-From Orlando, FL. Our hosts are Tony Dawson and William Regal.
-Ric Victor confronts Cory Graves, promoting the rise of the Ascension. Conor O’Brien attacks Graves from behind and they put the boots to him. O’Brien rips apart the set and smashes Graves with it. Well then.
-Renee Young interviews Emma backstage. Emma says things have gotten personal between her and Summer Rae, and her hunt for the NXT Divas title will have to wait. Emma will kick Summer around and then play “Dance Dance Emma-lution.” Dated references aside, Emma is likable.
-Emma dances in celebration, sparking revenge from Summer, who grabs Emma’s bubble mix and blinds her with it! WHAT A HEEL! Good angle, actually.
-A bunch of NXT guys are hanging out backstage. The Legionnaire (redneck Scott Dawson and Randy Savage circa 2004 looking Sylvester Lefort) wants to recruit Colin Cassidy and Enzo Amore to make some money, but their offer is rejected. I guess they’re going to fight later.
-Summer Rae is storming out when Sasha Banks confronts her about what she did to Emma. Summer puts Sasha down, claiming that she should be following her example (did you know that Summerslam was named after Summer Rae?). Summer says that Sasha doesn’t have a backbone and should find one for her upcoming match with Paige.
-Sylvester Lefort interrupts the ring announce to annoy the crowd with his French accent. He’s managing Scott Dawson, a redneck character who hasn’t won any matches yet.
-Enzo Amore cuts a promo on his way to the ring. He and “Big Cass” are supposed to be baby faces.
-Sylvester Lefort has apparently recruited Alexander Rusev to his random stable.
-Renee Young interviews Sami Zayn in the ring. Zayn thanks the fans for the “Match of the Year” chant in regards to his match with Cesaro last week. Zayn admits that Cesaro was the better man. He hits on Renee, calling her a ray of sunshine. Sami is looking ahead and wants to become NXT Champion. That brings out the reigning NXT Champion, Bo Dallas. Bo dismisses Zayn as being championship caliber, reminding him that he just lost. Sami politely dismisses Renee and confronts Dallas for starting trouble. Bo claims he’d love to face him, but he’s injured from wrestling Zayn at Summerslam Axxess. The fans chant “Ole” as Dallas talks down to Sami. Zayn calls Bo “delusional” and Bo proves the point by suggesting that everyone loves him. Bo channels Mr. Burns by saying the fans are chanting “Bo” and not “Boo.” I was chanting Boo-urns. Zayn accuses Bo of being scared after seeing what he did with Cesaro. They are interrupted by none other than Zeb Colter! Zeb doesn’t think Sami is a legal U.S. citizen. Zayn hilariously brushes Colter off (“Is this really happening?”) and thinks Colter should be deported to Hell. Jack Swagger attacks Sami from behind and puts him down with a gut-wrench power bomb. They drape the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag on Zayn and stand tall. This segment MADE this week’s episode. This was lots of fun, Zayn is money.
-They replay footage of the NXT roster performing at Summerslam Axxess. Looks like everyone had a good time.
-The Ascension are sore losers and double team Neville after the match. Cory Graves limps out for the save, but he’s too hurt to be much help. The Ascension puts Graves down with TOTAL ELIMINATION!!
Final Thoughts: This was a maintenance episode meant to set the groundwork for several big stories. A solid hour of wrestling that has me looking forward to the future. Thumbs up!