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NXT TAKEOVER: UNSTOPPABLE PRESHOW REPORT

By Richard Trionfo on 2015-05-20 19:55:31
Welcome to PWInsider.com’s coverage of the latest NXT special on the WWE Network. This month’s special is NXT Takeover: Unstoppable. In addition to following the live coverage, make sure to check out Mike Johnson’s blog of the show.

Renee Young welcomes us to the Preshow and she mentions that there was footage from a fan in the parking lot at Full Sail earlier in the day and we see Enzo and Carmella arrive with Colin Cassady. In the background we see Hideo Itami down and he is holding his shoulder.

Kevin Owens walks by and says ‘that’s a shame’.

Renee introduces her co-hosts Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.

Renee mentions that Hideo Itami will not be part of the match tonight so the Number One Contender Match will now be a one on one match between Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze.

Byron Saxton says that it is likely that Kevin Owens was involved, especially because he says ‘That’s a Shame’. Owens would probably say he didn’t do anything.

Corey Graves says there is only one person to blame for that injury and it is Hideo Itami. He made the comments about Owens last week. The same thing happened to Alex Riley.

Renee asks how things change for the Number One Contender Match. Corey says that they do not have to focus on another person so their head doesn’t have to be on a swivel. Byron mentions that a Triple Threat match is a no disqualification match so any attempts to skirt the rules go out the window.

Renee mentions the NXT Title match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

We see the footage from Sami Zayn accepting the US Title Open Challenge in Montreal a few weeks ago.

We see footage of Sami Zayn arriving at Full Sail earlier today.

Corey asks how would you feel if what happened to Sami happened to you. Byron says that Sami told him he is fine and he is focusing on Kevin Owens and the NXT Championship.

Renee asks what is Kevin thinking about. Corey says that Kevin is focused on retaining his title and beating his best friend again. Byron reminds us what Kevin said last week.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we take a look at Becky Lynch getting ready in the locker room as Renee, Byron, and Corey talk about the NXT Women’s Title Match.

We have a video package.

Renee brings up that they were once friends, but who has the advantage. Byron says Becky has the advantage because she has been waiting for this her entire career. Byron says that Becky told him she would do anything just to be seen by the people. Becky has changed because she is no longer just happy to be in NXT. She wants to be champion.

Byron says she knows there is pressure, but there is a huge reward and it is something she has been fighting for her entire life.

Corey says he is glad that Becky has this inspiring story. As long as she was here, she could not get it done until she was under the wing of Sasha Banks. Corey says he hopes Becky retained some of those flight attendant skills because Sasha will be the champion at the end of the night.

Renee brings up Sasha and how she has something up her sleeve. Byron says that Sasha was in the same place as Becky at one point, but now she is saying she is better than Fabulous Moolah.

We go outside where Greg Hamilton is in line with the fans. Greg reminds everyone that May is free for new subscribers. Greg mentions that Tyler Breeze is the King of the Selfie, but he is going to Periscope his entrance tonight.

Renee mentions the Women’s Tag Match and she asks if Charlotte and Bayley have the advantage. Corey mentions that they have had issues but they have worked together and they have more chemistry.

Renee asks about Dana and Charlotte and wonders if there is any jealousy. Byron says that Dana thinks she is genetically superior to Charlotte. Byron says that Emma says she is trying to do Bayley a favor, but is she taking things out on Bayley because her career did not work out as well as she thought?

Renee mentions the shows in Albany and Philadelphia from last week and we see some social media contributions from those shows.

Renee mentions that they were not at the shows but she asks Greg Hamilton about the shows.

Greg says it was incredible. He mentions the feeling when the lights go out before a band goes on stage during a concert. Greg says the highlight was being in the locker room before the show and hearing NXT chants.

Corey wants to know why Greg gets to do so much.

Renee mentions the Tag Title Match with Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy defending the titles against Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.

Byron says it is time for new champions. They know the catchphrases and buy the merchandise. A lot of people could rest on their laurels but they want more.

We go back to Greg Hamilton and he is with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says it is so strange to get cheered. She says they are the best fans. Stephanie says she is here because she is a fan of NXT. She is here to sit and watch and enjoy. Greg mentions Stephanie in front of the fans in San Jose. Stephanie says the passion of their fans is like no other. She says they are listening to the fans and NXT creates an atmosphere. The men and women are bringing it to another level.

Stephanie says the women are bringing it like no other and they are revolutionizing what women’s roles are in wrestling. Stephanie says that she is the only boss in WWE, but she will give Sasha her due.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we take a look at the NXT Heavyweight Title match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and we have a video package.

Renee mentions that Kevin has a lot on his plate. Is he looking ahead to his match at Elimination Chamber. Corey says that Kevin has one focus and that is on the NXT Championship. Kevin did not accept John Cena’s challenge on Monday. He is focused on this match . . . and maybe destroying Sami Zayn.

Byron wonders why Kevin was on Raw and why is he getting this match against John Cena. He turned his back on his friend and now he is getting himself a match at Elimination Chamber.

Corey wonders who is going to stop him.

Renee mentions Sami’s shoulder injury. Byron says that Sami is cleared to wrestle. Corey says this reminds him of Manny Pacquiao. If Sami cannot get the job done tonight and he suffers a greater injury, it is Sami’s fault. Kevin is not at fault for any of this. Byron says that Sami told him he could not remember when he was ever 100%. Sami will sacrifice his body for pride.

Renee asks for predictions. Byron says Sami will leave his heart and every ounce of what makes him Sami Zayn in that ring. Corey says that Kevin will leave every ounce of Sami Zayn in the ring and retain the title.

Announced for tonight’s NXT Takeover: Unstoppable show/b>

NXT Heavyweight Championship Match: Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Sasha Banks versus Becky Lynch

NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy versus Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady (with Carmella)

Number One Contender’s Match: Finn Balor versus Tyler Breeze

Charlotte and Bayley versus Emma and Dana Brooke

Rhyno versus Baron Corbin

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