We are in Winter Park, Florida and your announcers are Tom Phillips and Corey Graves.
The NXT General Manager, William Regal makes his way to the stage. William wishes everyone a Happy New Year and he welcomes everyone to NXT in 2016. NXT is the fasting growing promotion in the industry’s history. That is due to everyone. They had an incredible year in 2015 and they have only scratched the surface. The finest women competitors will compete in a Battle Royal with the winner earning a shot at the Women’s Championship.
William brings out someone who has not been in this arena in some time . . . Sami Zayn.
Sami goes into the ring and he has something to say.
Sami says it seems like some of you remember him. He says he realizes that a lot has changed in NXT in 2015. For those of you who do not know him, he wants to introduce himself. He is Sami Zayn and he is the lead singer of the band and the band came out to play tonight.
In addition to that, he is one of the men responsible for building NXT and making NXT what it is today. What it is today is mighty impressive. So impressive in fact that they were able to sell out an entire tour of the UK. As great as it was to come back in London, there is no place like home. Home for me is Full Sail University.
As much as he loves standing here and having you cheer for him and make him feel warm and fuzzy inside, he came here to make an announcement . . . a proclamation if you will. Sami says that he came back to NXT to become the first two time NXT Champion.
Sami is interrupted by Samoa Joe’s music and Joe makes his way to the ring.
Joe tells Sami it is good to have you back. He says he can appreciate Sami’s ambition and how you want what was once yours. Joe wants to know what makes Sami think he deserves it. The last time you were in the ring and had a title shot, Joe had to come out and save your life. In London, at Takeover, the champ said it himself. He didn’t beat him, he barely survived. If you want to keep that shoulder tightly tucked in that socket, you should put that microphone down and walk away.
Baron Corbin’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Baron tells Joe that he normally spits nonsense, but he agrees with Joe. Your place belongs at the back of the line Sami. At Takeover London, he was victorious. Baron says that Joe lost. You had your shot and you failed.
Sami, while you were home nursing your injury, you were passed by someone more determined and durable. As far as he is concerned, he is the uncrowned NXT champion.
Joe says he does not know how many brain cells he damaged when he got choked out in Brooklyn and that is why you don’t belong in this conversation. Joe tells Sami to know his place when he is in Joe’s ring.
Sami wants to know where Joe is going. Sami says his place is in the ring and that is where he is standing. He is standing right here.
Joe leaves the ring and goes to the floor.
Corbin hits Sami from behind and he misses a clothesline. Sami with a Yakuza Kick that sends Corbin over the top rope to the floor. Joe gets on the apron and puts one foot in the ring before he goes back to the floor.
Rich Brennan is in the interview area with Bayley and he asks Bayley how she got out of London as champion. Bayley says she survived more than won that match. Nia brought out something in her that she did not know she had. She knows that she had to stay the champion.
Rich asks about the Battle Royal to determine her new number one contender. Bayley says she wishes she could be in the battle royal. She wishes the winner luck and suggests that she might even hug the winner. Bayley hugs Rich and we go to commercial.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Year End Awards.
The winner of Tag Team of the Year is Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. Enzo thanks everyone and Colin says 2016 will be bigger and better.
The winner of Female Competitor of the Year is Bayley. She thanks everyone for voting for her in a year when the Women’s Division broke out.
The winner of Male Competitor of the Year is Finn Balor. Finn he does not do this for awards and trophies. He does it for championships and because he loves it.
The winner of Takeover of the Year is Takeover Brooklyn.
The winner of Match of the Year is Bayley versus Sasha Banks from Takeover Brooklyn. Bayley says this was the coolest thing to be part of the match of the year. Sasha thanks everyone because this match meant to much to her. She could not have done it without Bayley.
The winner of Overall Competitor of the Year is Finn Balor. Finn says 2015 was the year that NXT became THE Brand. He says he is humbled to win this award.
Match Number One: Tommaso Ciampa versus Danny Burch
They lock up and Burch with a wrist lock. Ciampa with a side head lock into a hammer lock. Ciampa takes Burch to the mat and he goes to a wrist lock. Ciampa stomps on the arm. Ciampa runs into boots from Burch and Burch with a missile drop kick. Burch kicks Ciampa. Burch gets a near fall. Burch with a chin lock into a side head lock. Burch with a forearm to the back of the neck. Burch kicks Ciampa in the head and he pie faces Ciampa. Ciampa slaps Burch and connects with forearms.
Burch with an Irish whip but Ciampa with a boot and he hits a hanging flatline for a near fall. Ciampa misses a knee into the corner and Burch with a kick and he slaps Ciampa and gets a near fall. Burch with a waist lock into an attempted German suplex but Ciampa with a standing switch. Ciampa with a kick.
Burch with a forearm and European uppercuts. Ciampa with a chop and Burch chops back. Ciampa with knees and a slap followed by a knee to the head. The elbow pad comes off and he misses a clothesline. Burch goes for a backslide but Ciampa escapes and applies a modified Fujiwara arm bar and Burch taps out.
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
We go to the back where Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady have something to say to Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson. Colin says that they do not forget. Enzo says they didn’t go to London for a cup of tea. They came for a fight. The credit bureau ain’t breathing down their necks because they pay credit where credit is due. They have zero pounds and zero dimes. Real Gs never lose. The win or they learn. They learned that you got no backbone when you hid behind a woman. Those titles you are using as corsets are proof that you are S-A-W-F-T. Colin says they have unfinished business with you. Business will be finished the next time they meet.
We go to some comments from the participants in the Number One Contender Battle Royal.
Billie Kay says tonight she is going to bring the Women’s Division to its knees by becoming the Number One Contender.
Deonna Purrazzo reminds us that Asuka knocked her out cold, but we will forget that when she wins the Battle Royal tonight.
Emma says it is no surprise she has to prove herself again. She will do what she always does and make it about her.
We go to commercial.
We are back and William Regal says that after seeing what happened with Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, and Baron Corbin they all have a legitimate point. In order to settle it, it has to happen in the ring. To determine the number one contender, there will be a Triple Threat match in two weeks.
Match Number Two: Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson versus Konnor and Viktor in a Non Title Match
Wilder and Viktor start things off and Wilder reminds Viktor they are the best and he pie faces Viktor. Viktor punches Wilder after screaming in his face. Viktor with more punches and a chop. Viktor with Canadian Lifters and chops. The referee warns Viktor. Viktor with a chop to Wilder and a knee to Dawson. Wilder takes Viktor down and Dawson tags in and kicks and punches Viktor.
Dawson with a forearm and back elbow to Viktor followed by a leg drop and he gets a near fall. Dawson with punches to the head. Wilder tags back in and they punch Viktor from front and back. Wilder kicks Viktor in the corner. Wilder with a drop toe hold and Dawson tags in and hits an elbow drop and gets a near fall.
Dawson with a reverse chin lock into a front face lock. Viktor tries to get to his corner but Dawson turns him around and brings him back towards his corner. Dawson with a forearm to the back. Wilder tags in but Viktor with an STO and both men are down. Dawson and Konnor tag in and Konnor with punches.
Konnor with jabs followed by a roundhouse punch. Konnor with a running clothesline into the corner followed by a flap jack and the referee is distracted by Wilder. Wilder sends Viktor over the top rope to the floor. Konnor stops Wilder. Dawson lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Wilder tags in and they hit the Shatter Machine for the three count.
Winners: Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder
Nia Jax is in the back and William Regal wants to know if Nia is able to participate in the Battle Royal. The medical official says that after being choked out by Bayley she feels that Nia needs to take a few weeks off.
Nia argues with the decision and William cannot go against the ruling.
Eva Marie says that she has it for them.
Carmella says this is the biggest opportunity of her career. 2016 is a brand new start and it will get more fabulous.
Peyton Royce says she has not been given much of an opportunity in NXT. Tonight, the Venus Fly Trap of NXT will take that opportunity and make it her own.
Alexa Bliss says all of the women want to win, but she deserves to win and she deserves another shot at the NXT Title.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Elias Samson versus Corey Hollis
They lock up and Samson with a side head lock. Samson holds on to the ropes when Hollis tries to Irish whip Samson. Hollis with forearms but Samson with a forearm of his own. Samson kicks Hollis in the corner and stomps on the chest. Holis with punches and a forearm. Samson floats over and is caught but Samson with a mule kick to Hollis to send him to the mat.
Samson covers Hollis and gets a near fall. Samson with forearms to Hollis followed by a swinging neck breaker for the three count.
Winner: Elias Samson
After the match, Samson takes a mic and he says what this place needs is what he is. He drops the mic on Hollis and he leaves the ring with the guitar on his shoulder.
We see highlights from the main event of NXT Takeover London between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe.
Alex Reyes is with Finn Balor. Alex asks Finn about the number one contender match in two weeks. Finn says the match in London was physically and mentally draining. It was one of the toughest matches of his career. That is his job because he is the champion. The champion never rests. He faces every challenger head to head. Now it is just to wait and see who is the number one contender.
Baron Corbin thinks he is the uncrowned champion. Sami is a friend of his and one of the greatest competitors in the world. Samoa Joe is monster that will never go away. Finn says the championship is staying with him.
Cameron says people have been asking where has she been. She is here to prove that she is more than a Funkadactyl. She will become the number one contender.
Aliyah says she makes her NXT debut in the battle royal. What better way to debut than to win the battle royal.
Liv Morgan says that she is going to win the battle royal. She is going to do it for her family, the NXT Universe, and for herself.
Asuka says tonight she becomes the Number One Contender.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Number One Contender Battle Royal (featuring Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Cameron, Deonna Purrazzo, Asuka, Eva Marie, Emma, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Aliyah, and Liv Morgan)
Everyone is across the ring from Asuka and then Asuka with a round kick to Eva Marie and she goes down and rolls to the floor. Emma with a forearm to Asuka and then they par off. Emma with punches to Asuka. Asuka stays in the ring despite Emma’s attempts. Alexa with a forearm to Peyton. Billie choke Cameron with her boot. Alexa with a chop to Peyton.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Alexa sends Cameron into the turnbuckles. Billie with elbows to Carmella. Liv with shots to Royce to stay in the ring. Emma punches Asuka. Aliyah is eliminated. Royce with a forearm to Liv and she sends her into the turnbuckles. Emma helps Royce try to eliminate Morgan but Morgan gets back into the ring. Deonna goes to the floor when Cameron drops down and she is eliminated.
Cameron with a forearm to Liv. Carmella tries to help Royce eliminate Emma. Morgan kicks Cameron while Billie kicks Asuka. Morgan goes for a power bomb but Cameron stays in the ring and lands awkwardly. Morgan tries to power bomb Cameron over the top rope to the floor but Alexa pushes both of them over the top rope to the floor while Cameron holds on to the ropes.
Emma with DilEmma to Carmella. Emma with a cross body into the corner on Carmella and Carmella rolls to the floor. Alexa with a forearm to Emma’s back. Alexa with a knee to the midsection. Emma tries to slam Alexa over the top rope but Alexa gets back to her feet. Alexa with a sleeper to Emma while Billie kicks Asuka in the corner.
Emma backs Alexa into the turnbuckles. Alexa gets on the turnbuckles and Emma drops Alexa onto the apron and Emma with an elbow to eliminate Alexa. Billie and Peyton attack Emma to determine who is the Top Aussie. Peyton sends Emma into the turnbuckles and then they put Emma on the turnbuckles. Peyton and Billie with forearms but Emma kicks them away.
Asuka with a round kick and Emma is stuck on the top rope but Asuka kicks Emma and she falls to the floor. Asuka holds on to the rope when Billie and Peyton try to eliminate her. Billie and Petyon kcisk Asuka and then Billie with an Irish whip to Peyton. Billie goes to the apron and Asuka with an elbow. Peyton and Billie are on the apron and she knocks both of them off the apron with a running butt splash.
Eva eliminates Asuka and everyone freaks out at the fact that Eva might be the number one contender, but Carmella was also on the floor relaxing and she eliminates Eva Marie.
We see Bayley watching in the back on a monitor using the viewing angle of a main roster talent.
Bayley comes to the ring and she hugs Carmella.
We go to credits.