It's R Evolution!!
What is up gang, welcome to another Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, special edition. Wrestling Lockup with Brandon is brought to you by my good friends at Triple Threat CLE. Today's special edition is NXT's R-Evolution pay per view, which took place Thursday night at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Let's get to the results.
- During the pre-game show, up and comer, Corey Graves, made a big announcement. That announcement, however, was not a good one. Graves, who has been out after suffering many concussions competing in the past, officially announced his retirement from the WWE. Graves stated that the doctors felt it was best for him and his health to retire. Graves then announced that he has accepted a job as an announcer on NXT.
- Backstage Segment with Roman Reigns: Roman Reigns vows to become the first NXT alumni member to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
(If Zayn loses, he will quit NXT): Nice series of mat wrestling by both men in the early stages of the match. Counters and reversals on submission holds come next until Neville ends up on the floor after a Zayn tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Zayn flies with the "Asai Moonsault" and takes out Neville. Zayn with a crucifix pin for a near fall. Neville hits a drop kick and a leg drop for a near fall. Neville applies a chin lock, then whips Zayn into the corner, connects with an uppercut and gets a near fall. Zayn hits a couple clotheslines and a drop kick but gets flung to the floor by a Neville hurricanranna. Neville goes out to the floor but gets laid out by a Zayn flip over the ropes. Back in the ring, Zayn scores a near fall with a cross body. Zayn catches Neville on his shoulders and plants Neville with the "Blue Thunder Bomb" for a near fall. Neville connects with a bridging german suplex for a near fall. Neville hits a spin kick and a sit down power bomb for a near fall. Zayn and Neville refuse to back down as they unload on each other after getting in each other's face. Neville drops Zayn and goes for "Red Arrow" off the top rope. Zayn counters "Red Arrow" by getting his knees up and then locking Neville in the "Koji Clutch" submission. Neville barely reaches the ropes to break the hold.
- After the match, the locker room empties out into the ring and everyone is celebrating with a very emotional Sami Zayn. Zayn hugs his best friend Kevin Owens and gets a hug from the now former champion Adrian Neville. Owens raises Zayn's hand and they leave the ring together. Owens and Zayn walk up the ramp together and..............we have a heel turn!!! Owens nails Zayn and sends him into the ramp. Owens picks Zayn up and drops him on the apron with the Owens' trademark apron power bomb. Zayn is left unconscious as medical hit the ring and check on him and Owens walks off to end the show.
Another awesome NXT pay per view! Seriously this and a lot of the programs WWE put on the WWE Network is the only reason why I shell out $9.99 a month. WWE pay per view's sadly have not been this good for a very long time.
Until next time, tap or snap.