NXT – July 31, 2014

Date: July 31, 2014
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Renee
Young, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The main story
continues to be Breeze vs. Neville and the long build is actually
working for me. Both guys are on fire at the moment and we’re just
waiting on the time when Breeze cashes in his title shot. Other than
that we’re in need of some new challengers for the Ascension. Let’s
get to it.

Opening sequence.
Breeze vs. Angelo Dawkins
Dawkins takes him down
with a nice amateur move but Breeze reverses him into the corner for
a stomping. They head to the floor with Breeze still in control
(Breeze: “YOU’RE NOT GORGEOUS!”) before a Beauty Shot gets Breeze
the pin at 1:08.
Post match Breeze says
that was annoying because he didn’t plan to have a match. He was
just out here to show us a clip of him costing Neville the match last
week. However, he has a monumental announcement: he has submitted
his music video for Academy Award consideration in the Best
Documentary category. Fans: “THANK YOU TYLER!”
Breeze wants to show it
again but here’s Adrian Neville instead. He doesn’t want to watch
the video but wants to know when Breeze will be taking his title
shot. Tyler says the director of the Hobbit needs Neville back on
set. Adrian tops him by saying he got a Snapchat from Tyler’s mom
and Tyler isn’t the only member of his family that likes to send
Natalya is glad that
Adam Rose is back because he’s a fun guy to be around. Tyson Kidd,
in a Mike Tyson hoodie for some reason, comes in and says Rose is a
dancing fool. Natalya is annoyed so Kidd challenges Rose for later
There’s going to be a
tournament for the #1 contendership for the Tag Team Titles starting
next week.
Tyler Breeze has LEFT
the building!
Lynch vs. Charlotte
Non-title. Lynch is
VERY different tonight with only the green attire staying. She comes
out to a hard rock song with a lot of energy. Renee says it’s shades
of Lita and I can see that. Charlotte takes her down to the mat but
Lynch bridges out before kicking away from a leg lock. A springboard
kick to the chest staggers Charlotte but she comes back with a
Stunner to the leg and a few Robinsdale Crunches.
Charlotte stays on the
leg and bends Lynch’s leg, only to be kicked away with the free leg.
That doesn’t last long as Becky cannonballs down on the leg for two.
Lynch comes back with a one footed dropkick and a legdrop, only to
get caught in the Bow Down to the Queen for the pin at 4:05.
C. Basically a long squash here
with Charlotte destroying Lynch for most of the match. Above all
else though, I’m glad she has a finisher that has nothing to do with
the leg. The comparisons to Ric are already going to be there and
there’s no reason to make her a copy. Lynch has a lot of potential
with her charisma and look alone but I would have her win a few
matches before losing to Charlotte.
Rawley needs a partner for the tournament and Bull Dempsey comes up
and reluctantly offers to team up with him. He also threatens Rawley
if he screws things up.
vs. Steve Cutler/Mac Miles
has since been cut so I don’t think this is lasting long. Cutler
tries a headlock on Viktor and is thrown away with ease. Konnor runs
him over before a double shoulder crushes Cutler. The fans chant
BABY BLUE as Konnor screams a lot. Miles is knocked off the apron
and Fall of Man takes care of Cutler at 2:20. This was more of a
squash than the Divas match.
Post match the
Ascension says the tournament’s winners’ fate is total annihilation.
The fans seem WAY into this.
Video on CJ Parker
going after Xavier Woods. They meet again next week.
Rawley/Bull Dempsey vs. The Mechanics
The Mechanics are Dash
Wilder and Scott Dawson. Dempsey and Dawson get things going and
shove each other around until Mojo tags himself in for a wristlock on
Scott. The Mechanics start making fast tags to work on Mojo’s arm
but he drags Wilder over to the corner for a tag to Dempsey. Some
corner splashes set up the Bulldozer for the pin on Wilder at 2:40.
Bayley is glad the BFFs
broke up and reminds us that she beat Charlotte a few weeks ago. The
champ comes up and mocks her a bit before telling Bayley to forget
about all this nonsense.
Rose vs. Tyson Kidd
Rose sends him into the
corner to start but heads to the floor to flirt with Natalya. She
gets a lollipop and seems to like it, only to tick Kidd off. He
takes the lollipop from her and lays it on the mat before hammering
on Rose as we take a break. Back with Rose getting kicked in the
face and clotheslined out to the floor. Kidd posts him for two and
drops a leg on the back of Rose’s head for two more.
A chinlock kills some
time before Rose is tied up in the Tree of Woe for more kicks to the
ribs. Back to the chinlock but Rose powers out with a suplex. Adam
fights back with some right hands and clotheslines followed by the
running clothesline in the corner. Rose can’t hit the Party Foul but
gets to the ropes to avoid a Sharpshooter. Tyson grabs the lollipop
and yells at Natalya, allowing Rose to small package him for the pin
at 10:17.
C-. I never got into this one
and Kidd’s booking continues to take longer than it should. The
match wasn’t terrible or anything but Rose is nothing more than a
comedy character and probably shouldn’t be pinning Kidd. At some
point Kidd is going to have to split from Natalya but it won’t be
anytime soon I wouldn’t think.
is mad at Natalya to end the show.
D+. The new cycle
couldn’t get here soon enough. It’s very clear that they’re running
out of steam and the matches aren’t all that good either. They
really need something fresh and that’s the perk of NXT: we’re
guaranteed that fresh idea next week as we enter the tournament and
possibly the build to a new mega show. This week wasn’t terrible but
there’s nothing especially good about it either.
Tyler Breeze b. Angelo
Dawkins – Beauty Shot
Charlotte b. Becky
Lynch – Bow Down to the Queen
Ascension b. Steve
Cutler/Mac Miles – Fall of Man to Cutler
Bull Dempsey/Mojo
Rawley b. The Mechanics – Bulldozer to Wilder
Adam Rose b. Tyson Kidd
– Small package
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