NXT – January 30, 2013

NXT
Date:
January 30, 2013
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
William Regal, Tony Dawson
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This
is the second week of the tag team title tournament and my guess is
we’ll get two more first round matches tonight. Other than that
we’ve got Conor O’Brien challenging Langston for the title next week
which should be interesting given that we haven’t seen Conor since
Cameron was released. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of the announcement of the title tournament and the
first two matches. For the first time we get to see the full
brackets:
Wyatt
Family
Bo
Dallas/Michael McGillicutty
Primo/Epico
Alex
Riley/Derrick Bateman
Leo
Kruger/Kassius Ohno
Oliver
Grey/Adrian Neville
Welcome
Home.
NXT
Tag Team Title Tournament First Round: Alex Riley/Derrick Bateman vs.
Kassius Ohno/Leo Kruger
Bateman
and Kruger get us going with a kneeling staredown. The fans are
behind Bateman despite him not being seen in months. They fight over
some basic holds to start before it’s off to Riley. Kruger hides in
the corner before bringing in Ohno. Kassius doesn’t seem impressed
so Riley takes him down with an armdrag into an armbar. Riley hits a
big dropkick as Regal talks about why wrestlers drop down (“They
don’t want to get hit.”).
Back
to Derrick who knocks Kassius to the floor and we take a break. We
come back to see Kruger in a Bateman armbar followed by Bateman
pounding away in the corner. A running knee in the corner misses
Kruger though and that’s the knee that kept him out for four months.
Back to Ohno who cranks on the knee a bit before Kruger comes in to
do the same.
Kassius
is looking at Regal as Leo tags him in. Kind of odd as Regal hasn’t
done anything to Ohno in a few weeks but whatever. Anyway Ohno comes
in and puts on another leg lock before tagging back to Kruger. Leo
hooks a kneeling half crab and a Robinsdale Crunch before bringing
Ohno back in for a spinning toe hold. I like how they’re mixing the
holds and moves up instead of using the same ones over and over
again. It’s so boring when people do that.
Bateman
kicks Ohno away and makes the hot tag to Riley. Things speed up and
Riley hits a spinebuster and falling forward DDT out of the corner
for two. Everything breaks down and Ohno hits a big boot on Riley to
set up what looks like an arm trap cravate for the tap out at 10:51
shown of 14:21.
Rating:
B-. This was the tag team
formula and it worked very well. I like Ohno better as a vicious
killer rather than the usual guy he’s been where he feigns respect
for everyone else. Kruger didn’t get to show off a lot here which is
somewhat disappointing but at least we got to see some Alex Riley.
This was a lot better than I was expecting.
Mason
Ryan vs. Sakamoto
There’s
a name we haven’t seen in a long time. Ryan is still a musclehead
but he’s a big less cut up now which might be a good thing for him.
Sakamoto tries to hide in the corner but gets thrown across the ring
by the throat. A cross body is caught in a backbreaker and fallaway
slam by Ryan before it’s time for a trapezius hold. That doesn’t
last long so Mason ends him with a Jackhammer at 2:19. The fans call
Ryan boring and I can’t say I disagree. He’s just a power guy who
uses power moves and that’s it.
Aksana
vs. Paige
Aksana
takes over to start and shows off some “power” before crawling
around on the mat. With a boot in Paige’s back Aksana pulls on her
limbs for a bit but here’s Paige’s comeback. She pounds away on
Aksana a bit before hooking a kneeling Sharpshooter with her knee in
Aksana’s back for the tap out at 2:59. Paige continues to impress.
Post
match Summer Rae runs in and jumps Paige from behind.
Sasha
Banks is very excited about winning last week. She thinks the sky is
the limit but here’s a delivery guy with a letter. Apparently Sasha
has a secret admirer.
NXT
Tag Team Title Tournament First Round: Primo/Epico vs. Michael
McGillicutty/Bo Dallas
Epico
has his hair down here which makes him a lot easier to distinguish
from his partner. Primo and Dallas start things off with Primo being
shoved into the corner. Dallas sends him to the outside before it’s
off to Epico. The cousins take over but almost as soon as Primo
comes back in, Dallas is able to regain control. An atomic drop gets
two and it’s off to McGillicutty. A double back elbow gets two as
does a backbreaker by McGillicutty.
Back
to Dallas for a pretty sweet back and forth double teaming sequence
(starting with a Dallas right, a McGillicutty knee lift and a Dallas
clothesline) for two. Michael counters an Epico dropkick to send him
to the outside. We take a break and come back with Michael hitting a
running dropkick but having to beat up the illegal Primo, allowing
Epico to dropkick McGillicutty to the floor.
Back
in an Epico hits a slingshot hilo for two on Michael as Rosa gyrates
a bit. Primo hooks a chinlock with a bodyscissors for a bit before
it’s back to Epico. He hooks another chinlock on Michael but
McGillicutty fights up and they collide. The double tag brings in
Dallas and Primo with Bo hitting an awkward looking kneedrop for two.
Epico breaks up a pin attempt off a tornado bulldog from Dallas.
Primo and Dallas are left in the ring and an arm trap DDT gets a
close two on Bo. Primo loads up something but charges into the belly
to belly suplex for the pin at 10:25 shown of 13:55.
Rating:
C+. Another pretty decent tag
match here but not as good overall as the first one. I like the
belly to belly far better as Dallas’ finisher than the spear.
Dallas’ size isn’t a big enough guy to make that move look effective
but with something like the belly to belly it’s more believable.
This was another good match and a good way to close the show.
Overall
Rating:
B-. Two good matches
and some angel advancement make for a solid show this week. I’m
surprised we didn’t get at least a promo about the title match next
week but that wasn’t the focus of tonight’s show. This show
continues to be the highlight of my week as it’s so nice to have a
show you know is going to be ok at worst. I can’t remember the last
time they had a truly bad episode which is almost impossible to be
able to say in wrestling.
Results
Leo
Kruger/Kassius Ohno b. Alex Riley/Derrick Bateman – Arm trap
cravate to Riley
Mason
Ryan b. Sakamoto – Jackhammer
Paige
b. Aksana – Kneeling Sharpshooter
Bo
Dallas/Michael McGillicutty b. Primo/Epico – Belly to belly suplex
to Primo
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