Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens – NXT TakeOver: Rival

Sami Zayn (c) vs Kevin Owens

NXT Championship


Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida, United States

I wouldn’t call it intensity, but there’s a seriousness in these men’s eyes. Owens clearly knows what he’s about to do, and it’s not like he’s going to enjoy it, but he knows he has to do it. Zayn, on the other hand, seems cognizant of his fate, but is trying to avoid it. Owens powders as soon as Zayn goes at him and stays out there for a while. Rolls back in, Zayn comes at him, and rolls back out again, and Zayn just hits a big tope to the outside and goes to work. Zayn gives Owens some corner punches, but Owens drops him face-first on the top turnbuckle in a pretty gross manner, and gives him a pair of huge corner lariats that send Zayn flying in the air and crashing back down. Likewise, Owens sends Zayn into the corner hard with a whip, and chops him down pretty hard. Owens is really taking it to Zayn, throwing him all over the place with a series of pretty big moves. Zayn gets a big comeback after a while, and gets a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Owens cuts Zayn off with a Superkick and gets a big cannonball for two, followed by the Steenbreaker for two. Zayn gets a half and half suplex for a nearfall. Zayn goes for a superplex, but Owens knocks him off and goes for a Swanton, but the champ gets his knees up. He drops Owens in the corner with an exploder and goes for the Helluva Kick, but Owens powders and goes for the apron powerbomb. Zayne wriggles free and gets a big Arabian Moonsault to the outside and slams his head against the entrance ramp and is clearly a bit out of it. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick and stops, being real wobbley, tries it again, and eats a Pop Up Powerbomb for two. Owens takes a couple of swings at Zayn, and Zayn is out, and the ref has to separate them. Repeat this for several minutes. Doctor comes in to check on Zayn, but Owens drives him away and hits a pair of Pop Up Powerbombs and the ref calls for the bell. Afterward, Owens is awarded the belt, having won the match due to ref stoppage. Not bad, but a little too pointed in trying to make Owens look like a monster, and it kills Zayn too much in the process, I feel, and likewise kills the match.


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