Cedric Alexander def. Andrade “Cien” Almas
Just days after making a huge impact on Monday Night Raw, Cedric Alexander made his NXT debut against Andrade “Cien” Almas. Alexander showed there were no adjustments to be made in his game, as he went hold for hold with the skilled luchador, bringing Full Sail University to its feet. Almas was the first to take flight, crash landing on Alexander with a twisting plancha to the arena floor.
Back in the ring “Cien” kept Alexander grounded, wearing the North Carolina native down until Alexander springboarded off the ropes with a kick to the head, then launched himself over the ropes at Almas with a beautiful tope con hilo. The luchador countered with raw power, slamming Alexander into the mat and striking him with brute force.
Almas tried to finish off his rival with his trademark charging knees in the corner. However, Alexander recovered and caught a charging Almas, tossing him up into the air for the Lumbar Check to make his NXT debut a successful one. After the match, a frustrated “Cien” seemed reluctant to shake the NXT newcomer’s hand, but eventually showed sportsmanship, and brought his opponent in for a hug with a clear message: “Welcome to NXT.”