NXT – December 11, 2013

NXT
Date:
December 11, 2013
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Alex Riley
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Last
week’s show saw the main event angle continue as Adrian Neville beat
Bo Dallas by countout. I could see this setting up a big time triple
threat if Sami’s feud with Leo Kruger doesn’t last all that long.
Other than that we’re likely to find out who Emma’s mystery partner
is in her battle against the BFF’s. Let’s get to it.

Welcome
Home.
Tag
Titles: Hunico/Camacho vs. Ascension
Hunico
and Camacho are challenging. Viktor and Camacho get things going and
Rick rips Camacho’s shirt off to chop the skin off his chest.
Camacho rolls through a backdrop into a rollup before avoiding a
Viktor elbow drop to pound the champion down. Off to Hunico for a
dropkick in the corner and a quickly broken chinlock but Viktor comes
back with a knee to the face for two.
Back
from a break with Konnor holding Hunico in a headlock on the mat.
Regal brings up the point that every tag team to have faced Ascension
have broken up, possibly because they know there’s no chance of
taking the titles. Viktor comes in for a backbreaker before tagging
out to Konnor for some hard stomping in the corner. Back to the
chinlock for a bit before Viktor hits another backbreaker and puts on
a chinlock of his own.
Hunico
fights up and grabs a rollup but lifts Viktor up into a powerbomb
instead of covering. The double tag brings in Camacho to run over
Konnor and get a two count off a legdrop. Konnor clotheslines him
down as Viktor pulls Hunico off the apron, injuring Hunico’s knee in
the process. The Fall of Man to Camacho is enough to retain the
titles at 8:40 shown of 12:10.
Rating:
C. Not bad here but Hunico and
Camacho were just quick challengers. There’s really no one left for
Ascension to beat in NXT but they would die on the main roster. The
skills are there, but can you imagine Cole trying to talk about these
guys? They would be buried by the commentary so badly that they’d be
lucky to get a win over Los Matadores.
Alexander
Rusev vs. Kassius Ohno
Lana
introduces Rusev who looks more and more awesome every time he’s out
there. This is a result of Ohno beating Rusev’s time in the Beat the
Clock Challenge a few weeks back. Rusev takes him into the corner to
start and drops Ohno with a single right hand. He lifts Kassius up
for a slam before driving knees into his ribs in midair.
Ohno
gets slammed down for two and Alexander stays on the back and ribs.
We hit the bearhug for a bit before another forearm to the back puts
Ohno down. Ohno gets a forearm to the face to set up a small package
for two. That’s the extent of his offense as Rusev runs him over and
the Accolade ends Ohno at 3:05.
Rating:
D. Total and complete squash
here as Ohno leaves the company looking like a jobber. He never
clicked in this company at all but at least his comments after
leaving have been nothing but positive. Rusev has a spot waiting on
him on the main roster once they finally make the call and he’ll take
a lot of people apart.
Rusev
won’t let go of the hold until Lana talks him out of it.
Natalya
runs into a nervous Bayley. Apparently Natalya is going to be in
Bayley’s corner which means it’s hug time.
We
look back at Cesaro attacking Byron Saxton last week. Regal says if
Cesaro has a problem with him, don’t take it out on anyone else.
Natalya/Bayley
vs. BFF’s
Sasha
and Bayley get things going with no Charlotte in sight. Bayley takes
her down and slams Sasha’s face into the mat before it’s off to
Natalya for a double suplex. Summer comes in and is immediately
taken down with a drop toehold before it’s back to Bayley. Rae dives
back to the corner for a tag to Sasha who is taken down just as
quickly.
The
BFF’s finally double team Bayley to take over with Summer choking her
in the corner. Sasha slams her down for two but Bayley counters an
Irish whip, allowing for the hot (?) tag to Natalya. A discus lariat
to Banks looks to set up the Sharpshooter but Sasha makes the save.
Back to Bayley who knocks Summer off the apron but walks into a
double arm trap neckbreaker from Sasha (Bankrupt) for the pin at
3:30.
Rating:
C-. This didn’t have time to go
anywhere but the story still has somewhere to go until the showdown
between Bayley and Charlotte. The BFF’s are better on the mic as
Laycool II but they aren’t terrible in the ring at all, especially
when they keep it in shorter matches like this one. Natalya could
have been any main roster Diva for the sake of this match.
Summer
can’t help from talking trash as she leaves like a good stuck up heel
should.
Leo
Kruger says he’s on a task to become a Real American and it means he
has to hurt Sami Zayn to do it.
Scott
Dawson vs. Mojo Rawley
This
is Dawson’s return after an injury. Rawley takes him into the corner
to start but gets punched backwards with ease. Dawson puts on a
quick chinlock before driving elbows into Rawley’s head. Back up and
Dawson misses a charge into the corner, setting up a Mojo splash in
the corner and an Earthquake for the pin at 2:50. Mojo needs to be
squashing people instead of getting beaten up until the last 45
seconds of a match.
Post
match Dawson lays out Rawley. Again, this should not happen.
Next
week is the 200th episode, featuring an open challenge
from Ascension and Dallas defending against Neville in a lumberjack
match. HHH will be here too, which means a big announcement.
Leo
Kruger vs. Sami Zayn
Sami
charges at Kruger but can’t hang in a fist fight. Kruger catches him
in a wicked spinebuster for two and Zayn bails to the floor, only to
get more of a beating on the outside. Leo throws Sami into the
barricade and slams him down onto the concrete as this is one sided
so far. Back in for a cravate from Kruger before Sami comes back
with a dropkick. They head outside again with Sami hitting some HARD
chops. They head back inside with Zayn getting two off a high cross
body but Leo crotches him down to break up the tornado DDT. The
Slice ends Sami at 4:11.
Rating:
D+. Sami continues to lose
every big match he has and it’s getting annoying. I know he’s
awesome at being the guy that just keeps fighting but he needs to
actually win something in the near future. A win over Kruger would
be fine, especially if it’s in a long match which Sami is capable of
pulling off. The fans are still with him but it’s only going to last
so long.
Sami
clotheslines him to the floor and hits a big flip dive to extend the
feud.
Overall
Rating:
D+. This show didn’t do
it for me. It’s a lot of squashes and short matches other than the
tag titles and most of the matches are building up to another show.
It wasn’t terrible as NXT isn’t capable of having a horrid show, but
they need a good showing next week to make up for this one.
Results
Ascension
b. Hunico/Camacho – Fall of Man to Camacho
Alexander
Rusev b. Kassius Ohno – Accolade
BFF’s
b. Bayley/Natalya – Bankrupt to Bayley
Mojo
Rawley b. Scott Dawson – Earthquake
Leo
Kruger b. Sami Zayn – Slice
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