This week we start off with the roster on the stage with Triple H. Hunter says the industry lost a legend this week. We have seen a lot of tributes, celebrations, and heard a lot of great words. To everybody on this stage, we lost family. We lost a family member. Dusty called everyone on the stage his ‘NXT Kids’. They were his family and his life blood. He gave everything he had. It was his passion to continue this business for all of you. If he called these guys and girls his ‘kids’, you would have been his NXT Family. Hunter asks for everyone to stand and honor the passing of Dusty Rhodes.
We have a ten bell salute for Dusty.
We are in Winter Park, Florida and your announcers are Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves.
Hideo Itami makes his way to the ring and his arm is still in a sling after his surgery. Greg Hamilton is in the ring to interview Hideo.
We see the footage of Itami being found in the parking lot and Kevin Owens walking by to suggest that maybe it was Kevin who caused the injury.
Greg says it is great to have Hideo back in the NXT Arena. He says that it will be three or four months before he can compete again.
Hideo says that he cannot wait to get back into the ring.
Greg mentions the promotional tour that Hideo did in Japan for the Finn Balor/Kevin Owens match on July 4th.
Hideo says that NXT is very popular in Japan. He says that he will be there. It does not matter who wins, he will challenge that person for the NXT Title.
Kevin Owens’ music plays and he makes his way to the stage.
Kevin tells Hideo it is great news that he will be in Japan. He can see his wife and his kids. It is too bad you won’t be competing, but next time. The only reason why you are coming to Japan is to see him end Finn Balor for good.
Kevin says that he couldn’t notice that Hideo is not sure who will walk out of Tokyo as the champion. He does not know if it is the meds or if he Hideo is just delusional (a word that Kevin has trouble pronouncing, for which he says he sounds like Hideo speaking English).
Kevin says that he has been dealing with delusional people quite a bit over the last few weeks. He assures Hideo that there is no way he is leaving Tokyo without the NXT Title. Kevin says he is not done. He is here for two reasons. First, people keep saying that he is the one who did that to Hideo. Kevin says he had nothing to do with that injury. If he attacked Hideo, Hideo would not be standing there. He would be with Sami Zayn licking your wounds. Kevin says he is here for an apology. Hideo called him a bad person and that is not okay.
Hideo tells Kevin, you are a great champion but you are a terrible human being.
Kevin says if he is going to get blamed for the injury, he might as well do something to deserve it. You have one good arm so he is going to take care of that.
Finn Balor comes up behind Owens and attacks him. Owens tries to escape but Balor with a forearm off the ramp.
Balor goes to the stage and Rhyno hits Balor with a body block and then he kicks Balor off the stage.
Officials check on Balor as we go to commercial.
We are back with a moments ago moment of Finn Balor protecting Hideo Itami, but we also see Rhyno take care of Balor.
Enzo and Colin do their usual introduction. Enzo says he is looking in the ring at some busters. Colin says they aren’t blockbusters. They are couple of mushrooms in Mario’s World. You are about to get laid flat. Colin says one looks like he is in Magic Mike and the other looks like they are looking for their Entourage. He sees two Teds. Two big teddy bears. They get into the ring and Colin says they are about to get terminated. Hasta la vista, baby.
Match Number One: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady (with Carmella) versus Sylvester Lefort and Jason Jordan
Lefort and Enzo start things off and Enzo with a cross body for a near fall. Enzo with an Irish whip and Colin tags in and Enzo gets sent into Sylvester in the corner. Colin with a slam and he tags Enzo back in. Colin slams Enzo onto Lefort for a near fall. Jordan makes the blind tag and Jordan with a waist lock throw followed by snap elbow drops.
Jordan with a waist lock throw and then he connects with a crossface. Jordan with a forearm to the back and Lefort tags himself in. They hit a double shoulder tackle and Lefort gets a near fall. Lefort with a cobra clutch. Enzo gets to his feet but Lefort with a forearm to the back. Jordan tags in and Enzo sends Lefort to the floor. Enzo with a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
After the match, Jordan yells at Lefort for the loss and Lefort walks away.
We take a look at footage from last week’s main event between Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens.
Samoa Joe was interviewed after the match last week and he says ‘let them fight’. LET THEM FIGHT! He got the fight he wanted. He did not get the fight that he wanted. He did not get the fight he wanted because Kevin Owens is walking today. Kevin Owens escaped. Kevin Owens did not get what he deserved. He did not get the beating of a lifetime. Joe says he wants Kevin Owens and he wants to be able to fight.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Dana Brooke (with Emma) versus Cassie
Dana with an arm bar and she pats Cassie on the top of her head. Cassie with a reversal and arm wringer. Cassie taps Dana on the top of the head. Cassie with a rollup for a near fall. Dana with a kick to the midsection but Cassie with a head scissors that sends Dana to the apron. Dana drops Cassie on the rope and Dana slams Cassie’s head near the mat.
Dana kicks Cassie and connects with a forearm to the back. Dana with a slam and she gets a near fall. Dana with a modified bow and arrow. Dana wants Cassie to tap, but Cassie does not agree with Dana. Cassie kicks Dana in the head to escape the hold. Cassie with a Thesz Press and clotheslines. Cassie with a running spin kick into the corner. Dana with a forearm when Cassie goes to the turnbuckles.
Dana with a Death Valley Michinoku Driver for the three count.
Winner: Dana Brooke
We go to Charlotte in the back and Devin asks her about the jealousy issues that Dana has with her. Charlotte says she doesn’t know what Dana’s problem is with her. She said she would shut the door for her. Charlotte says that the only door she was shown was opportunity. Sooner, rather than later, she will take care of Dana.
Rich reminds us about the Beast from the East Special on July 4th which will include the NXT Title Match.
It is time to take a look at the next part of Finn Balor’s journey.
We see Finn visited by Sami Zayn. Finn says he has to finish working on his Legos. Finn says he lives a quiet life outside the ring. He was an introvert. Some like doodling or jigsaws but Legos are his thing. Sami says it is like IKEA and Finn says it is more fun.
It lets him unwind at the end of the day. He mentions that he has been doing this since he was a kid. He would put them together while watching SummerSlam 1995 on the VCR.
Jason Albert says he met Fergal the first time in Tokyo in 2006. He was unassuming and he was ready to change things in pro wrestling. Fergal says he was 24 years old when he went to Japan and he sees Matt Bloom in the back of the bus and he hears ‘Hey Kid’. They chatted and hit it off. It was an interesting friendship. They got along great from the beginning.
Fergal says that he was glad to meet Matt at that time in his career.
He shows a New Japan shirt with the tags still on. He mentions the New Japan Dojo. Matt says Fergal was trying to find himself in Japan. When you first get to Japan, you are considered a young boy. You do your chores first thing in the morning, you cook meals for the veterans, and you train. After training, you have to clean up the dojo. He says he got more tours with New Japan and he mentions he spent eight years in a place that became his second home. It was an incredible chapter in his life.
Becky says that when he heard that Fergal was going to Japan, she knew he was going to be a star.
Matt says that Fergal was loved by everyone in Japan and that success is the reason why he is here right now.
Fergal says he never thought he was a star. Prince Devitt was fixated with dominating the art of pro wrestling. It was who he became.
Matt says Japan was a great stage for Devitt, but WWE is a huge stage. Matt mentions that at the time of the Tokyo Dome show, he told Fergal that WWE was interested. Fergal was hesitant to accept the offer. It was a big gamble for him.
Becky says Devitt signing with NXT was a huge deal. He did everything he could do in Japan. He grew up watching the WWE so it was the next step.
Devitt says the Japanese got behind him from day one and he wouldn’t have lasted 8 years without them.
Matt says the drive to prove that he is the best is what helped get him to WWE.
Fergal says it is a big step to go from Ireland to Japan then America. He is looking forward to the challenge. He was 24 years old when he went to Japan. He left a confident 33 year old man, ready for the next journey.
Next week, we will get Part 3.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are told that Bull Dempsey has been ordered to get into better shape, but apparently Bull is not good with instructions.
Match Number Three: Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder versus Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton
Rawley and Dawkins start things off and Mojo is very hyped and Dawkins is very confused. They lock up and Dawkins with a side head lock. Rawley with a hammer lock and shoulder tackles. Ryder tags in and he punches Dawkins. Ryder with an arm bar but Dawkins with a punch. Fulton tags in and Ryder with a drop kick. Rawley tags in and Ryder with a splash into the corner and Rawley with a clothesline for a near fall.
Rawley with a slam followed by the seated double sledge. Fulton drops Mojo on the top turnbuckle and Dawkins tags in. Dawkins with a leap frog splash onto Mojo’s back while Mojo is held on the top rope. Dawkins gets a near fall and then he applies a front face lock. Rawley with a back body drop and Ryder tags in. Ryder with a flying clothesline and then he sends Dawkins into the turnbuckles.
Dawkins with an Irish whip but Ryder gets his knees up and he hits a missile drop kick followed by the running forearm into the corner. Ryder with the Broski Boot and he gets a near fall. Fulton breaks up the cover and Rawley with a shoulder tackle to send Fulton to the floor. Ryder with knees again and Rawley tags in.
Rawley picks up Dawkins for a Doomsday Rough Ryder and the three count.
Winners: Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley
William Regal is in his office and Eva Marie enters. William says that Eva wanted to talk to him. Eva says that she has been training hard and she knows that William is the man who can give her a match.
William says that the women’s division is setting the world on fire so he will need some proof that she is ready. Eva says that she will show William what he needs to see.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kevin Owens decides to watch the main event with the announcers.
Match Number Four: Finn Balor versus Rhyno
Finn with forearms as the bell rings and he punches Rhyno. Finn sends Rhyno into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Finn with a chop and punches. Rhyno with a chop and Finn sends Rhyno into the turnbuckles. Rhyno with a kick but Finn with a kick of his own and a chop. Finn punches Rhyno but Rhyno with an Irish whip. Finn floats over and he chops Rhyno. Finn sends Rhyno into the turnbuckles. Rhyno with a shot to the midsection. Rhyno punches Finn but Finn moves and he sends Rhyno over the top rope to the floor. Finn with a shoulder to Rhyno to knock him off the apron and Finn with a flip dive onto Rhyno.
They return to the ring and Finn gets a near fall. Finn with a chop but Rhyno with a clothesline. Finn with forearms and Rhyno with a spinebuster for a near fall. Rhyno with a kick to Finn followed by a forearm. Finn punches Rhyno but Rhyno with a forearm to the back. Rhyno punches Finn and follows with an Irish whip and shoulder into the corner.
Rhyno with a bear hug on Finn and Finn with elbows to try to get out of the hold. Rhyno with a forearm to the midsection. Rhyno gets a near fall. Rhyno returns to the bear hug. We go to commercial.
We are back and Finn with forearms but Rhyno stays on his feet. Rhyno with a kick and Irish whip. Rhyno runs into a boot and Finn with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Finn with a running chop and Irish whip followed by a chop. Finn with a drop kick to the temple for a near fall. Finn sets for the reverse suplex but Rhyno with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and Rhyno gets a near fall.
Rhyno with an Irish whip and running shoulder into the corner. Rhyno with a second shoulder and then he hits a third one. Rhyno gets a near fall. Finn avoids a short arm clothesline and hits a Pele kick. Finn runs into an elbow from Rhyno but Finn with an enzuigiri that knocks Rhyno from the turnbuckles.
Kevin gets up from the announce table while Finn goes up top and Finn returns to the mat. Kvin gets on the apron and Finn with a drop kick. Rhyno with a belly-to-belly suplex to Finn. Rhyno runs into a boot on a GORE attempt and Finn with the Slingblade. Finn goes up top and he hits the double stomp and gets the three count.
Winner Finn Balor
After the match, Owens attacks Balor and punches him. Owens with kicks while the referee warns him. Owens with a punch and forearm. Rhyno kicks Finn and slaps him. Owens kicks Finn and then he chokes Balor.
Samoa Joe comes to the ring and Joe and Rhyno leave.
We go to credits.
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