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NXT - June 26, 2014

Date: June 26, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Renee Young, Alex Riley

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

NXT is coming in off a bad show which isn't something I have to say all that often. Last week's show was pretty boring with Tyler Breeze having one of the least interesting matches I've ever seen from the promotion and the main event being an angle instead of a match. Things down here have a habit of turning around quickly though so let's get to it.

Opening sequence.

T. Perkins/Matt Sugarman vs. Vaudevillians

The Vaudevillians are introduced at a combined height of 12'7. Renee says Sugarman is a Bastion Booger fan because that's how awesome she is. Gotch takes Sugarman down with an armbar before putting on a headscissors so he can do clap pushups. A slam puts Sugerman down and the top rope Swanton (That's A Wrap) from English gets the pin at 2:45.

We recap the main event from last week. Zayn says Tyson is a weird kind of cat because he never learned how to lose. They'll be hearing from each other again.

Xavier Woods vs. Bull Dempsey

CJ Parker's crusade in the crowd continues. Dempsey gets a full entrance and has a theme song with the word BULL being shouted over and over. Dempsey grabs a headlock to start and hammers Woods down with pure power. A headbutt gets two before Dempsey just drills Woods with forearms to the chest. Dempsey is in a short singlet, earning him a PUT SOME PANTS ON chant from the lively crowd. Woods fights out of a chinlock with a jawbreaker but jumps into a right hand to the face. A sitout slam (the Bulldozer) gets Bull the pin at 4:40.

Rating: D+. Total squash here and Dempsey looked good the whole way. There's nothing wrong with a powerful brute like this and the match worked well. His music is really catchy too and was stuck in my head the entire time. That's a good sign as it's just his name over and over, set to music.

Bull says the children have run NXT for too long and he's the last of a dying breed.

Summer Rae vs. Becky Lynch

Becky is an Irish redhead in green. The fans chant for her to start and Lynch does a jig. Becky takes her down with an armbar but she gets kicked in the face for two. Charlotte tries to interfere but Summer shouts that it's her match, allowing Lynch to get a VERY close two off a rollup. Lynch hits three straight legdrops for two followed by a capture suplex for the pin at 2:59.

Sawyer Fulton vs. Colin Cassady

They circle each other for a bit as the announcers hype Cassady up as a future NXT Champion. Fulton shoves Cassady to start but walks into a big boot and the S-A-W-F-T Elbow gets the pin at 1:26.

The Legionnaires come out to go after Colin but Enzo Amore runs out for the save. Catchphrases are spoken.

Adrian Neville vs. Rob Van Dam

Tyler Breeze is on commentary. Non-title and set up as RVD wanted to face the best NXT had to offer. Neville takes over with a headscissors on the mat and an armdrag sends Van Dam out to the floor. Back in and a rollup gets two for Adrian as Renee says Van Dam is Neville's idol. Van Dam kicks Adrian to the floor and nails a shot off the apron to put both guys down. Adrian is back up first for a big moonsault to take Rob down again.

We take a break and come back with Adrian holding a front facelock but getting caught in an atomic drop. Renee asks Tyler about a potential full length album but Breeze says his one hit will last for awhile. Van Dam kicks Neville in the face and does it again in the corner. Neville's sunset flip is countered for two and he gets tied up in the Tree of Woe. A running kick to the ribs has Neville in even more trouble but he escapes a German suplex.

Adrian's springboard clothesline gets two on Van Dam but he comes back with a jawbreaker. The split legged moonsault only hits mat and a small package gets two for the champion. Van Dam throws Adrian into the air for a kick to the chest to take over again. The Five Star misses though and Neville comes back with a running DDT, followed by the Red Arrow for the pin at 13:56 shown of 16:26.

Rating: C+. There was a nice story here with Neville knowing Van Dam so well due to being a fan for so many years. I'm not the biggest Van Dam fan in the world but it's nice to see him putting people over clean like this. I expected Van Dam to get the pin so this was a very nice surprise.

They shake hands post match and the announcers don't treat this like a big upset.

Overall Rating: C+. And of course NXT bounces back with a good show this week. This was about bringing in some new stars and giving some new people pushes, which is necessary when WWE brings people up so often. Neville is reaching a point where losing the title is going to be a big deal and that's a very good thing. Solid show this week.

Vaudevillians b. T. Perkins/Matt Sugarman – That's A Wrap to Sugerman
Bull Dempsey b. Xavier Woods – Bulldozer
Becky Lynch b. Summer Rae – Capture suplex
Colin Cassady b. Sawyer Fulton – S-A-W-F-T Elbow
Adrian Neville b. Rob Van Dam – Red Arrow

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  1. So Bull Dempsey is a cross between Silas Young and Eddie Kingston? I like it.

  2. two things... 1) Alex Riley stole my idea about old timey bikes... 2) didn't Bull Dempsey debut already?

  3. Becky's attempted Riverdancing has got to stop.

  4. kbwrestlingreviewsJune 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Yeah but it's the first time he hasn't been a jobber.

  5. Thats what I thought. Not a bad debut, but kinda reminds me more of King Kong Bundy than Bruiser Brody

  6. How did you construe he had anything to do with Brody?

  7. One of the commentators said he aspires to be the next Bruiser Brody... or Brody inspired him to be a wrestler etc.

  8. Must have missed that. But WWE already has a Brody cosplayer anyway.

  9. CruelConnectionNumber2June 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    You know HHH is salivating to bring the Irish chick up as Sheamus' tomboy sister Alannus O'Toolya

  10. I think it was Alex Riley who said it so can't blame you for tuning him out

  11. Virgil's Gimmick TableJune 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    You're thinking of Chong Lee.

  12. I'm watching this as I type, and yes, Bull looks like a jobber from the old NWA Saturday night shows.

  13. Becky Lynch is Rebecca Knox, she of SHIMMER correct?

  14. Nice to see her still active. I know she stepped away for a while (concussions?). One of the more charismatic females I've seen in the ring. The matches with Daizee at the SHIMMER shows were usually really good too.

  15. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Pic? You had me at Irish redhead.

  16. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 26, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    At first I thought his name was Chun-Li, and I'm thinking that while naming yourself after a SFII character was perfectly sensible, naming yourself after the little Chinese chick was kind of weird. I would go with Vega myself, it's a cool name, plus he wore a fucking claw (I always thought it was a nice touch how it it would break off if you blocked his punches enough times, and after that his punch damage would be cut by like half), and no one can deny that the cage dive thing was awesome. No other character in the game could use his stage as part of his attacks. At least in the American version, in the Japanese game the 4 boss characters had their names switched around.

  17. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I'm shocked WWE would even mention Brody on TV, given his death and the fact he never worked there.

  18. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    "The Vaudevillians are introduced at a combined height of 12'7."

    That's pretty clever. Didn't WWE stop announcing heights a while ago, except for really big matches?

  19. The Vaudevillains = ratings. I like the return to the old NWA staple of metric measurements for Rusev and combined heights for English and Gotch. Now to announce Barrett and Neville in stone.

  20. This is the WWE; NO LAST NAMES!!!

  21. Reminded me of the big man WCW jobbers, like Rick Fuller and Roadblock. By the way, can Lex Luger get Big Rick Fuller up in the Torture Rack? Tune into Nitro and find out!

  22. You're thinking of Cheech and Chong

  23. There was some great sequences between Neville and RVD, but just a bit too much space on between and nothing particularly memorable. Thought it was going to pick up, but halted right around the C+ range, very accurate rating.
    I hated that DDT spot though. RVD held Neville up for so long, there was no disbelief left to suspend by time RVD pretended there was some shred of momentum left and basically drilled himself with the DDT.

  24. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 26, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Andrew's not here, man!

  25. I'm betting... Fyona. Or Delieyah. Gotta keep em Trademark friendly!

  26. Virgil's Gimmick TableJune 27, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I just realized how much Justin Roberts looks like Tom Zenk.

  27. AverageJoeEverymanJune 27, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    if she has a great rack its ovahhhhh for me

  28. AverageJoeEverymanJune 27, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    now he just needs to be voted "Sexiest man in WWE"

  29. A bit too much space in between stuff is VINTAGE RVD!

  30. Patrick BrandmeyerJune 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    A few times during Harper matches, JBL let us know that FRANK BRODY THREW A BOOT LIKE THAT, MAGGLE.

  31. Bull Dempsey looks like Michael Elgin's low-rent stunt double.

  32. The Ghost of Faffner HallJune 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Well, you really have to see them in person, to get the full effect of just how big they really are, don't ya know.

  33. The Ghost of Faffner HallJune 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I normally love Renee, as does any non-crazy person, but the interplay between her and Tyler Breeze on commentary during the main event was god awful. It's like they were playing two different storylines out and no one told the other what was happening.


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