Before challenging Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship at WWE NXT TakeOver: R Evolution, Sami Zayn details the path that has led him to this must-win match, and why he’s putting his livelihood on the line.
Adrian Neville makes his way to the ring for the face off. Neville says next week, he will be facing his long time friend Sami Zayn. Adrian says that he is not worried about this match. His goal is always the same. His goal is to win at any cost. Some say that he should be ashamed for his recent actions. Do you think he is proud of what he did at the last NXT Takeover show? Is he proud that he blew his knee out and had to get a quick pinfall for the victory? Do you think he was proud of that? Adrian says if he had it his way, it would have gone completely differently. What we have stumbled upon is the basic difference between Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville. Adrian says that he will do anything to win while Sami Zayn lacks that killer edge and that is why he will never win. He says that Sami is too nice. That has cost you.
Sami Zayn comes out to the ring but Adrian tells Sami that he wants him to know that next week he has taken it upon his shoulders to be done if he cannot win. Whatever Sami does post-match is not his responsibility. Sami says that it is good that Adrian has done a lot of thinking and Sami says that what Adrian is saying is pissing him off. Adrian says that Sami is too nice to be champion. Adrian does not tell him how to live because Sami says that he has done pretty well himself. Whatever Sami does after the match is based on his decisions. Adrian does not control Sami’s fate, he does.
Adrian tells Sami that he doesn’t mean any disrespect. He says that he respects Sami more than anyone on this planet. Above all else, it will be a pleasure and honor to stand across the ring from Sami in what will be the match of their careers. Adrian offers his hand but Sami refuses. He says that whenever he is the good guy it backfires. It is not about respect. Sami slaps Neville and he says that Neville does not end him. He will end Neville and his reign as NXT Champion.
Michael Cole puts over NXT and they run a video package on Sami Zayn.
Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd
Tyson wins one armdrag and starts posturing with the crowd. They lock up and Tyson puts on a side headlock, but Sami gets free and tosses him across the ring with a snap armdrag. Zayn shows off with a few more armdrags, and Tyson gets mad, responding with hard elbow shots. Sami blocks a punch on the apron, but ends up getting dropkicked to the floor. Kidd follows up with a big neckbreaker on the floor, and makes Natalya kiss him before rolling back.
They take a commercial break, and Tyson is 100% in control after. They show footage of during, where Kidd hit a turnbuckle dropkick with Sami tied in the tree of woe. He stays ahead for a few minutes, slowing down with rest holds, but Zayn comes back with dropkicks and armdrags. He runs into boots in the corner, and Tyson hits him with a gorgeous 450 neckbreaker off the top rope. He hits a springboard legdrop on the apron, followed up with a springboard elbow drop for two.
Out of nowhere, Sami hits the Blue Thunder Bomb for a close nearfall. He psyches himself up and tries for a suplex over the ropes, but Kidd blocks it and gets a sunset flip pin for two. They trade pinning attempts and it ends with Tyson getting a handful of tights for three.
- NXT Champion Adrian Neville defeated Sami Zayn. Sami Zayn came out to a big response and received thunderous ‘OLE’ chants. He proceeded to talk about how his first time in the Centre Bell was Survivor Series 1997 in the nosebleeds and that he was back the very same building last night when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins. That received a huge pop and a great ‘GO Habs Go’ chant. The match was absolutely fantastic and had an engaged audience on the edge of their seats! Neville was loudly booed throughout but that didn’t matter as he retained his championship.
– Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose defeated Randy Orton and Kane in a Tag Team Street Fight. A solid match that was spurned on by a really hot crowd. Ambrose was red hot and Ziggler played his role perfectly. After the match, all hell broke lose and some “heels” like Stardust and Goldust came out to help the Authority members beat up the two heroes. The Usos came out to stop them. Followed by Miz and Sandow, and so on, until Sami Zayn came out and the place went absolutely nuts as he helped the babyfaces clear the ring and land his signature high-risk spots. His theme song came on as the crowd Ole’d and sang their way native son home!
Sami Zayn made his presence known during the NXT Championship Match between Adrian Neville & Tyson Kidd. As Titus O’Neil who was sitting ringside was looking to get involved, Sami came out of nowhere with a Helluva Kick to the side of Titus’ head. Adrian Neville then hit the Red Arrow on Kidd and retained the title. After the bell, Neville and Zayn lock eyes, as it’s announced that Kidd gets no more shots at the NXT Title as long as Neville is champion.
Sami Zayn is backstage and gets asked his thoughts on Tyson Kidd’s last chance match for the NXT Championship. Sami says he doesn’t really have an opinion on the matter, but thinks it’s pitiful that his wife Natalya had to beg for another title shot. He says that Kidd is desperate and that makes him dangerous, and that Neville has also been showing how desperate he is to keep the title. Either way, Sami says he’s still gunning for NXT Championship one way or the other.
Name: Rami Sebei Ring name: Sami Zayn Formerly: El Generico Born: July 12, 1984 Height/Weight: 6'0" - 193lbs Hometown: Montreal Debut: 2002
A Canadian-born Superstar of Syrian descent, Sami Zayn is no stranger to the world of sports-entertainment. Having competed in a staggering 29 countries before arriving on NXT, Zayn brings with him an experience level matched by few. Zayn is known for approaching situations with a lighthearted, fun-loving attitude, but opponents need not underestimate his intensity. » More?
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