NXT – December 4, 2014

NXT
Date:
December 4, 2014
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Jason Albert, Alex Riley, Rich Brennan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
the last show before R-Evolution and I’d assume tonight is just going
to be about firming up matches for next week. I’m really hoping we
don’t get a rushed heel turn from Neville as the match would be far
more entertaining with both guys staying on the paths that got them
here. Other than that we might have some fallout from Bayley calling
out Lynch and Banks last week. Let’s get to it.

Opening
sequence.
Charlotte
vs. Mia Yim
Non-title.
Charlotte starts with a WOO before sending Mia into the corner for a
slap to the back. Natural Selection is good for the pin at 51
seconds.
Post
match Sasha Banks, in a Charlotte shirt, comes out and says just give
her the title now. Charlotte tells her to bring it and starts a
ratchet chant. Sasha says she has more flair than Charlotte and her
daddy. She’s going to beat Charlotte so badly that she’ll be a
bigger loser than her old man. This brings out Bayley in a big leg
brace and on crutches to tell Sasha to shut her ratchet face. Banks
kicks her in the knee and runs off when Charlotte comes up the ramp.
Sasha tries to get a cheap shot but Charlotte drags her to the ring
and says get a ref out here. Becky Lynch sneaks in from behind
though and Banks lays out the champ.
Time
for another silent movie from the Vaudevillains! This time the
police commissioner calls them to say the Lucha Dragons are dropping
water balloons off the roof of city hall. After a training montage
(complete with Gotch fighting a video of a tiger), the Vaudevillains
attach an anvil to the Dragons, sending them down…..into a mushroom
cloud? Gotch is glad that they took the belts away because they
would have just weighed the Dragons down even more. Keep in mind
though that no Lucha Dragons were harmed in the filming of this
motion picture, but that won’t be the case next week. These things
are brilliant.
Vaudevillians
vs. Buddy Murphy/Wesley Blake
English
jumps over Blake to start but dives into a powerslam for two. A
snapmare sends Wesley into the ropes though in a nice idea. It’s off
to Murphy as the fans sound like they’re sighing for some reason.
Off to Gotch for some Hindu Squats while holding Buddy in an Indian
Deathlock. English comes back in for some elbows to the leg before
it’s back to Gotch to stay on the leg. Murphy finally rolls away and
makes the tag as everything breaks down. Blake is sent to the floor
for a big crash and the Whirling Dervish ends Murphy at 4:15.
Rating:
D+. Not much to see here but
the Vaudevillains are getting better in the ring. Those vignettes
are as good as anything I’ve seen in a long time. Murphy and Blake
are decent in the ring but they really need to stop losing every time
if they’re supposed to have a future.
Regal
is in the back with Tyler Breeze, who hasn’t seen Marcus Louis since
he wandered off last week. Tyson Kidd comes in and says he wants a
rematch with Balor, but Regal makes it a tag with Itami/Balor vs.
Kidd/Breeze. This took less than a minute and covered two stories.
Why does it take Raw twenty minutes to cover one?
Bull
Dempsey vs. Elias Samson
The
fans count until the flying headbutt ends Samson at 22 seconds.
Baron
Corbin vs. ???
End
of Days, 11 seconds. Of course Bull was watching from the stage.
Kevin
Owens video, talking about how he’s fought and teamed with Seth
Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Adrian Neville, and Sami Zayn (called Owens’
best friend), but WWE called all of them first. Now it’s his turn.
Tyler
Breeze/Tyson Kidd vs. Hideo Itami/Finn Balor
Kidd
holds the ropes open for Natalya and offers to do the same for Breeze
in a funny bit. Itami and Kidd get things going but it’s quickly off
to Breeze, whose arm is quickly yanked. Balor comes in with a
slingshot stomp for no count but Kidd makes a blind tag and decks
Finn to take over as we go to a break. Back with Breeze coming in to
stomp Finn in the corner before it’s quickly back to Kidd for even
faster stomping.
A
neckbreaker gets two for Tyson and we hit a bow and arrow. Balor
fights up but misses a dropkick to put him right back down. Breeze
grabs a neckbreaker of his own for two before Kidd comes back in for
a hard kick to the leg. A slingshot legdrop to the back of the head
gets two for Kidd but he eats a Pele (now called a soccer kick),
allowing Finn to tag Hideo. Itami fires off a series of kicks to
destroy Breeze before hitting a delayed running dropkick in the
corner to a sitting Tyler. Everything breaks down and Balor hits
Shadows Over Hell, setting up Itami’s kick to the back of the head
for the pin at 11:30.
Rating:
C. Pretty standard tag match
here but Itami continues to look totally one dimensional. I know he
isn’t the biggest guy in the world but he needs to do something more
than just kick a lot. Daniel Bryan has proven that a smaller guy can
do more than just strike while still having it be a major part of his
offense so it certainly can be done.
Post
match Finn tells Ascension to bring everything they have because he’s
going to show them something they’ve never seen before.
Here’s
Adrian Neville for the final speech before the title match. A lot of
people have said he should be conflicted by this match, but his goal
is the same as always: to win at all cost. Some people say that he
should be ashamed of what he did to retain the title at Fatal Four
Way and every other title match. If he had it his way, it would have
gone completely differently, but that’s the fundamental difference
between himself and Sami: Zayn doesn’t have the killer instinct and
that’s why he’ll never be NXT Champion.
This
brings out Sami who says he’s been listening to everything Neville
has been saying and it’s ticking him off. Who is Neville to act like
Sami’s babysitter and tell him how he should live? Whatever Sami
decides to do after the match is up to him and his actions, not
Neville’s. Adrian backs off a bit and says he respects Sami more
than anyone else and next week it’s going to be an honor to face Sami
in the match of their careers.
Adrian
offers a handshake but Sami says no. This is where he goes wrong
every single time but he won’t do it here. This isn’t about respect
and he slaps Adrian in the face. Neville doesn’t get to end him
because it’s going to be Sami ending Adrian’s story and taking that
title. This wasn’t a heel turn for
either guy but rather Sami
just being more intense this time around.
Overall
Rating:
B-. The wrestling
wasn’t great here but I’m wanting to see Takeover a lot more than I
did coming in. That main event has me drooling because you know
those two are going to tear the house down with the near falls. The
only match that doesn’t do much for me is Ascension vs. Itami/Balor
as there doesn’t seem to be a ton of drama there, but whatever gets
Ascension onto the main roster is a good thing at this point. This
show did exactly what it was supposed to do and sets up a good
looking card for next week.
Results
Charlotte
b. Mia Yim – Natural Selection
Vaudevillians
b. Wesley Blake/Buddy Murphy – Whirling Dervish to Murphy
Bull
Dempsey b. Elias Samson – Flying headbutt
Baron
Corbin b. ??? – End of Days
Finn
Balor/Hideo Itami b. Tyler Breeze/Tyson Kidd – Kick to Breeze’s
head
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