Eva Marie cuts a promo, sending the NXT universe a video post card from Paris, France. She tells us she is sorry she couldn’t be there at the NXT arena tonight. After all of her grueling matches she decided she needed to take some “me time” in Paris. She says that she misses the NXT Universe, and she hopes they miss her, but she will be back soon. She blows a kiss to the camera and the promo ends.
We’re back from the commercial break and the entire WWE roster of Superstars and Divas, as well as officials and authority figures are on the stage in pink for Susan G. Komen and Breast Cancer Awareness. John Cena is in the ring with a group of breast cancer survivors and Roman Reigns. Cena talks about WWE partnering with Komen for the 4th year. He says it gives him great honor to stand in the ring with real heroes. Cena gets the crowd to give it up for the group of the cancer survivors in the ring. A “yes!” chant starts up. Reigns says his motto is usually one vs. all but it’s all vs. one in the fight against breast cancer. He plugs the pink merchandise on WWE’s Shop website. Reigns says it’s a huge honor for him and WWE to join the fight once again. Reigns ends it with a “believe that” as he and Cena shake the hands of the women in the ring.
Eva Marie’s long journey back to the ring finally reaches its pinnacle with her first return match at WWE NXT.
Even though she understands that WWE is hoping to establish “street cred” at Full Sail University before sending her out on the road full time, Eva’s petrified she won’t get any kind of a reaction when she comes out.
That fear is put to rest when she steps out of the curtain; she wrestles a fine contest, hits her new finisher — Sliced Red — with no problem, and the comeback begins in earnest.
The commentators take a moment to look back at the controversy created by Eva Marie’s last match. We get an old school promo clip where Eva Marie thanks the referee for not giving into the bias opinion of the crowd, for recognizing her shoulders were off the mat.
Eva Marie vs. Carmella
Carmella goes right after Eva Marie. She throws Eva Marie to the outside and taunts her with a moonwalk. Upon Eva Marie’s return to the ring, she goes for a quick pin, receiving a 1 count. Eva knees Carmella hard and suplexes her for a 2 count. Eva drags Carmella by the hair to the corner and drives her head into the turnbuckle a few times. She elbows her and then delivers a big boot, knocking Carmella down for a 2 count. As she grabs Carmella’s hair again, she yells “How you doin?!” Another suplex and another 2 count.
Eva Marie goes for another suplex, but Carmella stops it and rolls up for a 1 count. Eva slows things down with an arm stretch submission. The crowd is shouting for Carmella, and she manages to get to her feet and deliver a hurricanrana off the turnbuckle. Lou Thesz press…and another one. Staten Island shuffle, followed by a spear on Eva into the corner. Eva’s face meets Carmella’s boot on the top turnbuckle, and we have a… what should have been a 3 count but the referee refrains from calling the pinfall. He says Eva Marie had her foot on the rope. Carmella can’t believe it. She tries to grab Eva but Eva throws her to the ramp, and Carmella lands awkwardly. The referee begins to count and Carmella doesn’t get up before the 10 count.
Winner: Eva Marie via countout.
Post match we see a replay that confirms Eva’s foot was on the rope, as she celebrates another win in NXT.
While Eva crams in her last bit of training and continues to coordinate her career with new manager Dany Garcia — who is also The Rock’s manager — Jonathan is feeling left out, as she has less and less time to spend with him. The two plan a day off, but it doesn’t go to plan – Eva has to answer a call from Mark Carrano which brings great career news. Jonathan decides they should throw their phones out of the window, but Eva accidentally drops her and it breaks!
After a training session, Brian Kendrick helpfully opines to Eva that success in her profession may come at the cost of relationship time, and a balance is necessary. Eva decides she needs to make more of an effort with Jonathan and will try to find a balance.
Just as the couple begins to work things out, Eva gets an invite to the premiere of “San Andreas” from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself, and it’s off to the races once again. Jonathan says he’ll always support Eva no matter what.
Eva Marie vs. Billie Kay
Eva Marie blows a kiss to the crowd and shortly after, the referee calls for the bell to be rung. The two lock up. Billie grabs Eva from behind. Eva elbows Billie and grabs her in a headlock. Towards the corner, Eva springboards off the ropes, jumps over a charging Billie, and then blows a kiss her way. She turns to the crowd, saying “All red every-…” and receives a high kick to the face from Billie. 2 count and we’re back to a headlock and then some hair pulling. Eva tackles Billie into the corner and meets her with a series of shoulder thrusts. She backs off and then hits her with three more. Out from the corner, Eva suplexes Billie and covers her for a 1 count.
Submission time: Eva has Billie in a modified abdominal stretch on the mat. She yells fiercely. Billie rolls up Eva to break out of the submission for a quick 1 count and backs into the corner, holding her ribs. She runs into the corner, throwing her hips at her opponent’s mid-section. The two leave the corner and Eva hits Billie with a clothesline. She blows her another kiss, runs off the ropes and hits a jumping senton splash, staying for a 2 count pin. She tries again and only gets 2, and we’re back to the abdominal stretch, which also affects Billie’s right arm. Billie manages to stand up and, with noticeable effort arm drags Eva to the mat. Eva gets up and Billie hits her with 1, then 2 clotheslines. She grapples her and executes a suplex for a very close 2 count. The crowd boos as Eva retreats to the corner. Billie meets her there and receives a few elbows to the face which stun her enough that Eva can prepare for Sliced Red. Eva Marie succeeds with her finisher and pins Billie for the win.
Winner: Eva Marie
She poses for the fans, pointing to her waist where a championship belt should be.
Eva Marie vs Carmella
Eva flips out of an arm bar by Carmella. Carmella responds by taking Eva down, then moonwalking across the ring. Atomic drop by Carmella sends Eva hopping across the ring in pain. Eva responds with a corner elbow, a running elbow than a running senton for a two count. Eva locks in a seated abdominal stretch. Carmella gets to her feet and hip tosses Eva over. She hits a couple of Lou Thesz Presses and hits a rope aided Hurricanrana. She hits Eva with the rope hung boot and a mat slam, but only gets a two count. Eva reverses a move, and hits Sliced Red #2 for the win.
Winner: Eva Marie
Post match Eva celebrates and lets the crowd know she wants the NXT Women’s Championship.
Back in California, Eva Marie is still working hard with Brian Kendrick. With her return to the ring coming shortly, she wants to pick a finisher. She toys with the idea of using trainer Brian Kendrick’s old Sliced Bread No. 2, aka “The Kendrick” in tribute. Kendrick says it is possible and he knows she could do it.
Back home, Eva searches up the Sliced Bread No. 2, but Jonathan thinks it’s too dangerous. He says he knows Eva is willing to work hard, but he doesn’t want her to die or get injured. Later in the show, Eva goes shopping with Ariane. Ariane tells Eva that the other Divas were trash talking her. Eva says it only makes her want to get better even more and prove them wrong.
Eva appears at an NXT taping and gets a bad reaction from the crowd. This only spurs her on, and she decides to adopt Brian’s move after all to show how hard she is ready to work. She completes the maneuver perfectly in Kendrick’s gym and decides it’s the move for her.
Eva is back in California, training harder than ever. This has left her with bruises all over her body, but Eva takes pride in them, calling them her war wounds. She has a photo shoot in California, experimenting with white body paint, and she also takes some photos of her war wounds to remember how hard she worked to achieve her dreams.
She posts the photoshoot picture of her bruises on Instagram, but people assume she is being abused by Jonathan. She and Jonathan laugh it off and go to dinner. At dinner, Eva goes to the ladies room, but is taken aside by a woman in the bathroom, who says that she has options if she is abused. Eva leaves, confused. She tells Jonathan the woman believed Eva was abused. The two of them laugh and Jonathan says if anything, it’d be Eva beating him up – after all, she does it for a living.