NXT – June 26, 2014

NXT
Date: June
26, 2014
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Rich Brennan, Renee Young, Alex Riley
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
NXT is coming
in off a bad show which isn’t something I have to say all that often.
Last week’s show was pretty boring with Tyler Breeze having one of
the least interesting matches I’ve ever seen from the promotion and
the main event being an angle instead of a match. Things down here
have a habit of turning around quickly though so let’s get to it.

Opening
sequence.
T.
Perkins/Matt Sugarman vs. Vaudevillians
The
Vaudevillians are introduced at a combined height of 12’7. Renee
says Sugarman is a Bastion Booger fan because that’s how awesome she
is. Gotch takes Sugarman down with an armbar before putting on a
headscissors so he can do clap pushups. A slam puts Sugerman down
and the top rope Swanton (That’s A Wrap) from English gets the pin at
2:45.
We recap the
main event from last week. Zayn says Tyson is a weird kind of cat
because he never learned how to lose. They’ll be hearing from each
other again.
Xavier
Woods vs. Bull Dempsey
CJ Parker’s
crusade in the crowd continues. Dempsey gets a full entrance and has
a theme song with the word BULL being shouted over and over. Dempsey
grabs a headlock to start and hammers Woods down with pure power. A
headbutt gets two before Dempsey just drills Woods with forearms to
the chest. Dempsey is in a short singlet, earning him a PUT SOME
PANTS ON chant from the lively crowd. Woods fights out of a chinlock
with a jawbreaker but jumps into a right hand to the face. A sitout
slam (the Bulldozer) gets Bull the pin at 4:40.
Rating:
D+. Total squash here and
Dempsey looked good the whole way. There’s nothing wrong with a
powerful brute like this and the match worked well. His music is
really catchy too and was stuck in my head the entire time. That’s a
good sign as it’s just his name over and over, set to music.
Bull
says the children have run NXT for too long and he’s the last of a
dying breed.
Summer
Rae vs. Becky Lynch
Becky
is an Irish redhead in green. The fans chant for her to start and
Lynch does a jig. Becky takes her down with an armbar but she gets
kicked in the face for two. Charlotte tries to interfere but Summer
shouts that it’s her match, allowing Lynch to get a VERY close two
off a rollup. Lynch hits three straight legdrops for two followed by
a capture suplex for the pin at 2:59.
Sawyer
Fulton vs. Colin Cassady
They
circle each other for a bit as the announcers hype Cassady up as a
future NXT Champion. Fulton shoves Cassady to start but walks into a
big boot and the S-A-W-F-T Elbow gets the pin at 1:26.
The
Legionnaires come out to go after Colin but Enzo Amore runs out for
the save. Catchphrases are spoken.
Adrian
Neville vs. Rob Van Dam
Tyler
Breeze is on commentary. Non-title and set up as RVD wanted to face
the best NXT had to offer. Neville
takes over with a headscissors on the mat and an armdrag sends Van
Dam out to the floor. Back
in and a rollup gets two for Adrian as Renee says Van Dam is
Neville’s idol. Van Dam kicks Adrian to the floor and nails a shot
off the apron to put both guys down. Adrian is back up first for a
big moonsault
to take Rob down again.
We
take a break and come back with Adrian
holding a front facelock but getting caught in an atomic drop. Renee
asks Tyler about a potential full length album but Breeze says his
one hit will last for awhile. Van Dam kicks Neville in the face and
does it again in the corner. Neville’s sunset flip is countered for
two and he gets tied up in the Tree of Woe. A running kick to the
ribs has Neville in even more trouble but he escapes a German suplex.
Adrian’s
springboard clothesline gets two on Van Dam but he comes back with a
jawbreaker. The split legged moonsault only hits mat and a small
package gets two for the champion. Van Dam throws Adrian into the
air for a kick to the chest to take over again. The Five Star misses
though and Neville comes back with a running DDT, followed by the Red
Arrow for the pin at 13:56 shown of 16:26.
Rating:
C+. There was a nice story here
with Neville knowing Van Dam so well due to being a fan for so many
years. I’m not the biggest Van Dam fan in the world but it’s nice to
see him putting people over clean like this. I expected Van Dam to
get the pin so this was a very nice surprise.
They
shake hands post match and the announcers don’t treat this like a big
upset.
Overall
Rating:
C+. And of course NXT
bounces back with a good show this week. This was about bringing in
some new stars and giving some new people pushes, which is necessary
when WWE brings people up so often. Neville is reaching a point
where losing the title is going to be a big deal and that’s a very
good thing. Solid show this week.
Results
Vaudevillians
b. T. Perkins/Matt Sugarman – That’s A Wrap to Sugerman
Bull Dempsey
b. Xavier Woods – Bulldozer
Becky Lynch
b. Summer Rae – Capture suplex
Colin Cassady
b. Sawyer Fulton – S-A-W-F-T Elbow
Adrian
Neville b. Rob Van Dam – Red Arrow
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