NXT – July 10, 2014

NXT
Date:
July 10, 2014
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Renee Young, Jason Albert, Rich Brennan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This
is another show that has been built up for a few weeks and there’s a
good chance we get the payoff tonight. Coming off last week, we
should be coming up on Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd/Justin
Gabriel. The match isn’t going to be a masterpiece or anything, but
it’s going to be a well done match with a lot of high flying
entertainment. Let’s get to it.

Opening
sequence.
Bayley
vs. Summer Rae
The
winner gets a shot against Charlotte at some point in the future.
Summer sends her into the corner to start but Bayley takes her down
with a drop toehold and puts on an armbar. Bayley spins around on
Summer’s back and Rae bails to the floor. Back in quickly and Summer
nails a kick to Bayley’s ribs for one. Summer pulls on the arms with
her feet on Bayley’s shoulders as Charlotte is watching from the
back.
The
referee breaks up a hair pull and Bayley flips Summer over, only to
have her head rammed into the mat. Bayley comes back with a suplex,
drawing a BAYLEY’S GONNA HUG YOU chant from the crowd. A spear and
suplex get two on Rae but she kicks Bayley in the face for two of her
own. Bayley comes back with a top rope elbow to the jaw but Summer
counters the Belly to Bayley into the Summer Crush (standing legdrop)
for the pin at 5:23.
Rating:
C-. Nothing special here but
Summer vs. Charlotte is going to be a solid match that belongs on a
big stage. Summer isn’t great in the rings but she looks good and
has the attitude that a Diva needs. Bayley needs to stay in NXT as
long as she can so WWE can’t ruin her on the main roster.
Sami
Zayn and Adrian Neville are banged up but they’re coming for Gabriel
and Kidd.
Justin
Gabriel is with Tyson Kidd and says he’s not going to be a loser
anymore. He started in NXT and now somehow he’s back. There’s
talent here, but it’s not on his level. Tyson was right and it took
one more loss to prove him right. Sometimes in life, you have to
break some rules.
Tyler
Breeze has entered the building.
Sin
Cara vs. Wesley Blake
Some
quick rollups get two on Blake and a clothesline sends him to the
floor, setting up a suicide dive. Back in and Blake takes him down
by the arm for two before hooking an armbar. Cara comes up with a
jawbreaker followed by a springboard headbutt. A springboard cross
body gets two and a kick to the head sets up the Swanton Bomb for the
pin at 3:32.
Rating:
C-. Just a squash here but Sin
Cara looked fine. He could use a few nice wins down in NXT, even
though it isn’t going to mean much for him in WWE. The original Sin
Cara’s run was just so bad that even the new performer can’t do much
with the character anymore. Still though, not bad.
Tyson
Kidd and Natalya get in an argument over his recent actions. He
tells Natalya to not come to the ring with him tonight.
Summer
thinks she and Sasha should stay friends but Banks doesn’t seem
interested.
CJ
Parker calls out Xavier Woods to talk about what happened last week.
Parker apologizes but Woods doesn’t seem to accept. CJ offers peace
before laying Woods out from behind.
The
Vaudevillains talk about becoming the next Tag Team Champions and
share an awesome laugh.
Video
on the Ascension for the fans that are watching on the free preview.
Bull
Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins
A
quick armbar takes Dawkins down and he makes the mistake of trying a
sunset flip. The much bigger Dempsey sits on his chest and hammers
away with headbutts and elbow drops. Dempsey chokes a lot and shrugs
off a quick comeback attempt, setting up the Bulldozer powerslam for
the pin at 2:55.
Dempsey
says he isn’t quitting until he’s NXT Champion.
Zayn
and Neville are ready.
Sami
Zayn/Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel
Natalya
is here with Kidd despite the argument earlier. Kidd and Neville get
things going as the announcers plug the Network. Off to Sami who
cranks on the arm before it’s back to the champion for more of the
same. Zayn drops to the mat and Neville gets on his back for a
corkscrew splash. Albert: “Rich can I try that off your back?”
Renee: “I’ll give you a dollar if you do!” Neville hits a middle
rope cross body for two before it’s off to Zayn for some chops.
Justin offers a distraction and Tyson sends Zayn to the floor as we
take a break.
Back
almost immediately with Gabriel putting on a double chicken wing.
That goes nowhere so Sami gets tied in the Tree of Woe, only to have
Justin nail him from the apron. A double kick to the head gets two
on Zayn and Tyson puts on a front facelock. Sami is in trouble but
finally throws Kidd off and dives over for the hot tag. A standing
moonsault gets two on Gabriel and a sitout powerbomb gets the same.
Adrian
levels Kidd for two and the fans want Nattie. Justin’s distraction
prevents the Red Arrow and Kidd knocks Adrian off the ropes for the
springboard elbow and two. Sami sends Justin outside but makes a
blind tag, setting up a big high cross body for two as Adrian dives
onto Gabriel. I thought that was it. Tyson grabs Sami’s face but
gets backdropped to the floor. Sami is left alone for the BIG flip
dive to take out all three other guys. Kidd claims a knee injury but
it’s a fake. Sami punches him in the jaw but it knocks Natalya to
the floor as well. Tyson fakes going to check on her and grabs a
quick rollup for the pin at 10:35.
Rating:
B. Take four guys and let them
fly around the ring for eleven minutes and freak the crowd out. It’s
an idea that has worked since professional wrestling began and it’s
always going to work. The match was the usual solid stuff and Kidd
looks like the most evil guy in all of NXT. Well done.
Kidd
leaves with Gabriel.
Overall
Rating:
B. If the idea tonight
was to get people to want to buy the Network to see NXT, they did a
great job. You got some WWE names, some good matches, angle
advancement, and a sense of “why am I not watching this?”.
That’s the point of a show like this and it worked like a charm.
Good stuff and a good regular episode too.
Results
Charlotte
b. Bayley – Summer Crush
Sin
Cara b. Wesley Blake – Swanton Bomb
Bull
Dempsey b. Angelo Dawkins – Bulldozer
Tyson
Kidd/Justin Gabriel b. Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville – Rollup to Zayn
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