Aired July 1, 2015
Taped June 18 at Full Sail University and aired on WWE Network
Report by Zack Zimmerman and ProWrestling.net
A hype video aired for the main event tag match of Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Owens and Rhyno… The opening video played… Inside the arena, the fans chanted “NXT” before The Vaudevillains made their entrance. The Mechanics were out next.
1. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) vs. The Mechanics (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson). Dawson took control early with a cheap shot to the mid-section, but Gotch went up-and-over him out of the corner and The Vaudevillians took control briefly. Moments later, Dawson regained the advantage on Gotch and The Mechanics began to isolate him.
There was a miscommunication leading to an English lukewarm tag. They hit the reverse uppercut into a swinging neckbreaker and scored the pinfall.
The Vaudevillains over The Mechanics in about 3:15.
The commentators, Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves checked in from the commentary table and hyped the Beast in the East special as well as tonight’s main event…
At the WWEPC, Devin Taylor was standing by with Becky Lynch who said she sprained her hip flexor at Takeover, so she has to take a few weeks off. She said she’s going to come back more motivated than ever and win the NXT Women’s Championship. She said this was just the start of N-Bex-T. Total babyface mode.
Back in the arena, Baron Corbin made his entrance. His opponent was already in the ring and was introduced.
2. Baron Corbin vs. Tucker Knight. Corbin hit a weird looking jumping face crusher and then End of Days for the win.
Baron Corbin squashed in about 0:45
The next installation of the Finn Bálor story was hyped next… A Beast in the East vignette aired…
In his office, William Regal looked ready to explode as bickering voices filled his office. He finally had it and yelled “enough!” to stop Enzo & Cass and The Vaudevillains from yelling at each other. He declared that next week the two teams would face off to determine No. 1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships. Enzo & Cass left to help Carmella get ready for her match later…
The Finn Bálor story picked back up. Bálor talked about how NXT had really sparked his creativity and some of the most rewarding things he’s experienced is the art he’s inspiring in kids. Basically, he loves fan art. He talked about how the body paint helps the wrestler side channel the artist side. Bálor said that prior to NXT, he had a limited reach and was an unknown commodity amongst the masses. So he spoke about how great of a feeling it was to hear the response when “Prince Devitt” appeared on the screen on the night of his debut.
He discussed combining Finn McCool and Bálor to come up with his name, and also noted that his dad’s nickname is Finn. They showed him in the empty Full Sail arena working with the production crew on his entrance. Matt Bloom spoke about how the guy didn’t have much wrestling to learn, but the production side of things was where he had to learn. Triple H was shown helping and giving him specific advice.
Finn said that NXT is his home. He discussed how much it meant to him to be able to work the WWE Live tour in Ireland in the same building he went to watch WWF as a kid. He said that he’s naturally an introvert, but when he puts on the paint it helps him release his inner demon. He said it’s not just paint, it’s being able to channel all of his intensity into his work. He talked about the evolution of his paint while wanting it to remain recognizable.
Bálor said that he left Japan last April expecting to never see his friends over there again. William Regal’s announcement of the title match was replayed and Bálor discussed how excited he was. He was shown with Karl Anderson in a couple of clips. They aired soundbytes of Bloom, Lynch, and Bálor really building him up as the future of the business.
Kids were shown talking to a roving reporter talking about how cool Finn is. An older fan predicted he would revolutionize WWE. Lynch broke down in tears discussing how much he deserves this because of his much he helped her. A music video played with more soundbites and clips of him in NJPW and NXT. Bálor said that he truly believes that he’s left everywhere he’s gone better than when he got there, from the UK to Japan to NXT and eventually WWE. Corey Graves hyped that the WWE Network would be replaying the Finn Bálor story in its entirety… [C]
Eva Marie was shown working in an empty arena in front of William Regal and Sara Amato… Back in the arena, Emma made her entrance with Dana Brooke alongside. Her music is now her old music remixed into a new theme. Carmella was out next. She cut a promo on her way to the ring introducing herself and closed “Bada-bing, hottest chick in the ring.”
3. Emma vs. Carmella. The crowd went back-and-forth with ‘Evil Emma” and “Emma sucks” chants. After a back-and-forth opening minute, Carmella hit a hurricanrana out of the corner, but Emma took control of a referee separation settled into a lengthy bodyscissors.
Carmella threw a few back elbows, and finally began to mount a comeback. It was pretty weak until she hit a side kick and a running mafia kick. Carmella did her goofy taunt, which allowed Emma to apply the Emma Lock for the tap.
Emma forced Carmella to submit in about 4:10.
Backwtage, Bull Dempsey was banging on a vending machine for stealing his dollar. He was about to smash it with a stool, but Regal stopped him on the backswing. Bull said he was just trying to get the pistachios, but Regal didn’t want to hear it. Bull had something smeared around his lips so Regal took a swipe with his finger and tasted it, and then momentarily looked disgusted in himself for doing that. Regal told Bull to sort himself out or he’s going to find himself in a bad spot… The main event was hyped… Tyler Breeze was hyped in action next.
Backstage following his loss last week, Devin Taylor was standing by with the world’s worst tag team wrestler, Jason Jordan. Chad Gable approached and began to wipe the sweat off. Gable said he always watches Jordan’s matches, which Jordan thought was creepy. Gable said Jordan is making himself look like a loser, but he’ll be ready, willing and Gable when Jordan finally figures it out…
Tyler Breeze made his entrance. His opponent was already in the ring.
4. Tyler Breeze vs. Tye Dillinger. A segment of the crowd chanted “10” for Dillinger’s “perfect 10” schtick around the live events, while another portion chanted “Breeze is gorgeous.” Dillinger took control of Breeze out of the gate and shoved his boot all over Breeze’s face in the corner. Dillinger worked Breeze over methodically with stomps and a body slam, but the crowd was eating him up.
Dillinger looked for a back-body drop, but Breeze floated over and used a fallout reverse DDT. Breeze used his headscissor takeover into a mount before raining shots down on Dillinger. Moments later, Breeze hit the Beauty Shot and scored the pinfall.
Tyler Breeze beat Tye Dillinger in about 2:50.
The main event was hyped up next… [C]
In the ladies locker room, Emma and Dana Brooke had their eyes all over Sasha Banks’s NXT Women’s Championship. They warned her that they’re going to be coming for her. Sasha said that she’s the boss of NXT and she’ll take them both on. Brooke said that sounds like a challenge. Emma set up a tag match and the heels laughed that Sasha doesn’t have any friends because she’s turned on them all. Sasha said she’d find someone.
Back in the arena, the main event competitors made their entrances.
5. Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe vs. NXT Champion Kevin Owens and Rhyno. Joe and Rhyno opened up with Joe teeing off with jabs. Rhyno came right back after him but Joe hit his twisting enzugiri and made the tag to Bálor. Rhine managed to back Bálor into the corner where Owens tagged in. Bálor briefly got the better of Owens, but he was unable to lift Owens for a suplex and Owens took control with a hard whip into the corner.
Owens dumped Bálor to ringside going into the final commercial break. [C] Back from break, Owens was in firm control of Bálor before tagging out to Rhyno. Rhine used a stalling suplex with some squats for good measure. A short time later, Owens hit the 5 Moves of Doom, but Bálor fought out of the AA and hit a jumping double-stomp leading to a double tag.
Joe got the better of Rhyno with an atomic drop, boot, and senton, but walked right into a hard spinebuster Owens tagged in, but Joe planted him with the STJoe. My feed skipped and when it resumed, Rhyno accidentally hit Owens with a Gore. Bálor followed up with the shotgun dropkick on Rhyno which sent him crashing into Owens in the corner. Bálor hit a hesitation dropkick before he went up top and came down with the Coup de Grace on Owens for the win.
Bálor and Joe defeated Owens and Rhyno in about 8:00.
Post-match, the commentators debated whether or not this would be the outcome in Japan on Saturday for the NX Title. Replays aired before Joe raised Balor’s arm in the ring and the commentators gave one final plug to the Beast in the East special.
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