NXT – October 23, 2014

Date: October 23, 2014
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Jason
Albert, Alex Riley, Rich Brennan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
NXT continues to be the
show gives me the most hope in wrestling as you can see the big
stories building and they’re as well put together as anything else in
wrestling today. You can see Zayn vs. Neville coming and you can
hear the roar of the crowd for the near falls. There’s other good
stuff coming too so let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.
vs. Jason Jordan/Tye Dillinger
Jordan takes Viktor
down by the waist to start but gets chopped hard back into the
corner. Off to Konnor for a double shoulder and a big stomping in
the corner. Konnor charges into an elbow and Dillinger comes in off
the tag, only to walk into the flapjack. Fall of Man is good for the
pin at 2:30.
Hideo Itami comes out
post match but gets destroyed with ease.
Parker vs. Tyler Breeze
Parker is quickly sent
to the apron and then out to the floor as Breeze is more aggressive
than usual. Back in and Parker hammers away before a top rope ax
handle gets two. An injured Mojo Rawley comes out as Breeze punches
CJ out of the air. A rollup gets two for Parker before the Beauty
Shot is good for the pin at 2:56.
Vaudevillains vs.
Buddy Murphy/Wesley Blake
English cranks on
Blake’s arm to start before it’s off to the partners. Gotch takes
him down and the fans call him manly. The villains start taking
Murphy apart by the arm, including slamming it onto the mat for two.
Blake slips over Aiden’s back and teases a rollup but crawls over to
make the tag instead. Smart move there. Wesley cleans house but
Aiden makes a blind tag, setting up a European uppercut from Gotch to
the back of the head and a running neckbreaker from English (combined
to form the Gentlemen’s Congress) for the pin at 4:21.
Rating: C-.
Basic tag match here with the Vaudevillains clearly as the next
opponents for the Dragons. They
have a good gimmick that could set up a new team with a big win and
that’s all you need most of the time. Good little match here and the
Aussies (Blake and Murphy) have a future of their own.
vs. Sasha Banks
chases her into the ropes a few times before finally taking her down
and slamming Sasha’s head into the mat. A knee drop gets two on
Sasha and she armdrags Sasha
out of the corner. Sasha finally kicks her in the ribs to take over
and stands on Bayley’s hair for good measure. A running slap gets
two and Sasha cranks on both arms at the same time. Back
up and Bayley sends her into corner and gets two off a middle rope
back elbow to the jaw. Not
that it matters though as the Backstabber sets up the Bank Statement
to make Bayley tap at 5:13.
Rating: C-.
Standard Divas match here with Sasha continuing her climb up the card
for a showdown with Charlotte at the next Takeover show. Sasha
may not have it in the ring as well as many others but at least she
has the character down, which is far more important than the in ring
goes after her post match but Becky Lynch runs down, only to turn
heel and beat Bayley down herself.
Title: Titus O’Neil vs. Adrian Neville
is challenging and we get
some big match intros. The
champ grabs a headlock to start before dropkicking him into the
corner. Adrian tries to flip again and finally gets caught by a
charge to take over very slowly. Titus sets Neville on the top rope
and kicks him down to the floor for a big crash and two back inside.
We take a break and come
back with Titus putting on a
bearhug. Adrian slaps him in the head to escape and nails a kick in
the head. O’Neil charges into a boot in the corner and the Red Arrow
retains the title at 10:02.
Rating: D.
Get Titus out of NXT NOW. The guy is dragging down good wrestlers
because he has almost no energy out there and is doing the most
generic power guy act I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t help that he’s
billed as a WWE star but Neville has accomplished more in his career
in NXT than Titus has ever accomplished in WWE.
match Sami comes out for a congratulation but says he’s on a mission
to become NXT Champion. Adrian
says anywhere and any time because Sami can’t win the big one.
Overall Rating: C.
That ending has me drooling for the next Takeover show because
Neville is being built up to be an
unbeatable champion instead
of the same cowardly heel that we
almost always get. By the time we get to the next Takeover, both
guys are going to look unbeatable, but that’s what Sami has looked
like going into every big match he’s had. The
rest of the show wasn’t much but it sets up some stuff for the
future. Hopefully we get there soon though as this treading water is
getting a bit hard to take.
Ascension b. Jason
Jordan/Tye Dillinger – Fall of Man to Dillinger
Tyler Breeze b. CJ
Parker – Beauty Shot
Vaudevillains b. Buddy
Murphy/Wesley Blake – Gentlemen’s Congress to Blake
Sasha Banks b. Bayley –
Bank Statement
Adrian Neville b. Titus
O’Neil – Red Arrow
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