Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE. It's this week's NXT and Smackdown recaps for the week.
*** NXT ***
- This week's NXT was the tournament semi-finals and finals taped at Wrestlemania Axxess, in San Diego, California, where the winner would get a shot at the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
- Hideo Itami vs. Neville: Itami applies a sleeper hold on Neville and hits a suplex for a near fall. Neville fires back with a super kick, but misses Itami, flying off the top rope. Itami hits the stalling corner drop kick and follows with the running kick. Itami covers and scores the pinfall. Itami advances to the tournament finals.
- Finn Balor vs. Tyler Breeze: Breeze hits a back heel kick, punches and two running forearms. Breeze goes for a third, but Balor counters with the "Slingblade". Balor hits a running drop kick in the corner on Breeze. Balor hits the double stomp on Breeze, covers and scores the pinfall. Balor advances to the finals.
- NXT shows a lot of backstage coverage of the company from Triple H at Wrestlemania. We see some interviews from current NXT talent giving their opinions on NXT.
- "Tournament Finals": Hideo Itami vs. Finn Balor: Itami hits the stalling corner drop kick in the corner. Itami with the flying kick, but Balor counters with "Slingblade". Balor goes to the top rope for the double stomp, but gets crotched on the ropes by Itami. Itami goes for the "GTS", but Balor counters and rolls up Itami for a near fall. Itami connects with the flying kick, covers and scores the pinfall. Hideo Itami wins the tournament and advanced into the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania. After the match, Itami and Balor shook hands.
- The rest of NXT, up to the end of the show, is a highlight package on Hideo Itami and his journey from starting out as KENTA, signing with WWE, highlights of his career all the way up to Wrestlemania 31 and WWE Superstars giving their opinions on Itami.
*** Smackdown ***
- This week Smackdown was taped in Dallas, Texas.
- Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (w/Nattie Neidhart) vs. The New Day (w/Xavier Woods): Kofi lands some chops and a drop kick. Kofi hits the "Boom Drop" then goes for "Trouble in Paradise". The fans continue "New Day Sucks" chants, which distracts Kofi. Cesaro hits the european uppercut on Kofi and Kidd hits the spinning neck breaker. Kidd covers Kofi and scores the pinfall.
- Backstage, Cameron, Nattie Neidhart and Alicia Fox argue and slap each other, as they all claim they'll win the Divas Battle Royal on RAW.
- After the Match: Cameron lays out Nattie and Fox both with DDT's.
And that's this week's Smackdown/NXT recap. Have a great weekend, till next time, tap or snap.