NXT – April 10, 2014

Date: April 10, 2014
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Jason
Albert, Rich Bocchini, Alex Riley
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
There aren’t a ton of
stories coming into tonight but the main event out of last week was
Sami Zayn vs. Corey Graves being stopped to to Sami’s head injuries.
Other than that we also might be building to Neville vs. Clay in the
future which isn’t the worst idea for a first new opponent for
Adrian. Let’s get to it.

We open with an In
Memory graphic for Warrior.
There’s a new
commentator named Rich Bocchini tonight. No idea if he’s a permanent
replacement for Phillips or not.
Adam Rose vs. Danny
The fans think the
party entrance was awesome. Rose prances around the ring to start
but gets knocked into the ropes. He leans back and keeps lifting his
feet to stop the charging Danny before running him over with some
shoulders. Rose cranks on the arm but gets dropped by a single right
hand. Adam comes right back with something resembling a Bronco
Buster and more prancing, followed by a middle rope elbow for the pin
at 2:54. Albert dances post match.
We look back at Sami
Zayn being injured last week. The referee says he was doing the
responsible thing and stopped the match for Sami’s safety.
Corey Graves says that
was just the beginning.
Sasha Banks vs.
Banks runs her over a
few times for two each but Bayley comes back with rollups of her own.
Sasha just goes off on her and hammers away before pounding on the
back of Bayley’s head. She chokes away in the corner and stomps on
Bayley for two. We hit a double arm choke for a bit but Bayley
fights up and comes back with some forearms. A running clothesline
sets up a middle rope elbow to the jaw for no cover. Sasha tries to
fight back but walks into the Belly to Bayley for the pin at 3:12.
Rating: D+.
Not much to see here but the hugging obsession is almost impossible
to not like. Sasha has charisma but there’s only so much she can do
if she keeps losing like this. That being said, both of these girls
are almost ready for the main roster. They’re not at Paige’s level,
but most of the Divas in WWE aren’t either.
LeFort vs. Mojo Rawley
crushes him in the corner to start and hits a Rear View followed by
Hyperdrive for the pin at 47 seconds. Now THIS is what Rawley should
be doing.
Post match Brodus Clay
comes out to powerbomb and splash LeFort. “Better than Batista!”
Clay still wants Neville and thinks he’s earned a shot. He calls
out Adrian again and here’s the champion to call Brodus out on his
whining. They stare each other down but Brodus walks out.
Oliver Grey is back but
Camacho cuts off his promo. He doesn’t like Adam Rose wanting to
party all the time but Oliver cuts him off as well. Oliver wants a
match against Camacho next week and it’s on.
We look at the NXT guys
at Axxess.
Khali is here and gets
a hug from Bayley. CJ Parker comes up and is really hoping Khali
recycles. Khali shouts in Punjabi but Bayley translates: the big man
wants a match next week.
Here’s Bo Dallas for a
big announcement. He’s seen what the YES Movement has done so it’s
time for the BO Movement to occupy NXT. The fans literally turn
their backs on him and Dallas freaks out. “I GAVE YOU COOKIES!”
He goes to ringside to yell before heading back in and falling to his
knees in tears, saying this makes no sense. I could get behind a Bo
Dallas that loses his mind.
We take a quick break
to say Don’t Try This At Home and come back with Bo’s meltdown
continuing. The fans want NO MORE BO and he weakly tries to turn it
into Let’s Go Bo. Now it’s a Bo-Tista chant until JBL makes a rare
appearance with a huge grin on his face. “Bo, your movement
doesn’t have enough people to occupy a see saw.” He makes a match
right now.
Justin Gabriel vs.
Bo Dallas
They circle each other
to start until Justin nails a few cross bodies. A rollup gets a
close two and Dallas bails to the floor. The fans want cookies as
Dallas comes back in with a headlock. Justin fights up and sends Bo
back to the floor again but gets knocked off the top rope. A suplex
sets up a cravate from Bo and he sends Justin hard into the corner.
Dallas levels him with
a clothesline but gets sent into the corner as well to put both guys
down. Gabriel fires off a series of hard strikes and gets two off a
springboard cross body. Bo reverses a tilt-a-whirl slam into a
reverse DDT for a close two and both guys are winded. A hard kick to
the back puts Bo down but he avoids a top rope Lionsault. Justin
comes right back with a small package for two but walks into a double
arm DDT for the pin at 10:00.
Rating: C.
Not bad at all here as Bo is finally getting some character
development that he’s been needing after losing the title. That
character can only be taken so far and the meltdown was the logical
progression for his character. Gabriel was his usual strong hand in
the ring here and looked good flying through the air.
Overall Rating: C+.
This was more like it as the show set up two matches for next week
plus a title program with Adrian’s first challenger. Dallas going
nuts was a great addition and the main roster guys’ appearances
continue to be used properly. I liked this show a lot as it felt
like an old school NXT show.
Adam Rose b. Danny
Burch – Middle rope elbow
Bayley b. Sasha Banks –
Belly to Bayley
Mojo Rawley b.
Sylvester LeFort – Hyperdrive
Bo Dallas b. Justin
Gabriel – Double arm DDT
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