We begin tonight’s show with a look at William Regal’s announcement of the two out of three falls match between Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe to see who will face Finn Balor in Dallas as Takeover.
We are in Winter Park, Florida and your announcers are Corey Graves and Tom Phillips.
Before we get to the Number One Contender Match, William Regal makes his way to the ring.
William welcomes everyone to NXT. He says last week Baron Corbin took unprofessional actions by attackin Austin Aries last week. His actions would normally require disciplinary action and could suspend him, but he was asked by Austin Aries not to do it. He was asked for something else from Austin Aries.
At NXT Takeover in Dallas, Baron Corbin will face Austin Aries.
William says that to ensure that there will no inconclusive decisions, the match between Sami Zayn and Samoa JOe will be a two out of three falls match.
We see Sasha Banks, Hideo Itami, and Michael Hayes in the front row for our next match. We also see Larry Zbyszko, Mauro Ranallo, and Adam Jones in the front row on the other side of the building.
Match Number One: Samoa Joe versus Sami Zayn in a Two Out of Three Falls Match to determine the Number One Contender
Fall Number One
Joe with a few jabs that miss as he backs Zayn into the corner. Joe wants a test of strength but Zayn backs away. Joe with a kick to the leg. Zayn favors his leg a little and then Joe misses a round kick when Zayn ducks. They go to a Greco Roman knuckle lock and Joe with a wrist lock. Zayn tries to reverse but Joe adds more pressure to the wrist and Zayn is down. Joe gets a near fall.
They lock up and Zayn with a wrist lock. Zayn with kicks to the hip and thigh to get Joe to his knees. Zayn with a rollup for a near fall. They go for the test of strength again and Joe backs Zayn into the corner and Joe with a clean break that shocks Zayn. They lock up and Zayn backs Joe into the corner and Zayn rubs his forearm across the bridge of the nose before getting out of the corner.
They lock up and Joe with a side head lock and take down. Joe gets a few near falls but Zayn is able to keep his shoulders off the mat. Zayn gets to his feet and Joe holds on when Zayn tries to send him off the ropes. Joe with a shoulder tackle for a near fall. Joe returns to the side head lock. Joe with a take down and he adds his body weight to the pressure on the side head lock. Zayn with forearms and an arm drag into an arm bar.
Zayn takes Joe to the mat and he gets a La Magistral for a near fall. Zayn returns to the arm bar. Joe gets back to his feet and Joe with forearms to the head to get out of the arm bar. Joe with chops and Zayn struggles to stay on his feet. Zayn leaps over Joe and then sends Joe to the floor with an arm drag. Zayn teases a dive to the floor but he lands on the top rope and does an Arabian Press back into the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Joe backs Zayn into the ropes. Joe with kicks to Zayn against the ropes and Zayn is down in the corner. Joe with a snap mare followed by a snap elbow drop. Joe with an elbow to the top of the head and then he locks in a reverse chin lock. Zayn uses his hand to make sure that Joe cannot get the chin lock too tight. Joe with an elbow to Zayn and he gets a near fall.
Joe with Mongolian chops in the corner followed by kicks. Joe with a face wash with his boot and then oe with a running boot across the face. Joe with a snap mare and Joe gets a near fall. Zayn with a forearm and Joe with a forearm to the back of the head. Joe with a head butt to Zayn and Zayn leans against the ropes. Joe with jabs to Zayn and Zayn is down on the apron. Joe with a chop and Zayn goes down. Zayn with a chop and it staggers Joe.
Zayn with forearms but Joe with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Zayn holds the back of his neck as Joe kicks Zayn in the corner. Joe with forearms to Zayn’s head. Joe with punches in the corner. Joe with an elbow to the top of the head. Joe slaps Zayn and pie faces him. Joe with a head butt to Zayn. Zayn with a clothesline or two. Joe with a kick to the midsection but Zayn with a clothesline and Joe is down.
Zayn with an elbow and then he goes up top but Joe gets Zayn up for a muscle buster. Zayn lands on his feet and Joe with an enzuigiri in the corner but Zayn is able to kick out at two. Joe sends Zayn into the turnbuckles and he connects with a jab to Zayn in the corner. The referee checks on Zayn. Zayn with forearms to Joe but Joe with a reverse atomic drop and a running boot and back senton for a near fall.
Joe with a chop and then Joe with a kick to the back of the head when Zayn falls to the mat. Joe with slaps and punches to Zayn. Zayn with a flatline into the Koji Clutch but Joe escapes. Joe with a power slam for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Joe with a chop in the corner. Joe with another chop and Zayn is down and the referee checks on him. Joe with jabs and chops to Zayn and Zayn goes down again. Zayn gets up and he wants Joe to give him more. Joe with a chop and Zayn goes down. Zayn and Joe exchange forearms but Joe knocks Zayn down with a leg sweep. Zayn goes back to the ropes and drops down to send Joe over the top rope to the floor.
Zayn with an Arabian Press onto Joe. Joe is sent back into the ring and Zayn goes up top for a cross body and Zayn gets a near fall. Zayn sets for the Blue Thunder Bomb but Joe blocks it and Joe with elbows to the back of the head. Zayn tries for the Blue Thunder Bomb but Joe twists his torso to turn it into a lateral press and a near fall. Joe with a clothesline for a near fall.
Joe with jabs in the corner and then he puts Zayn on the turnbuckles. Joe gets for the Muscle Buster but Zayn blocks it and connects with a forearm. Zayn tries for the arm drag using the ropes but Joe escapes and he hits the STJoe and then he hits the Muscle Buster for the three count.
Samoa Joe wins Fall One.
We go to commercial.
Fall Number Two
Joe charges into the corner and connects with a knee and follows with forearms. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster but Zayn fights Joe off. Joe with a chop that sends Zayn off the turnbuckles and onto the apron. Joe with forearms and a back fist to the head and Zayn is down on the apron and the referee checks on Zayn.
Joe slaps Zayn and Zayn says he wants to continue the match. Joe sends Zayn into the turnbuckles and he puts Zayn on the turnbuckles for a muscle buster but Zayn with forearms and head butts. Zayn with a missile drop kick and both men are down. Zayn gets to his feet first and Zayn with a head butt. The referee keeps Zayn away from Joe so they can check on Joe. Zayn with punches and the referee has to pull Zayn off Joe.
Joe wtih a chop and forearms to Zayn as he gets him into the corner. Joe with a chop to the top of the head. Joe sets for a suplex and he hits it and gets a near fall. Joe with a reverse chin lock and he has Zayn’s arm trapped wtih his leg. Zayn with punches but Joe with a forearm and snap mare. Joe with a chop to the back followed by a kick to the chest but he misses the knee drop. Zayn with a crucifix for a near fall.
Joe sends Sami to the floor but Zayn gets back in before the ten count. Zayn is sent back to the floor with a kick. Joe sends Zayn into the ring steps. Joe gets back into the ring while the referee makes his count and Zayn gets back in at eight. Joe kicks Zayn to the apron and then Joe with an STO on the floor. The referee gets to nine and Zayn powers up to get back in before the ten count.
Joe with a forearm to Zayn and Zayn fires back. They go back and forth until Zayn gets the advantage and then he tries for a suplex but Joe blocks it. Zayn blocks a suplex attempt and he hits a suplex of his own and Joe rolls to the floor. Zayn with a plancha onto Joe and both men are down on the floor. Zayn sends Joe back into the ring and Zayn goes to the turnbuckles. Joe moves and Zayn lands on his feet. Joe with an elbow. Zayn with a flatine into the Koji Clutch and Joe taps out.
Sami Zayn wins Fall Number Two (Tied 1 Fall each)
We go to commercial.
Fall Number Three
Zayn with forearms but Joe fires back as they struggle to stay on their feet. Zayn with jabs and Joe punches back. Joe with a back fist and he misses a clothesline. Zayn hits the Blue Thunder Bomb and gets a near fall. Zayn sets for a Helluva Kick but Joe gets out of the corner and goes to the floor. Zayn goes up top and Joe returns to the ring and stops Zayn with a forearm. Joe sets for a superplex but Zayn blocks it and connects with forearms to the back and Zayn with a sunset flip power bomb for a near fall.
Joe rolls to the floor again while Zayn struggles to get back to his feet. Zayn sees Joe on the floor and Zayn follows. Zayn sets for the tornado DDT near the ring post and he hits it. Joe is able to get back into the ring at nine and Zayn looks frustrated that the match has to continue.
Zayn is back to his feet and he has a Helluva Kick blocked and Joe with a power bomb for a near fall and he turns it into a Boston Crab. Joe decides it is time for a crossface. Zayn tries to get to the ropes to force Joe to release the hold but Joe grabs Zayn’s arm and applies an arm bar submission. Zayn gets his foot on the rope to force Joe to release the hold.
Joe with forearms and a discus forearm and kick to the midsection and Zayn is down again. Zayn gets back to his feet and Joe with punches and slaps followed by an enzuigiri and Zayn falls to the mat. Zayn gets back to his feet at nine by leaning across the ropes. Joe with Kawada kicks followed by a straight kick to the chest. Zayn gets up and Zayn with a sleeper and a body scissors.
Joe gets out of the body scissors and he gets to the ropes to force Zayn to release the hold. Joe sends Zayn into the turnbuckles but Zayn with an elbow. Joe runs into the corner and Zayn with an Exploder into the turnbuckles. Zayn gets up and he prepares for the Helluva Kick but Zayn misses when Joe moves. Joe with the choke and he applies the body scissors. JOe uses his leg to trap one of the arms and Zayn passes out and the referee calls for the bell.
Samoa Joe wins Fall Number Three
Winner: Samoa Joe (Two Falls to One Fall)
We go to credits.