Hello once again, NXTians, and welcome back to The NXT Review! Apologies for the lateness, as I said last week I was away on holiday and only just got time to put this all together – also haven’t had a chance to look at your comments on the Takeover review, so I’ll do those right after this. Anyway - just over one week has passed since NXT:Takeover, possibly the best show in NXT history from top to bottom when you look at it objectively, and the effects of that night will surely be felt this week. What will Tyler Breeze, the new number one contender to the NXT Championship, have to say for himself? And what of Charlotte, the new NXT Women’s Champion? And will the friction between Tyson Kidd and Adrian Neville boil over? All that, and Mojo Rawley nursing his wounds, in…
The NXT Review: 05/06/2014 – Rainy Days And Mondays
Jun 9, 2014 - 9:10:00 AM
The NXT Review: 05/06/2014 – Rainy Days And Mondays
Tyler Breeze has entered the building. Oh, and here’s Mojo Rawley. Sigh
Aiden English vs Mojo Rawley
Mojo charges to the ring, as ever, and OH DEAR GOD some fool thought it was a good idea to let him have a PIP promo. ‘Yeah, sure I got beat up at Takeover but just like America when I get knocked down I get back up because I don’t get hype I stay hype! Hype! HYPE! I’m still hype! Honest! I’ve just lost my teeth because Rusev kicked them out!’ Dear Aiden (Copyright William Regal, 2014) saves us all momentarily, pointing out that Rawley failed the USA (he did! He totally did!) and English is going to triumph tonight in song. Aiden English is a national treasure and shouldn’t have to deal with this shit. Literally shit, because despite a gorgeous clothesline and a running swinging neckbreaker, Rawley eventually fires up (hypes up?) and breaks a chinlock, allowing him to toss English across the ring when he attempts a monkey flip (like Rawley could take a monkey flip, come on) and gets nailed by Rawley’s butthole twice to give him the win. English needs something to do other than this, and a tidy tag title run with an appropriate partner would be good – I’ve seen shots of him with Simon Gotch and it looks perfect, so hopefully that comes to TV. Rawley remains blander than Bo Dallas was when he was getting booed to shit – there’s nothing more to say about it, really.
Natalya has also been erroneously given a microphone – she will always have Tyson Kidd’s back. That’s…er…that’s literally it. Stand by your man, Natalya. Not like he’s got a lot going for him, after all.
Bayley vs Charlotte
Bayley remains a constant delight. I mean…I keep trying to put this into words and ending up losing myself, so here goes – Bayley is essentially the perfect babyface and exactly what one should be like. She’s nice, she’s in awe of her surroundings, she’s excitable and she’s relatable. She’s just spot on in this role, and when she runs out and tries to hug her inflatable arm guys it warms my heart. She gives her headband to one of the Special Olympians and clearly makes their year…that’s my point, y’know? She’s loved because she’s lovely – not because we’re told to love her. Charlotte swans out with her new baller theme tune, and this match has been about six months in the making so it better be done well. Sasha is more on point than Charlotte, still, but she gets to hold the title so that’s nice.
The two lock up, Charlotte immediately transitioning into a side headlock on the mat, and even though Bayley pushes her off she comes back with a shoulder block. Bayley dodges her running the ropes though, and then connects with a pair of armdrags, and then blocks her opponent running in to the corner with a back elbow. Off the second turnbuckle she comes with a flying armdrag, and a drop toe hold allows her to…spin around on the back of Charlotte, apparently? How peculiar that was. Anyway, it leads into an armbar that the Nature Girl breaks out of and then connects with a knee to the gut, a discus chop and a flying clothesline for a two count. Charlotte then takes the piss a bit, replicating the spinning around move (now known as the ‘Slip ‘n’ Slide’, for the record) before just taking over, taking Bayley to the mat and locking in the figure four headlock. She rolls through to slam Bayley to the mat but that only gets a two count, and she’s quickly taken down with a double leg to allow Bayely to take over. She connects with double axe handles to the chest and then sends Charlotte careening into the corner and connects with a shoulder to the gut, rolling back out of it and connecting with a springboard back elbow. Sasha gets involved at ringside, though…but Bayley takes her out with a hard right hand! And she comes back in the ring and opens up on her opponent, a flying back elbow off the turnbuckle earning her a two count! And…Summer Rae? What? Here she is, Summer Rae, founder member of the BFF coming down with a full entrance and Charlotte looking bemused in the ring. Bayley tries for a backslide but Charlotte breaks it and connects with a low dropkick, which gives her a chance to hit Bow Down To The Queen for the win.
Weird ending, but it all comes clear shortly after – Summer presents Charlotte with her silver and black title and holds her arm aloft, before unleashing hell on the downed Bayley. Sasha and Charlotte look at each other for a moment, but then follow suit – only for Paige’s music to hit! Her comes the Norwich Nightmare, and she has Emma in tow too! The pair of them ward off the BFFs and then turn to help their fallen friend up – Bayley, inevitably, looks overawed to be in the ring with her two idols and friends. So, a six man next week? This match, it has to be said, was excellent from start to finish – Charlotte continues her sudden run of becoming NXTs premier female wrestler, Bayley remains excellent, we get Summer Rae back where she can be bloody awesome again, Paige and Emma saving Bayley and the look on Bayley’s face was picture perfect. I cannot praise this enough, guys.
Oh hey, James Jordan and Tye Dillinger are backstage. They are now known as J.J. Dillon (or, at least, here they are). They get a little bit of promo time backstage to introduce themselves with a ‘boom boom boom let me hear you say ’ which leads to some comedy because Tye Dillinger genuinely has the longest real name ever. Nice to have a bit of charisma shown for one of the few teams in the tag division, though. Basically, I’m seeing a morning TV program for these guys. Tye and Jason’s Breakfast Beatdowns or something. It could work. Anyway, they air a video showing how fearsome The Ascension are (very fearsome) and I imagine this is going to lead to…
JJ Dillon vs Some Guys
…an elongated squash match! Here they are, Tye and Jason, taking on a couple of guys – Stuart Cumberland and Phillip Gooljar – who have clearly got no hope in heck. Jordan and Cumberland do some wristlocks and waistlocks before Jordan takes his opponent down with a waistlock as the commentary team put them over as possible challengers to The Ascension. All well and good, but The Ascension would be back in the locker room by now, having Fall of Manned these guys to poop. Dillinger eventually chops Cumberland around and he and Jordan combine to split the ring in half very nicely. Gooljar eventually gets tagged in, only to immediately get floored with a side double underhook suplex, allowing Jordan to take come in and take control. Eventually, they win, Jordan connecting with a ‘Jordan Slam’ – an Angle Slam, for the record, but whatever – after taking far too long to dispense of these two chaps. I’m all for a nice competitive tag match, but it seems daft if they’re not anybody important. If this had been something like J.J. Dillon vs Localisto, or even The Legionnaires, then yeah, stretch it out. This just felt like they were trying to make the match mean more than it needed to.
Ooh, at the end of that match CJ Parker showed up with his protest signs again. ‘May the forest be with you’, it reads. How lovely. You know, NXT really does do everything better than the main roster – their pre- and post-Takeover shows have all tied neatly into events that are happening right now as well, including the CJ Parker stuff. It’s magic.
Oh, the BFFs are backstage, larking around – Charlotte is pretty grumpy about her interrupting her match, but Summer says that she’s been putting the BFFs on the map on Total Divas and Marine 4: Under The Sea or whatever it’s called. How fun. Charlotte ain’t to happy about it given that she has the title now, but the tension is played down a little bit here. You can feel it racking up, though, and it’s surely going to bubble over soon.
Here comes Tyler Breeze! He selfies his way to the ring, his new them music ringing out – but why’s he here? He doesn’t seem to have a match set for right now, as Regal puts over his resilience against Sami Zayn at NXT:Takeover, and Prince Pretty himself looks pretty pleased with his work. He grabs a microphone and offers up our weekly dose of the King of Cuteville – after beating ‘Seth Rogen’s less good looking brother’, he’s on his way to the NXT Championship, a belt so pristine it should only be worn by somebody who’s gorgeous. But for now, he’s just going to keep The Man That Maybelline Forgot’ on his toes. But tonight – oh tonight. Tonight Tyler has a treat for us – his debut (and 3-time MTV Music Video Award winning) music video! Guys, let me present to you how it starts:
And from there on it just gets better and better. Inevitably, lots and lots of selfies feature, as well as Breeze recording his theme tune and some photo shoot footage. It is absolute gold. The entire credits list is ‘Tyler Breeze’. Man, this is so good. Cut back to the ring and Breeze is close to tears as the crowd chant ‘that was awesome’ indeed it was, guys. Indeed it was.
There is an amazing Bo Dallas video here set to Stan Bush’s ‘Capture The Dream’ – you know when something just nails it? This is it. This is possibly the only thing better than the Tyler Breeze music video, and even though it’s just a recap of highlights from Dallas’ NXT tenure, not to mention the great bits from his leaving speech, including him repeatedly coming out and telling the fans to leave. At one point he threatens to call the police, but they aren’t coming (or won’t come) so he instead calls campus security. Oh man, the death of NXT Bo Dallas is hitting me hard, guys, and while I love what he’s doing on the main roster and hope that the crowd interactions carry over, he will remain the person who I became most excited to see on NXT despite his failings.
Adrian Neville vs Justin Gabriel
I have no real idea why, but for some reason this is no disqualification. Or, at least, it was earlier advertised that way, but seems to not be mentioned now. It was also advertised as being for the belt, but I’m not sure that’s true either. Anyway, the tentative early exchanges result in Neville overpowering the South African into the corner, and he then gets him on the mat with a waistlock takedown. Gabriel comes through it though and locks in a hammer lock that Neville eventually armdrags out of. The Jumping Geordie locks in a wristlock, but Gabriel shows off his mat prowess and turns it around again into an armbar. The Cape Town Werewolf takes Neville down, but when he comes off the ropes he gets caught by a running headscissors. Neville looks to dive to the outside, but somehow Gabriel is up and in the ring, levelling him with a clothesline and then sending him to the outside…but Neville counters an attempted dive from him and then hits a senton off the apron to knock him down on the outside. As you might expect, the action is thick and fast here with this the first real respite in it.
Neville throws his opponent back in the ring but by the time he covers he doesn’t even get a one count, before locking in Jericho Armbar Variant #782 and really wrenching back on it. Gabriel eventually battles out and, during an ad break, takes control in the corner and beats his opponent down. A flying forearm gets followed up by a headlock takedown and Gabriel connects with a hard kick to the back. A suplex from Gabriel now, keeping the high flyer down, and he rolls it through into a butterfly hold to keep the advantage. Neville makes it back to his feet and gets whipped off the ropes, but he comes off them and lands a flying forearm! A series of kicks and a low dropkick to the head takes Gabriel down, and the Man That Gravity Forgot comes off the second rope with a missile dropkick for a two count. Neville is getting pumped up in the corner and runs for a headscissor, but Gabriel blocks it so he turns it into a guillotine. But Gabriel counters it with a northern lights suplex and the bridge gets him two! Both men are groggy now, and Gabriel cuts Neville off with back elbow before leaping to the top rope to deliver a moonsault…Neville rolls out of the way but Gabriel lands on his feet! The Brit ducks a clothesline and goes for a springboard crossbody but gets caught with a dropkick, right in the ribs. That earns him a two count, and Gabriel looks frustrated that he hasn’t put the NXT Champion away yet. He climbs up to the top rope…is he going for the 450? He is you know…but he misses! He lands on his feet, but Neville kicks him down in the corner and connects with a dropkick! A bit of rearrangement from Neville and he gets the chance to connect with the Red Arrow for the emphatic victory.
Neville celebrates with his title, but he is soon cut off by Sexually Unsatisfying Tyson Kidd’s theme music. Oh dear…Tyson has a microphone. He gets some heat from the crowd, who chant ‘fact’ after every one of his sentences. Oh NXT Universe, you are my favourite. Kidd recaps his handshake rejection at Takeover and then says ‘at NXT:Takeover, you beat me. FACT. The next time we get in this ring together, I’ll beat you. FACT.’ I think that second one is an opinion, Tyson. Come on, we can’t work your Tyson Kiddipedia gimmick if you aren’t solely speaking in actual facts. That would be a great gimmick, by the way – every time Tyson Kidd brings up something he has to reel off facts about it. ‘I’m going to put you on your back like George Foreman, a retired American professional boxer, two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained minister, author, and entrepreneur, did to Joe Frazier, also known as Smokin' Joe, an American professional boxer, Olympic gold medalist and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a one-fight comeback in 1981, in 1973 in in Kingston, Jamaica.’ I don’t know why it would happen, maybe Tyson spent too much time on the internet rather than diddling Natalya or something, but I’d like to see it. Anyway, Neville grants him a rematch because apparently he has the power to control the booking on NXT. So there you are – next time, Neville and Kidd get to do their Takeover match again but with a lot less stalling in chinlocks, and Tyler Breeze probably turns up and says ‘hey, this should be my match.
Oh, right, Neville vs Gabriel – it was a great match, featuring a guy who is completely on point right now (Neville) doing battle with somebody really good who has oddly been forgotten about (Gabriel). The reversals were slick, the movements were quick, and the offense was crisp. Hey, that almost all rhymes! A great main event to end a pretty darned good episode, all told.
NXT MVP: Charlotte!
Guess what? Charlotte has become a pretty great professional wrestler. And I don’t mean ‘she wrestles well’ – she’s finally selling things in the ring with her facials, looks to have embraced becoming NXT Women’s Champion and, on the sly, become very good at wrestling too. Now all she needs to do is dump Bow Down to the Queen and start figure four-ing people on the reg and we’ll be away. (Seriously, why isn’t that her finisher? We’ve established her as the daughter of Ric Flair, so you might as well just go all the way.)
05/06/2014 - Charlotte
22/05/2014 - Paige
15/05/2014 – Tyson Kidd
08/05/2014 – Kalisto
01/05/2014 – Sasha Banks
24/04/2014 – Tyler Breeze
17/04/2014 – Aiden English
A really good show off the back of NXT:Takeover, and one that manages to keep things going, importantly – with Charlotte, Neville and Breeze all appearing, the stories keep going. That was possibly my one issue with the shows post-ArRIVAL – they left the live show as an individual thing, almost not continuing the storylines after it (or at least not as strongly). The Rawley vs English match was an aberration, and I’m feeling the NXT Universe slowly turn on Mojo as he gets more and more shoved down our throats, but otherwise there was some great action – the tag match went a little too long to really serve its purpose well, but it was still good, and both Bayley vs Charlotte and Neville vs Gabriel were really good matches.
Next week, Tyson Kidd gets another shot at Adrian Neville’s NXT Championship! As well as that, the BFFs will have to put their differences to one side as they do battle with Team Super Pals – Paige, Emma and Bayley! There are a couple of other treats in the spoilers, but for those that don’t read them I won’t give the matches away. Until next week, NXTians, stay safe when crossing the road and drink more hot chocolate! TTFN!