NXT – November 6, 2014

NXT
Date: November 6, 2014
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Jason
Albert, Alex Riley, Rich Brennan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s a big night in NXT
as we have two major stories to get to. First and foremost, Tyler
Breeze is Sami Zayn’s latest obstacle on his road to redemption.
Breeze is one of the only guys that Sami has never beaten and tonight
they square off in what might be a #1 contenders match. Other than
that we get to find out who Hideo Itami has found to help him in his
war with the Ascension. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of
Zayn’s road to redemption. I like this story more every time I see
it.
Opening sequence.
Sami
Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze
Feeling out process to
start with Tyler getting two off an early backslide. Sami flips out
of an armbar and nails an atomic drop before taking Breeze into the
corner. Tyler comes right back with some stomps in the corner before
bulldogging him face first onto the middle buckle for two. We take a
break and come back with Sami fighting out of a chinlock but eating
an elbow. Back to the chinlock as the fans are chanting for Breeze.

Zayn fights up again
but Tyler fights out of the Blue Thunder Bomb and drops Sami with a
neckbreaker for two. Sami shoves him off the top rope but Tyler
dropkicks him out of the air. The Koji Clutch is quickly broken and
neither guy can hook a German suplex. A HUGE Supermodel Kick gets
two on Sami and frustration is setting in. Breeze takes him into the
corner but walks into the exploder suplex, followed by the Helluva
Kick to give Sami the pin at 14:43.
Rating:
B-. It’s good but they weren’t
going to be able to live up to their Takeover match with the time
they had. Sami getting a clean pin over Breeze is a big step for him
and he looked all fired up throughout the match. They’re doing a
great job of making Sami look unstoppable leading up to the showdown
but I’d like to see Adrian get in some big wins of his own. Good
stuff here.
Neville
isn’t afraid of Sami because he can’t win the big one.
Dash
Wilder vs. Tyson Kidd
Wilder
runs him over to start so Tyson begs off in the corner. Kidd
unloads in the corner and catapults Wilder face first into the bottom
turnbuckle. A kick to the back gets two and we hit the chinlock on
Dash for awhile. Wilder finally gets up and nails a powerslam for
two, only to get kicked in the head again. A
Moss Covered Three Handled Family Credenza sets up the Sharpshooter
to make Dash at 4:28.
Rating:
D+. That chinlock took way up
way too much time and it hurt whatever they were going to be able to
do here. Wilder was being treated like a bigger deal than usual
here, even though he only had limited offense. This is the kind of
stuff I’d like to see on Raw: let some of the guys that don’t get
much time show up on TV and have a quick match instead of doing star
vs. star all the time.
Marcus
Louis is completely insane and ranting like a crazy man. I didn’t
recognize him at first.
Sami
Zayn says he feels like the Count of Monte Cristo by beating all of
these people in a row. The road to redemption is more than just a
tag line and he wants his shot at Neville next week.
Becky
Lynch/Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte/Bayley
Bayley
and Becky get things going with Bayley driving Lynch into the corner
with aggression to start. Off to Banks who gets dropped with a
clothesline and knee dropped for two. Charlotte
and Becky come back in with the champ taking Lynch down in a cravate.
We take a break and come back with Charlotte
taking her back down with another cravate.
Charlotte
talks trash to Sasha on the apron before whipping Lynch into the
corner to knock Sasha to the floor. She spends too much time yelling
at Banks though and gets nailed for two. Banks comes in now for a
few shots and immediately tags back out. Charlotte
comes right back and drops a knee on Lynch’s head before bringing in
Bayley. Lynch takes her
into the corner and tags in Banks for some forearms to the back.
In
an evil nod, Banks hooks Bayley in a figure four neck lock and drives
her face first into the mat ala Charlotte. The heels take turns on
Bayley until she finally suplexes Banks down for a breather. Sasha
knocks Charlotte off the apron and gets rolled up, only to roll
through on Bayley and grab the tights for the pin at 11:34.
Rating:
C. This was about setting up
two future matches and there’s nothing wrong with that. I like Banks
being more of a cowardly heel now as it fits her personality to show
that she can win on her own but want everyone else to do it for her.
Lynch continues to look like the biggest star in forever though and
seems more than ready for the main roster.
Regal
confirms Neville vs. Zayn for the title next week.
Here’s the Ascension to
call out Itami. They tried to be patient but Itami has done nothing
but make threats. Get out here right now so we can finish this.
Itami comes to the stage and is joined by…..FINN BALOR! I believe
the screen was originally supposed to say Prince Devitt and then turn
into the new name but it just said Finn Balor (pronounced like
valor). They charge the ring and destroy Ascension with a variety of
kicks and knee shots as the fans chant THIS IS AWESOME and DREAM
TEAM. Finn goes to the top for a double stomp to Konor’s back to end
the show. Finn looked AWESOME here and the fans ate him up.
Overall
Rating:
B. This show was a
blast and proof of what you can get if you actually take your time to
set something up. It has me wanting to see the next Takeover show
because the card is going to be stacked with matches that are waiting
for a blowoff. Something tells me we’re not going to get a clean
finish to the title match next week and there’s nothing wrong with
that. Really solid show this week Balor’s debut being a highlight.
Results
Sami Zayn b. Tyler
Breeze – Helluva Kick
Tyson Kidd b. Dash
Wilder – Sharpshooter
Becky Lynch/Sasha Banks
b. Charlotte/Bayley – Rollup to Bayley with a handful of tights
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