NXT – May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Tony Dawson, Brad Maddox, William Regal
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
last week’s Clash of the Champions, it’s time to get back to the
regular stuff here in NXT. Langston doesn’t have a challenger at the
moment and the Wyatt Family is still running around. There really
aren’t any stories at the moment other than Shield, which means we
should get some interesting stuff tonight. Let’s get to it.

Jericho is here tonight.
vs. Wyatt Family vs. Bo Dallas/Adrian Neville
is under elimination rules. Bray Wyatt and Rosa Mendes are nowhere
in sight here. Dallas and Rowan start things off with Bo pounding
away in the corner until it’s off to Neville. Bo and Adrian tag in
and out very quickly with both coming in with top rope ax handles to
Erick’s arm. Off to Harper vs. Adrian and a rolling cradle gets two
for Luke. Apparently Wyatt gets to face Jericho in the main event
tonight. That should be awesome.
slams Adrian down but Epico tags himself in to pick Neville’s bones.
That goes about as badly as it could for Epico though as Dallas gets
the tag and cranks on Epico’s arm. Epico takes him into the corner
and channels his inner Arn Anderson by raking Dallas’ eyes across the
top rope. We take a break and come back with Rowan working over
Dallas until it’s off to Harper for a chinlock.
hits a jawbreaker to escape and knocks Harper into the corner for a
tag to Primo. Primo stomps Bo down in the corner and it’s off to
Epico after just a few seconds. Scratch that as it’s already back to
Epico as the cousins (Primo is Spanish for male cousin) take turns
hammering on Dallas. The fans say NO MORE BO as Epico puts on a bow
and arrow hold. Dallas fights up and rolls Epico away, only to get
taken down for some near falls. Maddox: “What heart by Bo Dallas!
Just like you Regal.” Regal: “I don’t have a heart. It’s a
piece of black coal.”
escapes a chinlock with another jawbreaker and it’s off to Primo vs.
Neville. A leg lariat and standing shooting star gets two on Primo
and there’s a spear from Dallas to Epico. Primo gets a quick rollup
on Adrian for two but Neville kicks him in the head, followed by the
corkscrew shooting star for the pin to eliminate Epico and Primo. A
second later though Harper takes Adrian’s head off with the discus
lariat for the winning pin at 9:41 shown of 13:11.
C+. This was a nice match with
the Family finally getting a win to get themselves back on track a
bit. Hopefully we get the Brits vs. the Family down the line for the
belts with the monsters getting the gold, but until now this is about
as close as we’re going to get. Epico and Primo did what they were
supposed to do here, but without Rosa shaking her hips there’s
nothing interesting at all about them.
recap Paige vs. Summer Rae. Summer injured Paige’s shoulder and now
Paige is back for revenge. Paige issued a challenge and Summer
jumped her to accept the challenge.
vs. Summer Rae
jumps her during the entrance again but takes too long, allowing
Paige to get the advantage once they get inside. A clothesline puts
Summer down and Paige is looking very cocky. Paige smacks her in the
face for two and looks to be loving every second of this beating. A
fisherman’s suplex gets two on Rae but she rams Paige into the corner
to escape. Summer rolls through a rollup and we get a catfight on
the mat. Rae rolls to the floor and we take a break.
with Maddox accusing Regal of having a thing for Paige. Regal:
“Blithering idiot.” Rae drops Paige again for two and she mocks
Paige’s scream. Off to an old school Indian Deathlock by Summer as
we get a debate over Native American vs. Indian. Paige finally makes
the rope and kicks Summer in the ribs. The leg seems to be just fine
already. Rae gets stomped out to the floor and starts to walk out,
but Paige will have none of that. Summer is sent ribs first into the
apron and the Paige Turner (kind of a snap reverse Angle Slam) gets
the pin on Rae at 6:44 of 10:14.
C. The match was nothing
special, but think about this for a minute: this was a perfectly
logical conclusion to a totally acceptable story from two Divas.
There was no stupid bubbly girl, there was no stupid line, there was
no embarrassing match. It was a logically built feud with an
appropriate conclusion. Now why haven’t the main show girls been
allowed to do that in several years now?
to the Wyatt Family pinning Neville earlier tonight, they get a title
shot next week against Neville and Bo Dallas, who is substituting for
Oliver Grey.
Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho
talks about being the kind of hero that the world needs and promises
to break down the wall tonight. Wyatt gets right in Jericho’s face
so Chris pounds him down and hits a quick dropkick to send Wyatt to
the floor. Back in and Bray bails to the floor to avoid a right hand
so Jericho hits a baseball slide to take him down. Jericho throws
him in again and hits a top rope cross body for two. Rowan tries to
trip Jericho up and gets himself ejected as we take a break.
with Jericho in control but being sent out to the floor. Harper
slams him down onto the ramp so Wyatt can stomp away before pounding
on Jericho back in the ring. Jericho tries a rollup but gets sent
out to the floor instead. Off to a chinlock as the fans are all
behind Jericho. Chris fights up but gets caught in a quick suplex to
put him right back down. Wyatt misses a backsplash though and
Jericho hits a top rope ax handle to take over.
dropkicking Harper to the floor though, Bray decks Jericho with a
clothesline for two. The running enziguri gets two for Jericho as
does a running cross body for Bray. Jericho comes back with the
Codebreaker to send Bray to the floor. Harper sends Jericho into the
post though, giving Wyatt two more in the ring. Bray does the
dancing bit but the Downward Spiral is countered into a slingshot
into Harper. The Walls make Bray tap at 10:30 shown of 14:00.
B-. Another good match here
with Wyatt getting a solid rub from Jericho. I’m fine with Wyatt
losing here given that Jericho is still a big deal on the WWE roster.
Wyatt tapping out isn’t something you would expect him to do though
and it brings things down a bit. Still though, good match and a good
use of Jericho here.
celebrates with the fans to end the show.
B. We get storyline
progression, a conclusion to a feud, and a visit from a big star.
What more can you ask for out of a week long TV show? I like the
swapping in of Dallas for the title defense as you can only have
Neville holding a belt for so long until it becomes worthless. Good
show again, but that’s what you expect from NXT at this point.
Family b. Epico/Primo and Bo Dallas/Adrian Neville – Discus lariat
to Neville
b. Summer Rae – Paige Turner
Jericho b. Bray Wyatt – Walls of Jericho
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