WWE NXT Recap: Zayn Vs. Cesaro III, Dolph Ziggler Vs. Alexander Rusev, The Ascension In Action, More
Rusev locks in a waist lock from behind. Ziggler fights out and hits a leaping crossbody in the corner, followed by a dropkick for a near pin fall. Rusev lands a running body block against the ropes for a near pin fall. Ziggler comes back with a Fameasser. Rusev shrugs off a sleeper hold attempt by Ziggler and hits a spinning heel kick. He pulls Ziggler to the center of the ring and goes up top. He leaps off for a splash, but Ziggler moves and hits the Zig Zag for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Zayn flies over the top rope and takes out Cesaro with a dive as Cesaro makes his entrance. He lands multiple head shots. Zayn tosses Cesaro into the ring and lands a running boot to the head for the first fall.
First Fall: Sami Zayn
Zayn clotheslines Cesaro over the top rope. He leaps off and hits Cesaro with a double ax handle. Zayn hits a chop and then whips Cesaro into the steel steps. He slams Cesaro's head onto the apron and breaks the ten count. Zayn heads back out and lands multiple strikes to the body and face. He sends Cesaro inside and tries to follow up the attack, but Cesaro hits a shoulder to the gut. Zayn lands a kick to the head.
Zayn mounts Cesaro in the corner and gets multiple hits to the head. Cesaro fights out and goes for a double boot stomp, but Zayn rolls out of the way. Cesaro charges Zayn, but Zayn puts an elbow up. Zayn goes up top and hits a crossbody for a two count. Cesaro sends Zayn face first into the top turnbuckle. He then stomps on Zayn's head. Cesaro strikes Zayn in the corner and then locks in his head. Zayn backs Cesaro into the corner to get out, but Cesaro locks his head in again. Zayn backs into the corner again and hits head strikes on Cesaro.
Cesaro comes back with a power bomb for a two count. Cesaro hits a big clothesline. Cesaro bounces off the ropes and hits a double boot stomp. Zayn tries to battle back Cesaro with chops and elbows to the head. Cesaro flips Zayn behind him to the mat. He then hits Zayn with another double boot stomp. Cesaro goes for his delayed gut wrench suplex, but Zayn counters into a roll up. Zayn hits a hurricanrana for a two count.
Cesaro hits a bridging Suplex for a two count. Back from commercial and Cesaro has Zayn's head locked in. Zayn gets a roll up for a two count. Zayn lands several head strikes and a dropkick. He charges Cesaro in the corner, but Cesaro locks in Zayn's head and then spins him around. He takes Zayn to the mat with his head still locked in and Zayn taps.
Second Fall: Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro charges Zayn in the corner while he's recovering and lands a big uppercut for a near pin fall. Zayn heads to the apron for a breather and Cesaro pulls him up by his ear. Zayn tries to battle back but Cesaro snaps his neck across the top rope. Cesaro goes up top and dead lift superplexes Zayn from the apron for a very near pin fall. Cesaro picks Zayn up for another Suplex, but Zayn counters into a roll up. Cesaro tries to lock in Zayn's head from behind, but Zayn gets another quick pin attempt.
Zayn hits another running boot to the head in the corner for a near pin fall. Zayn tries to whip Cesaro, who hangs onto the ropes. He whips Zayn. Zayn reverses and hits a Canadian Destroyer, with Cesaro landing on back rather than head, for a ridiculously near fall. Cesaro rolls to the outside for a breather. Zayn runs alongside one side of the ring, dives through the ropes (like, through both sets of ropes where they meet in the corner) connects with Cesaro and hits a tornado DDT as the crowd chants NXT over and over.
Cesaro makes it into the ring at the nine count. Zayn locks in Cesaro's wrist and kicks him in the gut several times. He leaps up top for his springboard tornado DDT, but Cesaro catches Zayn, tosses him in the air above him and hits the European uppercut. He then hits the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
The crowd chants match of the year as the show ends.
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