April 15, 2020
Full Sail University
Winter Park, Florida
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Commentators: Tom Phillips & Byron Saxton
First Match: Finn Balor vs. Fabian Aichner w/Marcel Barthel
— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2020
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Balor with a waist lock go-behind. Balor with a side headlock takeover. Aichner with an arm-drag takedown. Aichner applies an arm-bar. Balor responds with a headscissors neck lock. Aichner floats over into a side headlock. Balor with heavy bodyshots. Standing Switch Exchange. Aichner with a waist lock takedown. Balor is distracted by Barthel. Aichner drives his knee into the midsection of Balor. Aichner punches Balor in the back. Aichner kicks Balor in the face. Balor reverses out of the irish whip from Aichner. Aichner goes for a sunset flip, but Balor counters with a basement dropkick. Balor blasts Aichner with a knife edge chop. Balor follows that with a gut punch. Aichner reverses out of the irish whip from Balor. Aichner dives over Balor. Balor drops down on the canvas. Aichner fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Balor with a Spin Out Elbow Drop. Balor with a running boot to the midsection of Aichner. The referee admonishes Barthel.
Balor with a dropkick through the ropes. Balor has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Balor with three deep arm-drags. Balor applies an arm-bar. Barthel trips Balor from the outside. Balor decks Aichner with a back elbow smash. Balor ducks a clothesline from Aichner. Aichner with a Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker. Aichner is mauling Balor in the corner. Aichner continues to target the back of Balor. Aichner whips Balor back first into the turnbuckles. Aichner toys around with Balor. Aichner buries his shoulder into the midsection of Balor. Aichner once again whips Balor into the turnbuckles. Aichner slaps Balor in the face. Balor responds with a knife edge chop. Balor with rapid fire bodyshots. Following a snap mare takeover, Balor kicks Aichner in the back. Aichner denies The PK.
Aichner slaps Balor in the chest. Aichner kicks Balor in the gut. Aichner uppercuts Balor. Aichner drops Balor with a Lariat for a two count. Aichner goes for a PowerBomb, but Balor lands back on his feet. Balor with a double leg takedown. Balor with a Standing Double Foot Stomp. Balor hits The SlingBlade. Balor knocks Barthel off the ring apron. Aichner rolls Balor over for a two count. One Arm PowerBomb by Aichner. Barthel punches Balor behind the referee’s back. Balor side steps Aichner into the steel ring steps. Balor with The SlingBlade on the floor. Balor nails Barthel with The ShotGun Dropkick through the ringside barricade. Aichner dumps Balor chest first on the ring apron. Aichner throws Balor back inside the ring. Aichner goes for a Double SpringBoard MoonSault, but Balor ducks out of the way. Balor delivers The ShotGun Dropkick. Balor connects with The Coupe De Grace. Balor plants Aichner with The 1916 to pickup the victory.
Winner: Finn Balor via Pinfall
Charlotte Flair Promo
It’s feel good to call your shot. A lot of women talk a big game, but no one at the WWE backs it up like me. Rhea Ripley, she was a challenge and she is mark my word, the future. But i’m not going to apologize for my greatness. Winning this NXT Women’s Championship is going to solidify my legacy, because i’m going to do what no one has done before and that is dominate three different eras of sports entertainment. The past, the present and the future. I dominated the generation before me. I beat Nattie to win the NXT Championship. I ended Nikki Bella’s historic title reign. I even beat Paige who at that time was considered the best in the business. Trish Stratus, legend, even wanted to come back and see if she still had it. Of course, she didn’t.
For the past five years, I have been the most dominant woman in this woman’s evolution. I’ve tapped out all of the four horsewomen, Bayley, Sasha, Becky. I’ve beaten Bliss. I’ve beaten Naomi. I’ve beaten Carmella. I ended Asuka’s undefeated streak. I left Ronda Rousey a broken woman. Now, we come to the future generation. For the last year, all i’ve heard is NXT Women’s Division is the best women’s division across all three brands. Give them credit, they proved that at Survivor Series. So I’m coming to NXT to run through the best division in the WWE.
And they all want a shot at The Queen. Once Rhea’s picked up all the pieces, she’s gonna want another shot and then you have the number one contender, Io Shirari. Candice LeRae is hungry. You wanna know who I have my eye on, Mia Yim. Mia was actually my first opponent in NXT and to see our careers grow and now we’re at the same place at the same time, I wanna be generous. I wanna give Mia Yim the first lottery ticket. And after I beat Mia Yim, Regal can line them all up, one by one. And after I beat them all, there is no conversation, no debate, no doubt. It is simply fact that Charlotte Flair is the greatest of all time, past, present and future.
— BOUJEÉ Aliyah (@WWE_Aliyah) April 15, 2020
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 16, 2020
Second Match: Xia Li vs. Aliyah
Li drops Aliyah with The Big Boot. Li transitions into a ground and pound attack. Aliyah regroups on the outside. Li runs after Aliyah. Aliyah uses the referee as a human shield. Aliyah nails Li with The Pump Kick for a one count. Aliyah backs Li into the turnbuckles. Aliyah is lighting up Li’s chest. Aliyah uppercuts Li. Aliyah screams into the camera. Quick shoving contest. Aliyah drops Li with The Lou Thez Press. Aliyah is raining down haymakers. Aliyah into the cover for a one count. Aliyah argues with the referee. Aliyah applies a rear chin lock.
Li gets back to a vertical base. Li sends Aliyah across the ring. Li rolls Aliyah over for a one count. Aliyah with a forearm smash. Aliyah goes for a Bodyslam, but Li lands back on her feet. Li shoves Aliyah in the back. Aliyah kicks Li in the gut. Aliyah with the irish whip. Li side steps Aliyah into the turnbuckles. Li decks Aliyah with a back elbow smash. Li ducks a clothesline from Aliyah. Li slaps Aliyah in the face. Li with a straight right hand. Li clotheslines Aliyah. Li unloads a flurry of kicks. Li with a Flying Forearm Smash in the corner. Li follows that with a Front Dropkick. Li connects with The Windmill Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Xia Li via Pinfall
Third Match: (0-0) Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. (0-0) Akira Tozawa. Group B Match In The Interim WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament
— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2020
Tozawa kicks the left leg of Scott. The feeling out process continues. Tozawa with a waist lock go-behind. Scott with a wrist lock takedown. Scott with the quick cover for a one count. Scott maintains wrist control. Tozawa whips Scott across the ring. Tozawa goes for a Hurricanrana, but Scott lands back on his feet. Scott rolls under a clothesline from Tozawa. Scott with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Knife Edge Chop Exchange. Tozawa scores a right jab. Tozawa with a forearm smash. Scott answers with a Running European Uppercut. Tozawa nails Scott with The Pump Kick over the top rope. Tozawa repeatedly stomps on Scott’s back. Tozawa sits on the back of Scott’s neck.
Forearm/OverHand Chop Exchange. Tozawa throws Scott off the ring apron. Scott with a Leaping FrankenSteiner. Scott applies a rear chin lock. Tozawa with heavy bodyshots. Tozawa sends Scott crashing to the outside. Scott avoids The Suicide Dive. Tozawa hits The Tumbleweed Senton off the steel ring steps. Tozawa rolls Scott back into the ring. Tozawa delivers The Missile Dropkick for a two count. Scott fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Scott goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Tozawa lands back on his feet. Tozawa ducks a clothesline from Scott. Tozawa applies The Flying Octopus. Tozawa transitions into a Dragon Sleeper.
Tozawa applies a guillotine choke. Scott drills Tozawa with The Brain Buster. Scott with clubbing blows to Tozawa’s back. Scott goes Scott goes for The JML Driver, but Tozawa rolls him over for a two count. Tozawa with a Spinning Back Kick. Scott avoids The Windmill Kick. Tozawa crawls under Scott. Tozawa applies a waist lock. Scott with a back heel trip. Scott with The Release German Suplex. Scott connects with The House Call for a two count. Scott is shocked. Scott puts Tozawa on the middle turnbuckle. Tozawa uses his feet to create separation. Tozawa with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex into the turnbuckles. Tozawa delivers The Windmill Kick. Tozawa plants Scott with The Senton Bomb to pickup the victory.
Winner: (1-0) Akira Tozawa via Pinfall
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) April 16, 2020
F 💚A❣️N 💚T ⚪A❣️S 💚M ⚪A❣️
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) April 16, 2020
Fourth Match: Tegan Nox vs. Raquel Gonzalez w/Dakota Kai
— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2020
Nox side steps the charging Gonzalez. Nox applies a waist lock. Gonzalez applies a wrist lock. Gonzalez lifts Nox off her feet. Gonzalez drops Nox with a shoulder. Gonzalez maintains wrist control. Gonzalez continues to show off her strength. Gonzalez with a Pendulum BackBreaker. Gonzalez flips Nox over in the process. Gonzalez yanks on Nox’s hair. Gonzalez clotheslines the back of Nox’s neck. Gonzalez is rag dolling Nox. Gonzalez abuses the referee’s five count. Gonzalez continues to lift Nox off of her feet. Gonzalez denies the victory roll. Gonzalez goes for a WheelBarrow Suplex, but Nox lands back on her feet.
Gonzalez with a Running Lariat across the back of Nox’s neck. Gonzalez sends Nox to the corner. Gonzalez repeatedly stomps on Nox’s chest. Gonzalez whips Nox into the turnbuckles. Nox is displaying her fighting spirit. Nox with forearm shivers. Gonzalez repeatedly whips Nox into the turnbuckles. Gonzalez starts punching Nox in the ribs. Nox can’t seem to gain any sort of momentum during this match. Kai nails Nox with The Pump Kick behind the referee’s back. Gonzalez hooks the leg for a two count. Shotzi Blackheart attacks Kai with her helmet. Gonzalez yells at Blackheart. Gonzalez gets Blackheart in position for The Apron ChokeSlam. Nox rolls Gonzalez over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Tegan Nox via Pinfall
I cannot wait to hear what Tommaso has to say! #WWENXT
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) April 16, 2020
The Journey Of Keith Lee
My journey as the Limitless One, it didn’t start in NXT, no, no, no. It started about 30 years ago at the so tender age of 5. My grandmother, Mary Golden, introduced me to this sport. She would always talk about The Von Erichs and The Free Birds, but then she introduce me to “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Little did I know the influence he’d have on my career. 20 years old, I made the decision to pursue this thing. My grandmother got me into it. My family, they didn’t want me in it at all.
My father despised the idea of me starting from the bottom. I dropped everything, including football. I took my keys and I stole my own car to drive five hours to work an event with Mick Foley. And I, actually, ended up getting kicked out of my house, homeless for a little bit. So when they talk about sacrifice, I have literally sacrificed everything to make this work. I got told no here, I got told no there. Too big, too different, you don’t wrestle like us. After those 13 years, that journey, that grind, that work, will you find me now?
Finally, I came to the place where the world’s best athletes are. And guess who stands out? And a rivalry between Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic opened the eyes of The NXT Universe. And I took that right into Survivor Series weekend. Now, there’s something special in the air about the Limitless One. Thank you for your passion, your pride, your love. And let me remind you, you ain’t seen nothing yet. What better way to start off the year of 2020 than coming out and winning my first championship in WWE? Now everything has come full circle. Now, all of this could have gone one or two directions. One, give up. Two, grind and work harder and overcome and that is means to be limitless.
Fifth Match: Dexter Lumis vs. Tehuti Miles
Lumis is in a deep trance. Miles walks towards Lumis. Lumis with clubbing blows to Miles back. Lumis slams Miles face on the canvas. Lumis with a vicious crossface. Miles blocks a punch from Lumis. Miles with Two Dropkick. Miles uppercuts Lumis. Lumis responds with The SpineBuster. Lumis slithers around the ring. Lumis yanks on Miles hair. Lumis connects with The SitOut Uranage Slam. Lumis makes Miles tap out to The Anaconda Vice.
Winner: Dexter Lumis via Submission
.@AdamColePro is a very, very nice guy.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) April 16, 2020
The Velveteen Dream & Finn Balor Segment
The Velveteen Dream: Typical, typical Adam Cole, typical of you to no show the Dream tonight. You leave the Dream here all alone in this big old building. For what? To play video games? It’s obvious you were busy earlier today, I mean, you cut that video when the sun was still out. Do you think the Dream really is stupid? You really believe the words that come out of your mouth, Adam Cole? Because the Dream thinks a lot of you.
The Dream thinks you fancy yourself some kind of a mastermind of The Undisputed Era. Adam Cole, you fancy yourself as the leader of The Undisputed Era. What the Dream knows you as is the last remaining champion of The Undisputed Era, Adam Cole. Arguably, the greatest NXT Champion of all time, Adam Cole. Undisputedly, you are the longest reigning champion of all time, Adam Cole. But when it’s all said Adam Cole, the Dream wants you to remember two words, bay-bay, dream over.
Finn Balor: I don’t know you, I don’t like you. And up till this point, I haven’t said one single word to you. So, this will be my first. When you talk about the greatest NXT Champion of all time, you’re looking at him. So, be careful. Because ignorant comments, will get you a date with The Prince.
The Velveteen Dream: A date with The Prince? How about you be a gentlemen Finn and pick The Dream up, let’s say, next Wednesday night?
– Indus Sher Vignette.
Lineup For Next Weeks WWE NXT
– Jack Gallagher vs. El Hijo Del Fantasma
– Kushida vs. Tony Nese
– Drake Maverick vs. Jake Atlas
– Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart vs. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
– Finn Balor vs. The Velveteen Dream
— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2020
Sixth Match: Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher (c) vs. The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong) For The WWE NXT Tag Team Championship
— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2020
Riddle and Fish will start things off. Quick feeling out process. Fish calls Thatcher a goofball. Riddle is playing mind games with Fish. Riddle with a waist lock takedown. Riddle with a rolling chancery. Riddle grapples around Fish. Riddle applies The HeadScissors NeckLock. Riddle transitions into a sleeper hold. Fish reaches the bottom rope to force the break. Riddle is distracted by Strong. Fish with a waist lock takedown. Fish applies a front face lock. Catch wrestling display. Riddle applies The Kimura Lock. Fish rolls Riddle over for a one count. Riddle maintains wrist control. Heavy emphasis on counter submission wrestling. Riddle with an Exploder Suplex. Fish regroups on the outside. Strong enters the match during the commercial break.
Riddle backs Strong into the turnbuckles. Riddle tags in Thatcher. Thatcher applies a wrist lock. Thatcher with a wrist lock suplex. Thatcher works on his joint manipulation game. Strong fights out of the cross-arm-breaker. Strong goes for The Boston Crab, but Thatcher counters with The Ankle Lock. Thatcher applies the bow and arrow stretch. Strong uses the ropes for leverage. Strong kicks Thatcher in the back. Strong brings Thatcher to the corner. Strong tags in Fish. The Undisputed Era starts cutting the ring in half. Fish with a gut punch. Following a snap mare takeover, Fish with a SlingShot Atomico for a one count. Fish applies the standing knee bar. Fish stomps on the left knee of Thatcher. Fish with a forearm smash. Thatcher picks the left leg of Fish. Fish is trying to out grapple Thatcher. Fish backs Thatcher into the turnbuckles. Fish tags in Strong. Strong drives his knee into the midsection of Thatcher. Thatcher uppercuts Strong. Thatcher applies a front face lock. Riddle tags himself in.
Riddle with a Running Forearm Smash. Thatcher follows that with The Butterfly Suplex. Riddle hits The PK for a two count. Riddle kicks Strong in the back. Riddle with The BROTon. Riddle and Thatcher with Stereo GutWrench Suplex’s. Assisted MoonSault for a two count. Fish knocks Thatcher off the ring apron. Strong attacks Riddle from behind. Strong repeatedly stomps on Riddle’s chest. Strong with a Butterfly Suplex. Strong tags in Fish. Fish with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Fish tags in Strong. Undisputed Era are double teaming Riddle. Strong with a Pendulum BackBreaker for a two count. Strong dumps Riddle out of the ring. Strong tags in Fish. Pier six brawl on the outside. Strong sends Riddle back first into the steel ring steps. Dexter Lumis is lurking in the background. Fish stomps on Riddle’s face. Fish with another SlingShot Atomico. Fish tags in Strong. Riddle is displaying his fighting spirit. Fish kicks the left hamstring of Riddle. Strong hits The Olympic Slam for a two count.
The Undisputed Era has complete control of the match. Forearm Exchange. Fish kicks the left knee of Riddle. Fish is choking Riddle with his right knee. Fish with a Snap Vertical Suplex. Fish transitions into a ground and pound attack. Fish continues to manipulate the rules. Mid-Kick/OverHand Chop Exchange. Fish drives his knee into the midsection of Riddle. Fish abuses the referee’s five count. Fish with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Fish with heavy bodyshots in the corner. Fish applies a front face lock. Riddle needs to create separation. Fish goes for The Three Amigos, but Riddle counters with The Fisherman’s Suplex. Fish tags in Strong. Strong stops Riddle in his tracks. Riddle shoves Strong away with his feet. Riddle finally tags in Thatcher. Thatcher with a shoulder block. Thatcher with a Rebound Side Belly to Belly Suplex.
Thatcher delivers a gut punch to Fish. Thatcher follows that with Three Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Thatcher uppercuts Strong. Thatcher with a forearm smash. Thatcher with clubbing blows to Strong’s back. Thatcher is picking Strong apart. Strong with a blistering chop. Thatcher responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Thatcher applies The Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Strong crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Strong kicks Thatcher in the face. Strong delivers his combination offense. Thatcher drops Strong with a Big Palm Strike. Thatcher wipes out Fish. Strong with a Big Boot/Step Up Enzuigiri Combination. Strong tags in Fish. Fish with a Running Crossbody Block for a two count. Fish tags in Strong. Undisputed Era connects with their GutBuster/Spin Kick Combination for a two count. Riddle Spears Fish. Strong kicks Riddle in the back of the head. Thatcher uppercuts Strong. Strong answers with a Jumping Knee Strike. Thatcher makes Strong tap out to The Fujiwara Arm-Bar.
Winner: Still WWE NXT Tag Team Champions, Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher via Submission
Tommaso Ciampa & Killer Kross Segment
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