Wrestling News World'sScott Brooks was at tonight's WWE NXT tapings and filed the following report:
Based on the UCF Taping supposedly having Austin Aries's debut air on March 2nd, these should be the dates that tonight's taping airs.
Adrienne Reese defeated Billie Kay w/Sylvester LeFort via The O-Face.
Sasha Banks and Hideo Itami are sitting together in the front row.
William Regal came to the ring. He said last week Baron Corbin attacked Austin Aries last week. While Baron's actions do deserve discipline, he will not suspend him on account of Austin Aries requesting that he did not. In Dallas, Austin Aries vs Baron Corbin will take place. On account of the issues with the #1 contendership, Samoa Joe will face Sami Zayn in a 2/3 Falls Match. The winner will face Finn Balor and that match starts right now.
Match 1) In a 2/3 Falls #1 Contender's Match, Sami Zayn
Joe mostly controlled the match for about twenty minutes until Zayn hit an Arabian Press and started to make a comeback.
- Fall 1: Samoa Joe scored the first fall in about 22 minutes after an STJoe and a third attempt at a Muscle Buster.
They took about a 90 second breather between falls. Zayn was dazed.
During Fall 2, Joe kept trying to isolate Zayn and take him out on the floor, including hitting an STO on the floor. Zayn fired up in the ring and scored a brainbuster. Zayn then hit a Swanton Bomb dive over the ropes on Joe.
- Fall 2: Sami Zayn won fall 2 via Koji Clutch causing Joe to tap out in about 9 minutes following Fall 1.
- Zayn scored a sunset flip bomb out of the corner on Joe and he went to the floor. Zayn but his dive through the ropes DDT on the floor.
Joe resorted to trying to knock Zayn out. Zayn would not stay down and at one point locked in the Koquina Clutch but Joe got to the ropes.
- Fall 3: Joe won fall 3 in about 9 minutes after that fall, making the match around 40 minutes. Zayn went for the Heluva Kick in the corner but Joe dodged and immediately locked in the Koquina Clutch. He wrapped his leg more around Zayn's arm in the hold and Zayn passed out.
Joe was interviewed on the stage after the match. He was asked if he had any words for Finn Balor. Joe said he is the #1 contender and he is the man that deserves this spot. He stands here undeniable after everything Regal has put in front of him and he will stand the new NXT Champion.
Match 1) The Hype Bros beat Angelo Dawkins and an unknown partner.
Match 2) Emma w/Dana Brooke squashed Deonna Purrazzo.
Match 3) Tomasso Ciampa squashed Jesse Sorensen via submission.
Match 4) Bayley & Asuka defeated Eva Marie & Nia Jax. Jax accidentally hit a leg drop on Eva when Bayley moved. Roundhouse kick from Asuka to the head and a Hugplex from Bayley on Eva allowed Bayley and Asuka to win.
William Regal came to the stage and commended both Bayley and Asuka, the former for being what a champion should be and the latter for enhancing an already strong top division in the industry. He announced Asuka as the #1 contender for Bayley in Dallas.
Match 5) In a #1 contendership match for the NXT Tag Team Titles, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable defeated Aiden English and Simon Gotch after hitting their finisher on Aiden.
Sami Zayn came to the ring for an interview. Zayn said last week he and Joe went to war. He is not embarrassed about losing because they went toe to toe for nearly an hour. It just happened to go his way. Whether it is Balor or Joe, his goal remains to become the first two time NXT Champion. The only thing nagging at him the tiniest bit is that Takeover Dallas is going to be huge and you know NXT will steal the show. Zayn has said it before and he will say it again, he feels like a proud papa when it comes to NXT. Before he can continue, William Regal came out and said Zayn deserves something very special for Dallas. For all he has done and for all the fans here. Sami Zayn will face NXTms newest signee: a video of Shinsuke Nakamura comes on the screen as the crowd chants "holy shit."
Match 1) Johnny Gargano defeated Elias Samson via a rollup.
After the match, Samson laid out Gargano with a finisher. Apollo Crews ran out and stood between Samson and Gargano.
Match 2) In a non-title match, Finn Balor defeated Rich Swann following a Coup De Grace and a Bloody Sunday.
Match 3) Alexa Bliss w/Blake & Murphy defeated Sarah (AKA Crazy Mary) Dobson via Sparkle Splash. Dobson at one point came off the top rope and kneed Bliss pretty hard in the face. Not sure if there may have been an injury there.
Before Bull Dempsey vs Martin Stone could get started, Joe ran down the ramp and choked out Bull. He got in the ring and choked out Martin then asked for a mic. He yelled into the camera but could not really understand what he said.
Match 4) Asuka defeated Emma w/Dana Brooke via Asuka Lock.
The ring announcer announced a "special match" later in the night.
Match 1) Austin Aries defeated Riddick Moss via Last Chancery.
Match 2) Jason Jordan & Chad Gable defeated Corey Hollis & John Skyler after they hit their finisher on Hollis.
Match 3) Baron Corbin defeated QT Marshall via The Deep Six.
Baron hit The End of Days on QT after the match.
Match 4) In a non-title match, Dawson and Wilder defeated Steve Cutler and Tucker Knight when they hit their finisher on Knight.
Match 5) Apollo Crews squashed Alex Riley.
After the match, Elias Samson came to the stage playing his guitar and sang a song to the malign of the fans. He got close to the ring and Crews challenged him to get into the ring but Samson left.
Match 6) Samoa Joe squashed Bull Dempsey.
Refs, Axel Keegan and another wrestler tried to come out to get Joe off Bull. Both wrestlers got thrown out. William Regal was trying to tell Joe to get him off. Finn Balor ran out and laid out Joe from the ring. The two then brawled around ringside. Joe threw Balor over the announce table onto Graves and Tom. Refs held Joe back as Balor came off the table with a dive onto all of them. They eventually got pulled apart by security and refs.
Probably dark but Balor came into the ring to pose for the fans and Joe jumped him once again and they continued to brawl. Balor hit a kick through the ropes and slid Joe into the ring. He went for the Coup De Grace but Joe left.
No return date was announced for Full Sail yet.
The card for NXT Takeover Dallas includes the following.
NXT Heavyweight Title Match
Finn Balor (C) vs. Samoa Joe
NXT Women's Title Match
Bayley (C) vs. Asuka
NXT Tag Team Title Match
The Mechanics (C) vs. American Alpha
Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin
(Unconfirmed but highly likely) Apollo Crews vs "The Drifter" Elias Samson