Friday, January 29, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 1.29.16: #NXT & #SmackDown

By @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, is here with your NXT and Smackdown Recap Edition.

This week's NXT took place back at their home base of Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Future up and comers, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable were in tag team action. Nia Jax looked to rebound from her NXT Takeover: London loss to Bayley. Alex Riley makes his return to NXT. The Main Event saw a #1 Contenders, Triple Threat Match to determine a challenger for Finn Balor and the NXT World Title.

*** NXT ***

Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs. Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy: Jordan and Gable debut their new tag team name, the American Alphas. The match closes out with, Gable making the hot tag to Jordan, who comes in and cleans house on Blake and Murphy. Jordan hits a series of suplexes and then belly to belly suplexes Murphy into Blake. Jordan and Gable hit their double team finisher and score the pinfall.
Winners: Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Emma and Dana Brooke mock Carmella and state that Carmella doesn't have the skills to beat either of them.

- Nia Jax vs. Liv Morgan: Nia Jax rebounds after her loss to Bayley at Takeover: London. The match closes out with, Nia making quick work of Liv. Nia locks in a cobra clutch submission, which Liv escapes with a jaw breaker. Liv goes for a guillotine choke submission, but Nia shoves her off. Nia hits a sidewalk slam, then a leg drop and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Alex Riley vs. Bull Dempsey: Alex Riley returns to NXT and Dempsey doesn't take Riley serious at all, as he does jumping jacks. Riley proves he's serious by kicking Dempsey and hitting a neck breaker. The match closes out with, Riley hitting a spine buster on Dempsey and then kneeing Dempsey in the face to score the pinfall.
Winner: Alex Riley, by pinfall.

- Elias Samson vs. John Skylar: Elias Samson continues to dominate in NXT. The match closes out with, Samson unloading stomps, kicks and punches on Skylar. Samson with a running knee followed by a neck breaker and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Elias Samson, by pinfall.

- "#1 Contenders, Triple Threat Match": Baron Corbin vs. Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn: Who would win and challenge Finn Balor for the NXT World Title? The match closes out with, Joe pulling Zayn outside and locking Zayn in the Coquina Clutch submission. Joe gets back in the ring and gets hit with End of Days by Corbin. Zayn is able to stop Corbin's pinfall. Zayn blocks a Corbin assault in the corner and hits him with an exploder suplex. Zayn charges Corbin and connects with the Helluva Kick. Zayn covers, but Joe breaks up the pinfall. Zayn locks Corbin in a sharpshooter submission as Joe locks Corbin in a cross face submission at the same time.
Corbin taps out to both submission holds with an unclear winner. After the match, NXT GM William Regal arrives and tells the referee he'll need time to review the match ending to determine his final say.
Winners: Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn, by submission.

- This closes out this weeks NXT.

*** Smackdown ***

This week's Smackdown took place in Tampa, Florida. On this weeks show, AJ Styles made his Smackdown debut, battling Social Outcasts member, Curtis Axel. Kalisto defended his newly won WWE United States Championship against Neville. Chris Jericho had another edition of the Highlight Reel, with special guests, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. The Wyatt Family challenge Reigns, Ambrose and Jericho.

- The New Day Promo: The New Day say that The Rock should be ashamed of himself, the New Day just wanted to enlighten The Rock on RAW and remind him he doesn't have the gold like New Day. The New Day were also highly upset he referred to their unicorn horn as something you can't say on a PG show. The New Day say Rock is cookin' doo doo and call him Doo Doo Dwayne. The Miz comes out and sides with The New Day because he was insulted by The Rock too. Miz says he's a Hollywood A-Lister who main evented Wrestlemania and deserves respect. The Rock's cousins The Usos interrupt and ask Miz if he used his Wrestlemania money to buy his pretty dress. The New Day chime in and tell The Usos that Miz main evented Wrestlemania and has the best mouth in the business. The New Day say it's a shame that The Usos ride cousin Rock's coattails and probably feel pretty outnumbered right now. The Usos call out Titus O'Neil and Dolph Ziggler as their back up and a huge brawl breaks out.

- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": The Usos, Dolph Ziggler and Titus O’Neil vs. The New Day and The Miz: This impromptu match took place after the brawl. The match closes out with, Titus hitting a Stinger Splash on Kofi and a power slam for a near fall. The Usos hit Uso Kicks on Big E then plancha out to the floor and take out everyone else. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on Woods and Miz tries to sneak in the Skull Crushing Finale on Ziggler. Ziggler counters with a super kick and Titus hits the Clash of the Titus for the pinfall.
Winners: The Usos, Dolph Ziggler and Titus O'Neil.

- "WWE United States Championship Match": Kalisto (c) vs. Neville: Kalisto was  coming off his win on Alberto Del Rio at Royal Rumble and defended the title tonight. The match closes out with, Kalisto getting a near fall Frankensteiner. Kalisto goes for Salida Del Sol, but Neville counters with an enziguri. Kalisto counters a german suplex and gets a near fall rollup. Neville lands a boot, but Kalisto counters another german suplex with Salida Del Sol for the pinfall.
Winner: Kalisto, by pinfall, to retain the WWE United States Championship.

- The Highlight Reel with Special Guests, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose: Jericho talks about the 51 minutes he lasted in the Royal Rumble and about his match on RAW against AJ Styles. Dean Ambrose comes out first with a flower pot and is followed by Roman Reigns. Ambrose brought flowers to jazz up the Highlight Reel set. Jericho asks if the up coming triple threat match at Fastlane will ruin their friendship. Reigns and Ambrose agree that close brothers don't fight and don't have time for stupidity. Ambrose and Reigns jokingly mention what they'll do to each other in the triple threat match. Jericho asks about Brock Lesnar. Ambrose says with a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line there's no time to be scared of the beast. Reigns warns Ambrose he's getting into a war with Lesnar. Ambrose reminds Reigns he doesn't have to beat Lesnar, he can beat Reigns too. Reigns says that that'll be a first if Ambrose can pull that off. The Wyatt Family suddenly appear and interrupt. The Wyatts brought the apocalypse at Royal Rumble and destroyed Lesnar. Reigns dares Bray to come to the ring. Bray tells Reigns to be patient and he, Ambrose and Jericho can face The Wyatts later tonight.

- AJ Styles vs. Curtis Axel: Styles coming off his victory on Chris Jericho on RAW, battled the Social Outcasts. The match closes out with, Axel landing a boot to AJ. AJ fires back with a springboard Pele Kick. Adam Rose gets on the apron and AJ sends Rose flying. AJ hits a plancha and takes out Heath Slater and Bo Dallas. Axel goes for the Perfect Plex, but AJ counters with the Pele Kick. AJ hits the Styles Clash and scores the pinfall.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall.

- Nattie Neidhart vs. Charlotte: Charlotte battled Nattie as she continues to make enemies in the Divas Division. The match closes out with, Nattie hitting a clothesline and a german suplex, sending Charlotte outside. Ric Flair distractes Nattie long enough to allow Charlotte to chop block the leg. Charlotte locks in the Figure Eight submission and forces Nattie to tap out. After the match, Charlotte reapplies the Figure Four submission on Nattie. Becky Lynch hits the ring and makes the save, as Charlotte escapes.
Winner: Charlotte, by submission.

- Backstage, Goldust again tries to get R-Truth to be his partner, but Truth still thinks he means partner in a different way.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho vs. The Wyatt Family: This match takes place after the Highlight Reel confrontation. The match closes out with, Jericho hitting a springboard drop kick on Bray. Ambrose and Jericho plancha to the floor onto the Wyatts. Reigns Superman Punches Harper, but Braun Strowman who wasn't in the match, attacks Reigns for the DQ. After the match, Strowman tosses Reigns into the barricade and tosses Jericho over the announcers table. Bray drags Reigns into the ring and sets up for Sister Abigail.
Big Show hits the ring and lays out Rowan and Harper. Show sends Strowman to the floor and fights off a Rowan and Harper attack. Reigns counters Sister Abigail and hits Bray with the Superman Punch. Jericho and Ambrose toss Rowan to the floor and Reigns spears Harper. Reigns, Ambrose, Jericho and Show stand tall to close the show.
Winners: Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho, by DQ.

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