The show opened with a hoarse Triple H in the ring with a microphone. He said the line between present and future was getting blurred. He mentioned the Shield, Wyatts, Big E, Sandow, and Cesaro, and said they were all products of NXT. He said there’s this new Diva Paige who is suddenly the new Divas Champion. He said it’s like NXT is taking over the world and the crowd responded with a “this is awesome” chant. Triple announced that on May 29, there would be a live 2-hour special on the WWE Network emanating from Full Sail University called NXT Takeover… The opening video played…
In the arena, the crowd chanted “N-X-T” before Tyson Kidd made his entrance. Bo Dallas was out next. He has a new video wall with mountains and a sunset that says “Bolieve,” accompanied by new music that fits his character much better.
1. Bo Dallas vs. Tyson Kidd. The crowd was split with dueling “Lets go Tyson — Lets go Bo” chants, but they were heavier for Kidd. Bo offered a big thumbs up at the minute mark, but Tyson took control with his quickness moments later. Kidd hit a snap suplex and went to the top rope, but Bo ducked out of the ring. Kidd jumped onto the apron but Bo swept a leg and took control from there.
Bo hit his short-arm elbows as the growd swayed and sang “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” Bo settled into a cravat and the crowd rallied behind Kidd, but Bo definetly had some Bolievers in the crowd. Kidd missed a dropkick on an attempted comeback and Bo stayed in control. Kidd reversed a back suplex and sent Bo crashing into the turnbuckles with a rana-style whip. Kidd wore Bo down with kicks and hit a sliding dropkick to the head for a two-count.
Kidd hit the ropes but Bo caught him and planted him with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count of his own. Bo hit his springboard bulldog, but again Kidd kicked out at two. Bo began to get frustrated and Kidd landed several kicks, the third of which knocked Bo loopy. Kidd came off the top rope with a blockbuster and scored the pinfall.
Tyson Kidd pinned Bo Dallas in about 7:15.
The commentators put Kidd over big considering Bo has been a player in NXT and was the longest reigning champion. In the ring, Bo freaked out as the crowd berated him with jeers and “no more Bo” chants…
Backstage, Camacho responded to Adam Rose and said he is not a party pooper, in fact, his parties make the Exotic Express look like bingo night at the lodge. Adam Rose interrupted and said it doesn’t matter where Adam Rose goes, it’s always party time. “HEY!” and suddenly, the posse was everywhere and Rose’s music played as everyone danced…
A graphic showed the NXT Women’s Title Tournament… Bayley cut a promo and said the NXT Women’s championship was better than hugs and high fives… Sasha Banks said it’s time for the Boss to take charge… [C]
Back in the arena, Bayley made her entrance followed by Sasha Banks in the first matchup of the tournament.
2. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley in the first round of the NXT Women’s title tournament. Sasha came out on fire with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Bayley reversed with several pinning combinations for two-counts, and hit a nice diving lucha armdrag. Bayley picked Sasha up with hugs and rammed her into the corner before hitting a snap suplex for a near-fall.
Sasha regained control as the crowd chanted “lets go Bayley!” Bayley fired up with axe handles, a stinger splash, and connected with the Belly-To-Bayley. Sasha was able to roll out of the ring however. Sasha pulled Bayley down across the top rope and hit her straight-jacket neckbreaker for a good near-fall. Bayley fought back and looked for another suplex, but Sasha hit a straight-jacket Backstabber and scored the pinfall…
Sasha Banks beat Bayley in about 4:00 to advance in the NXT Women’s title tournament..
The commentators thanked viewers for tuning in and hyped the main event title match between Adrian Neville and Brodus Clay… A video package aired recapping Clay’s recent history on NXT… Scott Stanford hyped the main event and then hyped Adam Rose next… [C]
Adam Rose made his full entrance. His opponent was already in the ring. (This turned out to be Burch’s final match under WWE contract).
3. Adam Rose vs. Danny Burch. The crowd started the match with a loud “we are Rosebuds” chant. They followed that up with a “party time” chant. Rose did his tuck-and-roll around the ring and appealed to the crowd some more. He took Burch down with an arm wringer and then backed off. Burch came right after him with fists and rammed him into turnbuckles, but Rose no-sold it and fired up. Rose hit the Bronco Buster and got the crowd to start clapping before hitting a snapmare driver that the commentators called Party Foul for the win.
Adam Rose over Danny Burch in about 2:30.
Rose celebrated in the ring as the Express made their way down the ring. Out of nowhere, Camacho attacked one of the masked members of the group from behind… Backstage, the roving reporter talked to Brodus Clay. Clay said last time he was in the ring with Neville, he knocked Neville’s teeth out. Brodus said he would take the NXT title and Neville would be lucky to get out with his life. Brodus said he was the baddest man in the world… Natalya made her entrance. [C]
Back from break, Natalya has a cut-in promo saying that winning the NXT Women’s Championship would be a dream come true. Layla made her entrance next. A promo with Layla had her saying that she’ll dance her way to the title.
4. Natalya vs. Layla in the first round of the NXT Women’s title tournament. Layla danced and made a goof of herself. Natalya worked circles around Layla but Layla fought back and pounded on Nattie. Layla had control for the next minute-plus until Nattie made her comeback. Layla tried to fight out of the Sharpshooter multiple times but eventually gave in and submitted.
Natalya defeated Layla in about 3:30 to advance in the NXT Women’s title tournament.
The updated tournament graphic displayed on the screen… Backstage, The roving reporter caught up with Adrian Neville who said that Brodus knocked his teeth out. He said he’s fought too hard to lose to someone like Brodus. He said this time he wouldn’t win by countout, but clean in the middle of the ring 1-2-3… [C]
Oliver Grey made his entrance. (This turned out to be Grey’s final match under WWE contract). Mojo Rawley was out next.
5. Oliver Grey vs. Mojo Rawley. Mojo sold until he hit his comeback and Hyperdrive for the win.
Mojo Rawley squashed Oliver Grey in about 0:40.
Aiden English walked out with a microphone and said he was done suffering Mojo. He told Mojo to leave the ring for a real Artiste. English slid into the ring and attacked Mojo from behind, but Mojo cleared him from the ring… Adrian Neville and Brodus Clay were shown preparing back stage… [C]
Back in the arena, Brodus Clay made his entrance for the main event. NXT Champion Adrian Neville was out next. Both guys got full in-ring introductions. Brodus tried to take the title belt but Neville knocked him to ringside and hit a big backflip over the ropes. The crowd chanted “ring the bell” and back in the ring, things got underway.
6. Adrian Neville vs. Brodus Clay in a no-disqualification match for the NXT Championship. Neville came out with exciting offense and appeared to have several opportunities to secure an early win, but Brodus took control around the minute mark. Brodus hit a Banzai Drop for a near fall shortly after the two-minute mark and then hoisted Neville up in a Canadian backbreaker rack. Neville fought out and chopped down the knees of Clay before hitting a big jumping dropkick to the head.
The crowd chanted “we want tables” because they’re silly. Clay planted Neville in the middle of the ring with a powerbomb and came off the middle rope with a diving splash, but Neville managed to kick out before three. Clay retrieved the NXT Championship belt from ringside, but Neville kicked it into his chest back in the ring. Neville went to the top rope and hit the Red Arrow on top of the title on top of Clay for the clean win.
Adrian Neville beat Brodus Clay in about 5:30 to retain the NXT Championship .
A replay of the finish aired and the show closed with Neville celebrating with the title in the ring…
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