Tonight, Wednesday, May 20, WWE presented NXT Takeover 5: Unstoppable, live on the WWE Network. The two-hour special, which aired live and commercial free on the WWE Network, highlighted the stars of WWE’s developmental territory, NXT. The match aired marquee matches of the young talent and featured up-and-comers the company is high on. This two-hour special followed in the footsteps of NXT ArRival, which aired lived days after The Network debuted, NXT Takeover 1, which aired on May 29, 2014, NXT Takeover 2: Fatal Four Way, which aired on September 11, 2014, NXT Takeover 3: R-Evolution, which aired on December 11, 2014 and NXT Takeover 4: Rival, which aired on February 11. Like its predecessors, tonight’s show aired from NXT’s home base of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Here are the results.
As is customary, the show opened with a great video package highlighting the night’s events.
The hosts for the show were Rich Brennan, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
They showed footage from earlier in the day where Hideo Itami was jumped in the parking lot. Because of the shoulder injury, Itami was pulled from the number one contenders triple threat match.
Finn Balor pinned Tyler Breeze after hitting the Coup de Grace to become number one contender to the NXT Championship. This was supposed to be a triple threat match that included Itami, but was changed to one-on-one due to Itami’s injury. Both Breeze and Balor got WrestleMania-worthy entrances, with Breeze coming down a runway surrounded by gorgeous models, while Balor did his now infamous Demon entrance with smoke, lights and full body paint.
Backstage, NXT Champion Kevin Owens looked on.
They then showed highlight’s of NXT’s recent tour of the northeast and Stephanie McMahon sitting in the crowd with the actor who plays “The Mountain” in Game of Thrones.
Bayley and Charlotte beat Emma and Dana Brooke. Charlotte pinned Emma after hitting Natural Selection.
As Bayley and Charlotte celebrated, they showed some of NXT’s newest trainees sitting in the crowd, including Jessie McKay, KC Cassidy and Uhaa Nation.
Baron Corbin pinned Rhyno after hitting End of Days.
Backstage, Greg Hamilton interviewed Kevin Owens about his upcoming match with Sami Zayn.
NXT Tag Team Champions Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy beat Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady (with Carmella). Alexa Bliss interfered and attacked Carmella and then grabbed Enzo’s leg while he attempted to come off the top rope. The distraction allowed the Champions to get the pin on Enzo. Post-match, the new alliance of Alexa, Blake and Murphy celebrated.
NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks made Becky Lynch tap out after catching her with a top rope Divorce Court and then locking her in the Bank Statement. This match continued the trend of the NXT ladies completely over delivering on a NXT Takeover special. This is not only contender for women’s match of the year but should be remembered for match of the year discussion overall.
They showed a video package of the epic Sami Zayn-Kevin Owens rivalry.
The match between NXT Champion Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn ended in a no contest. Owens powerbombed Zayn onto the ring apron on the outside of the ring. Referees and trainers came out to check on Zayn but Owens kept attacking Zayn. NXT General Manager William Regal came to stop the carnage but Owens took him out too. Then Samoa Joe of all people came out and ran off Owens. Owens then came back out and the two stars stood face to face as the show ended and the crowd went wild.
To say this was a great show would be an understatement. The opening match, complete with WrestleMania-worthy entrances, delivered. The Women’s Title match was off the charts and the closing moments with Samoa Joe’s amazing debut was shocking and incredibly memorable. It was another knockout for a NXT Takeover special.