WWE NXT Recap: Sami Zayn TV Debut, Graves Battles Wyatt, Mason Ryan In Action, More
Curt Hawkins vs. Sami Zayn
This is Sami Zayn's TV NXT debut. They tie up and Hawkins backs Zayn into the corner. The ref breaks it up and Hawkins locks in a side headlock. Zayn pushes him to the ropes and Hawkins lands a shoulder knockdown. He bounds off the ropes and Zayn lands multiple arm drag takedowns (William Regal is talking a lot about Zayn's wrestling experience on commentary). Zayn lands two chops in the corner and then mounts Hawkins and punches him multiple times. Hawkins pushes him off and Zayn charges, but Hawkins puts a boot up. Hawkins lands a big kick to Zayn's head.
Hawkins kicks Zayn in the stomach on the mat and then locks in a headlock. Zayn fights out and goes to the corner. Hawkins charges him, but Zayn moves and Hawkins crashes into the corner. Zayn lands a pair of clotheslines and a dropkick. Hawkins comes back with a body slam. Zayn then hits a modified tornado DDT from the top rope for the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Antonio Cesaro vs. Yoshi Tatsu
They tie up and Cesaro powers Tatsu into the corner. He knees Tatsu and whips him into another corner. He charges and Tatsu moves. Tatsu lands a crossbody, followed by multiple kicks. He bounds off the ropes and Cesaro lands the European uppercut, followed by the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
After the match Cesaro takes the mic up and asks if Tatsu is the best competition he can get. He says he puts the W in WWE and that there is nobody on any show that can hold a candle to what he does in the ring.
Sami Zayn then comes out on the ramp with a mic. He questions if Cesaro said he has no competition. Zayn says the audience doesn't agree with him. He then says that if he is looking for competition, followed by something in Arabic. Zayn then says something in French. He says if Cesaro is looking for competition, he will give it to him. Zayn gets into the ring.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn
They tie up and Cesaro lands a fireman's carry. They chain wrestle back and forth briefly and Cesaro keeps Zayn's wrist locked in. Zayn jumps up on the top rope and does a springboard backflip to escape. Cesaro bails to the outside as things go to commercial. Back from commercial and Cesaro has Zayn against the ropes. Cesaro lifts Zayn up and drops him on the top rope. Cesaro whips Zayn into two corners and then locks in a chin lock.
Cesaro knees him in the gut and then a hits double boot stomp. Cesaro lands a clothesline for a near pin fall. Zayn fights back with a heel kick. He goes to the corner, Cesaro charges and Zayn sidesteps. Zayn hits a roll up attempt. Cesaro kicks out hard, which sends Zayn to the apron. Zayn drapes Cesaro's neck across the top rope and goes up top. He tries for a crossbody, but Cesaro catches him and counters into a back breaker. Cesaro hits Zayn with a running uppercut in the corner for a near pin fall. He then hits Zayn with a series of jabs in the corner.
Cesaro picks Zayn up for a vertical Suplex and Zayn hits a quick roll up for the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn
After the match, Cesaro attacks Zayn and punches him multiple times. He then hits Zayn with the Neutralizer. Renee Young is then shown backstage. She starts talking about whom she is about to interview and Emma walks up. She tells Young she is here. Young says she doesn't have an interview scheduled with her and Emma says she is ready to be interviewed.
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