Back from the break and we get a plug for WWE’s return to touring in July. We see video from earlier today with Finn Balor arriving to the venue. The announcers hype tonight’s main event.
We see Finn Balor warming up backstage. Back to commercial.
NXT Title Match: Finn Balor vs. Karrion Kross
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event as Finn Balor comes out to a pop. Barrett calls this the biggest rematch NXT has ever seen. Out next comes NXT Champion Karrion Kross with Scarlett. Balor stares from the top turnbuckle as Kross and Scarlett do their entrance. Kross and Balor meet in the middle of the ring for formal ring introductions from Taylor.
The bell hits and they size each other up. Balor with kick attempts. Balor with a headlock to start. Kross levels Balor with a shoulder block. Balor with a strike but Kross drives a big knee to the gut. Balor comes right back at it after Kross tries to toss him trough the ropes. Balor dropkicks the leg and looks to keep control, frustrating Kross. Kross regroups with Scarlett at ringside as we go to a picture-in-picture commercial.
Back from the break and Balor has Kross down, working on his arm. Kross fight up and slams Balor in the middle of the ring. Kross send Balor into the corner head-first to the turnbuckle. Kross keeps control and nails a running clothesline in the corner, a back elbow, then a short clothesline in the corner to drop Balor as Scarlett cheers him on. Kross launches Balor over his head. Kross smiles as he stalks Balor, keeping him down and stomping again. Kross grounds Balor with another hold. Balor breaks free but Kross decks him and clubs him to the mat. Balor ducks a clothesline and applies the abdominal stretch, forcing Kross to scream out.
Balor unloads and focuses on the lower back for a quick pin attempt. Balor attacks in the corner and works Kross over with more forearms. Kross turns it right around and delivers shoulder thrusts in the corner as the referee warns him. Kross turns Balor around and delivers shoulder thrusts to the lower back. Kross levels Balor, sending him face-first into the turnbuckles and Balor goes down now. Kross launches Balor across the ring with ease, from one corner to the other. Kross with a big German suplex to launch Balor across the ring. Balor counters a slam attempt and takes Kross down to the mat into a Crossface submission. Kross resists and Balor delivers kicks.
Balor rolls through with a double stomp to the chest. Balor keeps control from corner to corner now. Balor chops away and delivers thrusts in the corner as the referee warns him, allowing Kross to deck him and turn it right back around. Kross tosses Balor to the floor. Balor turns it around on the outside, trapping Kross in the ring apron cover and unloading on him. Kross gets free but Balor nails a running punt kick from the apron. Balor is down on the apron looking up while Kross is down on the outside. We go to commercial.
Kross continues to dominate throughout the break after some offense by Balor. Kross with a suplex in the middle of the ring. Balor fights back in the middle of the ring and nails a suplex but Kross comes back with a bridge of his own for 2. They trade counters and Balor nails the basement dropkick. Back from the break and Balor is getting up first as fans rally. They trade rights and lefts now. Kross scoops Balor and rams him into the turnbuckles, then across the ring into the other turnbuckles, then a running powerslam in the middle of the ring. Balor kicks out at 2.
Balor rocks Kross as he tries to recover. Balor keeps fighting. More back and forth. Balor with a Slingblade but Kross kicks out at 1. Balor drops Kross and nails another double stomp but Kross pulls him into a Straitjacket submission in the middle of the ring. The referee checks on Balor but he finally gets to the bottom rope to break the hold. Balor is down and out as Kross sits up.
Kross tosses Balor out of the ring. Kross follows and slams the back of Balor’s head into the Plexiglas barrier several times. Kross lifts Balor into the powerbomb position, then drives him into the Plexiglas with another power move. Kross brings Balor back in before the 10 count. Balor turns a powerbomb attempt into a big DDT in the middle of the ring. Balor with a Slingblade. Balor clotheslines Kross over the top rope to the floor. Balor runs and leaps out, taking Kross down at ringside for a big pop. Kross gets right up and the crowd is shocked. Kross grabs Balor from behind and drives him down on top of the announce table.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now as the referee keeps counting. Kross rolls Balor back in at the 8 count. Kross enters but Balor meets him with offense. Balor drops Kross and delivers another double stomp as fans try to rally for him. Kross gets up but Balor nails the running dropkick into the corner. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Kross rolls out of the way. Balor lands hard on his feet. Kross rams Balor into the turnbuckles, then nails another German suplex. Kross yells out as some fans boo.
Kross picks Balor up and delivers a stiff Doomsday Saito suplex. Kross gets back up and stands tall for a few more boos. Kross waits for Balor to get up. Kross charges with the forearm strike but Balor takes him down for a quick pin attempt. Balor with the abdominal stretch to bring Kross to the mat. Kross powers out on the mat, mounting Balor’s back and beating on the back of his head with strikes. Balor turns it over and delivers forearms to the back of Kross’ head now. They break and the referee checks on them. Fans rally for Balor. Kross sits up and Scarlett talks to him. Balor grabs Kross from behind and drops back with a Sleeper hold applied. Balor drives heel kicks into Kross while keeping the Sleeper locked in on the mat.
Balor turns it into a Triangle in the middle of the ring now. Kross starts fading out but now he’s powering up to his feet. Kross powers up and drops Balor with a big powerbomb in the middle of the ring. Balor and Kross get up at the same time but Kross nails a clothesline. Kross with a big strike in the corner, then a forearm to the back of the head. Kross drops Balor and stomps away as the referee warns him now. Kross applies the choke from behind and Balor starts to fade. The referee calls the match.
Winner: Karrion Kross
After the match, Kross stands tall and Scarlett joins him in the ring as the music hits. We go to replays. Kross and Scarlett pose with the title in the middle of ring, hovering over Balor. Balor finally wakes up and starts to recover as Kross and Scarlett look on. NXT goes off the air.
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