and hits him with a running hurricanrana.
Owens quickly gains control with a gutbuster and follows up with a senton. Owens gets the heat on him with stomps and eye rakes. Neville fights back, but gets dropped with a big clothesline. Owens applies a rear chinlock, Neville gets to his feet, and Owens throws him over the top rope and to the floor.
Owens maintains control and arrogantly stands on Neville’s head. Neville is thrown over the top again, but catches himself on the apron. Neville springboards himself back in, Owens catches him, goes for another gutbuster, but Neville counters into a DDT. Owens bounced when hit head hit the canvas.
Dueling chants of “Let’s Go Neville” and “Fight, Owens, Fight” break out in Full Sail as both men struggle to get to their feet. Owens gets to his feet first, but Neville fires away with a flying forearm and connects with several spin kicks that send Owens out of the ring. Neville goes top and hits a picture perfect moonsault to the floor.
Back in the ring, Neville hits Owens with an enzuigiri and a springboard dropkick for a near fall. Owens rolls out of the ring to gain his composure, but Neville allows no time to breathe and hits a running kick to the head. Neville goes in and out of the ring to break up the referee’s count and hits Owens with a 450 splash from the apron to the floor.
Owens manages to kick out of that, and gets caught with a German suplex coming off the ropes. Neville deadlifts Owens for a second Germn suplex, and the impressive show of strength prompts a “This is awesome” chant. Neville runs off the ropes and Owens came out of nowhere with a vicious elbow shot.
Neville catches Owens charging into the corner with a superkick and spikes him with a reverse hurricanrana. Neville sets up for the Red Arrow, but Owens rolls out of the way and delivers the pop-up powerbomb for the win. This put Owens over as someone who is not just a schemer, but someone who can cleanly win a hard-fought match. Winner: Kevin Owens