NXT – April 3, 2014

Date: April 3, 2014
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom
Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The big story coming
into tonight is the injury to Sami Zayn at the hands of Corey Graves.
Other than that there isn’t much going on in NXT at the moment, but
thankfully that’s a problem they can solve very quickly. We need a
new challenger for Adrian Neville as well. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.
Emma vs. Sasha Banks
The Aussie grabs a
headlock to start before dropping down next to Sasha who is already
on the mat. It’s funny you see. A slam gets one on Sasha but Emma
misses a charge into the corner. The fans tell Sasha that she’s
rachet, whatever that means. Thankfully Renee Young speaks Full Sail
and tells us that it’s not nice. Sasha misses a legdrop and gets
caught in the Dilemma followed by the Emma Sandwich. It’s hard to
not smile at that one. Charlotte gets on the apron for a distraction
but Sasha accidentally knocks Emma into her, setting up the Emma Lock
for the submission at 3:52. Renee: “GOOD TRUMPS EVIL!”
Rating: D+.
The match wasn’t terrible but the important thing here is basic the
NXT Divas are treated and how well that works. Emma is innocent, the
BFFs are evil, Paige is the tough chick that destroys everyone,
Natalya is the veteran. That’s very simple but it’s far better than
the WWE Divas, who don’t have characters at all for the most part.
Video on Mojo Rawley.
John Vandal/Jack
Hurley vs. Ascension
Viktor runs over Hurley to
start and throws him into Vandal to knock both guys to the floor.
Back in and it’s off to Konor to destroy Vandal with some hard slams.
Fans: “ONE MORE TIME!” A running splash crushes Vandal and the
Fall of Man is good for the pin at 1:55. Can we get some challengers
Tyler Breeze has
entered the building.
Xavier Woods vs.
Brodus Clay
Brodus has new music
and is all thuggish now, which fits him far better than the funk
stuff. Xavier hits a quick dropkick to start and kicks Brodus down
to the mat. Not that it matters as Brodus pops back up and hits a
quick t-bone suplex to take over. Brodus even busts out an old
school Heart Punch and another suplex for two. We hit the nerve hold
for a few moments before Woods fights back with chops and kicks to
the head. A Shining Wizard gets two for Xavier but Clay shrugs it
off and drills Woods with a powerbomb (“BETTER THAN BATISTA!”,
setting up a middle rope splash for the pin on Woods at 3:09.
Rating: D+.
The gimmick change was long overdue for Brodus and I’m always happy
seeing Xavier Woods get squashed. I don’t think this is going to
mean much in WWE, but it’s nice for something around here. Woods
continues to be nothing at all, even though he seems like a nice guy.
match Brodus says WWE has taken everything from him but now he’s
doing the taking. His first target is the NXT Championship.
Adrian Neville says
Brodus wants to just come in here and take the title before heading
back to WWE. That’s not happening around here though because this is
the future of wrestling. Brodus has to earn his shot and once he
does, Adrian will be right here waiting.
Tyler Breeze vs.
Yoshi Tatsu
Breeze is wearing
Guatemalan Alpaca boots made by a hunchback hermit. He hammers away
on Yoshi to start and kicks him in the back for an early two. We hit
the chinlock for a bit before Tyler takes his head off with a
forearm. The Beauty Shot is good for the pin at 1:43.
Sami Zayn feels fine
going into the main event tonight and he’s been medically cleared.
The only person that has anything to fear tonight is Corey Graves.
Graves tells a story
about an underdog going into the woods and getting caught in a bear
trap. The wolves came out and devoured him, just like Corey will do
to Zayn tonight.
Video on Paige.
Paige says she’s coming
for Charlotte next because the BFFs stole her moment at Arrival.
Corey Graves vs.
Sami Zayn
Graves hides in the
ropes to start and then bails to the floor. Sami finally follows him
out and hammers away before throwing Graves back inside, only to
knock him outside again with a hard clothesline. The big flip dive
takes Graves out but he takes over with a hard knee to the head as we
take a break. Back with Corey grabbing a chinlock and hammering
Sami’s head into the corner.
Sami is all shaken as
he swings at air and Graves takes him back down into another
chinlock. The referee checks on Sami before Graves pounds at his
head even more. Off to chinlock #3 which the fans say they love.
Zayn gets up again and grabs a rollup for two, only to get caught in
a wheelbarrow facebuster. A backbreaker gets two for Graves but he
charges into an exploder suplex into the corner.
The Blue Thunder Bomb
gets two more and Sami is a bit frustrated. Graves counters the
running kick into the corner and they ram heads to put both guys
down. Sami tries to go up top but can’t get his balance. Regal
wants the match stopped and Graves gets in another shot to the head.
Lucky 13 goes on and the referee stops it at 15:55 shown of 19:25.
Rating: C+.
The match was good enough but why does Zayn have to lose almost every
big match he’s in? Graves doesn’t do much for me either but they
made the match work pretty well. Can we get Sami onto the main
roster or at least a definitive win to end a feud for once though? I
think he’s earned it by this point.
yells at the referee to end the show.
Overall Rating: C.
Not a bad show here and most importantly it set up stuff for the
future. That’s a big lesson WWE could take from these guys. Instead
of having the matches set up the night of the show, get them ready
the previous week so you don’t have to waste time on establishing the
stories for later in the night.
Emma b. Sasha Banks –
Emma Lock
Ascension b. John
Vandal/Jack Hurley – Fall of Man to Vandal
Brodus Clay b. Xavier
Woods – Middle rope splash
Tyler Breeze b. Yoshi
Tatsu – Beauty Shot
Corey Graves b. Sami
Zayn via referee stoppage
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