2/28/18 WWE NXT Recap: Dream vs. Bate, Cole vs. Bononi; Sane vs. Baszler Main Event
NXT opens with a recap of last week’s main event, which saw Johnny Gargano’s NXT career end at the hands of the NXT Champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Tommaso Ciampa. We then see the NXT opening credits and head into the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, where Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Percy Watson welcome us to the show.
We see that Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega will address the NXT Universe later tonight.
Match #1 – Singles Match: The Velveteen Dream vs. Tyler Bate
Dream applies a waist-lock, but Bate turns it into a wrist-lock. Dream goes for a roll-up, but Dream kicks out. Bate delivers a quick dropkick that sends Dream to the floor as we head to a break.
Back from the break, Dream has control of Bate in the ring. Dream goes for a quick cover, but Bate kicks out. Dream crawls out of the ring, but Bate grabs him in a side headlock when he gets back into it. Dream sends Bate off the ropes and drops him with a shoulder block. Dream goes for another cover, but Bate kicks out at two. Dream slaps Bate across the face and then takes him down with a scoop slam. Dream connects with a short elbow drop and goes for the cover, but Bate kicks out. Dream applies a rear chin-lock down on the mat, and then clubs him across the back. Dream goes for the cover, but Bate kicks out at two. Dream applies a modified Camel Clutch, but Bate fights to his feet. Dream kicks Bate in the back, but Bate comes back with right hands. They exchange rights and Bate delivers an uppercut. Bate kicks Dream in the face and then delivers an uppercut in the corner. Bate delivers a knee and then an exploder suplex. Bate goes for the cover, but Dream kicks out at two.
Bate picks Dream up and delivers the Airplane Spin, but Dream counters with elbow shots. Dream kicks Bate in the face, but Bate comes back with a springboard clothesline. Bate goes for the cover, but Dream kicks out at two. Bate goes for the Tyler Driver 97, but Dream counters with a back body drop. Dream goes for a superkick, but Bate counters with an uppercut. Bate comes off the ropes, but Dream catches him and delivers a spine-buster. Dream goes for the cover, but Bate kicks out at two. Bate and Dream exchange forearm shots and fight to their feet. Bate backs Dream into the corner, but Dream comes back and they knock heads.
Dream and Bate fight to the top, but Dream knocks Bate down onto the top rope. Dream delivers the Purple Rainmaker and gets the pin fall.
Winner: The Velveteen Dream.
We are reminded that Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler will go one-on-one later tonight.
We see a video package with Paul Ellering and The Authors of Pain. Ellering says the AOP becamse stars by winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and they will do it again and it will be the beginning of their road back to the NXT Tag Team Championship.
We see that Adam Cole will go one-on-one with Cezar Bononi after the break.
Back from the break, we see William Regal and Johnny Gargano. Regal signs and hands Gargano’s Letter of Resignation and then asks Gargano to sign it as well. Referee Drake says he made a mistake in the match last week and apologizes to Gargano, and Gargano accepts and shakes his hand.
We are reminded that Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega will address the NXT Universe later tonight.
Match #2 – Singles Match: Cezar Bononi vs. Adam Cole (w/Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly)
Before the match, Cole mocks Bononi for being the “2017 NXT Future Star of the Year,” and then says there is only one place the future star belongs and that’s in the Undisputed ERA. Fish and O’Reilly get on the apron and toss a shirt to Bononi. He catches it and Cole decks him and beats him down in the corner. Cole gloats and Bononi drops him with a boot to the face, and then does the same to Fish and O’Reilly. Bononi drops Cole with a Michinoku Driver and goes for the cover, but Cole kicks out at two. Fish and O’Reilly distract Bononi and Cole drops him with a superkick. Cole delivers a knee strike to the back of Bononi’s head and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Adam Cole.
We see that Kairi Sane vs. Shayne Baszler is up next, and then we see a recap of Sane defeated Baszler in the finals of the Mae Young Classic and then Baszler taking out Sane on an episode of NXT a few weeks back and finally Sane returning last week to get her revenge on Baszler.
We see a video package with The Street Profits and they hype themselves up for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
We see that TM-61 will meet The Authors of Pain in the first round of the Dusty Classic on next week’s show.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler
Baszler quickly drops Sane to the mat and then applies a side headlock. Sane slams Baszler into the corner and then drives her shoulder into Baszler’s midsection. Sane goes for a quick roll-up, but Baszler kicks out at two. Baszler comes back and slams Sane down to the mat and then delivers a few stiff kicks. Baszler delivers knee strikes and then goes for the cover, but Sane kicks out at two as we head to a break.
Back from the break and Baszler is still in control and works over Sane’s arm. Baszler wraps Sane in the ropes and then delivers a knee strike to the corner. Baszler kicks Sane in the back and goes for the cover, but Sane kicks out at two. Baszler applies a dragon wrist-lock, but Sane counters with a roll-up for a two count. Sane kicks Baszler in the face and then sends Baszler’s knee into the turnbuckle. Sane delivers lefts and rights in the corner and then drops Baszler with the Interceptor in the middle of the ring. Sane delivers the Sliding D in the corner and then delivers an elbow from the top. Sane goes for the cover, but Baszler kicks out at two.
Baszler fights back and goes for a suplex, but Sane counters with a spinning back fist. Sane climbs up top, but Baszler cuts her off with a roundhouse kick. Baszler locks in the Kirifuda Clutch and Sane taps out.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
After the match, Baszler says she is calling Ember Moon out and says she will either leave with the title or with one of Moon’s limbs.
Back from the break, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega make their way to the ring. Vega brags for a bit about Almas ending Johnny Gargano’s NXT career. Vega says she creates greatness and that’s why Almas is the NXT Champion. Almas says Gargano wanted to be NXT Champion and he tried again and again but lost every time just like everyone else in NXT will. Almas says Gargano is not Johnny Wrestling, but rather Johnny Jobless. Almas holds the NXT title in the air and he and Vega go to the stage, but Aleister Black’s music hits. Black emerges from the stairs by the crowd and then gets into the ring. Black and Almas stare each other down and Black goes to say something, but Killian Dain’s music hits. Dain emerges from the crowd and gets into the ring. Black and Dain begin to brawl in the ring as Almas and Vega look on. Dain drops Black with the Divide as Almas ans Vega leave. Dain stares down at Black and stands over him as NXT comes to a close.