Posted January 7th, 2016 by Bill Apter

NXT-Aired January 6TH 2016

2015- Year in Review: Part II

Tonight’s show is a continuation of last week’s show, NXT, the Year in Review The show begins by reliving the pre-match hype from Finn Balor and Kevin Owens leading up to their match in Tokyo during the Beast in the East special.

We cut to last week’s studio set and are met by Corey Graves and Rich Brennan. Rich has his back turned to Corey because he is upset with him for destroying a Christmas gift. They throw it to match highlights:

Spotlight Match 1: NXT Championship Match: Champion Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor-
July 4th 2015, Beast in the East special

Winner and new NXT Champion Finn Balor

We hear the voices of Corey and Rich as they tease highlights of Balor against Samoa Joe from Takeover: London for later in the show. They also tease a never-before-seen match between Tye Dillinger and Apollo Crews for next as the show heads to its first commercial break.

The break consisted of The Drifter video from Elias Sampson. As we return from break, Rich reminds us that the drifter made his debut just two weeks ago at Takeover: London and he cant wait to see what 2016 has in store for Elias Sampson. Graves says that, for the Drifter’s sake, he hopes its steady employment.

The broadcast team segue’s into all the new talent that came to NXT in 2015, spotlighting Apollo Crews. They throw it to video of Apollo Crews coming to the ring. Corey hits Crews’ year highlights including: winning the battle royal to become number one contender for the NXT title, and his match against Finn Balor for the championship.

Rich talks about Tye Dillinger’s effort to reinvent himself as, “The Perfect 10,” and his attempts to unseat Crews in NXT. They throw it to highlights of a never-before-seen match between featuring these two Superstars.

Spotlight Match 2: Apollo Crews vs. “The Perfect 10,” Tye Dillinger- November 5th 2015, AT&T Stadium Dallas Texas.

Winner: Apollo Crews

As the show heads to break, we are told that, when we come back, we will take a look at the Women’s Division in NXT.

We are back from break and its time to focus on 2016: The Women’s Division: Corey and Rich begin by talking about Bayley and the Four Horsewomen. They discussed how Bayley positioned herself in the first part of 2015 as a legitimate contender and then finally winning the belt.

Corey told us that, with three of the Four Horsewomen now on the main roster, now is the time for a new crop of NXT women to step up and challenge Bayley. We see a video of the major challengers to Bayley in 2016.

The video included shots of:


Nia Jax

Alexa Bliss


Dana Brooke


After Asuka, the show goes to break.

We return from the latest commercial and head right into a tribute video for, “The American Dream,” Dusty Rhodes detailing what he meant to the brand.

Graves and Brennan both share their memories of learning from “The Dream” during their time in NXT. This, of course, brings us to a highlight video featuring the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

After the highlight video from the Classic, the announce team hypes highlights from the eight-man tag match from Takeover: Brooklyn as next.

We go to commercial

We return to a video of all the Superstars from NXT who were called up to the main rosters in 2015. The video includes shots of:

The Ascension

Tyler Breeze

Becky Lynch

Kevin Owens

Sasha Banks

The Lucha Dragons


Back in studio, Rich and Corey tell us that, for every star that makes it to Raw and Smackdown, there are several new, up and coming stars to take their place. Corey mentions that many of those stars in 2015 came from the tag team ranks. They throw it to video highlights of our next feature bout.

Spotlight Match 3: The Hype Bros, Enzo and Cass vs. Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder-August 26th 2015, Takeover: Brooklyn.

Winners: The Hype Bros, Enzo, and Cass

As we head to break, they tease that the match between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe from Takeover: London is next.

Back to NXT, we are shown a video package outling the current feud between Samoa Joe and Finn Balor. They start with Joe turning on Finn shortly after the classic.

We see Rich and Corey in studio and they throw it to highlights from Takeover: London

Spotlight Match 4: NXT Championship Match: Champion, Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe- December 16th 2015, Takeover: London

Winner: Finn Balor

We cut to the studio where Rich tells us that Finn described that win over Joe as survival. Rich believes we still don’t know the long-term health problems that match may cause for Balor. Corey adds that, in 2016, the competition promises to be stiffer than ever for Balor.

We close the show with the New Year’s Resolutions from the hosts. Rich says he is going to let bygones be bygones. Corey says that, he too is turning over a new leaf. He promises to treat Rich better. Rich appreciates this and extends his hand for a shake. Corey, instead, grabs Rich’s handkerchief and throws it to the floor. Rich is disgusted and walks off set, with Corey following him, to end the show.

See you in 2016!!!

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