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WWE taped the NXT episodes leading into their next “Takeover” special Wednesday night in Florida…
WWE NXT TV Taping Report
January 27, 2016
Full Sail University (Florida)
Report by Josh Parry, PWTorch correspondent
Dark Match: Adrian Reese (Athena) beat Billie Kay.
Michael Hayes, Larry Zbyszko, Sasha Banks, and Hideo Itami were seated at ringside.
Episode 1 SPOILERS
NXT GM William Regal introduced the show and announced that Baron Corbin vs. Austin Aries will take place at “Takeover: Dallas.”
(1) Samoa Joe beat Sami Zayn in a 2-out-of-3 falls match to become #1 contender to the NXT Championship.
Fall one: Samoa Joe pinned Zayn via Musclebuster.
Fall two: Sami Zayn submitted Joe to the Koji Clutch.
Fall three: Samoa Joe won via submission to the Coquina Clutch.
The match lasted the full one-hour episode. Incredible stuff! Sami sold a hell of a beating from Joe, and it looked like an “out” for his call-up.
Post-match, Samoa Joe was interviewed by Tom Phillips. He vowed to defeat Finn Bálor for the NXT Championship in Dallas.
Episode 2 SPOILERS
(1) The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley) beat Angelo Dawkins and a new partner (unnamed) with the Hype Ryder.
(2) Emma beat Deonna Purrazo via submission to the Emma Lock.
(3) NXT Women’s champion Bayley & Asuka beat Nia Jax & Eva Marie.
Post-match, William Regal named Asuka the number one contender to the Women’s championship at “Takeover: Dallas.”
(4) American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) beat The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch) to become #1 contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship held by Dash & Dawson. This was really good.
– At the end of the episode, Regal announced Sami Zayn against … Shinsuke Nakamura! How it played out was Sami Zayn was introduced to the ring. He started to talk about all of the contributions he’s made to NXT over the years, sounding like a send-off promo.
Suddenly, Regal interrupted and said that Sami deserves to leave NXT with the biggest match imaginable at “Takeover: Dallas.” Suddenly, a static burst interrupted and Shinsuke Nakamura appeared on screen. “Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura is taking over.” (At least that’s what it sounded like over the crowd roaring). Crazy reaction. Sami was ecstatic in the ring. He eventually left to his music to a big pop. Might have been his last time at Full Sail.
Episode 3 SPOILERS
(1) Johnny Gargano upset Elias Samson with a roll-up. Samson jumped Gargano post-match, but Apollo Crews stormed the ring and chased him off. It looks like another Takeover match to be made.
(2) NXT champion Finn Bálor beat Rich Swann. This was short but quite good. Rich bumped really hard for the Bloody Sunday.
(3) Alexa Bliss beat “Crazy” Sarah Dobson.
(4) Bull Dempsey vs. Danny Burke never happened, as Samoa Joe ambushed Bull on the ramp, then choked out Burke in the ring. Joe looks unstoppable right now.
(5) Asuka beat Emma.
Dark Match: Austin Aries beat Riddick Moss.
Episode 4 SPOILERS
(1) American Alpha beat John Skylar & Cory Hollis.
(2) Baron Corbin squashed Q.T. Marshal.
(3) NXT tag champions Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder beat Tucker Knight & Steve Cutler.
(4) Apollo Crews beat Alex Riley. Post-match, Elias Samson creepily played guitar and sang to Crews from the stage.
(5) Samoa Joe beat Bull Dempsey.
Post-match, Joe wouldn’t release the clutch. Finn Bálor emerged to the make the save, and they brawled around the arena. Finn dove onto Joe from off the set, taking out Joe and a swarm of security and officials. Joe retreated to the back, and Finn stood tall in the ring, but Joe struck again. The two continued to brawl until they were pulled apart by refs, as the show closed. I am really excited for this rematch. The feud is really hot right now. End of taping.
Overall, this was a REALLY good set of episodes tonight. Onto Dallas!