Two days before WWE presents WrestleMania 32, the NXT roster will produce what could be their biggest show to date at NXT TakeOver: Dallas. With just one episode of WWE NXT left after this week before their big event, almost every segment of the show pointed to next Friday’s matches. While Bayley and Asuka were on the same side of a tag team match last week, Asuka was on her own against Emma this week. NXT Champion Finn Bálor was in singles competition, and Samoa Joe sent his TakeOver opponent a clear and violent message.
Wednesday’s episode of WWE NXT also featured in-ring performances from IWC favorites Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, and Sarah Dobson. At the same time, up-and-comers Alexa Bliss and Elias Samson both had a chance to prove themselves in the ring. Although neither were officially involved in a match, both Samoa Joe and Apollo Crews showed up as well.
Note: The full results of WWE NXT that first aired on March 23 are below, followed by an updated match-list for NXT TakeOver: Dallas.
WWE NXT Results — March 23, 2016
The following matches and segments were taped at Full Sail University near Orlando, Florida, on January 27. The episode first aired on the WWE Network on March 23. Commentary was provided by Corey Graves and Tom Phillips. Rich Brennan handled backstage interviews.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 24, 2016
- Johnny Gargano defeated Elias Samson with a quick roll-up. Gargano is super over with the NXT Universe, receiving several “John-ny-Wrest-ling!” chants throughout the match. Samson attacked Gargano post-match, and Apollo Crews came out to make the save.
- NXT Champion Finn Bálor defeated Rich Swann in a non-title match when he hit the 1916 DDT.
- When interviewed backstage, Emma and Dana Brooke said a lot has changed since Asuka defeated them in the past.
- A video package was shown about NXT newcomer Shinsuke Nakamura.
- Alexa Bliss defeated Sarah Dobson after hitting the Sparkle Splash. Blake and Murphy earned an assist with a ringside distraction.
- Samoa Joe refuses to talk to Rich Brennan in a backstage interview.
- Before Bull Dempsey vs. Danny Burch could begin, Samoa Joe came to the ring and choked out both opponents as a warning message to the NXT Champion.
- A video package was shown for American Alpha to promote their match at NXT TakeOver: Dallas.
— WWE (@WWE) March 24, 2016
- Going unmentioned by the announce team, a video package played that repeated the phrase “No Way, Jose” several times.
- Asuka defeated Emma in the main event when she locked in the Asuka Lock and Emma was forced to tap. There were no post-match shenanigans.
NXT TakeOver: Dallas — confirmed matches for April 1
- Finn Balor (c) vs. Samoa Joe — NXT Championship Match
- Bayley (c) vs. Asuka — NXT Women’s Championship Match
- The Revival (c) vs. American Alpha — NXT Tag Team Championship Match
- Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
- Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin
Where To Watch
NXT TakeOver: Dallas will be available exclusively through the WWE Network on April 1 at 10/9c.
New episodes of WWE NXT air on the WWE Network on Wednesday evenings beginning at 8/7c and are immediately available to stream on-demand. Beginning Thursday, replays of WWE NXT are also available to stream on-demand with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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