Thursday, December 11, 2014

NXT Takeover: R-Evolution

NXT Takeover: R-Evolution
Date: December 11, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Alex Riley, Rich Brennan, Corey Graves

Reviewed by Tommy Hall


We're at the latest major show for NXT and the main event is a pick em at this point. We have Sami Zayn putting his NXT career on the line for one more shot at Adrian Neville's NXT Championship. Other than that we have Hideo Itami/Finn Balor teaming up to take on the Ascension and the debut of Kevin (Steen) Owens. The card is stacked so let's get to it.


The opening video focuses on the main event but also gets in a bit of Kevin Owens.

Kevin Owens vs. CJ Parker

Owens hits two straight running clotheslines in the corner at the bell and the Cannonball crushes Parker in less than fifteen seconds. He rips up Parker's My Fight Matters sign and hits a HUGE flip dive over the top to take Parker out. Back in and Owens hammers away, only to eat a boot to the jaw.

Parker misses a running backsplash but the Third Eye gets a VERY close two. Back up and Owens no sells a charge in the corner and takes CJ's head off with a clothesline. Owens is bleeding from the eye as he picks up Parker for a kind of pumphandle shoulder breaker. He throws Parker up and powerbombs him in half for the pin at 3:22.

Rating: B. WHOA. Yeah the rating is high but this was one of the most impressive debuts I've seen in a very long time. Owens looked like a killer out there and just destroyed Parker. I even dug that they gave Parker some offense and a near fall to add some drama. Owens is the kind of insane guy that they haven't had in awhile and seemed a lot like what they were shooting for with Dean Ambrose. Excellent stuff.

Neville is ready.

Lucha Dragons video.

Tag Team Titles: Vaudevillains vs. Lucha Dragons

The Dragons are defending and beat the Vaudevillains in the #1 contenders tag team tournament a few months back to give the Vaulevillains a reason for revenge. Gotch and Cara get things going with a standing Lionsault getting two for the champ. A headscissors/armdrag combo takes both Vaudevillains down before it's off to Kalisto for a front facelock. Back to Sin for a dropkick as the fans are entirely behind the challengers. English comes if off a blind tag and low bridges Cara out to the floor. Fans: “THAT WAS MANLY!”

They head back inside with Gotch cranking on the neck before getting two off a crucifix. English sends him outside for a baseball slide, earning him a chant of his own. The villains keep taking turns on Cara with Aiden cranking on a chinlock. Sin finally pops up and flips over English to make the tag off to Kalisto. Things immediately speed up and everything breaks down. The Dragons send them to the floor for a big double dive, only to have English shove Gotch out of the way to take the shot himself. Fans: “CHIVALRY!” Back in and the Salida Del Sol on Gotch retains the titles at 6:50.

Rating: C. The match was pretty standard but the ending was really a surprise as I would have bet on the Vaudevillians to pick up the belts here. That being said, it's not the worst idea in the world as the Vaudevillians are being turned face by the audience reactions alone so it's only a matter of time anyway. Still a surprise though.

Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin

As usual the fans count the time of Corbin's match, ending at a far higher than usual 39 seconds with End of Days. The match was so short that I didn't have time to mention Bull Dempsey watching from ringside.

Sami is in the locker room and turns down Cass and Enzo's offer of milk. He looks over and sees Owens looking back at him. We can't hear anything said (if anything was) as we're listening to an inset interview from yesterday with Sami saying he's ready.

We recap Hideo Itami/Finn Balor vs. Ascension. Itami is a hotshot rookie and Ascension are bullies. Balor debuted to help Itami in his war and this is the showdown.

Hideo Itami/Finn Balor vs. Ascension

Balor has an insane entrance now with a pounding red light that sounds like a heartbeat, a ton of smoke and face paint that looks like a cross between Delirious, Great Muta and Ultimate Warrior. Ascension looks stunned as the fans are bowing to Finn. It's a brawl to start before the bell with Ascension getting pounded down in the corner. Stereo corner dropkicks send them out to the floor and we get the opening bell.

Itami dropkicks Viktor down to start and it's off to Finn for a slingshot stomp. Balor charges into a knee in the corner to change control and it's off to Konnor. Back to Itami who hammers away but eats a flapjack as Ascension keeps control. Viktor breaks up a hot tag attempt with a hard elbow drop to the back for two. Off to a reverse chinlock followed by a fist to the head and yet another chinlock. Ascension keeps up the double beatdown as Viktor puts on another chinlock. Hideo finally kicks Konnor to the floor and dives for a tag, only to have Konnor knock Finn off the apron.

The hot tag comes a few seconds later and Finn cleans house with enziguris. Viktor avoids the top rope double stomp but eats a reverse Impaler. Konnor makes the save but Itami takes him to the floor, only to have to save Finn from an STO. Itami loads up GTS (his invention) and the fans go NUTS, but Konnor makes the save. Hideo breaks up the Fall of Man and the super team goes up for double foot stomps for the pin on Ascension at 11:45.

Rating: C+. This was better than I was expecting but the ending was never in doubt. I can't get over that ROAR for the GTS attempt though. It's a good sign that Itami can do more than kick because he really hasn't shown me much yet. Ascension is ready for WWE and has been for like a year, so this is probably their swan song.

Roman Reigns is in the back and says he's here to see an awesome main event. His goal is to be the first NXT alumni to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion, which creates some continuity issues as that would be Daniel Bryan. I know it's a different version of NXT but it's a bit confusing.

Ric Flair is here and gives Charlotte a hug for luck.

We recap Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks. They used to be friends but Charlotte won the Women's Title. Banks says that belongs to hear and tonight is the showdown.

Women's Title: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte

Sasha throws her modified Charlotte shirt (Charlotte: “Do it with some Flair!” Banks: “Do it like a Boss!”) and the champ chases her to the ropes. They trade chops in the corner with Charlotte getting the better of it (of course) but Banks gets in a quick kick to the head to take over. She sends Charlotte hard into the steps for two back inside but stops to yell at Little Naitch.

Banks drives her into the corner for some shoulders to the ribs before a double knee to the ribs has Charlotte in even more trouble. She mocks the strut though and Charlotte gets all fired up. The champ is so fired up that they mess up a spot, followed by a Backstabber into a double arm stretch from Banks. She pulls Charlotte down by the hair out of the corner and puts on a Figure Four neck lock, complete with a WOO. Charlotte finally lifts her up for an electric chair drop to put both girls down.

A series of forearms puts Banks down and a suplex into a neckbreaker gets two on Banks. Charlotte misses a charge though and falls out to the floor, setting up a pretty bad looking suicide dive from Sasha. They slug it out with Banks getting the better of it but eating a big spear to give Charlotte control again. She charges into a boot but counters the Bank Statement.

The Figure Four is countered into a small package for two and Banks gets two off a neckbreaker. A big suplex sends Banks flying and the fans think THIS IS WRESTLING. Charlotte tries a moonsault but has to land on her feet, only to flip forward for a backsplash for two as Banks gets her feet on the ropes. Sasha sends her hard face first into the middle buckle but Charlotte throws her off to block a superplex. A top rope Natural Selection is enough to retain the title at 12:06.

Rating: B. The Women's Title match has become a highlight on all these shows and Banks just had her best match ever by about a million miles. Much like Ascension, Charlotte has been ready for the next level for months now and really should be on Raw like tomorrow. Well Monday but you get the idea. Really solid match here and a great match that happened to have women in it rather than a good women's match if that makes sense.

Long recap of Zayn vs. Neville. The short version is Zayn has never won the big one but has to win the title here or leave NXT.

NXT Title: Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville

Neville is defending and they have over thirty five minutes for this. After the big match intros, we're finally ready to go. Feeling out process to start with no one able to get an early advantage. Neville cranks on a wristlock but Sami takes over with one of his own. They head back to the mat with Adrian working on a hammerlock before grabbing a chinlock. The champ grabs an armbar and another OLE chant starts up.

Sami spins out and grabs a wristlock of his own but Neville flips over to land on his feet instead of on the mat. Adrian says bring it but gets caught in the armbar again. Neville flips into the corner again but walks into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to give Sami his first real advantage. The champ rolls outside and takes the bouncing moonsault as Sami is in full control. Neville takes his time getting back in and gets rolled up for two. He sends Sami into the buckle to take over and a dropkick to the back of his head gets another near fall.

We hit the chinlock for a bit before a big uppercut gets two for Adrian. Neville drops a series of knees to the chest for two more and we hit another chinlock. A nice middle rope dropkick gets the same result and Neville is slowly getting frustrated. Neville kicks him in the face a few times but eats a hard clothesline and dropkick to give Sami an opening. Back to the floor but Adrian rolls back inside to avoid the dive and snaps off a hurricanrana to send Zayn to the floor. Sami does the exact same thing to avoid a dive and backdrops him to the floor, setting up the signature flip dive to take over again. Sweet sequence.

Back in again and the high cross body gets two for Sami. Neville tries to cartwheel at Sami but winds up on Neville's shoudlers for a spinning Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Now the real pressure is starting to get to Sami but a jawbreaker brings him back to reality. A running boot to the face and a bridging German suplex get two for Neville and both guys are getting winded. Sami runs the corner but gets caught in a sitout powerbomb, landing HARD on the back of his head for two.

Back up and Neville fires off some hard forearms to the head but Sami gets right in his face and they slug it out until Zayn takes his head off with a clothesline. Neville takes him right back down with an enziguri out of the corner. Fans: “NO! NO! NO!” The Red Arrow hits knees and there's the Koji Clutch but Adrian gets his foot on the ropes, nearly sending Sami to tears. Neville counters the suplex into the corner with a rollup but the referee gets bumped off the kickout.

He's back up quickly though but a loud superkick and a reverse hurricanrana (Sami landing on his head again) gets a VERY close two on Sami after he checked on the referee. Back up and Sami charges into a forearm but starts rolling Germans, capped off by a half nelson/chicken wing suplex. Neville bails before Sami can try the Helluva Kick but Sami follows him out for the dive through the ropes into the tornado DDT. Back in again and the Helluva Kick connects but the referee goes down again with Adrian possibly pulling him into the path of the kick.

Neville throws in the title belt but a big boot knocks him down. Sami looks at the belt and picks it up, drops some F Bombs, but can't bring himself to cheat. Neville grabs a rollup for two but walks into the exploder in the corner. The Helluva Kick connects and Sami FINALLY wins the title at 23:55.

Rating: A. Oh yeah it rocked. This was exactly what it should have been with Sami finally exorcising his demons and winning the belt. I loved that section near the end where he wanted to cheat but finally threw it down and won with what brought him to the dance. This was the outstanding showdown main event and exactly how they should have done it. Adrian comes off looking like a warrior who might have cheated (it wasn't clear) to try to keep the title. Great stuff here with some very close near falls and incredible drama.

You can hear the fans thanking Neville during the replay package.

The locker room comes out to celebrate and Owens hugs his friend. Even Pat Patterson is here to celebrate. Neville gets back up and stares Sami down. The new champ extends a hand but Neville kicks it away and pulls him in for a hug. Everyone clears out and Sami gets to do a victory dance. One more hug from Owens looks to end the show....BUT HE BLASTS SAMI WITH A RIGHT HAND AND POWERBOMBS HIM ON THE APRON! What a perfect fake out as everything looked finished and then they throw that curve.

Overall Rating: A. As usual, this show blew the roof off the place and continues to be the show I look forward to more than almost anything else. The worst match on the show was a totally fine tag match and Owens was about a thousand times more awesome than I was expecting. Couple that with a Match of the Year candidate with the perfect ending and there's almost nothing bad here. Outstanding show and again worth checking out.

Results
Kevin Owens b. CJ Parker – Powerbomb
Lucha Dragons b. Vaudevillians – Salida Del Sol to Gotch
Baron Corbin b. Tye Dillinger – End of Days
Hideo Itami/Finn Balor b. Ascension – Double pin after top rope foot stomps
Charlotte b. Sasha Banks – Top rope Natural Selection
Sami Zayn b. Adrian Neville – Helluva Kick


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111 comments:

  1. THANK YOU BASED NXT
    THANK YOU BASED HHH

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  2. Would have saved the show ending angle for another show. But that is just me. Very fun show.

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  3. I would agree if they hadn't waited like they did. I totally bought that everything was fine and they did that to end it.

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  4. Woman's match was better than the Main Event. Very sexist review IMO.

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  5. Or a review that has a different opinion than yours?

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  6. He was an ECW fan. His opinions don't matter.

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  7. "Charlotte has been ready for the next level for
    months now and really should be on Raw like tomorrow. Well Monday
    but you get the idea."

    I don't blame you for erasing her match a few days ago from your brain, but technically she's already been on Raw and gotten Kevindunn'd.

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  8. Spot on. If only the reviewer could treat women in as high a manner as ECW, we'd all be better off.

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  9. True, and she should be again. Unfortunately they'll probably wait three months and hope we forget.

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  10. SHH! Tommy Dreamer might show up and cry if you say that too loudly.

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  11. No idea what you're talking about.

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  12. My comment wasn't opinion.

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  13. 98% of the time I don't post opinions.

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  14. "...IMO." ~ you

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  15. You said your comment wasn't opinion. Let me spell it out for you:

    "Very sexist review i-n m-y o-p-i-n-i-o-n."

    You said that.

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  16. I know. You don't post opinions 98 percent of the time. You post shitty opinions 98 percent of the time. Get out of your mom's basement, get a job, and then maybe you'll have something better to do than call people sexist.

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  17. In your very first comment you said "IMO". Then you claimed your comment wasn't an opinion. Even though it was such a clear opinion, you even labeled it as such.

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  18. Yeah that part was opinion, good catch. But I only post opinion 2% of the time. Thanks.

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  19. Get out of my mom's basement? Ok.

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  20. No, the part about the woman's match being better than the main event wasn't opinion. The part of the sexist review was.

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  21. Theberzerker! HUSS!December 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Nah, the main event was better. The women's match was a very close runner up though, a damn fine match indeed. But add the post-match celebration attack by Owens and the overall ME was impeccable.

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  22. I wouldn't recommend trying to have a debate with him. It doesn't seem like something that will have a lot of logic involved.

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  23. Theberzerker! HUSS!December 11, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Owens attacking Zayn was like the Anti-Elizabeth/Macho WM VII moment. Extracurricular actives that added that much emotion to the match itself. In this case, abject horror.

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  24. Theberzerker! HUSS!December 11, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    What debate? Just stating facts :)

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  25. Indeed but facts don't seem to work that well in cases like these.

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  26. Did you write this review?

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  27. Yes I did.

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  28. Better luck next time.

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  29. Much appreciated.

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  30. I did think you were a little stingy on the women's rating. It was at least a B+ in my opinion. They looked like they only cared about each other (as it should be) instead of auditioning for people in the back or playing to the crowd too much. Sasha took some of the most painful bumps of the night, too. There was only a couple of minor missteps the entire match.

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  31. I will never understand why 2% of wrestling fans care about that fat French Canadian.

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  32. Some of those missteps hurt it. It's certainly good but it ended a bit abruptly for me. I would have liked it to go longer though and that probably would have driven it up higher.

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  33. You would think that you were getting the better shows when you signed up to do Raw reviews. My sympathies

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  34. Yeah, I was thinking about 3-5 more minutes would have made it perfect.

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  35. Calm down troll. Good wrestlers are good wrestlers.

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  36. Holy smokes this was fun to watch. And that Finn Balor entrance...man.

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  37. Yeah. And that Lardo ain't one.

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  38. I enjoy Steen in the ring and he has a lot of charisma. Good wrestler, glad WWE signed him

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  39. I think he is, Dougie. Have you seen some of his matches with the Briscoes or his feud with Generico?

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  40. Did you read that on the wrestling observer?

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  41. No, Dougie. I watched Steen when he was in ROH and enjoyed what he had to offer

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  42. Very sexist review IMO.



    Better luck at posting next time!

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  43. I've seen him eat a whole bundt cake.

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  44. Shhh, stop. You're clearly not allowed to have a differing opinion here.

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  45. So IMO it wasn't your opinion?

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  46. Alright, that kind of made me laugh.

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  47. That's not the question I asked, Dougie. Have you seen his ROH work, in particular his high profile matches with Generico and Briscoes?

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  48. I've actually been a fan of his since I first saw him wrestle at an ROH preshow. We got into it, he was a really good heel

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  49. CruelConnectionNumber2December 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    He's an actual smash mouth pro wrestler and has more agility an cardio than you, despite having some extra weight behind his blows is why.

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  50. Apparently it was a small enough cake that he can still dive over the top rope. He looked about 30lbs lighter than when I saw him Wrestlemania weekend.

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  51. NXT needs a WrestleMania. Next December they should reinstitute Starrcade and give it to NXT.

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  52. CruelConnectionNumber2December 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    No it wasn't. Women's match was very good but lacked psychology for the most part. GREAT effort though. Everything looked good. I had Women's Match at *** 1/2 and Main Event at **** 1/2.

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  53. Did you watch the match? Or are you just posting contrary opinions so you can show your friends at that other forum how cool you are?


    Poser.

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  54. He put mayonnaise on it!

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  55. Okay, it doesn't sound like you've seen much of Steen's work. That's a shame

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  56. You're allowed to have a differening opinion. But it's clear he didn't watch the match. If he did he'd be pointing out what it was about the match he DIDN'T like. He's being a troll.

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  57. I was speaking tongue-in-cheek. I get it.

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  58. Are you saying eating a bundt cake covered with mayo isn't work? Because he was perspiring profusely.

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  59. Vintage Kyle Fitta!

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  60. Upvoted for making me chuckle.

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  61. http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/photo_large/public/photo/image/2014/12/21_NXT_12082014sm_1103b-1248636469.jpg

    Finn Balor. Wow.

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  62. I'd say quit while you're ahead, but you're not.

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  63. Whoever is shadowing Sasha Banks is way hotter than her.

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  64. Agreed. She has a bit of a Lita vibe to her.

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  65. I think its Becky Lynch

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  66. Yes! Called the ending and the epilogue after the last special here in the comments. The only thing missing was the snot rockets and a derisive "Ole!" to end it.

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  67. Virgil's Gimmick TableDecember 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Without the plastic tits.

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  68. You're still the best, Dougie! Great work!

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  69. Virgil's Gimmick TableDecember 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I'm thinking the pre-WrestleMania super show in February/March is gonna be that for them.

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  70. "Hey, can anyone help me? I'm missing a whole box of brass rings." - Triple H on Twitter.

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  71. Let me guess, you think Miz is better?

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  72. Becky Lynch/Rebecca Knox is a good one, too. Her big negative in the future is she has the biggest Oirish accent.

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  73. The 2% is the hardest to get. That's why they leave it in the milk.

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  74. NXT crowd didn't give Roman the rosiest reception. But they've been smarky. I think I even heard a "Marking Out" chant.

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  75. The Marking Out chant was for Balor, and it was legit fans were really impressed with his entrance.

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  76. Yea her accent is pretty bad, but as a heel it probably works in her favor.

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  77. Has anyone checked the Lost & Found for Steen's nose?

    Seriously, you could hear it breaking despite the lively crowd. Friggin' sick.

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  78. Did you look at what it did to Parker's hand yet?

    http://t.co/M8hW4Isvlm

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  79. You leave Carl Oulette out of this.

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  80. Virgil's Gimmick TableDecember 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Well, realistically, once a woman gets to the main roster it's (sadly) all about sex appeal alone. But luckily for her, chicks with Irish accents are hot.

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  81. Virgil's Gimmick TableDecember 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    It was still bleeding even when he hugged Sami!

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  82. Virgil's Gimmick TableDecember 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    That's because he's... You know... Not a good wrestler and stuff.

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  83. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©December 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Yikes.

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  84. Hunter said as much in a conference call, actually.

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  85. Yeah that's where I got the idea. That sort of stuff gets old fast.

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  86. I'm sure that made a lot of people on the main roster happy.

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  87. Years ago when it came time to promote someone to a lead role where I worked, my boss and I had a chat as to who it should be.

    "Mason for sure", I said. "He outperforms everyone else on the team by a factor of 10".
    My boss said, "I agree with you, but I'm worried that some of the team might be mad we promoted him ahead of them."
    I replied, "Good. Because no one will argue his quality, so they'll either get mad and make themselves even better to keep up with Mason, or they'll get mad and leave. Either way our team is better off."
    Boss: "you sold me. Let's do it."

    Best decision we ever made there by far - those who stayed upped their game considerably (and eventually went off to do high end stuff of their own, or building companies of their own) and those who left we didn't miss.

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  88. That was...some good shit.

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  89. Steen looks like one of those neat, Acrofatic guys. I don't think his physique will be a problem at all.

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  91. Acrofatic is a brilliant word. Love it.

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  92. All things considered, best non-Wrestlemania PPV of the year?

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  93. Casual WWE Fan:
    Wait? Women can actually wrestle?
    Why id David Flair dressing in drag?
    When did Jeff Hardy get back.. and why is he teaming with Tajiri?
    What is Seth Rogen doing wrestling a Hobbit?

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  94. Curious: If Adrian Neville does come up to the main roster.. How does he fit in? He could be a heel, but his moves would make him a face.. Who does he feud with? I'm not optimistic about his chances.

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  95. His hand now has a vagina! Makes jerking off way more exciting..

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  96. People wouldn't like him and give a shit about him if he couldnt go in the ring. And he's been doing it for over a decade. And you're doing a VERY poor Farva by the way

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  97. You're family is full of addicts.

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  98. This is the prefect response.

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  99. Standing O for Big Doug!

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  100. Lol! Long live the king

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  101. Answers:
    Yeah, until they reach the main WWE roster where (Women Wont Entertain)
    Thats a bit unfair as I dont think Davids physique could pull off that outfit.
    A disgrace to Finn Balor and his performance last night comparing it to anything Jeff Hardy has done. (At least outside of the ring)

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