Dan Hallam: NXT Arrival review
NXT Arrival opened with Triple H in the ring welcoming us to NXT saying that this is the next generation and the next generation has arrived.
Sami Zayn made his way to the ring for his match against Cesaro. A lock up started the match with Cesaro over powering Zayn. A second lock up where Zayn took a waist lock but Cesaro reversed it and took Zayn down. A third lock up which led to some chain wrestling between the 2 and Cesaro took control with a dropkick. Zayn with for a hurricanrana but Cesaro reversed it and set Zayn up for the swing but he reversed it and sent Cesaro to the outside and followed up with a somersault planca to the floor. Back in the ring and Zayn went for a crossbody but Cesaro caught him and hit a backbreaker for a 2 count. Cesaro sent Zayn to the outside and used the barrier and ring steps to take control. Zayn tried to fight back but Cesaro used the barrier again rolled him back in the ring for a near fall. Cesaro sent Zayn to the outside again once again using the barrier to his advantage. Cesaro tried to use the ringpost to injure Zayn’s leg but he reversed it and sent Cesaro face first into the post. Zayn went for a dive from the outside through the corner of the ring but was met with an uppercut for his trouble and Cesaro went to work on Zayn’s leg. Cesaro put Zayn in a leg lock in the middle of the ring and Zayn tried to fight back but Cesaro released it and hit a double stomp onto Zayn’s knee for another near fall. Cesaro hit some knees to Zayn’s midsection followed up by a dragon screw and put him back into a leg lock. Zayn fought back with kicks and hit a big kick to knock Cesaro down. They both made it back to their feet and Cesaro went after Zayn’s leg again hitting several dragon screws, Zayn went for an enzurgiri but Cesaro ducked and putting Zayn into a single leg boston crab but Zayn managed to fight his way to the ropes to break the hold. Cesaro ran in at Zayn but Zayn avoided it and sent Cesaro to the outside. Zayn went for a split legged moonsault to the outside but Cesaro caught him and slammed him on the entrance ramp and went back to the ring so the ref could start the 10 count. Zayn managed to get back in the ring at a count of 9. Cesaro ran in at Zayn but Zayn caught him and hit an exploder suplex into the turnbuckle for a 2 count. Zayn went for a back suplex but Cesaro hit him with some elbows and went to run of the ropes but Zayn pulled him back in and hit a blue thunder bomb for another 2 count. Cesaro went for a boston crab again but Zayn reversed it into a koji clutch, Cesaro managed to get out and reverse the hold into a leg lock but Zayn managed to get to the ropes for a break. Cesaro went for the swing again but Zayn rolled him up for a near fall. Cesaro managed to get the swing on the third attempt. Zayn went to the corner but Cesaro ran in and hit a huge uppercut for a 2 count but Zayn reversed the pin for a 2 count of his own. Cesaro got up and hit a double stomp onto Zayn’s head for another near fall. Cesaro went up to the second rope but Zayn followed him and went to the top for a hurricanrana, Cesaro blocked the attempted and went for a powerbomb off the top but Zayn reversed it into a hurricanrana which sent Cesaro into the opposite corner where Zayn ran in and hit a helluva kick for a 2 count. Cesaro hit Zayn with an uppercut and stood over the fallen Zayn while the ref counted. Zayn made it back to his feet to be met with another uppercut. Zayn got back to his feet again where Cesaro hit a thord uppercut but Zayn stayed up and fought back with forearm shots and punches. They brawled in the ring until Zayn hit a german suplex on Cesaro. Zayn ran in at Xesaro but was met with a big boot and Cesaro went for the neutraliser but Zayn rolled him up for a 2. Zayn followed up with a sunset flip bomb for another 2 count. Both men got back to their feet and Cesaro tossed Zayn in the air and hit a huge uppercut and went for the pin but Zayn kicked out at 1. Cesaro didn’t look happy and hit another huge uppercut followed by a neutraliser for the pin and the win.
CJ Parker made his way to the ring followed by Mojo Rawley who ran to the ring. The match started with a lock up and Mojo backed CJ into the corner for a clean break. CJ hit a kick to the gut and locked in a side headlock. Mojo fought out and hit a back body drop for a near fall then took CJ down with an armbar. CJ fought back up and sent Mojo into the corner and hit a flying clothesline for a 1 count then started beating on Mojo in the corner and sent him head first into the buckle hit him with a chop and then sent him head first into another buckle. Mojo tried to fight back but Cj pounded away on him. Mojo reversed a whip and hit 2 splashes in the corner followed up by a rear view and finished CJ off with his hyperdrive finisher for the pin.
The Ascension were in the ring waiting to see who would answer their open challenge for the NXT tag team titles. Too Cool made their way to the ring. Viktor started out against Grand Master Sexay, Viktor quickly took control and tagged in Conor who hit a big leg drop for a near fall. Conor hit a big shoulder block to take GMS down and took him to his corner to beat him down and tag in Viktor. Viktor hit a suplex for a 2 and locked in a rear chin lock. Viktor released the hold and hit some shots on Sexay and locked in another headlock. GMS fought out of the hold and managed to make the tag to Scotty. Scotty went straight after Viktor and took control. Viktor whipped Scotty to the corner but was met with a boot to the face followed by a bulldog by Scotty. Scotty set up for the worm but Conor ran in but was sent to the outside and Scotty went for the worm but Viktor sent him into the ropes, hit a huge clothesline and tagged in Viktor so they could hit their fall of men combo for the win.
Stephany McMahon talked about how the first live special on the WWE Network is NXT not WrestleMania and that she is here to show that the divas can do everything the men can do but do it better and introduced the NXT woman’s title match. Emma made her way to the ring, William Regal was doing her dance at the announce desk and Stephany did the dance with her in the ring. Paige made her way to the ring. Paige got straight in Emma’s face and Emma took her down. Paige took control and took Emma to the corner hit a kick to the gut and went straight for the Paige turner neckbreaker but Emma reversed it into a roll up. Emma went for a slingshot but Paige reversed that into a pin attempt of her own. Paige locked in a chin lock, Emma tried to fight up but Paige took her back down. Emma fought back up but Paige released the hold and sent Emma into the corner and beat away on her. Paige chocked Emma with her boot but Emma used the leg to take Paige down hit a slingshot and locked in the Emma lock but Paige fought out and sent Emma into the ropes. Paige hit some knees on Emma but Emma knocked Paige down on the apron and rolled her in the ring for a 2 count. Paige ran in at Emma in the corner but Emma avoided it and locked in the dilemma in the ropes and followed up with an Emma sandwich splash in the corner for a near fall. Emma put Paige into a surfboard stretch in the middle of the ring, Paige tried to fight back but Emma kept it lock in. Paige managed to fight out but Emma went straight for a pin attempt then sent Paige into the corner beat on her and went for another pin. Paige whipped Emma in the corner but she jumped out onto the apron but Paige ran in with a forearm, they fought upto the top rope where Paige went for a superplex but Emma got out and took Paige into the middle of the ring and hit a powerbomb for 2 which lead to the crowd chanting ‘better than Batista’. Paige hit a series of shots on Emma and hit the Paige turner for a 2 count. Paige looked shocked that Emma kicked out so locked in a scorpion crush lock on Emma for the submission win.
Xavier Woods made his way to the ring followed by Tyler Breeze. As the bell rang to start the match the music for Alexander Rusev started and he came down the ramp with Lana and destroyed both men and locked Woods in the camel clutch. Lana said that Rusev is the next generation and Rusev said something in Hungarian.
Adrian Neville made his way to the ring for the main event of the evening followed by the NXT champion Bo Dallas. The belt of raised up above the ring and the match begun with Bo running to get a ladder. Neville went after him hitting him with some kicks and used his speed to take control. Neville went to the top rope but Bo rolled out the ring and took control of Neville with some hard shots and a big clothesline. Bo tied Neville up in the ropes and went to get a ladder. As Bo got to the ring with a ladder Neville dropkicked the ladder into Bo and followed up with a dive to the outside. Neville put the ladder in the ring but Bo pulled him off the apron and took control by sending him into the ring steps and beat away on him on the outside. Bo got a second ladder and ran at Neville with it, Neville avoided it and back body dropped Bo onto the ramp. Neville got in the ring set the ladder up and started climbing, Bo got in and hit him with the other ladder to knock him down. Bo continued beating Neville with the ladder and set the ladder up on top of him pinning him under it and started to climb. Neville used his strength to push the ladder off of him send Bo to the mat. Neville set the ladder back up and started climbing, Bo pushed the ladder over sending Neville into the top rope. They had a tug of war with the ladder but Bo pushed it into Neville’s ribs in the corner. Bo wedged the ladder in the ropes and went for a slingshot but Neville got out and hit a tornado DDT on Bo. Neville went for the title but Bo stopped him They went head first into each other and both men were down. Bo sent Neville into the corner and hit a clothesline. Bo went for a bulldog onto a ladder but Neville reversed it and sent Bo into the ladder wedged in the corner. Neville set up and ladder and went for the title but Bo started climbing as well and cut him off. They battled on top of the ladder and both men came down. Bo tried to send Neville to the outside but he landed on the apron and hit a kick knocking Bo down. Neville went to the top but Bo pushed him off sending him to the floor. Bo made his way slowly up the ladder but Neville spring boarded off the top rope and landed on the ladder above Bo. Bo pulled Neville off the ladder and powerbombed him into the ladder in the corner. Bo ran in at him with a ladder but Neville kicked it into his face and slammed him onto the ladder went to the top and hit the red arrow onto Bo who was lying on top of a ladder. Neville set the ladder up and climbed towards the title. Bo managed to get back in the ring and get to the ladder just as Neville pulled the title down to become the new NXT champion.
Match of the night: Cesaro v Sami Zayn: These 2 have put on some great matches and this one was no different. They both seemed to put everything into it to prove how good they are and they delivered an amazing match that I would recommend any wrestling fan to watch.
Star of the show: I cannot name just 1 person who was the star of the show. Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Paige, Emma, Bo Dallas and Adrian Neville all deserve recognition for the performances they put on.
NXT Arrival was built around 3 matches and those 3 matches really delivered. The show was done in a really good way with the smaller matches in between the big 3 as a way to give the fans a rest before blowing them away again. I enjoyed seeing Too Cool again as I have always been a big fan of them. They introduced some of the other key players in NXT for people who haven’t seen the show before such as The Ascension, Mojo Rawley, Tyler Breeze and Alexander Rusev. I really hope they do another live NXT special because they really put on a great 2 hour show which really is worth a watch.