NXT – August 14, 2014

NXT
Date: August 14, 2014
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Renee
Young, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Things really need to
pick up around here soon. I can’t believe I’m saying that but it’s
the absolute truth right now. The lack of anything to build towards
is hurting things, as we’re just spinning in circles instead of
actually setting up a show or a match. Last week Breeze implied that
he was cashing in soon but I didn’t hear a date. Let’s get to it.

Clip from Takeover of
Tyler Breeze beating Sami Zayn to become #1 contender and Tyler
taunting NXT Champion Adrian Neville ever since.
Opening sequence.
Tag
Team Title #1 Contenders Tournament First Round: Mojo Rawley/Bull
Dempsey vs. Vaudevillains
Big ovation for the
Vaudevillains. Mojo cranks on English’s head to start but Aiden
comes back with an uppercut for two. Off to a hammerlock from
English, including a bow down into a tag to Gotch. Simon puts on a
hammerlock of his own and does Hindu Squats to crank on the arm.
Dempsey comes in and pounds Gotch to the mat but it’s quickly back to
Mojo as he tags himself back in. This doesn’t go well for the
makeshift team as Gotch catches him in a rolling fireman’s carry,
followed by a middle rope Swanton Bomb from English for the pin at
3:07.
Rating:
D+. That was far shorter than I
was expecting. I’m glad they pulled the plug on the makeshift team
before it went on forever, given that this was the obvious ending.
Mojo has fallen through the floor in NXT and to be fair I can’t say I
disagree with the way his push has gone. Ever since that beating
from Rusev it was almost impossible for him to get back up.
Post
match Bull destroys Mojo, drawing a big THANK YOU BULL chant.
Sasha Banks doesn’t
like Bayley thinking she’ll be the next Women’s Champion. Bayley
says Sasha doesn’t get a hug tonight.
Breeze is cashing in
tonight. They didn’t do a great job of making that clear last week.
Bayley
vs. Sasha Banks
#1 contenders match.
They trade headlocks to start with Sasha taking over with a knee to
the ribs for two. Bayley takes her down with some rollups for the
same as they trade near falls. They stay on the mat with Bayley
grabbing a headlock, only to have Sasha fight up and nail a dropkick.
Back up and Bayley gets aggressive, sending Sasha out to the floor
for a breather.
We take a break and
come back with Sasha getting two before putting on a chinlock. She
stretches Bayley across the knees before ramming her face first into
the mat. Back to a double arm choke on Bayley but the happy one
fights up and nails some forearms, only to get her throat snapped
across the top rope. A slap to the face looks to set up Belly to
Bayley but Sasha counters into a Backstabber. Sasha puts on a
Crossface but cranks on it too much, allowing Bayley to roll on top
for the pin at 8:50.
Rating:
C-. The match was pretty dull
stuff but Bayley got to be a bit more aggressive which is a nice
change of pace for her. Bayley vs. Charlotte will be a better option
than Sasha getting the shot as you can only do Charlotte vs. BFFs for
so long until it gets really old in a hurry.
Tag
Team Title #1 Contenders Tournament First Round: Kalisto/Sin Cara vs.
Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy
Cara
and Blake get things going for some fast paced running before it’s
off to the partners for some hard shots from Kalisto. Cara launches
Kalisto into a backsplash onto Murphy for two. Murphy is sent to the
floor and Blake gets taken down by a top rope cross body from Cara.
A dropkick from Kalisto sends Murphy into a Cara powerbomb. Sin
takes out Blake and Kalisto hits a standing sitout sliced bread #2
for the pin at 2:42. This was a fast paced squash and the masked
guys looked really good.
The
Legionnaires don’t like Enzo and Big Cass making the semifinals and
speak a lot of French.
NXT
Title: Adrian Neville vs. Tyler Breeze
Adrian
is defending and takes Tyler down to the mat to start. Some kicks to
the ribs have Breeze in early trouble but he sends Adrian out to the
floor in a big crash. Tyson Kidd comes out to commentary as Neville
gets back in. We take a break and come back with Breeze still in
control and Kidd not saying a word. Breeze puts on a front facelock
before sending Neville out to the floor again.
A
whip into the steps gets two for the challenger and it’s back to the
front facelock. Adrian
finally shoves him off to escape and hammers away in the corner.
There’s a running boot to the face and a standing shooting star for
two. Neville goes to the corner but dives into a dropkick to change
momentum again. Breeze
misses a charge into the corner and gets superkicked for a very close
near fall. Both guys are spent but
Breeze is able to break up the Red Arrow.
A
sunset bomb plants Tyler but he rolls away before the Red Arrow can
be launched. Breeze comes back with an INSANE tornado DDT to plant
Neville for two. Neville
counters a German suplex into one of his own for two more and both
guys are down. Breeze rolls
outside and takes a big suicide dive, which finally draws Kidd out to
the ring. Fans: “NO! NO! NO!” Neville blasts him in the face
with a superkick before Tyson can do anything. He kicks Breeze in
the head as well and goes up for the Red Arrow, only to have Tyson
break it up for the DQ at 14:46.
Rating:
B. This was getting really good
in the middle but took a breather and toned down a bit near the end.
It seemed like a way to set up another match and that might be the
best possible option. Breeze wasn’t the best option to take the
title but he’s FAR better in the ring than anyone would have given
him credit for.
Breeze
goes after Kidd but eventually they team up on Neville. Sami Zayn
runs in for the save and checks on Neville to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
B-. This was much
better than what they had been doing in recent weeks but it’s still
not as good as the show had been for weeks now. You can see the
fourway coming from here but that’s not the worst idea in the world
given how insane a match between these four could be. Good show here
and a lot of stuff is set for the future, which is NXT’s specialty.
Results
Vaudevillains b. Mojo
Rawley/Bull Dempsey – Middle rope Swanton Bomb to Rawley
Bayley b. Sasha Banks –
Rollup
Sin Cara/Kalisto b.
Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy – Standing sitout sliced bread #2 to
Murphy
Adrian Neville b. Tyler
Breeze via DQ when Tyson Kidd interfered
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