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As for the match itself I would have to say it completely delivered. What I would like to focus on, however, is that finish.
Just to move with an abundance of caution the spoiler discussion of the match will go after the jump here. You've been warned.
That finish was unique and I really liked it. They did a good job of selling Zayn's issues after that dive to the outside. If you were paying attention you should have noticed that immediately after that dive Zayn started checking his head. At the time I really wondered if he had legitimately hurt himself because it looked like he was checking for blood. The announce team did a good job selling the fact that Zayn was out of sorts and having some sort of medical issue. Once the medics started hovering more and more it seemed we were not going to get a clean finish in the match which was disappointing. By the time the official called the match you could see the uneasiness from the crowd settling in.
As a viewer at home I knew exactly how they felt. It seemed like WWE may have killed the golden goose by giving us a non-finish main event on one of these NXT specials. This was disappointing because these specials have always delivered so far. The crowd was right on the edge of getting fully irate when the official handed the NXT Championship belt to Kevin Owens. Just like that, all was right in the world. Once we all realized that the belt was going to change hands it put the finish in a completely different context. It setup a natural rematch for the two down the road. The brutality Owens showed with the multiple powerbombs to his former friend solidified him as a ruthless killer in the ring.
It really was a thing of beauty.