NXT – July 3, 2014

NXT
Date:
July 3, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
William Regal, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Last
week’s show saw some new names rise up on the NXT roster with the
Vaudevillians providing as much entertaining as you could ask for
from a single act. Other than that we’re getting ready for some new
stories to get going this week, which usually makes for a good show.
Let’s get to it.

Opening
sequence.
Colin
Cassady vs. Sylvester LeFort
Big
Cass says that Pepe Le Pew is about to get dissed. First he’s going
to get disfigured, then he’s going to get dismissed. LeFort
continues to look better than half of the roster and can talk better
than most of them as well. Big Cass starts in a hurry and it’s the
East River Crossing and the Empire Elbow for the in at 55 seconds.
Adrian
Neville says it was an honor to beat Rob Van Dam. Tyler Breeze comes
in and says he’s impressed that Neville could focus that well with
Breeze just twenty feet away. It must be killing Neville not knowing
when Tyler is cashing in his title shot. “Just like your uggo face
is killing me.” Neville offers to give Breeze a title shot tonight
but Breeze claims a finger injury during a hand modeling session.
Video
on Bull Dempsey, the last of a dying breed and the last real man in
professional wrestling.
Charlotte/Sasha
Banks vs. Becky Lynch/Bayley
Bayley
says Becky is her BFF: Bayley Friend Forever. Sasha and Bayley get
things going with Bayley taking her down by the arm. Off to Becky,
drawing a great Irish accent from Regal. Charlotte comes in and gets
caught in an armbar before Bayley comes in to work over the arm as
well. A double suplex drops Charlotte and a double clothesline does
the same to Sasha as we take a break.
Back
with Bayley getting sent into the apron before Charlotte works her
over in the ring. The BFFs double team Bayley in the corner and
Charlotte gets two off a knee drop. Sasha works on a chinlock before
it’s back to the champ for a choke in the corner. Bayley finally
kicks Sasha into Charlotte and Becky gets the hot tag. A series of
legdrops get two on Sasha and everything breaks down. Bayley is sent
to the floor and Charlotte comes in legally for Bow Down to the Queen
on Becky for the pin at 9:06.
Rating:
C. Basic formula match here and
there’s nothing wrong with that. The
BFFs aren’t likely to be around much longer as Charlotte doesn’t need
Sasha at this point. Sasha isn’t holding her down but there’s just
no need for her. Becky was much like over the top Irish here and
that’s a good thing for her.
Bayley
shoves Sasha to the floor to prevent an attack on Becky.
Justin
Gabriel is ready for Sami Zayn tonight when Tyson Kidd comes in.
Tyson tries to get him to turn to the dark side but Gabriel says
Tyson is wrong, and he’ll prove it tonight.
Sasha
yells at Charlotte for not having her back after the match.
Charlotte says the team is done because she’s the champion. Sasha
implies that she’s coming for the belt.
CJ
Parker vs. Steve Cutler
Parker’s
sign now has the word Woods crossed out. He runs over Cutler to
start and says that Steve is ruining the world, just like all of
them. Parker hammers away and hits a side kick for the pin at 1:30.
Parker
rants about Xavier Woods being so educated but doing nothing on the
main roster. If he had Woods’ chances, he’d win titles and change
the world along the way.
We
get a sitdown interview with Tyson Kidd who says he wasn’t in a mood
to do the fallout show at Takeover and left before he said something
stupid. He didn’t know Natayla was there and didn’t blow her off on
purpose. Interviewer Renee Young asks what was up with freaking out
on Natayla for telling the referee that Neville had his foot on the
ropes. He went nuts during the match and is glad Natalya calmed him
down. Tyson goes on in a calm manner about not wanting to win the
titles that way but walks off when Renee asks about possible marital
problems.
Summer
Rae vs. Bayley next week for the #1 contendership.
Sami
Zayn vs. Justin Gabriel
Tyson
Kidd is at ringside, drawing a Nattie’s Husband chant. They trade
wristlocks to start as Regal thinks Kidd and Natayla are having
issues. Justin wrenches on
the arm to escape a chinlock. Sami cranks on one of his own but
Justin makes it to the ropes. They’re still in first gear here.
Gabriel runs him over with a clothesline for the first hard move of
the match. He hammers away at Sami’s head and we take a break.
Back
with Gabriel getting two off a kick to the head and putting on a
double arm crank. Gabriel gets another two and seems to be getting
frustrated. He hammers at Sami’s head but Zayn fights back with
dropkicks and a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. The Helluva Kick misses
though and Justin hits a middle rope kick to the chest for two. Sami
blocks a German suplex but gets caught in an over the shoulder
backbreaker for two. A huge moonsault gets two and Justin can’t
believe this. He loads up the 450 but Sami rolls out of the way. A
downward spiral into a Koji Clutch makes Justin tap at 13:00.
Rating:
B-. My goodness it’s nice to
see Sami get a win for a change. It’s not a great match or against a
top level opponent but Sami did his underdog thing and then came back
to get the win. That’s a nice change for him and the best thing is
he hasn’t lose his heat with all the losing.
Tyson
jumps Sami post match and Justin turns heel and joins in. Adrian
Neville comes in for the save and I’m sure we’ve got a tag match
coming up.
Overall
Rating:
B. The main event scene
has gone from nothing to awesome in a single hour. We have the tag
match coming up which could spin off into some more matches and Tyler
Breeze looming over the whole thing. This was a really solid episode
for storytelling and we had a solid main event to cap it off. As
usual, NXT knows how to run a wrestling show.
Results
Colin
Cassady b. Sylvester LeFort – Empire Elbow
Charlotte/Sasha
Banks b. Bayley/Becky Lynch – Bow Down to the Queen to Lynch
CJ
Parker b. Steve Cutler – Side kick
Sami
Zayn b. Justin Gabriel – Koji Clutch
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