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NXT - August 28, 2014

NXT
Date: August 28, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert

Reviewed by Tommy Hall


We've got something to look forward to now with Takeover II just a few weeks away. All of the titles will be on the line but the champions need some challengers. As for tonight, the main story is the debut of the new General Manager to replace JBL who left for undisclosed reasons. Let's get to it.



Opening sequence.

Ascension vs. ???/???

If the jobbers have names they weren't mentioned. Fans: “LET'S GO JOBBERS!” Konor runs over Jobber #1 with a shoulder before Viktor launches #2 in over the top rope. Fall of Man ends #2 at 1:06.

Post match Ascension says the tournament ends next week and they'll find their latest victims. Konor says they will rise.

The new General Manager is......WILLIAM REGAL! He says he's been here since the beginning and as his first action, he's going to name the main event of Takeover II. First up though, he'd like Adrian Neville to come down to the ring. Neville congratulates him on his new job and asks who's next. Fans: “GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG!” Regal is about to announce the opponent but Tyson Kidd (in a Mike Tyson hoodie) interrupts. 

He accepts the title shot but before Regal can confirm it, here's Tyler Breeze to interrupt as well. Breeze: “Are you serious? This uggo? Everyone deserves a title shot before him. EVEN HIS WIFE!” This brings out Sami Zayn to say that he deserves the shot above Kidd and Breeze. Neville wants to face all of them because this is NXT. Regal approves and we have a main event.

After a break, Regal makes Zayn/Neville vs. Kidd/Breeze for tonight.

Sasha Banks vs. Bayley

We immediately get the best chant ever: “BAYLEY'S GONNA HUG YOU!” Sasha sends her into the buckle to start and drops Bayley with a knee to the ribs. We hit the chinlock and get yet another awesome chant of “LET'S GO BAYLEY! CENA SUCKS!” Back up and Sasha chokes away in the corner, only to walk into the Belly to Bayley for the pin at 3:16.

Rating: C-. The match wasn't much but it's hard to not like Bayley. She's got this sweet innocence about her and it's like watching an eight year old in an adult's body. The awesome belly to belly helps as well as it makes her almost like Eugene: she's so happy to be here but can be deadly when she gets the chance.

Bayley says she's like kitten stuck on a branch that tells you to hang in there. She's going to turn her dream into a reality and win the Women's Title at Takeover. This brings out Charlotte to say that she would laugh at a kitten stuck on a branch. She tells Bayley to stick to hugs because she's going to destroy her at Takeover. Bayley doesn't want a hug (Fans: GASP!) because she's going to take the championship. Charlotte leaves and says she warned her.

Bull Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins

Dawkins is still a nerd. Dempsey takes him into the corner to start and drops a bunch of elbows for two. Some knees to the ribs have Dawkins in trouble as this is totally one sided. Dawkins gets in some jobber offense before the Bulldozer gets the pin at 2:50.

The Legionnaires laugh about shaving Enzo's beard and speak a lot of French.

Tyson Kidd/Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville

Neville and Breeze get things going with the champion grabbing the arm for early control. Adrian and Sami start cranking on the arm until Sami stays in for a wristlock. Neville uses Sami's back for a corkscrew splash and the heels bail to the floor. Kidd comes back in but it's Breeze superkicking Neville as we take a break. Back with Kidd getting covered for two before Kidd puts on a chinlock.

Breeze comes in again and stomps on the champion before putting on a chinlock of his own. Kidd gets the tag but Neville dropkicks the knee out, setting up the hot tag to Sami. Everything breaks down and Zayn cross bodies both opponents down at the same time. A Michinoku Driver gets two on Breeze but Kidd fights out of the Blue Thunder Bomb and gets two off a DDT.

Sami suplexes Breeze into the buckle and crawls over to Adrian for the slightly cooler tag. A dropkick followed by a standing shooting star gets two on Breeze. There's a kick to the gorgeous head but Breeze breaks up the Red Arrow. Sami accidentally kicks Neville off the top but the heels argue over who comes in. The Blue Thunder Bomb plants Breeze and Kidd pins Neville at 9:58.

Rating: B-. Oh man the fourway is going to be awesome. Sami could still pull off the big win but any of the other three are solid options as well. They've built Neville up enough so that the pin on him is going to mean something. This was a good tag match with the ending setting up a few more stories for the main event of the big show. Good stuff.

Sami gives Kidd the Helluva Kick post match and holds up the title to end the show.


Overall Rating: B. This is the kind of show that NXT has been needing for a long time. It was the kind of fun that I've been missing from this promotion and it made me want to see the Takeover show more than ever. The main event is going to rock and Bayley winning the title could be amazing. Really fun show this week that flew by.

Results
Ascension b. ???/??? – Fall of Man
Bayley b. Sasha Banks – Belly to Bayley
Bull Dempsey b. Angelo Dawkins – Bulldozer
Tyson Kidd/Tyler Breeze b. Adrian Neville/Sami Zayn – Kidd pinned Neville after a kick from Zayn


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Comments

  1. "The match wasn't much but it's hard to not like Bayley. She's got this sweet innocence about her and it's like watching an eight year old in an adult's body. "

    Creepiest statement I've read on here in awhile.

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  2. Tell that to Benoit.

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  3. HEY TOMMY, IF YOU MAKE A BENOIT JOKE IN A REVIEW THAT NO ONE EVER READS, DOES IT REALLY EVEN EXIST?

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  4. All that work rate he used. Reminded him of being in Japan.

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  5. HEY TOMMY, TALK ABOUT YOUR FRAGILE X SYNDROME AMIRITE?

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  6. HEY TOMMY, I FEEL LIKE IM BEING HANGED OUT TO DRY HERE. ON A WEIGHT MACHINE.

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  7. I'm just hear to to get put of the Benoit thread....

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  8. HEY TOMMY, DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE SUFFOCATING YOURSELF WITH A PILLOW WHEN ZANADUDE SHITTY REVIEWS GETS MORE HITS THAN YOU DO?

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  9. Should have used Don for that one.

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  10. He's a pervert that takes videos of you when you at least expect it. He's Rowdy Roddy Peeper!

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  11. HEY TOMMY, HAVE YOU DONATED YOUR REVIEWS TO SCIENCE YET SO THEY CAN READ THEM AND FEEL WHAT ITS LIKE TO HAVE CTE?

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  12. Now that should have been a wrestling name.

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  13. Tommy is going to have a lot of questions that will need to be answered...

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  14. HEY TOMMY, YOU ARE KEVIN SULLIVAN, BAYLESS IS CHRIS BENOIT, AND WE ARE WOMAN. SO DONT WORRY, EVENTUALLY YOULL HAVE THIS PLACE ALL TO YOURSELF AND IT WILL BE DEPRESSING.

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  15. You're killing it in here. A regular Benoit. Hide your children and wives everyone.

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  16. All the more chance for Caliber to return.

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  17. HEY TOMMY, I JUST KILLED THIS THREAD SO HARD I HAVE TO LEAVE THIS BEHIND

    http://www.downloadbible.us/hires/The-King-James-Bible.JPG

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  18. Stranger in the AlpsAugust 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Better than I imagined it to be.

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  19. I didn't mind that part at all either. Because Bryan had technicaly lost the series against Orton, so new contenders had to step up for a while. the Wyatts feud was perfectly good filler, until got got back into contention again at the chamber. He couldn't just chase the title for 6 months straight.

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  20. as long as this is consider something "hot" I don't think it's creepy.

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  21. The Love-Matic Grampa!August 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Cena the Worker: Always brings his A-game and busts his ass.

    Cena the Man: By all account a good dude.

    Cena the Onscreen Character: Pandering, insincere dork.

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  22. The Love-Matic Grampa!August 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    It wouldn't have been so bad if the crowds hadn't been so adamantly opposed to anything other than Bryan winning the title and holding it for a significant length of time. It made the booking look even worse than it actually was. Batista coming back with divided loyalties and then coming out on the side of right against the Authority would have been a great storyline, but it was the wrong time to tell that particular tale.

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  23. MikeyMike, WitnessAugust 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Lol Cult

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  24. Reminded me of a Puro-style strike exchange.

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  25. Not hardly. Cactus and Stunning Steve were incredibly over, Cactus as a heel and a babyface. Stunning Steve would have probably worked with Flair through the summer and early fall had Hogan not come in.

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  26. Re: the chants you transcribed.

    So, the NXT crowd is basically the Impact Zone crowd?

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  27. The wording was all off. I can maaaaayyybe see where he coming from but the way it's worded just came across all wrong.

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  28. With what they spend on him and his box office drawing power I think the numbers the early 2013 run did were pretty underwhelming. I didn't think WM29 finished anywhere near 1 million buys either. I recall it doing something like 700 domestic max.

    Plus there was only uphill from WM26 where they were really brilliant and scheduled Wrestlemania the day after a Georges. St Pierre fight at the peak of his and the UFC's drawing power with a co-main event for the interim heavyweight title that determined who would fight Brock Lesnar.

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  29. I feel like they are kind of treading water with this show. Zayn, Kidd, Breeze, and Ascension are as ready for the main roster as they are ever going to be. I thought the idea was to cycle talent through, not leave them two years like Zayn. Plus they'll need spots for Steen and KENTA.

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  30. TJ... Jake Roberts story confirmed. Apparently us in a coma and has double pneumonia

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  31. And that's how you get into the top five, everyone.

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  32. Stranger in the AlpsAugust 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I hope my smarkiness came through in that statement.

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  33. Since CultStatus is doing it, remember this:


    Now this is the story all about how
    My life got flipped-turned upside down
    And I'd like to take a minute to talk off-stage
    And tell you how I became the victim of a thing called roid-rage.

    In the pro wrestling industry, born and raised,
    Choking other men is how I spent most of my days.
    Headbuttin', cross-facin', as a technical king,
    All while shootin' some steroids outside of the ring.
    When I got an iPhone, I was up to no good.
    Skipped a match and flew back to my neighborhood.
    I took one too many roids, my wife gasped for breath,
    I said "Stop moving your little *** while I choke you to death!"

    I whistled for my son and when he came near,
    He still had "Fragile-X" and the physique of a queer.
    If anything I could say that this kid was rare,
    But I thought "Nah, forget it" and deprived him of air!

    I went down to the gym around 7 or 8,
    And I yelled to myself "Yo Chris, smell ya latah!"
    Hung myself to death, at a very young age,
    Now I'm burning in hell, all because of roid-rage.

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  34. Haven't listened to the one with Heyman yet.
    Austin treats everyone with respect regardless of who it is. Fans were calling him all upset about the Daniel Bryan thing last year. He was like a counselor talking people off the ledge.

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  35. I like how they censored the word bitch to keep this from being too offensive.

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  36. He comes off not just genuine but he also had a very empathetic vibe, you get the idea he feels burned by it too and isn't blowing you off. It's kind of a shame it's just a podcast where he's shilling dubious supplements to keep it free. I could see him being a great cable host. You could honestly put him on TBS after Conan for a late night block and he'd fit right in.

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  37. kbwrestlingreviewsAugust 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Except creative and not as distracting.

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  38. This was my email, Ryback has 100% won me over with his twitter and occasional videos, genuine entertainment. In the ring? ehh its ok


    HERE COMES THE BIG GUY

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  39. Seriously, nobody has taken that move that well since

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  40. Lyle "Chip" ChippersonAugust 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    tss tsss HOME RUN, KIETHERSON!

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  41. Nobody tops Michaels, but yes Cena is absolutely up there.

    Bret too, he really isn't the type of worker whose style lends itself to short TV matches, but 15+ on PPV? He brought it pretty much every time.

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  42. Bryan is an overrated jobber...Cena deserves a lot of credit for carrying all these random indy guys like Bryan, Punk, and Cesaro to good matches.

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  43. ***** and the 2013 moty imo

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