NXT – August 7, 2014

Date: August 7, 2014
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich
Brennan, Jason Albert, Alex Riley
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Things have been oddly
dull in NXT lately but we’ve got a #1 contenders tournament starting
up tonight whichs hould liven things up a bit. If nothing else
there’s going to be a new set of challengers for the Ascension, which
is exactly what the division needs. We might even get some
Vaudevillains tonight. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.
Team Tournament First Round: Tye Dillinger/Jason Jordan vs. Colin
Cassady/Enzo Amore
HUGE pop for Enzo and
Cass. Dillinger grabs a wristlock on Cass to start and is quickly
sent to the corner by the throat. Cass: “How YOU doin?” Jordan
comes in with a belly to back suplex for two and the pretty boys take
over on Big Cass. We hit a reverse chinlock from Jordan as the fans
are wanting Enzo.
Cass gets caught in a
top wristlock from Tye but Cass blocks a stomp. The hot tag brings
in Amore who gets his head superkicked into the third row. Tye
doesn’t cover for some reason though and brings Jordan back in. Cass
dives into the corner to block a charge aimed at at Enzo, followed by
a big boot to Jordan’s face, giving Enzo the pin at 5:23.
D+. Did the pretty boys turn
heel and no one told me? They certainly were wrestling like heels in
this one and it really didn’t work for them. Cass and Amore are a
solid oddball tag team though and Cass is finding his niche as the
guy who gets the hot tag and cleans house.
see the tournament brackets.
Rawley/Bull Dempsey
Kidd/Justin Gabriel
Blake/Buddy Murphy
Zayn is in the back and says his assigned tag partner isn’t medically
cleared (no name is given) when Gabriel and Kidd come in to remind
him of the time Kidd walked out on Sami in a tag match against
Ascension. Zayn offers to beat them both tonight when Adam Rose
comes up and offers to be Sami’s partner. The fact that Sami is
wearing an Axl Rose shirt is purely a coincidence I’m sure. Sami
sucks Rose’s lollipop.
Parker vs. Xavier Woods
says that the signs he carries are a social movement. Woods is in
his traditional clothes and hasn’t put on the white suit yet. It’s
a brawl to start and a clothesline puts Parker on the floor. Back
in and Parker avoids a charge, sending Woods shoulder first into the
post. We come back from a
quick break with Parker getting two off a senton backsplash.
running double knee in the corner sets up a top rope ax handle for
two on Woods. We hit the chinlock on Xavier but he blocks a second
backsplash with some knees. Woods comes back with some strikes and a
high cross body. A running low Downward Spiral gets two on Parker
and the Honor Roll clothesline gets the same.
goes to the top rope and walks down a bit before diving four fifths
of the way across the ring for a splash. Parker was so far across
the ring that he could have put his foot on the opposite ropes. For
some reason that only gets two and Parker comes back with a kind of
Death Valley Driver for the pin at 8:12.
C+. I can’t believe it but
there are a few things to talk about here. First and foremost, why
would you have Woods bust out a big move like that and have it only
get two? It looked awesome but instead the match ends a few seconds
later. Second, why did the announcers keep calling it an elbow?
This isn’t one that you can really call anything other than a splash
but Riley insisted it was an elbow. The match was good, but at the
end of the day I have no interest in either of these guys.
Breeze is going to cash in his title shot against Adrian Neville. No
date is specified but this sounded like an announcement.
vs. Eva Marie
comes out on a podium like a
sculpture. Makes sense for
her. Cue the You Can’t Wrestle chants as they circle each other to
start. We get the far
better “BAYLEY’S GONNA HUG YOU” chant a few seconds later as
Bayley takes Eva down to the mat and rides her for a bit before they
roll around for some cradles. Eva
gets two off a snap suplex but Bayley takes her down and hammers
away. A running elbow in the corner sets up the Belly To Bayley for
the pin on Eva at 3:18.
D. Eva looks good in the
outfits but it’s clear that she isn’t anything in the ring. Like,
she’s making Nikki Bella look like a master right now. To be fair
though, ring time is the only thing that’s going to help her at this
point so even a quick match like this one is going to help her.
Team Tournament First Round: Sami Zayn/Adam Rose vs. Tyson
Kidd/Justin Gabriel
the announcers dance during Rose’s entrance in a funny bit. Kidd
grabs a headlock on Sami to start but Zayn comes back with some very
fast armdrags. Rose comes in for a staredown with Kidd and a little
spank to Tyson. Kidd heads
outside for a meeting with Gabriel, earning Justin a spank of his
own. Things finally get serious as Rose gets beaten down in the
kicks him in the back for two but Rose comes back with a spinebuster
for a near fall of his own. Kidd
helps put Rose in the Tree of Woe for a stomping and we take a break.
Back with Kidd holding a
chinlock on Rose and tagging in Justin to stomp away. The double
teaming continues, including a low dropkick from Gabriel for two.
belly to back suplex gets the same but Kidd’s springboard elbow drop
hits knees. I still think that would do more damage to Rose than
Tyson but whatever. The hot tag brings in Sami to clean house,
including the big flip dive to take out both villains. Rose goes up
and hits a flip dive of his own. Back in and the Helluva Kick nails
Gabriel for the pin at 9:48.
C-. That was….long. It was a
lot of Rose getting beaten on before we hit the tag to Sami for the
interesting part. Zayn really needs to get back to the underdog
blood feuds that made him so popular here in NXT, but that might be
where they’re going with him in the tournament.
D+. What the heck has
happened to NXT? They went from the can’t miss show of the week to a
pretty dull hour of TV. Having so much time between the big shows is
killing it as Breeze has been #1 contender for ten weeks now and we
still haven’t heard a date for his title shot. The
matches were mostly decent but the stories just aren’t doing it for
me as it’s basically Neville waiting for Breeze and Ascension beating
up everyone in sight while laughing at the pathetic challengers.
This show needs a shot in
the arm, but all the stars they have waiting to debut could be the
answer they need.
Colin Cassady/Enzo
Amore b. Jason Jordan/Tye Dillinger – Amore pinned Jordan after a
big boot from Cassady
CJ Parker b. Xavier
Woods – Death Valley Driver
Bayley b. Eva Marie –
Belly To Bayley
Adam Rose/Sami Zayn b.
Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel – Helluva Kick to Gabriel
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