We’re live inside the soundstage at Full Sail University. Triple H comes on the mic and says are you ready. A spotlight shines on him and said, no are you ready?! This is N-X-T! Hunter is in the ring as smoke shoots throughout the building. He said NXT is the next generation and the next generation has arrived.
Two out of Three Falls Match
– Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
Sami Zayn comes out first and the crowd loves him. Brandi Rhodes, Cody’s wife, is doing the ring announcing. The announcers are William Regal, Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton. Cesaro is out next to the Real Americans music. He’s over as a babyface too, remember this is a more knowledgable crowd that appreciates both of these guys and their work. Loud NXT and Math of the Year chants.
Cesaro has black trunks on, Zayn has black pants and black boots. Cesaro shoves Zayn down. Loud chants for both performers, this has a Ring of Honor feel to it. Cesaro picks Sami up and slams him to the ring canvas. They’re starting slow, letting the crowd build into it. They lockup and it’s a sideheadlock takeover by Cesaro. They exchange moves but Cesaro hits a beautiful dropkick.
Cesaro fights for opening control but he can’t get it. He catches Zayn off the ropes but then they chain wrestle. Cesaro drops to the outside but Zayn follows with a suicide dive. This gets a loud NXT chant and the referee counts. Zayn rolls Cesaro in and “this is awesome” chants are loud. Zayn off the top in a cross-body, Cesaro counters into a backbreaker and gets a two count. Zayn counters and Cesaro throws him to the outside. Ceasro follows with rights on the outside. He takes the head of Sami Zayn and bounces it off the ring and then the crowd barricade. Cesaro puts him back in and tosses him back out.
Sami Zayn, who has every country he’s ever competed in on his ring gear, counters. Cesaro picks Zayn up and slams him on the apron. Back into the ring and a two count for Cesaro. Zayn is again tossed to the outside and Cesaro stomps his head. Cesaro picks Zayn up and drops him on the barricade. Ceasro works him on the outside, pushing Zayn’s body into the side of the ring. Cesaro uses the ring post to wrap the left leg of Zayn around it. Zayn kicks his way out and goes to the outside.
Zayn launched from the outside through the middle rope but Cesaro caught him with an uppercut on the other side on the outside! They’re back in the ring and Cesaro works the leg of Sami Zayn in the corner. Cesaro continues to work the left leg of Zayn, going off the ropes and crashing down onto it. He follows with a two count. Cesaro kicks Zayn in the face. “This is awesome” chants from the crowd as Cesaro continues to work the leg with a dragon screw leg whip. Zayn counters out of desperation and the crowd gets behind him.
It doesn’t keep Cesaro down long as he goes right back to that left knee of Zayn. He’s firmly targeting it and is proud of himself over it. “We the people” chant from the crowd. Sami fights back with right hands but Cesaro pulls him down and locks in a single leg Boston crab. Zayn battles to the ropes and the crowd chants “Sami.” Cesaro, with a smirk, runs at Zayn but runs right into his boot. Zayn counters and sends Cesaro to the outside. Zayn springboards off the ropes but Cesaro caught him when he launched. Cesaro destroyed him on the ramp and gets back in the ring. The referee counts. Zayn just barely gets back in before being counted out.
Zayn sells hard as Cesaro runs at him. Zayn hits an exploder suplex off a counter and gets a cover. Zayn continued to land offense and hit a blue thunder bomb on Cesaro for another cover. He applied the Koji Clutch but Cesaro countered with his own submission maneuver. Zayn tries to get to the ropes and finally gets to the bottom rope. THey exchange offense and another cover happens before Cesaro puts Zayn in the Cesaro swing. He follows with an uppercut and gets three covers.
Cesaro can’t put him away and is worn out. The crowd is very appreciative with loud “this is awesome” chants. They replay a double stomp from Cesaro onto Zayn that he did between the second and third cover I mentioned above. Zayn is on the apron, Cesaro on the middle rope. Zayn throws hard right hands and kicks with his right leg. Cesaro is sitting on the top turnbuckle. Zayn uses elbows to his head and is on the top rope and attempted a hurricanrana. Cesaro went for the Nuetralizer off the top rope but Zayn countered. Zayn hit the huelva kick and got a two count. Cesaro is back up and Zayn is really selling the knee. Cesaro hits a stiff European uppercut and tells Sami Zayn to stay down. The referee begins to count.
Zayn gets back to his feet but only to take another stiff European uppercut from Cesaro. He pleads with Sami to stay down. The referee counts again as the crowd chants ‘Sami.’ They exchange rights and an all out brawl ensues. Sami hits a German suplex out of nowhere! Cesaro lands a boot to the face and goes for the Neutralizer but Zayn blocks. Zayn hit a Spin-out powerbomb off a counter and got a two count but he kicked out as well. A phenomenal match in front of an excellent crowd. Cesaro picked Zayn up and hit an uppercut and Zayn kicked out at one!
Cesaro can’t believe it. He lands another monster uppercut and finally the Neutralizer for the win. Wow, what a match!
Winner – Cesaro
After the match, Cesaro stood tall and Zayn looked dejected. Cesaro started up the ramp but came back to the ramp. The crowd chants “hug it out.” Cesaro pulled him up and embraced him. Loud “NXT” chants, wow guys that was something.
Richard Reacts: We’ve thrown around the phrase “Match of the Year” a lot lately but wow, I’m just not sure anything has topped this. Cesaro and Sami Zayn are two of the best workers in the world and were on a mission tonight. Their mission was to give a five star match and they did it. There were a ton of notable spots but Zayn countering the Neutralizer into a Spin-out powerbomb was one of the most phenomenal spots I’ve ever witnessed.