Date: May 15, 2013
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Brad Maddox
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The main event tonight is Langston defending the title against Damien Sandow which is a good match for him. Sandow is a main show guy and a match against him wouldn't do any harm at all to Langston's status in NXT. Other than that we'll get to see where the Wyatt Family goes with their new titles. Let's get to it.
After a quick video on the title match tonight and the theme song we're ready to go.
Summer Rae vs. Natalya
Summer is now doing the Maryse hair toss. A quick headlock takes Natalya down but Summer uses those long legs of hers to counter into a headscissors. They stay on the mat with Natalya grabbing an armbar until we hit a standoff. After hitting the ropes a few times, Natalya tries the Sharpshooter to no avail. Instead it's a discus lariat for two on Summer but she manages to send Natalya to the apron. An enziguri gets two on Natayla and we take a break.
Back with Summer getting two off something we didn't see and firing off kicks in the corner. Apparently this is happening because Summer said Natalya hung out with freaks in Horny and Khali. A back elbow to the face gets two for Summer and she cranks on Natalya's arm on the mat. Cue Paige as Natalya counters into the Sharpshooter, only to have Summer kick off and send Natayla into Paige. With Paige on the floor, Summer rolls Natalya up for the pin at 5:46 shown of 9:16.
Rating: C+. This was exactly what it needed to be. Summer looked great out there (both in the ring and in those shorts of hers) and didn't at all look to be in over her head. While she isn't lighting the ring on fire or anywhere close to it, she looks more than competent out there and worked a decent enough match here. Also she won as close to clean as you can get as she didn't even see Paige behind Natalya.
Paige chases Summer off post match.
Sami Zayn (El Generico) is debuting against Curt Hawkins next week and says this isn't his first rodeo.
Here's Bray Wyatt with a gray mask on his face (due to a broken nose) and what looks like a leather apron. He says this is the new face of fear and no matter who looks into his face, they can't hurt him because he is already dead.
Danny Burch vs. Bray Wyatt
Burch is from London and has his own music. Wyatt starts with a slap to the face and takes Burch down with ease. A chinlock allows Bray to drill him in the face with a forearm before hitting that cross body of his. The splash in the corner sets up Sister Abigail for the pin at 2:07. Total squash.
Bo Dallas comes up to Adrian Neville but doesn't seem to care about Neville's update on Oliver Grey's injury. Instead he'd rather talk about John Cena winning the Rumble, which Dallas happened to be in. Neville might just make it after all. Adrian has no idea what Dallas is talking about, but Dallas would rather talk about a #1 contenders battle royal in two weeks. Neville is in as well....and that's that. This was pretty awkward but Dallas was acting rather heelish.
Conor O'Brian vs. Sakamoto/Briley Pierce
O'Brian beat up both guys last week so tonight it's a handicap match. Sakamoto starts and is easily thrown down off a double chicken wing lift. Off to Pierce who is caught in a series of headlock takeovers. A suplex puts Briley down and it's back to Sakamoto who has no effect with some chops. O'Brian pounds them both down with ease before hitting a splash to both guys at once in the corner. A very impressive double flapjack sets up a double pin for O'Brian at 2:36. Another total squash.
Post match Rick Victor comes out to the stage for a staredown with O'Brian.
Corey Graves says that his entire life has been ups and downs. You have to fail before you can succeed, but if you keep fighting you can win. He'll be in the battle royal in two weeks and get the title shot he wants. Bray Wyatt of all people comes in and wants to know why Graves is here while the greatest war in human history is going on outside his door. Kassius Ohno knows what Bray talking about but Bray doesn't go into any more depth than that. He says he owns NXT and that he's the eater of worlds. Corey says he doesn't have his own family but if the Wyatt Family keeps messing with him, they're going down.
NXT Title: Damien Sandow vs. Big E. Langston
Apparently it's Graves vs. Wyatt next week. Langston powers Sandow into the corner to start before running him over with a shoulder. Damien escapes the Big Ending so Langston shouts FIVE. A slam puts Sandow down again and Big E. pounds away on the ribs. Maddox says that wrestling Langston is like wrestling a frozen bison. Sandow is dropped on his back out of the corner but fights out of another Big Ending attempt.
We take a break and come back with Langston suplexing Sandow down. Big E. misses a charge into the corner though, allowing Sandow to clothesline him in the back of the head to take over. We hit the chinlock but Langston powers up, only to be hit with a dropkick. Off to a headscissors by Damien for a bit before he gets two off a top rope ax handle. Some knee drops to the chest get the same and it's back to the chinlock.
Langston fights up and hits a quick belly to belly suplex and a series of hard clotheslines. Big E. fires off five knees to the ribs but Damien counters the Big Ending into an Edge-O-Matic for two. The Wind-Up elbow misses but Damien hits a swinging neckbreaker. A second attempt at the elbow connects but the Terminus is countered into the Big Ending to retain Langston's title at 11:28 shown of 14:58.
Rating: C+. This was exactly what it was supposed to be. I don't think Sandow was ever a real threat to win the title here, but at the same time it gave Langston a good looking win over a main show regular. It wasn't a bad match at all and there were some nice false finishes at the end with Sandow countering the Big Ending a few times.
Post match another Big Ending gets Langston the five count to end the show.
Overall Rating: B-. Another good episode here as we have something set up for next week as well as two weeks from now. Sandow did a fine job here of giving Langston something to do until we have a new #1 contender for him to fight. The Graves vs. Wyatt Family story is interesting, as is Dallas' teased heel turn. Good show tonight, as is the norm in NXT.
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IS THIS SHOW TAPED WAAAAY IN ADVANCE? BO DALLAS TALKING ABOUT CENA'S RUMBLE WIN??ReplyDelete
He was talking about it so he could brag about being in the Rumble himself.ReplyDelete
It's amazing to see the difference of charisma between Bo Dallas and Bray WyattReplyDelete