NXT – December 18, 2014

NXT
Date:
December 18, 2014
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Corey Graves, Rich Brennan, Jason
Albert
 
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We’re
past R-Evolution and it was one of the best shows of the year with
some outstanding matches and a great ending. The main surprise was
Kevin Owens turning on his best friend Sami Zayn after Zayn won the
title. Owens ended the show by powerbombing the new champ on the
apron and establishing himself as the next challenger for the belt.
Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of the R-Evolution.
Here’s
Adrian Neville to open the show. He talks about losing the title
just a week ago at Takeover and the fans tell him that it was
awesome. Neville can stand here a proud man and admit that the
better man won a week ago. However, he saw someone attack Sami Zayn
to end the show and he wants Kevin Owens out here right now.
Cue
Owens to address what he did last week. Adrian immediately says
shame on Owens for what he did last week, prompting a SHAME ON YOU
chant. Owens doesn’t care what the fans or Neville think because
he’s here to get to the highest level in the world. He’s willing to
fight anyone that he has to in order to get there, and that includes
Neville.
We
look at Becky Lynch attacking Bayley last week on the pre-show.
Lynch
says her attitude hasn’t changed. Her eyes have been opened though
and it doesn’t matter if people are cheering for her when she’s
losing every week. Now the only person she can rely on besides
herself is Sasha Banks. Tonight, she’s ending Bayley’s career.
Tyler
Breeze says he’s taking some time away from NXT to do some modeling
in Europe. Don’t worry though because he’ll be keeping us informed
on where in the world he is.
Becky
Lynch vs. Bayley
Brennan
slips up by saying the pre-show was yesterday. Bayley
takes her down and hammers away to start before driving an elbow into
the back for two. Back up
and Becky kicks at the knee to take over but Bayley pops back up with
a suplex. Lynch finally goes after the knee with a hard kick before
putting on an overly complicated hold that winds up in a reverse
figure four (as in Lynch on her back and Bayley facing down but the
same positioning of the legs called the Four Leg Clover) to make
Bayley tag at 3:35.
Rating:
C-.
I liked the logic here and Bayley being very aggressive but I’m not
sold on that finisher. It’s not entirely clear if it would hurt or
not and Becky’s legs looked very loose around Bayley’s. Lynch would
seem to be the next challenger for the title, which has the potential
to be really good.
Last
week Charlotte said she proved she had a whirlwind week but she
proved she’s the best.
In
black and white, the Vaudevillains come in to show Regal a clip from
the end of their match last week. The wrong man was pinned, meaning
there’s going to be a rematch at
some point in the future. Believe it or not, the show is already
booked and there’s no room for another match.
Bull
Dempsey vs. ???
The
fans don’t count this time. It’s total dominance again with Bull
throwing the unnamed guy all over the place and ending him with the
headbutt at 1:08.
Baron
Corbin comes out during Bull’s exit.
Baron
Corbin b. ???
End
of Days in 12 seconds.
Corbin
tells Bull to bring it but Dempsey bails to the floor and backs off.
Recap
of the major events of R-Evolution.
Enzo
Amore/Colin Cassady vs. Ascension
Enzo
and Cass give us a bit of the 12 Days of Christmas including 7 fists
a swinging, 6 where it hurts, 5 golden rings (as sung very nicely by
Cass), 4 letter words, 3 in the Benz, 2 tough guys and 1 one beating
from the Certified G’s. Cass
and Viktor slug it out to start with Cass actually getting the better
of it. Enzo tags himself in but spends too much time looking at
Carmella, allowing Viktor to nail an STO for the pin at 1:00.
Ascension
says the war with Itami and Balor isn’t over.
Adrian
Neville vs. Kevin Owens
Owens
hides on the floor to start before walking into a jumping kick to the
face. He goes back outside for another breather before knocking
Adrian up against the ropes, only to eat a shot to the face. Adrian
tries a baseball slide but gets slammed back into the barricade to
give Owens his first real advantage. The
beating continues and we take a break.
Back
with Owens slowly stomping away and shouting that nothing he does
makes him shameful. Neville
was champion for almost a year and now look at what a joke Owens has
made him into. Fans: “KEVIN’S BETTER! NO HE’S NOT!” Owens
steps on him and gets two off a kind of reverse curb stomp. Back
up and Neville finally starts getting in some offense with a few
kicks putting Kevin down. A
springboard dropkick gets two but Adrian dives one time too many and
gets caught in a fireman’s carry gutbuster.
Owens
drops a backsplash for two and an Elevated DDT out of the corner ala
Randy Orton gets the same. The
frustration is setting in on Owens and Adrian fights back by whipping
him chest first into the ropes for a German suplex. Owens rolls
outside but gets caught with a big plancha. Adrian can’t follow up
though and Kevin sends him into the post for a double countout at
15:00.
Rating:
B.
I liked this more than I thought I would as they went in a different
direction than I was expecting. Owens didn’t destroy him here but he
did look like a killer. I really like that they didn’t have Neville
lose the title and then fade away. He held the belt for nearly a
year and lost in a classic so it’s not like he should just go away
and then never be heard from again. Good stuff here and Owens can
get away with not winning here as it’s more about punishing people
and getting to Zayn than anything else.
Owens
powerbombs Neville onto the apron like he did to Zayn last week. A
stretcher is brought out to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
B-.
This was the first part of the NXT fallout and I’m sure we’ll have
some rematches in the coming weeks. We’ve had this after every
Takeover show so far and there’s nothing wrong with it. Owens looks
like the killer heel that we haven’t had in NXT in a good while and
it’s a very nice change of pace. The show is still riding high after
last week and it’s such a breath of air after the bloated and
overbooked WWE shows.
Results
Becky
Lynch b. Bayley – Four Leg Clover
Bull
Dempsey b. ??? – Flying headbutt
Baron
Corbin b. ??? – End of Days
Ascension
b. Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady – STO to Amore
Adrian
Neville vs. Kevin Owens went to a double countout
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