NXT – February 13, 2013

NXT
Date: February 13, 2013
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: William Regal, Tony Dawson
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Tonight
we have the finals of the tag title tournament and more build for the
NXT Title match between O’Brien and Langston. Other than that we’re
probably getting ready for the next challenger for Langston, which could
be almost anyone. Something else I like about NXT: no triple threats
for the most part. That’s the only way I could see Langston losing
though, so there’s a chance they might start showing up. Let’s get to
it.

We open with a recap of the tournament thus far.
Opening sequence.
Mike Dalton vs. Axl Keagan
Before
the match, Paige jumps ring announcer Summer Rae. Paige says the match
isn’t going anywhere until Rae comes back to face her. This brings out
Dusty Rhodes to tell her to leave but Paige won’t go. Paige finally
leaves but gets in a fight on the stage with Rae, possibly injuring her
shoulder in the process. No match apparently.
Alex Riley vs. Corey Graves
The
mat is black here for no apparent reason. On the other hand, the match
is happening for a specific reason as Graves attacked Riley after a tag
tournament match two weeks ago. Riley starts fast and sends Graves into
the corner early on before slamming him down. Graves suckers him in
though and fires off a kick to the knee to slow Riley down. Regal:
“Sometimes a boot to the face can work wonders.”
Graves
grabs a chinlock as we hear about Summer Rae vs. Paige coming up next. A
back elbow gets two for Corey and it’s off to another chinlock. Riley
fights up and comes back with a quick suplex and a spinebuster for two.
Not that any of it matters though as Graves takes him down with the 13th Step for the fast submission at 5:16. The announcers don’t know the name of the hold even though they’ve said the name before.
Rating: C.
I really like Riley so it’s nice to see him doing something here. He
isn’t going to make it onto the main roster for a long time due to
whatever reason they have at this point, but it’s cool to see him here.
Graves is a guy I could see going to the main roster soon as he has the
unique look that WWE loves and isn’t bad in the ring either. Nice little
match here.
Video on the Elimination Chamber.
Summer Rae vs. Paige
Paige
has a bad shoulder coming in so Summer immediately kicks the shoulder
for two. Off to a short arm scissors as Rae is at least showing some
brains. Paige immediately fights up and throws Summer down, only to get
her arm pulled on again. A BIG spin kick takes Paige down for the pin
out of nowhere at 1:59. That’s Paige’s first loss I believe.
Sasha Banks gets another love note and will meet her secret admirer next week.
The O’Brian vs. Langston match is next week.
NXT Tag Titles: Wyatt Family vs. Adrian Neville/Oliver Grey
It’s
a tournament final so no one is defending. The Family is Erick Rowan
and Luke Harper, but we get another Wyatt promo first. This one talks
about how the ultimate underdogs are already in the ring and they get to
face some monsters tonight. Harper and Grey get things going with Luke
being sent to the floor almost immediately. A big dive takes Harper out
and we take a break.
Back
with Neville coming in to work on Erick’s arm. The size difference is
huge here as Rowan might be a full foot taller than Neville. Back to
Grey to pound on the arm before it’s back to Adrian. Bray is standing at
ringside instead of in his rocker here. The monsters finally get in a
shot to Grey’s ribs as Lee comes in again. That advantage lasts all of a
few seconds though as it’s back to Neville who backflips over Luke
before tagging Grey back in. That seemed rather pointless.
Rowan
pounds on Oliver in the corner but the advantage again only lasts a few
seconds with Grey cranking on the arm again. Back to Neville who fires
off kicks to Rowan’s leg and hooks a quickly broken sleeper. Bray
actually gets involved by tripping up Grey, only to get ejected by
Dusty. We take another break and come back with Grey in a chinlock at
the hands of Harper. A slam puts Oliver down and it’s off to a neck
crank from Rowan. The cranking continues as the monsters change again.
Luke
mixes things up by switching over to a front facelock before Rowan
comes in for a bearhug. Grey finally fights out of the corner and avoids
an elbow drop to make the tag to Neville. Things immediately speed up
and a jumping DDT gets two on Harper. Neville loads up a springboard
kick but jumps into a kick to the face from Harper.
Grey
makes a diving save at two and things settle down a bit. Neville
escapes a belly to back suplex but gets splashed in the corner. The
monsters collide in the corner and Adrian kicks Harper in the face,
setting up the corkscrew shooting star for the pin and the titles at
11:54 shown of 18:54.
Rating: B.
This took some time to get going and the middle dragged a bit, but the
little guy vs. big guy formula here was working like a charm. Grey makes
a fine punching bag and Neville has enough stuff to make a convincing
comeback to set up the big finish. This was the perfect way to give us a
first set of champions and the match worked really well. Good stuff
here.
Dusty comes out to present the champions with their titles.
Overall Rating: A-.
This was a very solid show all around with a great ending to cap it
off. It’s an amazing thing: when you build up a moment as a big deal,
treat it like a big deal, and have the match be a big deal, the moment
becomes a big deal. The tournament was a success and we’ve got underdog
champions that can hold the belts for a few months before dropping them
to some bigger threats. This was good stuff all around and another
example of how well NXT works.
Results
Corey Graves b. Alex Riley – 13th Step
Summer Rae b. Paige – Spinwheel Kick
Adrian Neville/Oliver Grey b. Wyatt Family – Corkscrew Shooting Star Press to Harper
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