We start this action-packed episode with a video package highlighting the feud between Antonio Cesaro and Sami Zayn. In their first bout, Zayn defeated the former U.S. champion. In a rematch, Cesaro made the score 1-1. Zayn wants a tie-breaker. The rivalry ends tonight in a 2/3 Falls match!
Tom Phillips and Alex Riley welcome us to the show. Our first contest will be for the WWE Divas Championship!
WWE Diva’s Championship: Bayley vs. AJ Lee (c)
Bayley attempts for a hug. “Hug it out” chants break out as AJ clobbers her down. She follows it up with a couple neckbreaker for a two. AJ wraps her arms around Bayley’s neck. AJ hits a clothesline for a one. AJ kicks her in the corner, Bayley dodges a move which leads to Bayley hugging her because she felt bad. Bayley slams AJ down for a two. Knee drop, another two. Bayley starts to get frustrated and pins her two or three more times. Bayley hits an elbow from the top, nearfall. AJ holds her mouth, Bayley starts to feel sympathetic. AJ kicks her and hits Shining Wizard to retain.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee – by pinfall (4:23)
Backstage, Tyler Breeze has a girl take his picture. CJ Parker photo bombs the pics, and Breeze stomps off mad.
Ron Hicks and Michael Zaki are standing in the ring as The Ascension makes their way to the ring.
Ron Hicks and Michael Zaki vs. The Ascension
O’Brian and Zaki start. O’Brian locks in a headlock, tags Victor in. Slaps to the chest on Zaki sends him to the mat, tag to O’Brian. The Ascension double-teams Zaki. They hit a double-teaming finisher where Rick Victor hits an uppercut, and O’Brian trips him for the win.
Winners: The Ascension – by pinfall (1:35)
CJ Parker will be in action with his new hippie gimmick.
Baron Corbin is in the ring for the next match. CJ Parker enters to funky music.
Baron Corbin vs. CJ Parker
Parker dances a little bit. Headlock on Corbin, breakup in the corner. Roll-up on Baron. Corbin shoulderblocks him. punches in the corner. Big clothesline from CJ. Parker slaps him, and hits a DDT-like move to finish Corbin off.
Winner: CJ Parker – by pinfall (1:39)
Renee Young interviews Parker in the ring, and asks him where he’s been. She asks about photo-bombing Tyler Breeze. Tyler comes out frustrated. Breeze shows us the pic. CJ says to chill-ax. Breeze shoves Parker, CJ goes for a punch and Tyler immediately rolls out of the ring.
Up next, Dolph Ziggler is in action!
Rusev comes to the ring with a board with Ziggler’s name on it. Ziggler comes out to a big pop.
Alexander Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler
Rusev stands there with his arms up, Ziggler finally makes a move and rolls him up. Rusev nails a big kick to the gut. Ziggler shows off as Rusev stands with his arms up. Lock up, Ziggler is shoved down. Ziggler connects with a dropkick to the head! Rusev matches Dolph doing a crossbody. Alexander knees him a few times before dumping him out of the ring. Rusev runs right into Dolph for a two. Rusev wraps his arms around Ziggler’s stomach, Dolph counters. Another dropkick connects, two. Rusev strikes him, two. Ziggler hits the Famouser for a nearfall. Dolph tries for a sleeper-hold, Rusev hits a huge spinning heel kick! Alexander drags him to the middle of the ring and goes up top. Ziggler dodges the splash and hits the Zig-Zag for the win!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler – by pinfall (6:14)
We’ll get an inside look at NXT stars at SummerSlam Axxess next week. And now it’s time for a huge 2/3 falls match!
2/3 Falls Match: Sami Zayn vs. Antonio Cesaro
Zayn flips out onto Cesaro. Once back in the ring, the ref rings the bell. Zayn boots Cesaro and rolls him up for fall one!
Fall #1: Sami Zayn via pinfall (0:06)
Zayn goes right back on the attack, clotheslines him out of the ring. Zayn throws him into the steps. They trade blows. Back in the ring, Cesaro is hit with a dropkick, two. Zayn punches Cesaro ten times, Cesaro throws him over his shoulders and Zayn dodges the stomp. Sami hits a crossbody from the top. Cesaro with a flapjack into the corner, one. Cesaro throws punches to the gut, headlock on Sami. Cesaro powerbombs Zayn for a two. Headlock applied again. Sami gets out, but Cesaro clotheslines him for another two. Double-boot stomp, two. Zayn nails several elbows, Cesaro catches Sami and throws him over his shoulder. Cesaro tries for the gutwrench, Zayn rolls him up. Hurricanrana connects! Bridge cover by Cesaro.
Cesaro is hulked up, headlock on Sami. Zayn with a roll-up. Zayn nails a dropkick on Antonio. Cesaro catches Sami with a chinlock, swings him around. Once down on the mat, Sami taps.
Fall #2: Antonio Cesaro via submission (9:30)
Uppercut in the corner, nearfall. Cesaro connects with an amazing suplex as Zayn is on the apron! Zayn kicks out right before three. Sami tries for the roll-up, Cesaro counters. Roll-up connects. Sami hits a big boot, two. “This is awesome” chants break out. Cesaro is rolled-up with an amazing move set. Cesaro rolls out, Sami eventually follows. Zayn jumps through the bottom rope -from the outside- and hits a tornado DDT on Cesaro! Cesaro gets back in the ring right before ten. Sami pins him, two. Zayn tries for another tornado DDT, Cesaro catches him and hits a huge uppercut. Antonio connects with the Neutralizer for the final victory!
Winner: Antonio Cesaro – by pinfall/2 falls (15:35)
Cesaro celebrates in the ring as “Match of the year” chants close the show.
AJ defending her title was a nice addition. I loved how the commentators said that Bayley might need to pay a visit to Dr. Shelby.
The Ascension is slowly rising back up. I wish they would quit squashing people, and challenge Graves and Neville for the NXT tag straps.
I was a fan of CJ Parker in FCW, and I’m glad he found a gimmick rather than doing nothing which could result in being released. The feud with Tyler Breeze will hopefully continue after this week.
I love when main roster stars fight on NXT, so I enjoyed seeing Dolph Ziggler in action. This may have been the first time I’ve seen Alexander Rusev in action, and boy is he impressive for a big man!
Do I even have to say anything about the main event? Absolutely great match from two future main-eventers. I could watch them go on for hours. Zayn will have great matches on the main roster when he gets there.
To close off this week’s NXT results, I wanted to note that Dante Dash was released this past week from the company.