NXT Taping Results Airing in May ** SPOILERS **

May 4th Episode:

* New NXT Champion Samoa Joe opens with a promo in the ring. Joe says it’s a new era and he runs things. Eric Young interrupts to a huge pop. Young says everyone knows him and the only thing that’s guaranteed is he brings change. Joe leaves after a staredown and says he doesn’t belong in the same ring and next time he’s in it he’s going to beat EY’s ass

* Nia Jax squashed Tessa Blanchard

* Austin Aries defeated Tye Dillinger with a 450

* Joe vs. EY is announced for later

* Dash and Dawson defeated Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley

* No Way Jose defeated Noah Kekoah. Jose made referee Drake Younger dance after the match to a big pop

* Samoa Joe defeated Eric Young in a stiff match, after a Musclebuster and a choke. Joe didn’t release the hold until well after the match. The crowd didn’t care for much of this match but it was good

May 11th Episode:

* Finn Balor opens the show with a promo but is interrupted by Elias Samson. Samson gets Eva Marie levels of heat as he sings a song he wrote for Balor. Samson says Balor is nothing without the NXT Title. Finn hits a pele kick, throws Samson out of the ring and then tosses the guitar at him but he caught it

* NXT Tag Team Champions Chad Gable and Jason Jordan defeated John Skyler and Corey Hollis. The Revival watched from the ramp and walked down to ringside to taunt American Alpha after the match

* Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Alex Riley with the Kinsasha. The crowd exploded for Nakamura’s Full Sail debut and the chants continued for him after he left before the next match

* Alexa Bliss defeated Rachael Ellering in a quick squash. Ellering is daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering

* Finn Balor aggressively defeated Elias Samson. After the match, Balor cut a promo and said he wants his rematch. He’s obsessed with being NXT Champion but now he’s possessed, like a Demon, who wants what belongs to him. Joe comes out but NXT General Manager William Regal stops a brawl and announces Balor vs. Joe for Takeover on June 8th. Balor jumps over Regal and takes Joe out

* NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Adrienne Reese with the Asuka Lock. A good match and great debut for the former Athena

May 18th Episode:

* Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Blake and Murphy with Alexa Bliss. Aries wanted the tag but Nakamura refused and hit the Kinsasha for the win. A good tease of a feud between the two. After the match, Bliss walked away from Blake and Murphy, then Blake walked away from Murphy

* Carmella defeated Peyton Royce

* Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa defeated Danny Birch and Rob Ryzin in a good stiff match

* Nia Jax defeated Bayley and dominated the match. Crowd died for this one. Bayley hit a hurricanrana off the apron to get the crowd back into the match. Nia missed a charge in the corner and got the ring post, then locked in the guillotine choke. Nia lifted her up for a suplex, but Bayley reversed and appeared to blow her knee out. Not a legit injury, as Nia crushed her in the corner & worked over her leg. Nia destroyed Bayley and pinned her. This was a long match that just didn’t work with the crowd. Bayley sold that she couldn’t put any weight on her leg and was helped to the back

* NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha defeated The Revival in the main event, which may have been a non-title match. Gable and Jordan won with stereo ankle locks

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