NXT – February 5, 2014

February 5, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Byron Saxton, Tensai, Tom Phillips
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
getting close to the end of this taping cycle but things aren’t
looking all that sluggish for a change. The big stories continue to
be Neville vs. Dallas for the title and Sami Zayn wanting another 2/3
falls match against Cesaro. I’m hoping that’s it for Zayn in NXT as
there’s just nothing left for him to do, other than winning a title
that he doesn’t need anymore. Let’s get to it.

Cara vs. Alexander Rusev
with the stupid lighting. This is fallout from Cara saving Xavier
Woods from Rusev a few weeks back. Rusev throws him around to start
but Cara gets in a kick to the chest and tries a moonsault press.
The camera does its best job to hide how short Cara leaves it before
Rusev dropkicks a diving Sin Cara out of the air for one. Cara is
easily powered down and Rusev stomps on him even more. A quick
springboard cross body and a Tajiri elbow get two on Rusev but he
counters a victory roll into the Accolade for the win at 4:43.
D+. Rusev is being treated like
the monster he needs to be and that’s all that you need to do at this
point. The guy is going to be a big time monster on the main shows
and it’s goingt to be awesome. Cara was fine out there and the short
moonsault was an error rather than the norm like it was for Mistico.
Fox vs. Emma
Young joins commentary to add a little flavor. Even Tensai gets up
to do the Emma dance and Renee does it as well but not on camera.
Fox grabs an arm to start and takes Emma to the ropes but Emma dances
a bit. A dropkick puts Emma down again and an elbow to the back
breaks up a Dilemma attempt. The great looking bridging northern
lights suplex gets two on Emma but she avoids a charge in the corner.
The seated cross body in the corner crushes Fox and Emma catapults
into the Emma Lock for the win at 3:19.
C-. Renee summed the Divas
division up on commentary: they’re good looking women in nice outfits
and made up very well going out there and trying to entertain people.
That’s exactly what you had here and the fans were entertained.
What more can you ask for besides good looking women in small outfits
having fun and putting on a passable match?
match Emma says she wants her match with Paige for the Women’s
Championship but the BFFs hit the ring to beat her down. Natayla and
Bayley make the save.
LeFort vs. Mason Ryan
Sylvester wins, Mason joins his organization. LeFort is actually in
great shape and fires off some right hands but walks into a hot shot.
Ryan hits a quick big boot and cobra clutch slam for the pin at 50
seconds. This should keep going for awhile. Lucky us.
English gets a spotlight in the back and talks about threatening Enzo
last week. He celebrates this action because it was retaliation to
Enzo for running over his foot. That being said, he’s looking
forward to Tyson Kidd tonight and hopes to make O Canada cry.
swears revenge on Ryan.
Kidd vs. Aiden English
takes Tyson’s knee out and drops a series of elbows for a fast two.
A belly to back suplex gets the same and we hit the chinlock. Tyson
fights up and hurricanranas English into the buckle to take over. A
running dropkick to the side of Aiden’s head gets two but he comes
back with a knee lift and a suplex for two. Here’s Big Cass at
ringside to steal Aiden’s scarf and beret, allowing Kidd to hit a
Blockbuster (No Kidding) for the pin at 2:43. Fun match.
Graves vs. Adrian Neville
grabs a headlock to start before flipping over Corey and hiptossing
him down. Graves bails to the floor and baits Adrian in to stomp the
Brit. The pace slows down with Adrian in trouble in the corner but
looking more annoyed than in pain. Adrian avoids an elbow drop and
puts on a headlock before dropkicking Corey out to the floor.
takes another breather so Neville cartwheels into a plancha to take
him down. Yet again Graves beats Adrian to the punch as he gets back
in and we take a break. Back with Corey working on Neville’s leg in
the corner and dropping a leg on the leg for good measure. He
cannonballs down onto the leg a few times before pulling back on it
to make Adrian scream. When Adrian doesn’t submit, Graves simplifies
things a bit by just hitting him in the face.
to the leg lock for a bit before Graves changes targets with a
fireman’s carry backbreaker for a series of two counts. They head
outside again with Graves’ piledriver being countered via a backdrop.
Back in and some forearms have Corey in trouble before a middle rope
dropkick gets two. Graves kicks the knee out again but
Adrian rolls to the apron and kicks Corey in the head, setting up the
Red Arrow for the pin at 11:08 shown of 14:38.
B-. Nice long match here with
both guys getting to show off a bit. It’s a simple story and Graves’
work on the leg makes sense from more than one perspective. Nice TV
main event here which is something NXT can do at the drop of a hat it
seems. I’m still not wild on Graves though as he’s just kind of
there to me.
match a very serious Bo Dallas slowly walks to the ring and takes off
his jacket. Before anything can happen though, here’s HHH because
NXT doesn’t know how to operate without him. Somehow it takes him
two minutes to make the title match a ladder match.
C+. My fear for this
company’s future grows every week as the main show’s influence grows
more and more. With stuff like the distraction finishes, the boss
having to make the major matches and feuds
going on longer than they should, I’m starting to feel like I’m
watching another Raw. That’s not good but it’s not past saving yet.
Rusev b. Sin Cara – Accolade
b. Alicia Fox – Emma Lock
Ryan b. Sylvester LeFort – Cobra clutch slam
Kidd b. Aiden English – No Kidding
Neville b. Corey Graves – Red Arrow
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