NXT – February 27, 2013

NXT
Date:
February 27, 2013
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
William Regal, Tony Dawson
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Back
for another week here and we now have a new challenger for Langston
in the form of Corey Graves. This is a good idea as Graves never got
to have his title match due to the Shield interfering the first time.
Other than that the main focus has actually been on the Divas
division which works far better here than it does in WWE. Let’s get
to it.

We
open with Bo Dallas in the back with Dusty Rhodes, the NXT GM. Corey
Graves comes in, carrying the NXT Title belt that he stole last week.
Dusty talks about earning things, like Bo earned his spot in the
Royal Rumble by winning a tournament. Tonight it’s Graves vs. Dallas
vs. Conor O’Brian for the #1 contender’s spot.
Opening
sequence.
Justin
Gabriel vs. Leo Kruger
Justin
has Tyson Kidd with him and this is fallout from last week where
Kruger tried to attack the injured Kidd, only to have Gabriel make
the save. We hear a brief history of the two guys as they were both
trained in South Africa. Gabriel avoids a shot in the corner and
chops away at Kruger’s chest before they circle each other some more.
Another chop staggers Leo and we head to the mat with Justin holding
a headlock.
This
hold stays on for a good while as two minutes later it’s finally
broken up. Gabriel comes right back with an arm trap headscissors
for a bit before it’s right back to the headlock. Now it’s Kruger
with his own headlock but Justin comes back with a headscissors to
send Leo to the outside. We take a break and come back with Leo
running over Justin with a shoulder block. A spinebuster puts Justin
down for two before Kruger sends him shoulder first into the post for
two.
Leo
cranks on the arm for a bit before Justin fights back via kicks to
the chest. A DDT on the arm puts Justin right back down for two and
it’s back to the arm. Back to the armbar for a few minutes until
Gabriel escapes via a snapmare. A nice series of kicks takes Kruger
down as does a discus forearm. Gabriel hits a splash in the corner
followed by a springboard cross body for two.
Justin
goes up again, only to have Kruger knock him off the top and snap the
bad arm down over the top rope. A BIG running clothesline takes
Justin’s head off but somehow only gets two. Leo tries a superplex,
only to be countered into a sunset bomb off the top. The 450 finally
hits (with Gabriel selling the arm even while covering) for the pin
on Kruger at 11:03 shown of 13:33.
Rating:
B-. This was a very
entertaining match that came out of almost nowhere. They were going
back and forth the entire time and the arm stuff was a nice touch.
It loses some significant points because of how long they spent in
that headlock, but other than that I have very few complaints here.
This was one of the better matches I’ve seen in a long time on NXT.
Post
match Kruger hits Gabriel with Kidd’s crutch.
Aksana
vs. Emma
Emma
dances (badly) to the ring and tries to skin the cat to get into the
ring but can’t quite get over the ropes. Aksana whips her into the
corner to start and crawls over to Emma, only to have the Aussie
(Emma) head to the apron. She kicks the ropes and seems to trip down
to the floor. So is she a klutz?
Back
in and a hair drag puts Aksana down so Emma can mock the crawling
thing that Aksana does. Aksana comes back with a slam and drops an
elbow for two. Emma pulls her down by the hair again and puts on a
cravate for good measure. Aksana counters what appears to be a
dancing suplex and hits a spinebuster for the pin at 4:39.
Rating:
D+. What does it say for your
career when you’re jobbing to Aksana? This was a step up for Aksana
but she’s still not very good. Emma has only been around a few times
on NXT and the dancing bit is only going to carry her so far,
especially given how many other dancing characters there are in WWE
at this time.
We
cut to the back where Bo Dallas is unconscious.
Corey
Graves vs. Conor O’Brian
There’s
no Dallas in sight at the moment so I guess this is one on one now.
The winner gets a shot at Langston. Graves goes for a leg to start
and is easily shoved away. Another attempt gets the same result
before O’Brian runs him over a few times with some hard shoulders.
Off to a headlock on the mat by Conor which shifts into a nerve hold.
We take a break and come back with Graves being backdropped over the
top and out to the floor.
Back
in and O’Brian keeps up the punishment as he stops a comeback attempt
cold. Graves is sent to the floor and gets a breather, allowing him
to wrap Conor’s leg around the post a few times. Back inside and
Corey cranks on the leg with a leg lock before cannonballing down
onto it. Off to another leg lock which transitions into a kind of
modified Texas Cloverleaf, only with Graves laying on his side and
cranking back on the legs instead of sitting on the back.
We
take another break and come back with both guys on the floor again.
Graves punches away at the limping O’Brian before getting two back
inside. Back to another leg lock but O’Brian rips at his face to
break the hold. They slug it out with O’Brian taking over and
hitting a flapjack….and there go the lights. The lights come back
on and the Shield is here for a no contest at approximately 9:30
shown of 14:30.
Rating:
C+. While still good, this
wasn’t as good as the first match. Graves going for the knee was the
right move as his finish is a leg lock. Why is that such a
complicated idea for so many people to grasp anymore? The finish
probably ties into the Dallas attack which is fine, and it’s nice to
see Shield still around here. If nothing else they have unfinished
business around the NXT Title.
Graves
takes the TripleBomb as the fans chant for Shield. Ambrose says
Shield isn’t done with NXT. Rollins promises that things will get
better, but first they have to get worse.
Overall
Rating:
B. This show is the
most continuously entertaining hour of wrestling every single week.
We had two solid matches here, a not terrible Divas match, and a
run-in by the top heel group of the main roster. Oh and Dallas was
attacked, which may or may not be because of the Shield. This was a
solid show and very entertaining for an hour of wrestling. Good
stuff.
Results
Justin
Gabriel b. Leo Kruger – 450 Splash
Aksana
b. Emma – Spinebuster
Corey
Graves vs. Conor O’Brian went to a no contest when Shield interfered
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