WWE NXT Recap: 2013 In Review, William Regal Vs. Antonio Cesaro
Back from commercial and Renee Young starts talking about the match that Michael Cole says is the best he's seen in the past five years, and the screen goes all fuzzy and the Shield appear. Ambrose says that the Shield proved to be the most dominant unit in sports entertainment in 2013. He's says they've also proven to be the most destructive unit. Destroying is something they do well, and before they did that they built NXT.
Seth Rollin says that it was the Shield's 2013 that paved the way for the next wrestlers to come up and be their victims, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Bo Dallas, the Ascension, Corey Graves. Roman Reigns says that when and if they get to the big show, remember that they own the yard and they're not giving up anytime soon.
Then, Renee Young is back and a recap of the 2 out of 3 falls match between Sami Zayn and Antonio Cesaro is shown.
Devin Taylor is shown again. Sami Zayn walks up to her and she asks him what it was like to compete against Cesaro. Zayn says that he is a beast. He says that he came to NXT with a lot to prove, and that it is an honor to be associated with that best of the year term. Zayn says that it'll always bother him just a bit that he didn't come out on top, and that's why it will never fully be over between him and Cesaro. However, his focus is still on the NXT Championship and Bo Dallas, but first he has to get over the roadblock of Leo Kruger. Zayn says that all of the talk of 2 out of 3 falls matches has him thinking, and he challenges Kruger to a 2 out of 3 falls match on the first NXT show of the new year.
Things head over to Tensai, Byron Saxton, and Tom Phillips. They are on commentary for the match between William Regal and Antonio Cesaro.
William Regal vs. Antonio Cesaro
They lock up. Cesaro locks in a wrist lock. Regal tries to roll out, but Cesaro keeps it locked in. Cesaro wrenches Regal's wrist and arm behind his back on the mat. Regal gets to his feet and the crowd chants you still got it. Regal locks in a side headlock, with his wrist still locked in by Cesaro, as things go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Cesaro is on Regal's shoulders with both a head scissors and his arm locked in as well. Regal tosses him off and Cesaro goes back to work on Regal's arm. Regal reverses and takes Cesaro to the mat. He keeps Cesaro's arm locked in and gets a couple of pin attempts. They interweave their fingers and Cesaro powers to his feet. Cesaro forces Regal to the mat, and Regal goes into a bridging position. Cesaro forces Regal's shoulders to the mat for three pin attempts. Regal springs up and knees Cesaro in the stomach. He wraps Cesaro's arms around his neck straight jacket style and pushes him to his knees.
Regal puts his feet under Cesaro's ankle and then drops to his back, stretching Cesaro across his knees with his arms still locked in. Cesaro gets off of Regal's knees, and tosses him forward, breaking the arm hold. They both get to their feet and circle each other as the crowd chants this is wrestling. They lock their fingers together and shove each other around. Regal locks in a cravat and takes Cesaro to the mat. Cesaro pushes back to his feet using the mat for leverage and flips Regal over his shoulder to the mat (it starts out like a snap mare, but Regal's body is extended in the air like a vertical Suplex).
Cesaro strikes Regal in the corner. Regal counters out and strikes Cesaro to the mat. He argues with the ref, distracting him, and kicks Cesaro in the chest behind his back as he argues. Cesaro gets to his feet and takes out Regal's knee. Regal writhes around in pain. Cesaro slams Regal's knee on the apron as things go to commercial. Back from commercial and Cesaro is working on Regal's knee. Regal kicks him in the face, but Cesaro drops a pair of elbows across the knee. Cesaro takes off Regal's knee brace. He drops a knee on Regal's knee. He kicks Regal in the thigh. Cesaro drops another elbow, and then locks Regal in an Argentine leg lock.
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