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NXT – October 9, 2014

NXT
Date:
October 9, 2014
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Jason Albert, Renee Young, Rich Brennan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
getting closer to the next live special and you can see the card
starting to form from here. It’s pretty clear that we’re going to
get Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville in the big showdown for the title
and maybe Lucha Dragons vs. the Vaudevillains. That’s not the worst
card in the world with the NXT Title match sounding excellent. Let’s
get to it.

Tyler
Breeze vs. Mojo Rawley
This
is the result of Tyler attacking Mojo a few weeks ago when Rawley
interrupted his walk. Breeze hides in the ropes to start and then
lays on the corner to keep ticking Mojo off. Mojo charges into a
boot to the shoulder and Breeze stomps on the arm before putting on a
Fujiwara Armbar for the submission at 1:15. This quick losing thing
has to become a story soon right?
Brennan
thinks the referee stopped the match instead of hearing a submission.
Enzo
and Cass try to get Regal to give Carmella a job. He isn’t
interested but they get him to watch her working out in the ring.
She makes some girl tap and Regal says bring her next Thursday.
We
recap Hideo Itami vs. the Ascension over the last few weeks.
Viktor
vs. Hideo Itami
Konor
isn’t anywhere in sight which probably doesn’t spell anything good
for Itami. Vikto takes some punches and kicks to start but rips the
skin off Hideo’s chest with a chop. A snap suplex gets two on Itami
and Viktor hammers away even more. Some kicks give Hideo a breather
and a missile dropkick puts Viktor down. Hideo seems staggered by
the dropkick but he goes up again, only to be distracted by Konor on
the stage with an unconscisous Funaki. Not that it matters as Itami
dropkicks Viktor for the pin at 3:11.
Rating:
D+. Hideo looked better here
but I still want to see some different offense. The dropkicks were
at least a different kind of kick to keep things a little fresher and
he threw some right hands, but throw in something other than strikes.
Again though, it was just a three minute match so it’s way too early
to pass judgment. The crowd was oddly silent during this match too.
Post
match Konor comes in and Hideo gets tied in the ropes. Funaki tries
to make a save and gets beaten down even worse.
Vaudevillains
vs. Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady
I’m
not feeling the Vaudevillains’ new music. Enzo
wants the Villains to get back in their Delorean and go back to the
future. They want to go back to Pumping Iron to flex like Arnold,
but it’s more like Hey Arnold because they never should have got off
the stoop. WOW does that line make me feel old. Gotch drives knees
into Enzo’s ribs in the corner and Aiden’s legdrop gets two. Enzo
finally rolls away and makes the tag to Cass for a big boot.
Everything breaks down and Cass suplexes Enzo onto Gotch for two.
Cass gets knocked outside to leave Amore all alone and That’s A Wrap
at 2:52.
Sami
Zayn understands that Titus O’Neil is having issues with a bunny but
that doesn’t mean he can come down here to make himself feel better.
Becky
Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
Becky
is out of the green and into plaid. Sasha insults Becky’s hair to
start so Becky whips her hair into Banks’ face. A Majistral cradle
gets two for Lynch and she nips up for good measure. Some forearms
to the face get two for Sasha and we’re off to a double arm crank.
Becky comes back with some clotheslines for two and a springboard
kick to the face in the corner. Not that it matters as Sasha hits a
quick Backstabber into the Bank Statement (Crossface) for the
submission at 4:02.
Rating:
C. This wasn’t bad and Lynch
clearly has the it factor to her. The fact that she’s very good
looking and can clearly go in the ring will make things even easier
for her. I was hoping she won here but the Banks vs. Charlotte match
is probably going to take place at the next live show. Good showing
by Lynch here who looked more complete than Banks, though Sasha has
better charisma.
Sami
Zayn vs. Titus O’Neil
Sami
fires off some forearms to stagger the big guy but charges into a
slam. More forearms don’t have much effect as Titus slowly hammers
him down again. O’Neil
pounds away in the corner and another slam gets two. Sami
gets thrown outside and we take a break. Back
with Sami caught in a bearhug and
being swung around like a rag doll. A third slam gets two as Titus
really doesn’t seem to have the most extensive offense.
Zayn
gets beaten down in the corner again and has to confirm he can keep
going. Off to a waistlock
from Titus but Sami fights out and low bridges Titus to the floor. A
big flip dive puts O’Neil down and finally wakes up the crowd a bit.
Back in and the Helluva Kick is countered by a big boot for two.
A second attempt at the
Helluva Kick connects but Titus’ foot is under the ropes. Sami tries
to walk the corner but gets crotched down and planted with the Clash
of the Titus for the pin at 13:14.
Rating:
D. Seriously? We have to sit
through Titus having one of the most boring offenses this side of Big
John Studd and he gets to pin Zayn in the middle of the ring? The
bad parts of this match are all on Titus as he just didn’t have
anything but slams, clotheslines and forearms. You would think a guy
that has been around that many years would have something better than
this but he was just dull. I see no need to have him win here though
and it really made things worse.
Titus
tries to go after Sami again but Neville makes the save.
Overall
Rating:
C-. This wasn’t their
best effort and the main event has a lot to do with it. I see no
reason why Sami couldn’t win here and then do the exact same ending.
The rest of the show was fine but it’s almost all about setting up
stuff for down the road. The different with NXT though is they’re
capable of pulling off something like that later on. Not a great
show here but there’s good stuff coming.
Results
Tyler
Breeze b. Mojo Rawley – Fujiwara Armbar
Hideo
Itami b. Viktor – Dropkick
Vaudevillains
b. Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady – That’s A Wrap to Amore
Sasha
Banks b. Becky Lynch – Crossface
Titus
O’Neil b. Sami Zayn – Clash of the Titus

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