NXT ArRIVAL results

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February 27, 2014

Cesaro def. Sami Zayn

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ORLANDO, Fla. – How’s this for an ArRIVAL? The first NXT pay-per-view kicked off live on WWE Network in epic style, with the latest installment of a rivalry so epic it helped bring NXT to the forefront of the WWE Universe in 2013. Alas, the fourth time was not the charm for Sami Zayn, whose saw his long-stewing rivalry with Cesaro end in heartbreak six months after their previous contest – a 2-out-of-3-Falls slugfest – shot straight into the history books. Zayn had demanded another crack at the Real American, though Cesaro, forced to accept by WWE COO Triple H, treated the match early on as little more than a formality by tossing Zayn to the ground and slapping him derisively across the back.

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Zayn battled for respect and was met with brute-force resistance; Cesaro seamlessly spun the airborne Superstar into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and manhandled him with impunity across the NXT Arena, eventually targeting the knee of his stupefied opponent. Cesaro picked his foe apart for minutes on end, though Zayn finally found daylight with an exploder suplex into the corner, a spinning powerbomb and Koji Clutch. The effort all but took the life out of Zayn, though the NXT Superstar wouldn’t stay down despite Cesaro’s demands that he give up. Zayn powered his way to a final rally, but the unstoppable force met the immovable object when Cesaro unleashed a jaw-jacking discus European uppercut, and a final Neutralizer for the victory.

Post-match interview: Cesaro said what?

Despite the loss, Zayn could hardly be viewed as a loser, and seemed to get what he had wanted all along: After the match, Cesaro hauled his fallen foe to his feet and embraced him in a show of hard, hard-earned respect.

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