NXT – December 4, 2013

NXT
Date:
December 4, 2013
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Byron Saxton, Renee Young, Alex Riley
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Tonight
is one of their bigger shows as we have Dallas vs. Neville for the
title, Natalya challenging Paige for the Women’s Title and possible
Rega vs. Cesaro or at least some development for the feud. NXT has
been able to pull off the big shows quite well in the past so
hopefully they keep that streak going tonight. Let’s get to it.

Welcome
Home.
Women’s
Title: Natalya vs. Paige
Paige
is defending. This is a result of Natalya being all whiny on Total
Divas and Paige accusing her of going Hollywood. We get a rough
handshake before Paige takes her down with a headlock. Natalya grabs
the leg to counter but Paige reverses into a wristlock. Natalya
rolls through into one of her own but Paige breaks it up with a
headbutt. They trade rollups for two each before Paige catches
Natalya’s kick to the ribs.
Natalya
rolls through into a leg lock on the mat as the chain wrestling
continues. Off to a headlock on the mat by Natalya but Paige gets to
the ropes before the Sharpshooter goes on. Back from a break with
Paige stomping away in the corner. Apparently Natalya tried to get
in a cheap shot during another handshake during the break which set
Paige off.
Paige
puts on an abdominal stretch but is reversed into the same hold by
Natalya. The blonde enhances it a bit by lifting Paige’s leg up for
more pressure. Saxton: “Natalya putting some more twerk on Paige.”
Paige fights out but gets leg dragged to the mat. Natalya stomps
away but Paige fights up, only to have both girls try cross bodies at
the same time to give us a stalemate.
Natalya
is all fired up now and gets two off a snap suplex and a hard slam.
Now it’s Sharpshooter time but Paige crawls over to the corner and
through Natalya’s legs, sending Natalya head first into the buckle.
Natalya goes for the legs again but Paige counters into the Paige
Turner for the pin at 10:16 shown of 13:46.
Rating:
B-. The fact that Paige isn’t
on Raw is becoming more and more of a crime every day. The girl is
good looking, young and can go in the ring but for some reason
(allegedly age, even though JoJo is a year and a half younger than
Paige) she’s stuck here while we get True Divas vs. Total Divas. The
match was what we’ve come to expect from the Divas and the chain
wrestling was a very nice treat.
Cesaro
imitates Regal, telling him not to stick his nose into Cesaro’s
business. Kruger comes in and says Cesaro took him to a place he
hadn’t been in a long time. Cesaro: “A shower?” Kruger thinks
he can be a Real American and Cesaro says he’ll talk to Zeb if Kruger
does him a favor. It’s something related to Sami Zayn, who faces
Kruger tonight.
Aiden
English vs. ???
The
jobber isn’t named so we get the LET’S GO THIS GUY chant. Renee
talks about all the organizations Aiden is a part of, including
various mime and opera groups. I love little details like that which
enhance a character far better than saying the same stuff over and
over again. Imagine that: making stuff up to make a character
better. Total squash with English throwing the jobber around and
ending him with the Director’s Cut at 1:18.
The
fans chant for and receive an encore. The ring is filled with roses
after English finishes in a nice touch.
Here’s
Cesaro in a suit to apologize to Byron Saxton for what happened last
week. We get a clip of Regal saving Saxton last week before Saxton
comes up onto the stage to talk to Cesaro. They shake hands and
Cesaro invites Byron to do the Real Americans pledge but Saxton isn’t
too thrilled. Cesaro grabs him by the neck and slaps Saxton down
before fixing his suit. No Regal.
Sami
says last week was tough but if anyone is going to take the title
from Bo, he’s glad it’s Adrian. Either way, he’ll get it eventually.
Leo Kruger jumps him from behind to set up their match.
Tyson
Kidd vs. Leo Kruger
Didn’t
they say Kruger was facing Zayn tonight? Either way, this was set up
when Kruger kicked Kidd’s crutches out back in February. Tyson
stomps him down in the corner to start and a belly to back suplex
gets two. Renee enjoys looking at Kidd’s toned body as Kruger takes
him down into the corner and chokes with his boot before hitting a
kind of Stunner onto the recently repaired knee. We take a break and
come back with Kruger still on the knee and even putting on the
Sharpshooter. Kidd is in trouble but Sami Zayn comes out for a
distraction, allowing Kidd to get a rollup for the pin at 4:46 shown
of 8:16.
Rating:
D+. This needed a break? The
match was nothing to see as it was supposed to be about revenge but I
need more than a rollup for revenge. To be fair though this was
hardly a feud and was really just tying up a loose end from February.
It also sets up Zayn vs. Kruger even more so good booking but bad
action.
Camacho
and Hunico want the tag titles.
NXT
Title: Bo Dallas vs. Adrian Neville
Neville
quickly takes him down to start for two but Dallas bails to the
corner. A cross body out of the corner gets the same and Dallas
heads outside for another breather. Back in and Dallas takes off a
buckle pad behind the referee’s back before taking Neville’s head off
with a forearm for two. We hit the cravate from the champion before
a corner clothesline and the bulldog gets two on Adrian.
Dallas
drives some knees into the head for two more but misses a middle rope
knee drop to give Neville a breather. Some running forearms to
Dallas’ head have him in trouble and a big shot sends Dallas out to
the floor. A huge Asai Moonsault takes Dallas out but he kicks out
at two. Adrian loads up the Red Arrow but Bo bails to the floor
before it can launch. Instead it’s a cross body to the outside to
crush Dallas again but only Neville beats the count back in for the
countout at 7:38.
Rating:
C. The match was decent while
it lasted but the ending was just a way to extend the feud. To be
fair though this match wasn’t built up nearly as well as the Zayn vs.
Dallas match so it’s not as much of a drop. This could be leading to
Dallas vs. Neville vs. Zayn which could be very entertaining if given
a good amount of time. Not a great match here but it did its job.
The
announcers talk about Dallas being champion for nearly 200 days to
end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C+. This was a middle
of the road show for NXT but it was still entertaining. It set up
some stuff for the future which continues to be one of NXT’s strong
suits, but it didn’t give us anything we really needed to see
tonight. The fact that this was a show to get us to the next show
and was still entertaining is a really good sign though. The future
is bright for these guys.
Results
Paige
b. Natalya – Paige Turner
Aiden
English b. ??? – Director’s Cut
Tyson
Kidd b. Leo Kruger – Rollup
Adrian
Neville b. Bo Dallas via countout
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