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NXT - June 19, 2014

Date: June 19, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: William Regal, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We don't have a ton of stories coming into this week as a lot of stuff was wrapped up last week. There's a chance we'll get more from Mr. NXT Bo Dallas as his comedic antics to get back into the NXT Arena continue. Other than that there's fallout from Tyson Kidd seemingly turning heel last week. Let's get to it.

We open with a recap of last week's main event.

On Raw, Natalya appealed to JBL to let Sami Zayn and Tyson Kidd form a tag team. JBL likes the idea but doesn't sign off on it.

Opening sequence.

Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss

Set up via a challenge from Bliss last week. Summer won't do the snap during the entrance and looks annoyed. Banks slaps on a headlock to start before running Bliss over. Bliss flips around a lot and armdrags Sasha down before a small package gets two. A backbreaker gets two on Bliss as Summer continues to look like she would rather be anywhere else. Sasha puts on a surfboard but Charlotte and Summer get in an argument, allowing Bliss to grab a quick rollup for the pin at 3:38.

Rating: C-. It didn't have time to go anywhere but this worked well enough. Bliss is tiny but cute and has good facials during her match. She was just backdrop for the real story though and there's nothing wrong with that. The BFF's splitting up is going to be a big deal when it happens and it's clearly coming soon.

Natalya and Tyson are in the back and Kidd doesn't seem pleased that Natalya got him and Sami a Tag Team Title shot tonight. Kidd says he could have gotten it on his own and leaves to talk strategy.

Simon Gotch and Aiden English, collectively known as the Vaudevillians, want the titles. Their speech is in black and white and looks like a silent comedy (minus the silent) from the 1920s, complete with overdone laughs and EXCELSIOR! These two should be great together.

Mojo Rawley vs. Garrett Dylan

Mojo grabs a headlock to start and shoves Garrett into the corner, only to be kicked in the ribs to give Dylan control. Garrett keeps stomping away and puts on a long abdominal stretch to slow things down even more. Not a bad idea against someone that moves so fast. Mojo makes an easy comeback with some shoulders and a corner splash, followed by Hyperdrive for the pin at 3:41.

Rating: D. Same formula for Mojo who is the exact same character that he was when he debuted. That's the problem with him in a nutshell: there's nowhere for his character to go and once you see his entrance a few times, the interest just isn't there anymore. There's enough energy there for potential but he needs something more than what he's giving us so far.

Sami and Tyson are ready for their match and call it the restart.

CJ Parker's crusade for the environment continues. Regal: “I want to run him over with my SUV.”

Vaudevillians vs. Jason Jordan/Tye Dillinger

The entrance is straight out of the 1920s, complete with a big horn to shout though. Gotch, the strongman, easily takes Jordan does one arm pushups on the pretty boy's back. The fans are chanting YES at the Vaudevillians. Aiden comes in with a legdrop and it's back to Gotch for exercising and more shots to the head. Off to Dillinger who takes a rolling fireman's carry from Gotch (complete with exercises) and a middle rope Swanton Bomb from Aiden for the pin at 3:30.

Rating: C. The team is hilarious but I'm surprised they jobbed out the pretty boys this fast. I can't imagine the Vaudevillians being a success on the main roster anytime soon as the announcers would laugh them out of the building, unlike Regal who LOVED them and told stories about working on the carnival circuit.

Colin Cassidy sings about the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie but stops before the last line (that's amore), hinting that Enzo is back soon.

Rob Van Dam wants to face Adrian Neville. That should be interesting.

Tyler Breeze vs. Kalisto

They circle each other to start until Kalisto tries to speed things up. Breeze slows him down with a headlock onto the mat and keeps it on for over two minutes straight. Kalisto finally fights up and hits a springboard corkscrew dive followed by a headscissors to send Tyler to the floor as we take a break. The break lasts all of two seconds and we come back with Breeze sending him into the corner but having to adjust the leg tassels.

Off to a front facelock on Kalisto for a good while before Breeze just hammers away. Back to the front facelock as this match has somehow been going eight minutes already. Kalisto fights out and hits a top rope cross body but both guys are down. The masked man finally covers for two before walking into the Beauty Shot to finally end this at 10:33 shown of 14:03..

Rating: D. What in the world was that? Breeze literally had on facelocks or headlocks for over five minutes and did nothing with them at all. Kalisto is capable of having a decent match out there but for some reason they just let them lay around and do nothing for the whole time. I have no idea what they were going for here but it didn't work.

Tag Team Titles: Ascension vs. Tyson Kidd/Sami Zayn

Viktor pounds on Sami to start and Zayn is taken into the corner for a double beating. The fans are way into the beating from Ascension and chant along with the stomps in the corner. Sami rolls away and tries to get a tag but Viktor pulls him back. Kidd gets down on the floor and says if Sami wants to do the whole thing on his own then he can. Zayn finally hits a top rope cross body and looks for a tag but it's just an empty corner. Konnor comes in and crushes Sami with a splash, setting up the Fall of Man to retain the titles at 4:00.

Rating: D+. This was an angle instead of a match. Tyson vs. Sami will be good but the Ascension really needs challengers. They've held the titles for eight months now and cleaned out the division about six months ago. This loss is much more acceptable for Sami as losing a handicap match to the Ascension is hardly a shame.

Overall Rating: C-. Not their best effort as the matches were pretty lame but the angle advancement worked. The Vaudevillians look like they could have some hysterical stuff in the future and the fans are going to cheer for them no matter what. If that's what we need to give the Ascension challengers then so be it. Not a great show but other than the WAY too long front facelocks from Tyler there was nothing too bad.

Alexa Bliss b. Sasha Banks – Rollup
Mojo Rawley b. Garrett Dylan – Hyperdrive
Vaudevillians b. Tye Dillinger/Jason Jordan – Middle rope Swanton Bomb to Dillinger
Tyler Breeze b. Kalisto – Beauty Shot
Ascension b. Sami Zayn/Tyson Kidd – Fall of Man to Zayn

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  1. Yeah I have no idea what was up with Breeze. Was he hurt?

    And the Vaudvillains are just about the best thing ever.

  2. Until the main roster creative and announcers destroy them

  3. If they are eventually brought up I'd like to think they'd be prepared for them. It's a hard enough sell for a mainstream audience anyway.

  4. The only way the vaudevillians could be any better is if they came out riding those old timey bicycles

  5. I actually enjoyed this review, Tommyhall is growing on me. Like a fungus.

  6. Like they were prepared for "Afraid and surprised by everything" Paige or "LOL WACKY PINK SNAKE ARM" Emma?

    The Vaudevillians, like a lot of NXT, have a very Chikara-ish thing to them. Makes it a blast to watch in NXT, but even if they WERE handled properly on Raw, would a mainstream audience get what they're going for? Any more than they would get The Colony?

  7. That's the concern and I don't know how they'd work unless an extensive backstory was used.

    And Paige hasn't been doing that poorly, at least compared to Emma. Still waiting for AJ to come back though.

  8. kbwrestlingreviewsJune 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I aim to infect.

  9. The Vaudvillains were awesome. That was just about perfect and I can see them getting over huge as heels.

  10. They're probably prepping him to be the next Randy Orton. No, seriously. Over long rest holds? Arrogant character? That's enough.

  11. Not even Orton was that bad on rest holds.

  12. I must admit I haven't watched it yet. Looking forward to it.

  13. Welcome to the BoD!

  14. TJ: Can WWE fend off the inevitable Nintendo lawsuit?

  15. If ever there was a reason to bring back Kizarny...

  16. TJ: Scott will likely post this soon enough, but I reviewed a graphic novel called ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE & LEGEND. Have a look:

  17. I doubt Nintendo even remembers that game.

  18. Holy crap, Vaudevillains may be the best tag team name I've ever heard!

  19. "I can't imagine the Vaudevillians being a success on the main roster anytime soon as the announcers would laugh them out of the building"

    Has anyone mentioned lately that WWE has an announcer problem? Because WWE has an announcer problem.


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